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Real science from real scientists, writers, communicators, artists & clinicians. This week, it's #BlackInPhysics Week | @BlackInPhysics
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23 Oct
Hi 👋🏾 My name is Adama and I'm here to carry on the conversation on all things #BlackInCardioWeek with a little bit about me( @catalystinme_ ). Really excited 🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀🫀 A picture of a black woman with short mid length braids hold
So why cardiovascular science?

I am a bit obsessive and ever since i learnt about circulation my mind was fixated on the heart. To me it's a simple but complex and obviously incredibly important organ 😍
Outside of direct science I am a few people

1. I love design
2. Passionate about science communication ( we'll talk more about this)
3. Love food and watch an unhealthy amount of netflix 🤪
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22 Oct
What I love about #BlackInCardioWeek so far is how diverse and interdisciplinary it has been in terms of what we are all doing to contribute to the field 🤩
The reality is that cardiovascular health requires the collaboration between research, public health, epidemiology, clinical expertise and scientific communication in order to ensure the overall improvement in the education of cardiovascular health #BlackInCardioWeek
A common theme that has resonated with me from the live sessions so far there will be a personal motivation as to why you have decided to pursue contributing to the advancement of cardiovascular science #BlackInCardioWeek
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22 Oct
So why did I enter into cardiovascular research? 👀

Well I fell in love with cardiovascular pharmacology during my BSc and was intrigued about the pathophysiology of various CVDs such as heart failure, atherosclerosis, hypertension, myocardial ischaemia and arrhythmias
My PhD research in particular is looking into the biological mechanisms of obesity within the adipose tissue and how this can lead to the manifestation of CVDs #BlackInCardioWeek #BlackInCardioMetabolic
Obesity is one of the main risk factors of cardiovascular disease and it usually arises when there is an imbalance between the calories consumed and calories expended especially the excessive consumption of high fat food.
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21 Oct
Where did my passion for the Cardiovascular system begin?

Well Diabetes was never taboo in my family. However observing the different ways it was treated, the perception of it within and outside of my community proved the necessity for scientists who understood the community.
I always enjoyed learning about the heart but my passion really began in my Physiology undergrad @UofGlasgow. Learning about its complexity in nature from molecular to organ function, and the various diseases associated showed me that there was a lot of work to be done.
Heart failure is complex! The diabetic heart varies in many ways and as I go through my research and unlock the many differences, the urgency of the work is consistently revealed to me.
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21 Oct
Let's talk about COVID-19 and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Remember what I said about Black people having higher rates of CVD/cardiometabolic diseases (hypertension, stroke, diabetes...). These diseases are or might be risk factors for severe COVID-19.
bit.ly/39S5Qgl
On top of that, Black people are more exposed to the disease (first responders, taking the bus, precarious housing situations that make it hard to social distance, etc.). All of these issues are direct consequences of disparities in income/housing segregation (see redlining)...
COVID-19 also [often] leads to a coagulopathy (or abnormal blood coagulation) that both increases blood clots and inflammation. I am sure you've heard of the COVID-19 cytokine storm. The level of coagulopathy corresponds to the severity of COVID-19.
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21 Oct
Few studies, in the US, have an adequate number of Black participants. I'm lucky to work for one. The REGARDS study (REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke) is one of the largest and most diverse cohort studies in the US (bit.ly/3ocjIJ1)

#REGARDSstudy
Between 2003-2007, the REGARDS study enrolled more than 30K participants all over the US (especially the Southeastern Stroke Belt region of the US). A lot of what we know about racial disparities in stroke and other cardiovascular diseases come from the REGARDS.

#REGARDSstudy
Because of the REGARDS, we now that about 50% of the Black-White disparity in stroke is explained by traditional risk factors (mainly blood pressure).

#REGARDSstudy #BlackInCardio
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9 Oct
Happy Friday! I'm @MeredithSchmehl and I want to take a quick break from #SciComm to tell you more about my lab's research! Members of my lab discovered that when your eyes move, your eardrums move too. Curious? Read on! 1/13 An image in two halfs. In the left half, a person holds up a
Let's take a step back. Earlier in the week, I told you about how I study the brain. But there's another part of my lab that studies the ear! They're looking at the relationship between the ears and eyes to figure out how we locate things and make mental maps of space 2/13 A photo of a person's left ear. The ear is wearing an ear ri
They do this by putting tiny microphones in people's ears - kind of like earbuds! But instead of playing music, the earbuds actually record what's happening inside the ear canal 3/13 A person wearing a pair of black wireless ear buds and holdi
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8 Oct
Hi everyone! I hope you're all enjoying this week's discussions. Earlier today we talked about #SciComm strategies to communicate in writing and to edit others' work. Now we're going to talk about communicating with policymakers…#SciPol! 1/11
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Many types of science clearly show the connection between science and society. Not only do scientists often require government funding for their research, but their work may also enhance treatments for diseases or inform relevant laws 2/11 A photo of several doctors wearing surgical attire and perfo
I'm from the United States, where we elect representatives to make laws. But these representatives rarely have a scientific background, so they may not have the knowledge that's necessary to create science-based legislation 3/11 Several black chairs at an arched wooden table forming a cir
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8 Oct
Hi all! It's @MeredithSchmehl, back to talk more about writing as a form of #SciComm! Let's switch gears a bit to discuss how editing others' work can improve your own writing 1/5
When I first ventured into science writing, I noticed that the techniques used in these articles are very different from academic writing like research papers. I realized I could learn these new skills by reading others' work during the writing process! 2/5 A person pointing to a page in an open book.
One great resource is the NPR Scicommers community led by @JoesBigIdea. Through this program, I've edited pieces of science writing during early stages of the writing process, and learned a lot by reading comments from real editors of news publications! 3/5
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8 Oct
Happy Thursday! @MeredithSchmehl again! Yesterday we talked about outreach and how to get started. Today will be a busy day with discussions about other forms of #SciComm and #SciPol! Let's start with writing 1/9
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Writing is a great way to share science with many types of audiences. Written communication is particularly well suited for targeting adults because it allows you to explain complex concepts in a narrative format 2/9 An open book with hands holding it. Inside the book is a bal
Since I started grad school, I've been writing about science for non-scientists. Here are some ways I've been exploring science writing: 3/9 A hand writing in an open notebook. On the desk are a coffee
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7 Oct
I hope everyone is having a great day! I’m @MeredithSchmehl. Now that we've talked about what #outreach is, how I got started, and how it can be beneficial, let's talk about how you might get started if you're interested. #SciComm 1/7

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I wrote this blog post for @SfNtweets' @NeuronlineSfN about starting an outreach group! Check it out for tips, or keep reading below 2/7
neuronline.sfn.org/outreach/start…
If you're at an educational institution, check to see if there's already a group that does outreach in your area of interest. There may be a student group or a local chapter of a professional society in your field, which may already have outreach activities in place 3/7 A college campus with a gothic style building and green gras
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7 Oct
Welcome back to @realscientists with @MeredithSchmehl! Thanks so much for the questions and comments over the past few days! Yesterday we talked about why #SciComm is important on a broad level. Today we're going to focus on #outreach in more detail: 1/10
Science #outreach is a form of informal education to help people learn about science outside of a classroom. It often involves fun activities or games to help demonstrate concepts 2/10 A gloved hand pouring a pur...
I discovered outreach as an undergrad at @CarnegieMellon, when I joined a neuroscience club at @cmuneurosci. I joined this club to meet my peers and learn more about my field, but I quickly realized that the group was heavily involved in outreach 3/10
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6 Oct
Hi everyone! It's @MeredithSchmehl again, and I hope you enjoyed reading about #SciComm this morning! As I mentioned, I'm currently taking a #SciComm course. Today we talked about media interviews! Here are some key takeaways 1/6
First, although this course is for scientists and engineers, these tips can help anyone explain complex topics in any setting! Even non-scientists can use these tips when they're teaching something new or telling a complicated story 2/6 A photo of 2 people looking...
1. Know your message.

In situations like a media interview, you'll want to prepare in advance. What are your three main points? Practice explaining them, and don't be afraid to repeat them during the interview or other conversation. You want your message to be heard! 3/6
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6 Oct
Happy Tuesday! It’s @MeredithSchmehl and today I'm going to switch gears to focus on science communication - #SciComm! SciComm is all about sharing science and improving access to science 1/10 A schedule graphic for Mere...
There are many forms of #SciComm, including in-person outreach, writing, broadcast media, and #SciArt. Some people also place science policy (#SciPol) under the SciComm umbrella 2/10 A photo of a camera filming...
I got my start in #SciComm as an undergraduate at @CarnegieMellon, where I was involved in community outreach with a student group. We'll talk more about outreach tomorrow, and by the end of the week we'll discuss several other forms of SciComm 3/10
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30 Sep
Hello! I'm Tapoka (@TapokaM) from
@BlackInMicro SM team. Today is #BlackInMycology and #BlackInParasitology day! #Parasitology is one of my faves. I have a soft spot for nematodes, as I study #Whipworm & I’m incredibly excited to learn about #Mycology over the day! 🍄🪱
#ParasitologyInRealLife for me often looks a lot like this, I spend a lot of time with our microscopes. I want to understand how whipworm eggs and the host gut bacteria interact. So I dissect a lot of guts and I look at many eggs 🪱🥚 Tapoka is a Black woman scientist in a blue lab coat and blu
Here’s a very small wave hello 👋🏾 from the mouse whipworm Trichuris muris 🐛 #ParasitologyInRealLife
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28 Sep
Our panelists are discussing their journies into STEM & I'm seeing a very consistent theme of the value of historically Black colleges/universities (HBCUs).

As an HBCU grad myself, I can undoubtedly echo the value of HBCUs and the truly unique training they offer. #BlackInMicro
"You've got to he some type of super sleuth to find Black PIs working in academic spaces" - Jeffrey Handy

This is so true, and disturbingly so 😔
The topic of gatekeeping has come up once again. Institutions, are y'all listening? 👀
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28 Sep
We are so fortunate to have a #TruthTeller giving our keynote address @BerondaM

Science is and has always been political. It is imperative that we point out the ways in which the world stifles and oppresses Black scientists and other Black individuals. #BlackInMicro
"Systemic inequities exist and persist even in spaces that are supposed to be the great equalizer" <--- such as academic institutions
Paraphrasing: We spend too much time focusing on *what* we do and not enough time focusing on *how* the science is being done.
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28 Sep
Story time! (1/11) time to tell you all how I fell in love with #Microbiology #MyMicroStory #BlackInMicro
I grew up on a small farm in the rural South, and the first time that I became truly fascinated with microbes was when mad cow disease (a.k.a. bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE) began to spread to humans (in the late 90s, I believe. (2/11)
We had about 30 head of cattle and my parents began to freak out and sold them all. They weren't sure how to describe the cause, but they knww it was some sort of infectious agent. I was both terrified and fascinated! (3/11)
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28 Sep
I'd like to share an interesting and inspiring #BlackInMicrobiology fact that I'm willing to bet most of you haven't heard of! (1/8)
Arthur Kornberg was a Nobel Prize winner who was known for his work concerning the biosynthesis of DNA.

In 1953, he opened his very own lab and one of his first hires was the incredible Ernest (Ernie) Simms, an African American lab technician from St. Louis. (2/8)
Despite having little formal education, Simms became revered as an excellent scientist. He was an instrumental part of the research team that eventually isolated DNA polymerase I (for which Kornberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1959). (3/8)
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28 Sep
Good morning, everybody!!! What a beautiful day to talk about microbes 😊
We are so excited to officially get the #BlackInMicro week started. There are so many awesome things in store.

First, I'd like to give a huge shout out to all of the @BlackInMicro organizers who have been working their butts off to make this into a reality.
Throughout the day, I will be talking about some of my favorite microbes, as well as some of my experiences being #BlackInMicrobiology.
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27 Sep
Good Afternoon! This is Kishana, one of the co-leaders of Black in Micro, and I will be tweeting from the account today. Some of you might remember me from my time curating in February.
This week will have a number of the @BlackInMicro organizers tweeting from this account. The goal is to give voice to the people behind #BlackInMicro Week and let them convince you that you should be following along on our account and registering for the events this week. Image
#BlackInMicro Week technically doesn't start until tomorrow but you can check out more info at BlackInMicrobiology.org.
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