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May 27, 2022 13 tweets 3 min read
1/ Gender Bias in Student Evaluations of Teaching: ‘Punish[ing] Those Who Fail To Do Their Gender Right’

Our big #qualitative analysis (386,277 unique responses!) published in Higher Education… 2/Our findings suggest that student evaluations of teaching seem to measure *conformity with gendered expectations* rather than teaching quality

A cause for concern given the integration of SET data into performance profiles, and management and organisation of teaching practice
May 26, 2022 15 tweets 4 min read
1/n Thread

I want to talk a little this afternoon about this win for trans athletes & athletes with sex variations

International Olympic Committee shifts toward human rights

Here from me and Drs Madeleine Pape and Ryan Storr:… 2/n

On important background, in March 2020 the IOC recognised harassment and abuse as a current human rights challenge, and in particular recognised that LGBTQI+ athletes are at “particular risk of harm and structural discrimination”
May 25, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
It just occurred to me that I neglected to provide some injury prevention materials here!

It's not all doom and gloom, I can highly recommend the free (!) Perform+ program from Football Australia
May 25, 2022 20 tweets 13 min read
Good morning from #BJSMLive22 everyone

@BJSM_BMJ EiC @DreznerJon and conference Co-Chairs @FionaWilsonf and @osmanhahmed welcoming us in-person and online Conference stage as seen re... I think will be a day of really important Sport and Exercise Medicine conversations, including on:

- PA promotion
- Low back pain
- Safeguarding
- COVID-19
- What should SEM look like in the 2020s?

May 24, 2022 33 tweets 8 min read
1/n 🧵

I want to address a narrative that we see around women’s sport and inclusion (particularly from those who seek to exclude trans women & women with sex variations from women’s sport), and how this narrative is part of a bigger pattern that functions to keep women small 2/n

I have been hearing more frequently the narrative that women's sport apparently exists as a 'protected category' so that women can win (because, on this account, without it no woman will ever win again)
May 24, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
So I’m at the train station on my way to Brighton 🏖 Sign reading Bath Spa with a green hill and houses and blue Train leaving a station platform First, I’ll be speaking at #BJSMLive22 tomorrow

This is a new online & in-person Sport and Exercise Medicine conference covering:

- Physical Activity promotion
- Low back pain
- Safeguarding
- COVID-19
- What should SEM look like in the 2020s? BJSM Live poster that reads: Bringing together the global SEBJSM Live speaker announcement featuring Sheree Bekker
May 23, 2022 26 tweets 12 min read
1/n [Thread: gender and sport, sport injury, and prevention]

Today I want to talk about research that @J_ParsonsUofM @steph_coen and I published in @BJSM_BMJ

Free to read thanks to it being Editors' Choice… Slide that reads: Flipping the script: Let's talk about gend 2/n

I must say, @J_ParsonsUofM and @steph_coen are an absolute dream team to work with

Please do go and give them both a follow! Slide showing images of three women, Dr Joanne Parsons, Dr S
May 23, 2022 9 tweets 4 min read
Today I have a few teaching and admin related tasks to do, as well as preparing for a conference (#BJSMLive22) on Wednesday I teach on three courses here at Bath:

1. Our distance learning MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine and Sports Physiotherapy courses, for which I convene the Research Phase in which students complete a substantial research project…
May 22, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Since it’s a beautiful, sunny spring day I’m here in lovely Bristol for the foodies festival

So hungry and so many amazing food options! What to have?

What are you getting up to today? Photo of a crowd in a festi...Photo of a crowd in a festi... After considering my options: Bao first, I think 🤤 Bao bun stall advertising g...
May 22, 2022 11 tweets 7 min read
So before I get onto more about my current work, I though I'd do a quick thread to share my background and how I got to where I am today I was born in South Africa, and grew up in Francistown, Botswana

Today Botswana has one of the world's fastest-growing economies, but it's history includes being colonised as a British Protectorate, gaining independence in 1966

May 22, 2022 9 tweets 3 min read
Hi everyone!

I'm Dr Sheree Bekker (she/her), a lecturer in the Department for Health @UniofBath

My (transdisciplinary) research contributes critical insights across a range of contemporary challenges in Sport Science, with a focus on injury prevention and safeguarding Selfie of a white woman in ... My current research is focused on two key strands:

1) understanding the influence of gendered environments on sports injury, and
2) conceptualising gender inclusive sport

I want sport to be a safe space for all

Apr 11, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
There seems to be some interest in this topic of why we all find the same images memorable and forgettable, so let me tell you a bit more about it. Let's start with faces! @WilmaBainbridge has taught us a lot about what makes pictures of faces memorable and forgettable. @WilmaBainbridge even has a website where you can upload your own pictures and get feedback from a computer model about how memorable they are. Let me know if you try it!
Apr 11, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
Yesterday I shared a some fascinating facts about different types of memory. Now let me tell you a bit more about what I do. I study our ability to remember whether we've seen specific things before; it's often called 'familiarity' memory. We've all had that experience of walking down the street, seeing someone, and remembering that we know them but not being able to recall details such as who they are. We are interested in understanding: what's going on in our brains when that happens?
Oct 8, 2021 41 tweets 13 min read
We had our department's doctoral students' meeting today. High time to share more about the topic I'm working on for my dissertation!

All please welcome #evolution of #altruism! Put simply, altruism means unconditionally helping another. You might think it's a human trait, but it's actually present in lots of animal species! Let's have a look at some.

In the previous tweet, you could see an example of guarding against predators. Is that altruism?
Oct 7, 2021 26 tweets 6 min read
I meant to tweet more actively this week, but my three-year-old's fever derailed these plans. Luckily, she's better now. This came at the same time as me starting an elimination diet to find out what's problematic for my breastfed baby.

Let's have a look at infant allergies. This may come as a surprise to most non-parents, but food allergies are surprisingly common in infants. The estimates vary a lot, but fluctuate around 5%: one in twenty infants having a food allergy. You likely know some.

But it's hard to know for sure for reasons we'll look at.
Oct 7, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
I mentioned the movie Europa Report in the #Europa thread yesterday. It's an amazing piece of science fiction about this moon.

But there are plenty of interesting takes on life in a subsurface ocean in SF! Let's have a look at a few... 'A Darkling Sea' by James Cambias is an interesting novel featuring a civilization in an exoplanetary subsurface ocean. Much recommended!…
Oct 3, 2021 39 tweets 36 min read
"All these worlds are yours. Except Europa. Attempt no landing there." - 2010: Odyssey Two, by A.C. Clarke

Most of you think we'll first discover life outside of Earth on Europa or Enceladus. Let's have a look at these amazing worlds of ice and water! 🧵 Europa. Image: NASA / JPL/ ... In 1610, Europa, Io, Ganymede and Callisto were discovered almost at the same time by Simon Marius and Galileo Galilei.

We remember the latter better, but those names were selected by Marius. If not for him, we might have been calling them after the Medicis, Galileo's patrons... Galileo's drawings of Jupit...
Oct 2, 2021 15 tweets 5 min read
Excellent question! The answer is partly related to planetary protection and to engineering, partly to the uncertainty of our knowledge about liquid water on Mars now and its accessibility. Thread 🧵. I'll start with the water. While the geology of Mars - dried-up riverbeds, deltas - suggests it likely had plenty of liquid water long ago, it currently has too thin atmosphere for liquid water to stably exist on its surface, regardless of temperature. We have to go underground! Dry delta on Mars.
Oct 2, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
#Astrobiology it is! 🦠 🌃 🔭

Not a surprise. Most of us have asked ourselves whether we are alone in the nearby universe, whether there is other life, and if so, whether it is microbial, macroscopic, or even intelligent...

But how can we study something we don't know exists? Britannica defines astrobiology as a "multidisciplinary field dealing with the nature, existence, and search for extraterrestrial life" - practically spot on, but we should emphasize that for this, we study the evolution of life on Earth, extreme conditions it can survive...
Aug 20, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
As wonderfully described by @CCriadoPerez in her book ‘Invisible Women’, women are living in a world designed for men. Now in an era of increased data science, that means that there is a data bias towards men (1/5) This wonderful book covers everything medical data (including ‘standard’ symptoms of heart attack) is based on men, that women are 47% more likely to be seriously injured in a car accident and asks ‘can snow clearing can be sexist?’ (2/5)
Aug 19, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
How I approach my own mental health is not the only way and with everything difficult, it’s a journey. So please don’t view anything you differently to me as wrong!

But what do I actually do to take care of my #mentalhealth? (1/8) 1) Understand that there will be very good and very bad days. These may come at random times and without reason. It’s about riding the rollercoaster