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/
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
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.
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...
I saw this story and was like heeeey water is wet and also when will these people ever think about asking all racial minorities at the same time? or disaggregating by race? whatever, we know the answer. physicsworld.com/a/isolated-fem…
besides my snarky comments on CAPTAIN OBVIOUS, there is also the matter of recognizing the filtering effect associated with who stays, especially for Black, Latinx, and Native students who are almost always a one of a kind in their programs
In my grad programs I was the only North American minority ethnic of any kind for every year except the one year that I crossed over with a Latina. So 1. recognize the incredible staying power of anyone who stayed.
Here’s a summary: in the recent common ancestor of mammals, 👶 attaching to mom’s uterus caused inflammation & cell stress. Ancestrally mom just wanted 👶 out! In the lineage leading to🏃♀️, this stress response became a structural part of a novel cell type, the decidual cell
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.
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
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
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…
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
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
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!)➡️drive.google.com/open?id=11tRjm…
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.
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.