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Have been thinking about that racist Columbia kid and the specific content of his rant, namely how "white people created science, industry and civilization" etc. This shows a failure on multiple fronts.
1. As many Columbia students themselves have pointed out, the core curriculum of Columbia reinforces a colonial, Eurocentric worldview with its canon. This is a serious failure in liberal arts education.
2. Science education in general. I'm not surprised that Julian von Abele is a physics bro. The science curriculum still perpetuates the trope of the lone white scientist, hence, it's no surprise that a specific kind of scientism-heavy white supremacy is to come from STEM.
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TIL eagles have barbed tongues. πŸ¦…

*ahem*

BARBS. ON. THEIR. TONGUES.

#Birds are so metal…
A thread πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡#scicomm
I study teeth.. but when animals lose their teeth through evolution they come up with other nightmarish solutions and I love them all.

Herons and Egrets have harpoon tongues.
Penguins have a solution for slippery fish.

Spoiler: Its a spike mouth.. like why did you go and lose teeth if you are just going go to do this!? πŸ˜’πŸ§
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By request.
Where does the top-line 10% GDP number come from in National Climate Assessment?
Chapter 29 of the report.
Annotated figure
nca2018.globalchange.gov/chapter/29/
Where does that figure come from?
Hsiang et al. (The only difference appears to be C vs F temps)
science.sciencemag.org/content/356/63…
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Want to contextualize the Insight mission to #Mars? Here is a piece from @RyanFMandelbaum for @Gizmodo where he interviewed @sammusmusic @shaka_lulu and me: gizmodo.com/decolonizing-m…
For another perspective on space studies and the military industrial complex, there's a new book from @neiltyson amazon.com/Accessory-War-…
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Hi tweeps! Remember back in March, I made a mega-thread of amazing #WomenInSTEM that you should follow, especially for #IWD2018? If not, here's the 'moment' I made from it twitter.com/i/moments/9718…
Well, today (19 Nov) is #InternationalMensDay #IMD2018, and I wanted to mark the occasion. So here are SIXTY men working in STEM who also happen to be some of my favourite tweeps. This is by no means an exhaustive list - please don't be offended if you're not on it!
PS: I have some actual (paid) work to do today, so I'll update the list when I can, in between all my other commitments. Please be patient 😊
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Things are starting to change. What future do we want?

The political left and alt-right will use technology (incl. #AI/#AGI) & near-certain runaway #climate change. How to turn threats into opportunities? An intro to #ExtinctionRebellion research: vimeo.com/297453366 1/n
This film introduces a political theory on necessary conditions for climate mitigation (a.k.a.: "saving the world"). Let's call this theory "carbon language" until we find a better term. Don't worry, this thread will be short and easy to understand. vimeo.com/297679220 2/n
Indeed, this thread is entirely unscientific because science can tell us only how to save the world, not why. Why preserve life on Earth? Why live good lives? These are ethical questions; their answers depend on our values, and if we want to mitigate climate change, we will 3/n
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#CSPC2018 luncheon session w/ @ChiefSciCan starting soon! #Thread here ⬇️

#scipol @sciencepolicy
#CSPC2018 @ChiefSciCan congratulates @MehrdadHariri and his team for the 10th anniversary of @sciencepolicy, and on the success of #SciParl2018 for facilitating great dialogue for #scipol and #cdnsci in Parliament πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
... Also thanks the #scipol community for being there and answering the call when they were needed.

Getting the @ChiefSciCan office together was a challenge like for #ECR just starting up a lab, and like #cdnsci she has build an excellent team

#CSPC2018
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Panel 2, on granting agencies and #citizenscience w/ @mgfortin_rd @NSERC_CRSNG + Ted Hewitt @SSHRC_CRSH + Serge Marchand @FRQS1 + Louise Poissant @FRQSC + Michael Strong @CIHR_IRSC #CSPC2018
#CSPC2018 @mgfortin_rd says #citizenscience and participative science is incredibly important. This isn't only including public in research, it's engaging communities who have knowledge incl #indigenous traditional knowledge.
... Current project ongoing, is a northern community that wants to better document the status of their natural resources (air quality, water) and to analyze the impact of #climatechange & other human impacts on these. There is added value to including these communities. #CSPC2018
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First panel, day 2 #CSPC2018 on the @MitacsCanada #cspf program and building skills / capacity at the #scipol interface.

@alejandroadem introduces the program, that is in its 3rd year, and is at federal level in #ottawa and prov at #BC
David Castle champions @MitacsCanada #CSPF program in #BC, and discusses the importance of capacity building of #scipol across levels of govt (fed + prov), and placing fellows in depts that can and will use their skills effectively, + help them to develop new ones. #CSPC2018
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#CSPC2018 panel on #scienceadvice starts!

@DLEKirkwood chief scientist of @NRCan says issue is not do much making sure science is valued in govt (seems it is) but to ensure evidence is used in policy. Plus, policy is inherently quicker than science.

#scipol #canpoli #cdnsci
... The challenge for new science advisors and chief scientists is to ensure that the need for #EBDM in policy is understood across the department, across govt. #CSPC2018
#CSPC2018 Sarah Gallagher @csa_asc says building relationships btw scientists and policymakers (#scicomm skills helpful here!) is key
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So many great panels at #CSPC2018 right now on #scicomm and #scienceliteracy, but my choice is clear... Attending the @FRQ_NT panel on #EDI that includes both Anne Webb @NSERC_CRSNG and our first of 2 co-presidents @DSP_SPE panelists today, @maryrosebgill!
#CSPC2018 #EDI #SPEatCSPC

@maryrosebgill was the lead on the @DSP_SPE consultation on breaking gender barriers in STEM ➑️ Check out the report here πŸ“Žsp-exchange.ca/news/Breaking_…
Fanny Eugène from @FRQ_NT organized this panel and presents the projects at #FRQ @SciChefQC and the SAGA model
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After a quick photo op with the @DSP_SPE #scipol #NextGenCanSci #dreamteam, I'm attending the #CSPC2018 panel @sciencepolicy on the social implications of emerging technologies w/ @ideas_idees @SocMedDr @emmeslin @Scienceadvice
Discussion questions for 2-way Q&A at the emerging technologies panel #cspc2018 ⬇️
Directions: There are some questions that are easy to answer, others that are more important that are harder to answer (@emmeslin). The social implications of new tech, esp if algorithms can exponentially increase biases and misinformation, are the latter (@SocMedDr) #CSPC2018
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I'm super excited that @amy_harmon's article has gotten such good reception with the genetics community and from #ASHG18. And it's making me reflect on how I found my way into the story 1/
I didn't intend to spend time and effort interacting with white supremacists online or fielding questions from confused redditors, but these communities were swarmed by warped, misleading presentations of science and no one was able to push back. 2/
Being flung into this world of racist propaganda & a fake intelligentsia compelled me to use my background to explain and argue for the responsible and supported interpretations of the science and dispel these lies. 3/
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βœ‚οΈπŸŸπŸŽ‰πŸ€ Hey everyone, @Science_Baller here! I'll be the guest host today talking about all things #STEMed #scioutreach #scicomm and #CRISPR today! Jump with questions at any time and I'll try to answer them! It's going to be a #zebrafishparty and I'm pumped! 😎
A little about myself: I am a new lecturer in Biological Sciences @VanderbiltU . I teach a section of Introductory Bio (220 students) and 3 sections of Intro Bio Lab (16 students/each). What's the biggest course you have had to teach? #STEMed #AcademicTwitter #phdlife #phdchat
I graduated with my Ph.D. in Biochemistry in May from @RiceUniversity . My research focused on #zebrafish genetics using #CRISPR mutagenesis. My big paper discussed a new #CRISPR tool that we developed which has an increased mutation rate+longer deletions onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.100…
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1. I woke up Monday morning rattled by the conclusions of the new #IPCC report and the news coverage it has generated. Scheduled today to give a today @APPCPenn today , I quickly redrafted my talk. Full text & graphs here: #scicomm #envcomm #polcomm medium.com/@matthewcnisbe…
2. I argue that the IPCC report should be a wake up call for those of us who study climate change politics and communication, and for advocates and philanthropists who have relied on our advice.
3. Like many climate advocates, our research has been motived by a desire to jump start a greater sense of public urgency about climate change, believing that voter pressure was the key to major Federal policy action.
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Steeling myself with a strong coffee to sit down and read major new report on avoiding dangerous #climatechange (@IPCC_CH #SR15, available here: ipcc.ch/report/sr15/). My takes to follow (1/n)
As always, the #peerreview effort by @IPCC_CH is Herculean. A couple hundred volunteer scientists read & cited 6,000+ studies to support conclusions w/ evidence. Responded to 42,001 comments in 3 rounds of review. The most robust process there is to establish scientific consensus
Now, this #SR15 report title is descriptive, but doesn't exactly roll off the tongue...
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Now up is @BrytheFlyGuy on how to translate the hard science behind systematics and taxonomy to the public through #scicomm #SpnhcTdwgNZ
(You might remember him from the time he named a golden-butted fly af Beyonce.)
He compares radio interviews to kale: you probably don’t like it/them the first time, but then you know it’s good for you and eventually come to like it/them.
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Today, our paper

β€œThe mammalian decidual cell evolved from a cellular stress response”

is published @PLOSBiology

dx.doi.org/10.1371/journa…

πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ Here’s a thread for a broader audience w/ highlights of the data/figures

a kind of Twitter paper summary (TPS Report)

#scicomm
The idea for this project was conceived by GΓΌnter Wagner at @yale_eeb @YaleWestCampus

Together we designed, analyzed, & executed the experiments with co-authors Jamie Maziarz, @OliGriffith, @CongLiang3, @ArunRChavan, & @mnnamani
Here’s a summary: in the recent common ancestor of mammals, πŸ‘Ά attaching to mom’s uterus caused inflammation & cell stress. Ancestrally mom just wanted πŸ‘Ά out! In the lineage leading toπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ, this stress response became a structural part of a novel cell type, the decidual cell
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1. The arguments in this @newrepublic article by @emorwee that #climate is siloed in the press, that the press should tie every extreme weather/disaster event to #climate simply don't match up to the data. #envcomm #scicomm newrepublic.com/article/150124…
2. Staffers working at @mediamatters + @climateprogress (where @emorwee got her start) have long manufactured this claim + driving a self-serving narrative on the Left that the news media is failing in its coverage of climate change.
3. But this narrative & its embrace by those on the Left reflects a classic hostile media effect. As @lfeldman17 reviews the most partisan on an issue see news coverage as biased to their position even when it may actually be favorable. oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/o… #scicomm #envcomm
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A few thoughts about this Humanities article making the rounds

1) if declining humanities enrollments are due to misperception of low value, then WE need to do better job selling ourselves... #humcomm needs to be the new #scicomm

theatlantic.com/education/arch…
2) Humanities (and social sciences) departments need to reward public engagement that highlights the value and relevancy of our disciplines to modern society. We need to highlight to everyone what they can learn from our rigorous methods and nuanced approaches into humanity
3) Humanities departments need to adapt. The article points out that newer, identity related fields have been successful during this crisis (ethnic, gender, and cultural studies). These are still minor components of most traditional humanities departments' course offerings
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Welcome new followers! Are you ready to play one of the most fun #Scicomm games on Twitter??? Well get ready, because #CrowOrNo is here and ready to knock your socks off
How does #CrowOrNo work? Every Wednesday at about 11:30am PST I’ll post a photo of a bird. It’s up to you to decide if it’s a crow or not.
In this game, a correct crow answer constitutes any bird that has the word crow in its recognized common name (what you’d find in a field guide).
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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 science.sciencemag.org/content/343/61…
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 🐯hindustantimes.com/environment/ti…
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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
#scicomm

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
#scicomm
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