I will miss George immensely. I learned so much from him, not just about epidemiology & how to do research, but about how to be a great mentor & a great human being. George always made time to talk with students about anything & everything and encouraged me in so many ways.
George served on my doctoral committee, and as a co-Investigator on my first ever NIH grant, which would never have gotten written, much less accepted, without his support and guidance and friendship.
I’m sure many many other epidemiologists can say the same about George & I hope everyone will share their stories. He has impacted so many people so deeply.
One last picture for now — my favorite — George & his bride @AnnfromBoston, at #SER2019 happily sharing their new temporary epi tattoos ❤️❤️💔

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31 Dec 20
I did a TON of things in 2020, but one thing I didn't manage to keep up with is writing #tweetorials for all of the academic papers I published.

So here's a thread of very short summaries of the papers I've been a part of. Let me know which ones you want to hear more about!
My first paper of 2020 was the final paper from my dissertation. I really love this paper because it packs so many ideas into such a short amount of text, but one thing I regret is not giving it a more general title.

Despite the title's focus on individual-level simulation models, the paper has important implications for all mediation analyses and for defining causal questions for non-manipulable exposures.

Read 38 tweets
29 Dec 20
Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a wildly productive year for me academically. A big reason is I took the advice of my mentor, @_MiguelHernan, and as a postdoc & junior faculty said "yes" to every opportunity I could, in order to learn what did and didn't work for me.
Some things I've learned: A🧵
* In person talks & workshops are so energizing to me and can lead to great collaboration opportunities.
* Online talks are draining & make it much harder to network.
* Guest lectures can be fun, but recorded guest lectures are more bang for my buck.
* Doing peer review was a good use of time when I was learning to write & publish papers, but less now I am so busy.
* Pre-prints are a valuable way to get rapid feedback + reduce the pain of publication timelines.
* @UpcycledScience is a great tool for desk drawer papers.
Read 6 tweets
29 Dec 20
This past semester I taught two courses: an advanced (causal inference) methods course, and an outbreak investigation course.

I’d like to share some thoughts on teaching during a pandemic.

1. The pandemic is the major thing happening in everyone’s lives, in one way or another. Acknowledge that it exists and state clearly how your course expectations are changing because of it.
1b. Change your course expectations because of the pandemic! Relax late work policies, provide alternative grading options for people that need more flexibility, use projects or homeworks rather than exams, find ways to allow for asynchronous course participation.
Read 10 tweets
28 Dec 20
On the first day of Christmas, my quarantine activity:
A puzzle of a pear tree
On the second day of Christmas, my quarantine activity:
Two knitted gloves
And a puzzle of a pear tree
On the third day of Christmas, my quarantine activity:
Three French crime shows
Two knitted gloves
And a puzzle of a pear tree
Read 5 tweets
26 Dec 20
There’s a lot of talk about how anti-expertise sentiment is problematic, but I’d like to offer a slightly different take.

The issue isn’t that people don’t want to listen to experts, it’s that experts aren’t being honest with ourselves about the limits of our own knowledge.

Although many people take the concept for granted, KNOWLEDGE is a hard thing to define.

Philosophically, to *know* something you generally need three things: (1) for it actually to be true; (2) for you to believe it is true; and (3) for you to have learnt it in a reliable way.
The first requirement—that the think you think you know is actually true—is something we can’t ever really be sure of because The Truth is largely an unknowable philosophical mystery, in the same way that a perfect circle is an idea that doesn’t exist in the world.
Read 25 tweets
22 Dec 20
The past 12 months, I’ve heard a disturbingly large number of people, even respected senior scientists, ask the question: “how do I design a study to prove this fact I already believe is true?”

Um, you shouldn’t?!

Ask instead: “how do I design a study to learn *if* it’s true?”
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