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Science matters.

What a treat to have @CaulfieldTim to speak to us #EPeeps about why science matters, battling misinformation & the importance of accurate #SciComm!

#HRS2021 @HRSonline #ScienceMatters Image
Social media is a huge superspreader of misinformation #SciComm #HRS2021 #EPeeps Image
(As an avid user of kimchi myself, I also say, 👏🏼NO👏🏼kimchi 👏🏼does👏🏼*not* 👏🏼help 👏🏼w 👏🏼COVID)

#SciComm #HRS2021 Image
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It was first formulated by German physicist Dieter Zeh in 1970. He noticed that in the real world you cannot separate the cat from the environment. The cat is in constant contact with the molecules of air, the box, and even cosmic rays that pass through the experiment. #scicomm Image
These interactions, no matter how small, radically affect the wave function: if the wave function is disturbed to the slightest degree, then the wave function suddenly splits into two distinct wave functions of the dead cat or the live cat, which no longer interact.
Zeh showed that a collision with a single air molecule was enough to collapse it, forcing the permanent separation of the dead cat and live cat wave functions, which can no longer communicate with each other.
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On this day, 52 years ago, #Apollo11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on to the moon. But did you know that readers of the #Kannada weekly magazine Sudha had already made this lunar round-trip few months earlier? Thanks to...
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...this board game called ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಬನ್ನಿ (Travel to the Moon and back). The game had two parts: Taking off & landing on the moon, and then making your way back safely to Earth. Played with a dice & coins, instructions on the board dictated how fast you went & how safely
For e.g. being bombarded with cosmic rays or losing contact with command module would set you back (depending on which square you were in) or you could go faster for instance if your lander faced Earth in the right direction. And guess who made this board game? None other than...
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1/ Facebook recently published "Moving Past the Finger Pointing” bit.ly/3hM44mu.

This review aims to correct misleading or false claims. #disinformation #misinformation #BigTech #censorship #Biden #Zuckerberg #Facebook #CrowdTangle #vaccine #covid #scicomm
2/ Facebook:
“At a time when COVID-19 cases are rising in America, the Biden administration has chosen to blame a handful of American social media companies.”

The administration did not choose to “blame.” This is a misleading mischaracterization.
3/ Researchers have been studying the growth of the anti-vaccine movement for years. Here is the movement by the numbers as reported in Jan 2021 (Rosalie, 2021):
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Hoje é o #ArcticSeaIceDay e o vídeo abaixo mostra o derretimento do gelo marinho do Ártico no período de 1984 a 2019 - um verdadeiro filme de terror!

Segue o fio pra saber mais sobre a situação do Ártico! ❄️🌎🧶
#scicomm
O aquecimento global está causando o derretimento e, atualmente, temos a segunda menor extensão de gelo marinho no Ártico já registrado. Mas quanto? Cerca de 2,820,000 km² a menos em relação à média da década de 1980.
Durante o verão no HN, parte do gelo derrete, mas se recupera no inverno - é uma variabilidade natural. Porém, com o aquecimento global e as consequentes mudanças climáticas, há maior derretimento e o sistema não está conseguindo repor tudo o que perde durante a estação quente
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(Thread) Hey #AcademicTwitter 👋 As an academic-turned-public servant I have some tips to help your research inform policy. #scicomm #policy
Today's a typical day in government: I have 2 hours to finalize an important funding proposal in between 6 meetings. I need the most impactful, up-to-date and forward-thinking research findings at my fingertips and distilled into mere sentences.
Usually public servants who have a role in decision making have very limited time. We can rarely read academic papers.
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The Cherokee Nation is one of many tribes in OK who have been at the forefront of vaccination efforts statewide, but people remain hesitant, writes @jackhealyNYT. nytimes.com/2021/03/16/us/…
People remain reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to "questions about the vaccines’ efficacy, side effects and the speed they made it to market."
More on vaccine hesitancy from @jackhealyNYT's article: "Others just seemed to want a nudge. At a Walmart providing shots, unvaccinated shoppers said they were not so much opposed as just waiting. For more information. For a doctor’s recommendation. For more people to take it."
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Did you catch our latest episode? It features Dr. James Zimring of @UVA_Pathology, who shares his incredible personal and professional story and how it has shaped his approach to science, medicine, and mentorship. Check it out! #sciencebehindthescenes apple.co/2UMehX7 Behind the microscope logo on a gray background. Photo of Ji
Dr. Zimring completed his undergraduate studies at @EmoryUniversity in @emorycollege, where he first fell in love with science via @EmoryChem. He continued on to @EmoryMedicine, before eventually joining up with the @EmoryMSTP.
@EmoryUniversity @emorycollege @EmoryChem @EmoryMedicine @EmoryMSTP Upon graduation, Dr. Zimring completed his graduate medical education in clinical pathology with @EmoryPathology, and later joined the faculty @EmoryUniversity & @LaneyEDGE, where he started his lab and eventually served as the immunology PhD program director.
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1/13 The Alzheimer's narrative seems to partially be its own theory but its success may, in part, be due to how it fits in with the villainization of Dr Anthony Fauci. These narratives are participatory.
2/13 While claims of deaths from the vaccines were dispelled much more easily, conspiracy beliefs and rumors that purport serious side effects that would take years to appear would take at least that long to disprove. novelscience.substack.com/p/alzheimers-i…
3/13 It’s an unfortunate reality because one need not supply evidence to make such a claim. The bar for science remains high while the bar for casting doubt does not exist. novelscience.substack.com/p/americ-amnes…
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Using Twitter during the #COVID19 pandemic?

With @cc_martell and @DanielRhysThom1, I wrote a perspective piece on social media for (field) epidemiologists #SoMe4epi

📜 tinyurl.com/2km3dz4s

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@THLorg @rki_de @PublicHealthW @ECDC_EU #EPIET #WorldFieldEpidemiologyDay
We reflect on social media/@Twitter for epidemiologists working on the #COVID19 response

We introduce the field of social media to those not currently using social media in their public health practice:

So please share outside of the Twitterverse as well!

#SoMe4epi #OpenAccess
Why this piece?

🌍 #COVID19 is the 1st pandemic in the social media age

🕵️‍♂️ Field epi now also includes an online field

👨‍💻 Social media can be a powerful tool for epidemiologists #SoMe4epi

🤝 Key usages of Twitter include #SciComm and professional development #EpiTwitter
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And now at #ParasitesOnline21 Day 2, we have our 2nd session on Gender and Racial Equality in Science, with @rejoicePhD telling us about "Centering Diverse Voices and Grappling with Racial Inequities in #Parasitology." Image
Not only has #COVID19 disproportionately effected minority communities in the US, but #parasites have too. Here is just one article describing the problem of #hookworm in the US South: theguardian.com/us-news/2017/s… #ParasitesOnline21
I think everyone needs to hear @rejoicePhD's talk on creating a scientific community where racial equity exists. So many amazing quotes and ideas. We can learn from the microbes we culture- a culture will not grow and thrive without the correct environment in which to do so. Image
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My first tweetorial! On our new #InnateImmunity and viral interference study @JExpMed. It started with puzzling observations that pointed to the importance of kinetics. We saw a robust interferon response in the upper airway in all COVID patients studied, mild and severe:
..But these samples were from different times in the disease course. To get at timing, we studied serial swabs from patients picked up early in infection, when the viral load was still going up. We measured virus and CXCL10, a biomarker of the interferon response…
…both went up, then down, almost perfectly in synch… except for lag in the antiviral response in the first few days of infection. Replication in the first few days was exponential and fast! (avg. doubling time 6 hr)....
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1/ The following observations involved two data sets and should be considered in the context of existing research. Quality meta-analyses supersede any observation here. This is an effort to think out loud on a subject in need of attention. #openscience #misinformation Image
2/ Hesitancy in Evangelicals, Catholics, and Atheists. The sample size for Hindu, Muslim, and Jewish people was too small to assess, unfortunately. Data/Sources: novelscience.substack.com/p/are-we-looki… Image
3/ How Republicanism affected religious individuals was variable. Where Evangelicals were heavily influenced by Republicanism, Catholic Democrats and Republicans had relatively low vaccine hesitancy rates. Has anyone explored why? My guess was attitudes about authority. Image
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Meet the animal that sweats snot and has explosive sex! Open to read more ⬇️
(if you'd like support experimental #scicomm like this, check out my patreon page: patreon.com/rebeccarhelm)
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The vaccine rollout is spreading - and so is the delta variant. Lots of folks are concerned about the risk of myocarditis in young people who receive mRNA. My advice: make sure your sources include true experts - in this case, doctors who look after heart disease in kids. 1/n
My experience with #VITT left me shaken, as misinformation about blood #clots was amplified (often by other MDs). Science & medicine are a big tent. BUT within those tents are people with specialized training and experience - and their words should carry weight! 2/n
Definitely look at studies, watch the CDC's ACIP live streams, consider the words of doctors, nurses, PH, epidemiologists, scientists of all stripes. But pay close attention to the words of FPs, pediatricians & pediatric cardiologists. I'm happy to speak *around* this issue. 3/n
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I'm supposed to wind up my threads today!

I want to try to articulate ideas that have been running around in my head this week about

how often we treat good #SciComm as an individual problem

instead of a systemic problem. 🧵 1/15
I just released a book that mostly focuses on helping scientists - particularly early career researchers - be better communicators using the poster medium.

I think that's a pretty classic #SciComm concern. "Here's help with your skills!" 2/15
In retrospect, I'm glad I wrote a section for conference organizers.

Earlier this week, I live tweeted a webinar that reminded us how many design (and communication) decisions are made by a few people with power.

Like conference organizers. 3/15
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I don't get why people flip out over circular bar graphs ⚪📊. #SciComm #DataVisualization 🧵 1/5 Vaccination coverage in Canada by age group, as of June 05,
If you believe the circular bar chart is good, why put the same data in a table, too?

Why not just have the "second dose" 💉💉 data in the table?

Or make another circular bar chart ⚪📊 for the second dose data? 2/5 Vaccination coverage in Canada by age group, as of June 05,
The colour scheme seems completely arbitrary. Different colours represent anywhere from a 1% difference in "first dose" 💉 percentages (people in their 70s vs. people 80 and older) to a 16% difference (people 18-29 vs. younger teens). 3/5 Vaccination coverage in Canada by age group, as of June 05,
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Earlier, I shared my own little "blogger makes good" story about how the Better Posters blog became a book.

Pfft. 🥱 You want a REAL "blogger makes good" story?

@edyong209 won one of the @PulitzerPrizes today for #SciComm! 🎉
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Ed Yong cut his #SciComm teeth with his acclaimed blog Not Exactly Rocket Science. 🚫🚀🧪

He got real good REAL fast.

Scientists AND journalists quickly recognized that he was one of the best science writers working in the blog format. 2/13
Several of Ed's blog posts appeared in The Open Laboratory anthology of best science blogging.

I can't remember how many times his work was featured. It was many. 3/13 "The Best Science Writing Online 2012" book cover.
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Today's @NShortwave episode addresses a common problem in #SciComm:

Trying to match plain English with technical definitions. 🧵 1/
This episode points out that "vegetable" is, scientifically speaking, MEANINGLESS. npr.org/2021/06/10/100…

You may have gotten into arguments about whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. 2/
What I did NOT know what that many things we call berries - strawberries 🍓, raspberries - are NOT berries.

You learn something new every day. 3/10
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POST-SCRIPT and COUNTER POINT to my blog to book publishing experience. 🧵 1/7

@JonWaterlow self-published his book. Tricky, but rewarding, and he would go that route again.
The "professional publishing" versus "self publishing" pathways highlight what I think are important trends for communication (including #SciComm).

How much does editing - and other professional support for communication - matter? 2/7
In my experience, many scientists RESIST having their work edited.

There are good reasons for this (desire to speed up research) and bad reasons for this (ego) .

I worry that this bleeds into #SciComm. 3/7
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Today in the @AmerAcadPeds journal, my colleagues & I share a summary of 7 male adolescents who developed #myocarditisAfterPfizer vaccination #scicomm 🧵
pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/…
Our report describes 7 teens across the US who developed inflammation of the protective sac around the heart (pericarditis) and inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis) within 2-4 days of Pfizer vaccine. 2/
We currently do not know if the #COVID19 vaccine caused myopericarditis in these 7 pts, but each story is EXTREMELY similar. We reported all cases to #VAERS and quickly notified our public health colleagues. 3/
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Inspired by @PeterHotez #grandrounds, we started a pilot elective to teach #scicomm & debunking #misinformation to @uchipritzker medstudents

Each student selected a myth to debunk & created an infographic with science/#visualart guidance
#medtwitter #scienceupfirst 🧵
Inspired by @tropical_toxic cover art @TIME assignments, @sara_serritella and I are sharing their work here w/permission.
Students could choose any misinformation to debunk. While some chose COVID19, not all did! They also specified their audience.
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For those skeptical of government creating vaccines by Zachary Newman MS1:

We have risen to the challenge before and accomplished amazing things through working together. The mRNA vaccines show us at our very best. #Getvaccinated #amazingthings #COVID19vaccine #thisisourshot 3/x
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Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is driven by zonulin-dependent loss of gut mucosal barrier.. @vipintukur @ProfSomashekhar @naveenthacker @iapindia @INDIANJOURNALO4 @VirusesImmunity @EditorIndPed @ICMRDELHI @MoHFW_INDIA @iiscbangalore Image
Weeks after #SARS-CoV-2 inf or exposure, some children develop a severe, life-threatening illness called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (#MIS-C). GI symptoms are common in MIS-C pts & severe hyperinflammatory response ensues with potential for ❤️ complications.
👉🏽As proof of concept, they treated a #MIS-C patient with #larazotide, a #zonulin antagonist, & monitored impact on antigenemia and clinical response.
👉🏽in MIS-C, prolonged + of SARS-CoV-2 in t GI tract ➡️ to release of zonulin, a biomarker of intestinal permeability,
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This gentle man is Sir William Osler.. He has frequently been described as the “Father of Modern Medicine” and one of the "greatest diagnosticians ever to wield a stethoscope". What did he hv to say about #India ? @sanjeevsanyal @vipintukur @naveenthacker @EricTopol @mvankerkhove Image
His fascination for #India, The land of #Vishnu had no bounds..!! At each & every intellectual commentary he mentions about his interest in the values #India was known for @ProfSomashekhar @iapindia @IndianMedicalAs @MoHFW_INDIA @VirusesImmunity Image
In one of his essays; “Of India, of "Vishnu-land," what can one say in a few minutes? To the Hindoos we owe a debt which we can at any rate acknowledge; and even in medicine, many of our traditions and practices may be traced to them”. @drharshvardhan @PMOIndia @BharadwajSpeaks Image
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