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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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✂️🐟🎉🏀 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…
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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…
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: 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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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.…
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.
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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

“The mammalian decidual cell evolved from a cellular stress response”

is published @PLOSBiology…

👇👇 Here’s a thread for a broader audience w/ highlights of the data/figures

a kind of Twitter paper summary (TPS Report)

The idea for this project was conceived by Günter 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, 👶 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
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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…
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.… #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…
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…
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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Scientists urged to 'speak the same language' as public on climate… #scicomm
Communicating science is a skill, try it, flex it, use it

@DrFraserMilne is one of our best geological #scicomm examples
Science can no longer afford the luxury of not caring whether the public understands… HT @jetvac
#scicomm #sciencematters
Telling the story effectively is essential
Climate change science comeback strategies
Steering conversations with people adamantly resistant to accepting climate science…
#climatechange #climatedenial #climatescience #scicomm
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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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