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Reading some @NASAhistory, and was curious who this was...
Her name is Poppy Northcutt, and she's the first female engineer to work in Mission Control at @NASA_Johnson #Apollo8.
For half a century, pop culture has immortalized a group of quick-thinking, pocket-protected men as the face of NASA’s mission control room during the Apollo program. But amid this sea of men, was one woman: Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, engineer and return-to-Earth specialist #NASA
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Ok. There are a ton of great articles on WHY scholars should join Twitter, but most don’t offer an in-depth HOW-to.

This leads to hesitation and timidness.

So, I present a thread “You’ve joined Twitter. Now what?” #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #SoMe
First, choose a handle you’ll be happy with 5 years from now. I’d regret creating @SarahNEU2013 now that I’ve long since graduated.

#academictwitter #scitwitter #medtwitter
Next, pick a good bio photo. A professional headshot you’ve used in other places (e.g., university directory) is smart.

Because Twitter has paused verification, I see consistent photos across multiple channels as an unofficial way to confirm you are who you say you are.
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Finally got to watch @apollo11movie and was curious who this was...
Her name is JoAnn Morgan, and she was the only woman inside the control room at the historic launch of #Apollo11 in 1969. A glimpse of her is seen in this documentary, but that’s only the beginning of her story.
At the time, JoAnn was a 28-year-old instrumentation controller and the first woman permitted to be inside the firing room (where all personnel were locked in 30 minutes before blastoff) during an Apollo launch. #Apollo11
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The end of another semester of engaging students with @WikiEducation at @MissouriSandT @sandtcasb in #HistSCI means another tweet thread about this super fun project.
49 students, 32 articles, 40K words added, +285K views so far. I love their work! Take a look!
I'm going to group them. First group-- #WomenInSTEM #WomeninHistory
Students found that, uh oh, it's HARD to find reliable sources on women in science! This didn't stop them, though. They pushed through and learned some new research skills.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_S._… is 1 product.
Tycho's sister, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Br… was another article that needed work. The women who worked on this one had to find all sources on Tycho then sift through for the 2-3 pages about Sophia. Thank goodness for good #librarians at S&T who were patient and helpful!
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It’s May, which means it’s also Asian American & Pacific Island Heritage Month. This is the @TwitterMoments I compiled from my tweets last May. #AAPIHM #AAPI twitter.com/i/moments/9945…
Another May, another daily thread to celebrate #AAPIHM. Sessue Hayakawa, silent film star & Hollywood’s first sex symbol, partied with Fairbanks, launched Valentino’s career, fought in the French Resistance, & played COL Saito in Bridge on the River Kwai. thevintagenews.com/2017/11/30/ses…
One of my favorite authors today for the #AAPIHM thread. @AmyTan’s Joy Luck Club, which I first read 30 years ago, showed me that fiction need not be full of white people’s stories. She showed the world that our stories mattered.
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Just launched, the @OpticalSociety & @SPIEtweets Professional Conduct @WomenInResIE joint report on Assessing and Addressing The Level of Harassment at Scientific Meetings #STEM #womeninstem #womeninoptics #scicomm #optics #photonics spie.org/about-spie/adv…
Some interesting stats, which are not very surprising "over 9% of respondents say they experienced harassment at meetings or events hosted by the scientific societies. Of those who experienced harassment, 63% were women." #womeninstem #womeninoptics #LGBTinSTEM #optics #photonics
I've just had a quick read but the thing that struck me most, more than the stats was the personal stories in Appendix I - sadly these are stories I've heard from friends & colleagues who have attended scientific meetings & conferences. #womeninSTEM #womeninoptics #LGBTinSTEM
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Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of noted phycologist Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott.

She was the first Native Hawai’ian woman to earn a PhD in science and became a renowned expert on Pacific #algae.
Known as the "First Lady of Limu*", Abbott first started learning about edible seaweeds from her mother and spent hours collecting them from the beaches of Maui.

She even wrote a book about how to cook seaweeds!

*limu is Hawaiian for seaweed
She began teaching classes at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station in 1960.

She then went on to become the first female full professor in Stanford’s biology department, as well as the first minority full professor in 1972.
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08/03 is the International Day of Women's Rights.
Some #fiercewomen did not have the rights we have today, but they went ahead & challenged the society by doing #science!
⤵️15 profiles of women from the card game by @cunterview fierce-women.net #WomensRights #STEM #IWD2019
Hypathia was a philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in the 4th century BC in Alexandria. The first documented woman mathematician, she may have been the first "witch" to have been executed because of her intellectual endeavor. #WomenInSTEM bbvaopenmind.com/en/science/mat…
Maria Gaetana Agnesi was a mathematician, philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian, who lived in Milan in the 18th century.
She was the first woman to write a mathematics handbook and be appointed as a mathematics professor at a university! #WomenInSTEM scientificamerican.com/article/maria-…
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What happens when women speak up against harassment in scientific institutions? The latest in a long string of retaliation stories, Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin @McLNeuro may lose her job on Feb 28, absent a last-minute reprieve from Vanderbilt University sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/n…
This week, we wrote a letter to @NicholasZeppos showing our support for @McLNeuro #metooSTEM founder, MIT Disobedience Awardee, slayer of the Rate My Professor chili pepper, advocate for safety in science, teller of uncomfortable truths, and accountability bloodhound.
We and thousands of others support Dr. McLaughlin as a scientist but also as a spokeswoman against harassment and assault in science #metooSTEM
change.org/p/vanderbilt-d…
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Confessions of a bipolar professor (1/5): #hypomania sounds like it is a wonderful thing - increased energy fueling creativity and good times! What's not to like? But for me, I'm in the midst of dysmorphic hypomania. And it just plain sucks.

#bipolar #highered #AcademicTwitter
(2/5) my brain, which has been rigorously trained for decades, suddenly believes that 1 + 1 = blue. I know I am not thinking rationally, but my head is also telling me to do all sorts of crazy things!

#bipolar #hypomania #AcademicTwitter
(3/5) brain: let's destroy relationships! Let's yell at everybody and go down in the flames of angry glory! Let's run away and purchase a house in Spain! Let's be the worst version of ourself!

Rational brain: wait a second....

#bipolar #hypomania #AcademicTwitter
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Guten Morgen! Ich bin Michaela, Wissenschaftlerin und Journalistin, zudem Feministin und Sozialdemokratin. Heute geht's darum, wie jede dieser Facetten meinen Blick auf die Welt beeinflusst und wie ich als Journalistin mit dieser "Subjektivität" umgehe.
Als Feministin fühle ich mich schon seit langem. In Großbritannien schien sich auch niemand sehr an diesem "Label" zu stören. In Deutschland (wie auch in Österreich) sehe ich aber noch mehr Zurückhaltung beziehungsweise sogar Widerstand gegen den Begriff.
Deshalb bin ich neugierig: Wer von euch sieht sich denn selbst als Feminist*in?
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The main reason I’ve been quite off from social media lately is the #AusESO2019 conference, organised by @AAOMacquarie @AAOorg @ESO_Australia et al, starting now.After enjoying 1h40min of driving in Sydney I got in time for listening Eric Emsellem @ESO, connecting Australia & ESO
PS: GPS said “45 min” when I departed from “home” this morning...
Next in #AusESO2019 is Julia Bryant @Sydney_Science @AAOorg talking about 🇦🇺 Integral Field Spectroscopy and synergies with @eso, first showing showing some results from @SAMI_survey. And that is me at the AAT plugging SAMI fibres!
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🧮📈 Meet Prof Margaret Wu, emeritus statistician @unimelb who works on educational assessment. In the ‘70s Wu worked on the Watterson estimator, a statistical test to evaluate the genetic diversity of a population. New @wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_… #WomeninSTEM
Wu’s contributions to computational biology were unearthed by Emilia Huerta-Sánchez @BrownUniversity and Rori Rohlfs at @SFSU. 😅 #HiddenNoMore
GA Watterson went ahead and published their parameter as a single author publication w/ > 3,000 citations. Wu, who is mentioned in the acknowledgments, was not encouraged to complete a PhD.
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Today is #WomenInScience Day, so please allow me to introduce you to some of the #WomenInSTEM who have made an impact in my career.
I hope you'll give them a follow so you can keep up with them every day of the year
Let me start with sharks.
@BiminiSharkGirl is the founder of @Sharks4Kids and educates students all across the globe on the importance of protecting sharks.
#WomenInScience
#WomenInSTEM
It's hard keeping up with @leahmeth
We first worked together in 2012(!) to create @TheSharkStanley, the little character who helped protect sharks at #CITES2013
We later retooled him to create shark sanctuaries.
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Let's make and retain #WomenInScience and #WomenInSTEM! Need some hints about where to start? HERE 👏 WE ✊ GO 👩🏽‍🔬
(with 📚 references!)
Ensure women are equitably represented in #scicomm multimedia, especially in video, so that young women can see themselves in #STEM
psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1007/s1…
(@scifri does this as a matter of good journalism)
Also, ignore the haters:
journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…
Provide (or lead!) opportunities for young female-identifying lovers of STEM to hang out together, share their STEM interests, and represent that interest to other members of their community
journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…
(👆 killer strategies paper btw)
link.springer.com/article/10.100…
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Fun fact: in the 1940s teenagers were called Sub-Debs! Calling All Girls, July 1942.
My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard...

Calling All Girls, May 1945.
#WomenInSTEM 1940s style... Calling All Girls, October 1944.
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Today in pulp: we're Calling All Girls! Let's see what you have to say...
Fun fact: in the 1940s teenagers were called Sub-Debs! Calling All Girls, July 1942.
My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard...

Calling All Girls, May 1945.
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F*ck! When does it end? ER doctors (like Toronto’s Marko Duic) not hiring women physicians for 16 years (!!) gender bias in funding, universities undervalue, underpay female academics, women get pushed out of STEMs, add in racism, sexism.... #cdnpse #WomenInSTEM
let's not forget Twitter is toxic for women. Report by @Amnesty confirmed what EVERY woman knows already. There is an abusive tweet every 30 seconds and Black women are 84% MORE likely to be targets of abusive tweets. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
It gets worse: "Racialized women had highest unemployment rate at 10%... women of colour, are more likely to be concentrated in low-wage jobs. Racialized women were 25% more likely to be working in occupations in the bottom half of the income distribution" thestar.com/news/canada/20…
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The @Wikipedia page of Dr Clarice Phelps (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarice_P…), researcher @ORNL, has been nominated for deletion because the references fail to establish notability. 🙏🏽 Please vote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia… and help improve the biography. #BHM #womeninSTEM
The problem is not that she’s not notable, or that @Wikipedia editors are a bunch of sexist trolls waiting to jump on the bio of an impressive scientist, but because despite her success there are very few reliable references I could use. She may have discovered an element, ..
but there’s relatively little written about her from reliable sources. Idea: universities, learned societies, news websites, start profiling these innovative and inspiring underrepresented minority scientists. It would help the @WikiWomenInRed squad a lot!
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@McLNeuro @DrAilshire @JMGrohNeuro @sbarolo @hormiga @risss_evans @KKTreseder @SarahEMyhre @batssiki @sbrietz Set up ways to continue dialogue with @NIHDirector & committee–ongoing conversation & input. Action plan before you leave. Also make clear any further delays are unacceptable. Action plans, strong regulations/policies must be instituted immediately. Petition is excellent example.
@McLNeuro @DrAilshire @JMGrohNeuro @sbarolo @hormiga @risss_evans @KKTreseder @SarahEMyhre @batssiki @sbrietz @NIHDirector 1- Many excellent thoughts/suggestions in thread. We thought a list of comments/support/urgency from many sectors may be useful. Concerning that @NIHDirector has not made clear, active efforts to stop #SexualHarassment by @NIH grant holders while @NSF & other orgs have.
@McLNeuro @DrAilshire @JMGrohNeuro @sbarolo @hormiga @risss_evans @KKTreseder @SarahEMyhre @batssiki @sbrietz @NIHDirector @NIH @NSF 2- Why isn’t #SexualHarassment a top #NIH priority. Why the resistance to actively creating strong policies against #SexualHarassment to protect #WomenInMedicine #WomenInScience #WomenInSTEM #WomeninEngineering, even when called out repeatedly by many. What’s the real issue here?
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Let’s do it.
Goals of workshop:
1) What is the current state of the field - what do we already know?
2) What are the funded near-future plans? What might we know soon?
3) What are the potential future advances that could be important?
4) How can NASA help?
Intro by @Astro_Wright - what are technosignatures?

(Autocorrect has no idea what to do with the word ‘technosignatures’ if you get even a single letter wrong.)
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My book "Ask An Ocean Explorer"(*) is out in 30 days (on 21 Feb).

So for the next 30 days, I'll be sharing some of the wonders & history of exploring the deep here, in #30daysofdeep

(*<cough>available for pre-order, e.g. amazon.co.uk/Ask-Ocean-Expl…; also for Kindle, & audio book)
On this day, 59 years ago, two people reached the ocean's deepest point for the first time.

Here's a wonderful account by one of them, Don Walsh, in his own words: scientificamerican.com/article/diving…

And here's some archive newsreel footage:

#30daysofdeep 1/30
#30daysofdeep 2/30

Here's Gorringe Bank, a twin-peaked seamount near Portugal that rises from ~5 km deep to ~50 m deep, taller than Mont Blanc in the Alps. Home to >800 species, from deep-sea glass sponges to kelp.

Discovered by USS Gettysburg in 1875 under Capt Henry Gorringe.
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Irony just died a thousand deaths. University engaged in deliberate,relentless abuse & victimisation of a disabled woman in STEM research has been rewarded for "encouraging"women in STEM #WomenEmpowerment #WomenInSTEM #WomenInTech #WomenInEngineering #HumanRights #GenderEquality
Abusive University rewarded. Abuse of a disabled female STEM researcher. Ripped off my income-Commonwealth merit award which I won. $4.8/hr
threadreaderapp.com/thread/1078546…
@Athena_SWAN @Science_Academy @SciGenderEquity @WomenSciAUST @WGEAgency @sallyrugg @sallymcmanus @GetUp @Change
University in Melbourne rewarded for "encouraging" diversity & women in STEM. The University abused me & ruined my career. I'm a disabled woman & was a PhD student in Engineering. threadreaderapp.com/thread/1084800… #WomenInSTEM #GenderEquality @ausgenderequal @EqualEngineers @Stemettes
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