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Q1 for #behavioralmedchat. Why social media???
A1. Because that is where advocacy occurs. Find me an org that does advocacy well but is not on social media. If you want to have an impact on an issue, you have to use the channels by which people get information and communicate. #behavioralmedchat
A1. Social media, Twitter especially, is a great way to get a message to a larger audience. Very little research in scientific journals reaches a large audience. #behavioralmedchat
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Sadly, of the large carnivore species, more than 60% of them are threatened. Of the 17 showing widespread population declines, they now live in only 47% of their historical ranges. The tiger, for example, could have lost 95% of its historical range…
There are fewer than 3,900 tigers left in the world today due to widespread habitat loss, historic overhunting (thanks to us Brits), #humanwildlifeconflict and, more recently, #illegalwildlifetrade. Sadly, tigers are desired for their skins as rugs & their parts for medicine
Tigers continue to decline in many parts of south-east Asia but their population seems to be fairing better in India due to strictly enforced protected areas & efforts from the Global Tiger Forum 🐯…
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#ESOF2018 Bridging the gap between experts and the people: rethinking #scicomm with V Ramakrishnan, @MinuDTizabi, @AlainaGLevine @weitergen...
One problem we have is this explosion of knowledge, that needs to be curated between true, incertain and not true.
We need to re establish a trust system because it is not anymore scientists->journalists->public

V Ramakrishnan at #ESOF2018
What can we do to make sure we get engaged advocates? We need to make sure we understand our audience
@AlainaGLevine at #ESOF2018
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2017 #TotalSolarEclipse Data from homemade Solar-X device:

All the sensors: Temperature, Visible, Infrared, UV and Solar power output registered a dip during the Solar Eclipse with peak dips during Totality.

Visible light dropped: 35%
Infrared: 87.5%
Solar Power Output: 95% Changes in Sensor Readings
Solar Cell Output showed the most variation. It dipped gradually at first and then started dipping drastically as Totality neared.

We concluded that a major portion of the Sun had to be covered by the Moon before human eyes notice any measurable change. Change in Light and Solar Cell Output
Temperature Change during #TotalSolarEclipse:

Temperature prior to Eclipse (first contact) was 34°C. The temperature readings were slowly rising before the eclipse.

But 1h 20 min into the eclipse, it started dipping. At totality, the temperature had dropped 10%, to 30.5°C. Change in Infrared Radiation and Temperature
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Hi, #BTCon18!

We're Ask an Entomologist, a #SciComm project ran by @SciBugs, @Ms_Mars, and @Stylopidae!

We all have research jobs, but we're also interested in how people interact with insects in online spaces.

Let's explore how people think about bugs!
We've gathered our data by soliciting questions primarily from non-scientists through email and Facebook, and we analyze those questions to see what patterns are constant.

Lots of pest control questions, and lots of bugs people want ID'd.

However, once you get past that...
People think very deeply about how bugs work, where they live, and why they behave the way they do.
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This #WorldOceansDay I'm inspired by all the dedicated people working everywhere to understand and protect the dominant geographic feature of our planet. So today I'm going to be tweeting about just a few of those people to spread the news of their good deeds
1st up @HeatherKoldewey. Heather is at @OfficialZSL & has done incredible work with @projectseahorse, @Nets2Carpet and the Chagos MPA with @Bertarelli_fdn. Any one of those would be huge, but all three is just amazing.…
Nxt @CoralReefFish Luiz Rocha, originally from Brazil, is leading a team of folks @calacademy discovering new fish diversity in the gloom beyond regular SCUBA depths, using rebreathers. Every bit as hard as space walking, maybe harder.…
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1⃣OK here comes a mini-Twitter talk version of my longish talk on Scientific Authority & Political Myth. That is just an academic title.
Really, the talk asks what should we (the highly educated) be doing in this political moment?
Full PDF (72 slides!)➡️…
2⃣Talk motivated by this @WillMcPhail cartoon that brilliantly opens up a discussion of this issue.
✅Experts are essential in modern society
✅Democracy holds that all citizens can participate in governance
✅Reconciliation is an eternal challenge
But we can do better or worse
3⃣Here is the full outline for the talk. I discuss the notion of "political myth" which is a political sciency term for the stories we tell that help us to simplify and make sense of the world. We experts have always had a really important role in creating political myth.
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... and a public which asks their representatives to value #evidence will be the strongest driver of long-term #scienceadvice mechanisms.

Jeff Reading @SPH_Iloilo adds long-term funding to #scienceadvice mechanisms would also be an important step if we want long-term thinking
The workshop starts now ➡️ what are top 3 critical issues or structural themes in #Scienceadvice that an @INGSciAdvice presence in North America could address? #INGSA_NA18
And we're back after the interactive workshop, now discussing how to leverage the @INGSciAdvice network in #NorthAmerica context #INGSA_NA18, and what we can learn from other chapters
w/ @Kristiann_NZ @eliasmichaz @nifaruqui @IDRC_CRDI @JonesAishaD
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Our @DSP_SPE team represents the student voice in #scienceadvice at the #INGSA_NA18 workshop today among experts from around the world 🔬🔭🌐🖋📃

Our #EmergingExperts: @sung_vanessa @ShawnMcGuirk @tgruos @nehabhutani17 @arthi_ramac

#scipol @INGSciAdvice @SciChefQC @ChiefSciCan
.@SciChefQC & @ChiefSciCan note in opening keynote how important it is for the #NextGeneration to be here and well represented, and applaud our #SPEscidip event from last week - thank you for inviting us, we're v happy to be in these discussions #INGSA_NA18 #scipol #scienceadvice
& thx @PeterGluckman for your video introduction, we hope we can meet again soon! Especially with the establishment of an @INGSciAdvice chapter for #NorthAmerica

We appreciate your commitment to engaging #nextgen at the intersection of #science & #policy in #NZ & at #INGSA_NA18
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Student perspective panel of the #G7 #G7Academies #ArcticSummit #ArcticSustainability starting! So happy that there is an entire panel dedicated to student / young researcher voice 👏👏👏 @RSCTheAcademies @g7 @DSP_SPE #NextGeneration #NextGenCanScience @Y7Canada
Students are often the ones with boots on the ground, interacting with local communities - this is one of the many reasons why it's important to have early career researchers represented in these discussions - @gwynmac #g7 #g7academies #arcticsustainability #ArcticSummit
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We're in the historic Redpath museum auditorium this morning @mcgillu for another excellent talk by Jan Marco Muller @IIASAVienna which we organized w/ @McGillMSSI & TISPP! A continuation of #SPESciDip events of the last few days, #THREAD below ⬇️
#scidip #SciComm #scipol
When #science meets #politics on #GMO ➡️ when faced with the same evidence, some countries overwhelmingly agree, others overwhelmingly against #scipol #scidip
The mechanisms of #scienceadvice in the #EU is... complex
#scidip #scipol
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Next up from the Great Adaptations division, #1 seed Pygmy Hippo vs #4 seed Tasmanian Devil! #2018MMM
This battle brought to you by @c_n_anderson, I'm just sharing the story tonight! #2018MM
The pygmy hippo is herbivorous, feeding on fruits, grasses and ferns - it's large canines are used for aggresive displays, not hunting #2018MMM…
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I had the pleasure of sitting down with @nujournalism's @serrano_alej to talk about how I broke into science journalism. It ended up being a conversation about writing – the joy and the struggle. I thought I'd share a few of the things we discussed. #scicomm
Scratch the itch: After a few years working mostly in the animal facility in the gene therapy department at @WeillCornell, I was itching to start a writing career. I started a blog called Freestyle Science. It was crap. But it got me writing.
There's always time: Fit writing into the interstitial spaces of life. Sure you have a 9-to-5, or you're rolling burritos 6-to-3, or you're giving guitar lessons on the weekends to a savant on the Upper East Side. If you love writing, you'll make the time.
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Tuesday’s topic: researcher’s engagement in #scicomm. We’ll touch on a few subjects: S1/ why should (or not) researchers get involved? S2/ researcher vs #scicomm skills, what is important to know when engaging the public? S3/ what motivates/prevents researchers engagement?
Well I know I just started, but I will actually pause since it’s a very involving first @ScienceShakers I’m attending!
Kudos to the organizers of this first #scicomm community meeting in Paris
When I started the @CercleFSER, I tried to look at what was already being done, to not replicate it. Basically I tried to apply this big picture framework I had used in research: are there big holes in what is being done and low hanging fruits that can be leverages?
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Monday, first topic: the journey to #scicomm.
There are plenty of ways to be involved in scicomm, as shown by the variety of hosts for this account.
I’ll discuss how I went from research to #scicomm, but I am curious about you.
What is your primary occupation?
If #scicomm is your primary occupation, which background do you have ?
If research is your primary occupation, what kind of #scicomm/outreach are you mostly involved in?
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This is the problem with contemporary "feminists." It amounts to buyer's remorse. Young women CHOOSE to engage in behavior that ranges from personal conversations to sex. TBC: 1/?
The young woman gets her feelings hurt and, with the guidance of older, more prominent women, they organize a social media campaign against the male "perp" (often adding texture to the story by turning him into a "perv").
The women, now organized and believing that they are doing some serious good for all women, make something like a phone tree, and shamelessly RECRUIT other women to "come out" with more stories about the unacceptable behavior. Some women want "in."
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I want to say a bit about #openscience, a topic near and dear to my heart. Open science is a lot of things, including #scicomm and #openaccess.
Fundamentally, open science is a commitment by researchers to make more of the products of their research open and accessible to all.
This means different things to different researchers. For someone writing lots of computer code, this could mean making the code publicly accessible on @github.
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Introducing #ClassicalZooarchaeology
This is my 1st thread highlighting how animal bones can answer important questions in the ancient Mediterranean
#Zooarchaeology is often thought of as a niche study, but it relates to traditional forms of evidence
#scicomm #humanities
When we think of #Classics, ancient texts are often prioritized. Animals were an important topic for ancient authors
For example, according to the TLG the lemma hippos (horse) is the 13th most common term in Homer’s Iliad (417 mentions). Horses were important to epic warfare
It’s no surprise that animals – especially plow oxen – are important to Hesiod’s agricultural poem Works and Days
But texts don’t tell the whole picture about #AncientAnimals
Pigs are only mentioned once in Hesiod: boars should be castrated on the 8th day of the month (WD 790)
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This thread is an excellent response to this problematic article and I would highly recommend reading through it. One specific aspect that alarmed me in the op-ed was the patronizing language used and I want to expand on that a bit
The article author writes of women #scicomm instagrams being full of “pretty selfies, fun videos, and microscope images captioned with accessible language and cute emojis.”
She closes the article out with, "Publicly documenting the cute outfit I wear and the sweet smile I brandish in the lab isn’t going to help me build a fulfilling career in a field where women hold less senior positions, are paid less, and are continuously underrated.”
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The idea of "keeping your twitter account academic" came up at today's social media session at #ORS2018. I'd like to push back against that a little. (a thread)
PEOPLE do science. We are not machines, we have hobbies, we have things that we care about. While our institutions do (and probably should!) keep their accounts "strictly science," as individuals, I think we need to use our platforms differently
Stand up for things that you believe in--science funding is important, but so are the people who do science and who are impacted by science. Use you platform to advocate for making science a more inclusive place, and show those interested in science that there IS a place for them
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It's #IWD2018, so we thought we should highlight some of the incredible #WomeninSTEM we've written about recently.

First up, Melanie @SanfordLab –gardener & gymnast with a treadmill desk:… 1/10
Next, Lesley Yellowlees, former president of @RoySocChem, whose favourite place to think is the shower, loves Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and says a @TakeThat gig was 'the most uplifting thing I’d ever seen'

#IWD2018… 2/10
Geri Richmond, former president of @AAAS, enjoys urban farming and track & field, and is a big fan of @PinkMartiniBand

#IWD2018… 3/10
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So much disaster & emergency management research exists.

No one reads it. Let's change this.

My twitter resolution is to post one journal article a day for the whole year.

#EmergencyManagement101 #EMGTwitter #SciComm
(I’ll post open source articles when available but if you can't access an article DM and I will send you a copy.)
Let’s start at the beginning. Samuel Prince’s 1920 dissertation is credited with being the first systematic social analysis of a disaster.…
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Hey! @FlyingTrilobite here.
If you want to know more about #sciart and hiring a science illustrator for your #scicomm, here's a thread.
So You Want to Hire a Science Illustrator - by @FlyingTrilobite for @Symbiartic back when we were on @sciam:…
What If All the Images Went Away? A look at #scicomm without visuals. It's a boring world, yo.…
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Apparently, I’m about to weed a lot of new followers out on day 1, so let’s just get this out of the way right now.
1) You are following my personal account. I talk about what I want here. You do not get to dictate or police that.
I tweet about politics, cocktails, terrible jokes, feminism, inclusion, puppies, and yes, STEM.
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