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One of the most persistent and bogus ideas about women and sex is that we’re less visual than men. Enough already
Women as likely to be turned on by sexual images as men – study, from @NicolaKSDavis:…
This so-dumb-but-won’t-die idea that men are “more visual” feeds into other biased and inaccurate ideas—“Men just have to,” “Men are Ever-Ready” and “What do expect when you dress like that?” All this brought to you by years of bad pseudo science #scicomm
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Dear science/climate twitter. We know twitter is terrible at corrections: it doesn't allow edits, so our only options are to delete (bad because erasing doesn't mean no one read or RT-ed it), or to RT and/or reply with corrections (bad because ppl might only read original tweet).
As @JacquelynGill's epic thread shows, mistakes / imperfect science exist, and it's our job to bring those discussions in public debate. So I've got a modest proposal involving #scicomm hashtags.
1/ #SCunconfirmed means the reader is not 💯 sure the result is robust.
2/ #SCrobust means the result has been read and considered robust by the reader, who has the expertise to make such a judgement confidently.
3/ #SCuhoh means some important caveats / red flags in the study, which need to be taken into account for accurate interpretation.
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A #thread about promoting scientific literature in graduate students, while having fun, and generating results. I hope this is helpful for some, and feel free to Retweet. #WSUEntomology #sciencetwitter #scicomm #scichat #phdlife #phdchat #GradSchool #readingcommunity #science
Many faculty are often frustrated that students seem to have a poor understanding of the literature, or are surprised when students don’t know the “big names" in their field. However, one must realize it is easy to get “pigeon-holed” while you are focusing on your MS/PhD
Reading groups are one way to address this issue – meet weekly or bi-weekly and read literature in a given field. However, too often reading groups are dominated by faculty/postdocs with more experience and students are afraid to speak up for fear of ridicule or embarrassment.
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{Day 1} Resources Thread

So you want to give presentations to broad audiences. Awesome!

🚨UNLESS🚨 your slides are the SAD way of presenting.

SAD = Standard Academic Delivery = SmartArt, bullet points, text-heavy, bad #dataviz, etc

Learn more 👇
🚨 ALSO 🚨

If you choose to do a webinar, then it can't be the type of webinar that encourages people to multi-task & ignore you. 😴

That's NOT effective communication or dissemination. 👏

That's just extra work & no one has time for that 😑…
If your presentations are visually engaging with beautiful #dataviz, then everything else I talk about this week will be easier and faster 🙌

Again, the purpose of this week is to help you * repurpose * materials to save time.

So let’s make sure we can repurpose those slides!
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Our final thread on 'Twitter for science organizations' ! @PrinSciAdvGoI 🥁
Today we discuss Interactions & Mistakes. But before that, let's talk a little more about hashtags
Hashtag choices - Here is a tweet that is part of a series of live-tweets by @NCBStheory during the annual Monsoon School on the Physics of Life, held at the @NCBS_Bangalore campus.
Lets look at what this tweet did right and not-so-right
👍🏽 Its a great idea to intersperse informational tweets with 'lighter' tweets, especially while live-tweeting events. It breaks the tedium and increases audience engagement.
👍🏽The use of media - a photograph helps to prevent text overload for the audience
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Have you ever wondered why some cats purr and other cats roar? Did you know that house cats aren’t the only felines that go “meow”?? Why does this happen?! The answer might be more simple than you realize! Let’s get into it! #ScienceTwitter 1/ 🐾
Cats! Everyone’s favorite machines of predation and cuteness are categorized in two main genera, Felis and Pantheras. Some people acknowledge these categories as the “purring cats” and the “roaring cats”. What separates them though?? #ScienceTwitter 2/ 🐾
One of the major distinctions is in the hyoid bone! This is an ossified structure which rests above the larynx allowing for a higher variation of tongue, pharyngeal, and laryngeal movements! Big cats like lions and tigers have tough cartilage that runs up the sides! #SciComm 3/
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Confession: As a new mom 11 years ago I was hesitant to #vaccinate my baby. I was on strict bedrest for 12 weeks, fearful of losing the baby, and spent a lot of time on mom blogs some of which were #antivaxx or vax hesitant.
Moms worry a lot about their babies: nutrition, environmental toxins, cognitive development. Even as a pediatric nurse I had a lot of anxiety over these things.
So, we put baby on a spaced schedule that we found in an infamous book by a CA pediatrician. Our pedi at the time was pro-vax but open to it as long as we continued to vaccinate. She counseled us every time we came in, always with a consistent pro-vax message.
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A thread on the iniquity, chance and contingent nature of having a ‘voice’ in the climate debate.
“To those that have shall be given” is a paraphrase of Mathew 13:12 where it refers to knowledge. But it is an apt description of the attention economy too.
People in the public eye, or who already have ‘voices’, are overwhelmingly the favorite ppl to be asked to do new things, be part of new projects, and if these are successful, have their profile even more elevated.
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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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Thread. I go to a lot of meetings where I have only a modest level of knowledge about the field. Which is great, because then I learn a lot. But I don’t understand the main point of many talks. #DarkConfessions #scicomm
For a long time, I reckoned this was just me, and my ignorance of community-specific jargon. Also, #ImposterSyndrome. Editors have it too.
Anyway, I began to confess my lack of understanding to other audience members, and ask them for an explanation. Turns out, many of them also did not understand the talks. At all.
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So far, we’ve established that I think #scicomm is a super important skill set to develop. Not just for journalists and scientists, but in fact, I think everyone should dabble in pop science writing. Why is that? 1/
I’ll start from my own experience: Doing a PhD was hard, not least because I doubted myself all the time, every single day. Writing helped. If you currently do science, you may find that writing about anyone’s science, not just your own, is good for mental health. 2/
Writing about science, mostly other people's science, helped me re-gain perspective and find meaning in science again. I am not alone here:… 3/
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Okay, above 500 follows, so time for a thread about what I do: #AcceleratorPhysics! ⚡💥⚛️

In this thread, I'll answer:

❓ What are particle accelerators, and what're they for?
❓ How do accelerators work?
❓ What does accelerator research look like?

Please ask questions!
As the name suggests, the goal of a particle accelerator is to speed up charged particles. We can only accelerate _charged_ particles because we rely on electric & magnetic forces to do so.

We most often accelerate electrons or protons, but any charged particle/ion is fair game!
Once these particles are moving quickly, we can use them to:

⚛️ Search for new particles like the Higgs boson or dark matter
🔬 Study the structure of matter
⛑️ Make possible x-rays and other medical imaging, treat cancer
🍏 Increase the shelf-life and safety of produce

& more!
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[Day6: #ScienceComedy FAQs & hot-takes]

It’s my last day, friends! Let’s talk all things #SciComm Comedy today (standup, comedic storytelling, improv, sketch, humor writing, & more).

I’ll dig into using it for reframing “the expert” & empowering underheard perspectives in #STEM
CALLING ALL #SciComm #STEM #Research #Academia doing #Improv comedy, add yourself in this thread so we can find each other all over the 🌍

eg, some NYC #STEM improv tweeps (more are on insta & FB):
ROLL CALL: #SciComm #STEM #Research #Academia doing #Sketch or #character comedy, add em in this thread so we can find each other all over the 🌍

Some NYC folks I ❤️ who do video sketches:
@shodell’s Your Brain on Blank
@RollieWilliams’s @InconvenientTS

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[Day5: Communicating the Dark Side of #Science]
Let's get to the nitty gritty, intersectional #STEM issues today.

What are your thoughts on #SciComm around the complex, messy, imperfect scientific process & the dark history of Science?
MUST READ Examples: dealing w/ Race & Racism in #Science.

@AngelaDSaini’s #Superior (& #Inferior on gender inequity)

@PhysAnth’s statement on Race & Racism thoughtfully written by an intersectional, diverse committee…
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[Do #Science #Panels work?]

One of my least favorite formats of communicating research w/in #Academia & yet it's everywhere & continues to be the default to pack as many big names as possible onto a stage.

Have you seen it go well? And seriously, why do we keep doing it?
One of the biggest culprits of when #Science #SciComm #Academic panels not working tends to be poor moderation.

My intro to dialogue facilitation/panel moderation came from a journalism prof who emphasized the importance of doing your homework on the panelists & the audience.
As a #science #academic panel moderator, you:

- keep the flow of conversation going
- balance voices & time, being mindful of power imbalances
- be a proxy for your audience

It really doesn't go well when moderators just take over the conversation instead of FACILITATING it.
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[Day4: Strengths & Limits of #SciComm forms, media, & spaces]
It's theory vs practice day!

There are loads of resources out there for #BestPractices. Today, let's discuss the strengths & limitations YOU've found in trying #STEM #storytelling, #comedy, #SciArt, #digital, & more!
I'll start w/ my favorite resources: @edbeltane & @OliverEscobar's "Public Dialogue & Delibration" & #WendyFaulkner's "Dialogue in #PublicEngagement" handbooks.

How do participant #communication styles impede/help your purpose, eg. #dialogue vs #debate?…
These have been crucial in my understanding of #experiencedesign when creating events or experiences for diverse #scicomm audiences & participants.

There's a purpose for panels and debates. But also a reason why they fail in "changing minds" or creating power-balanced convos.
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[Day3: Creating & Sustaining Spaces of Practice]
Q: Have you created or been part of initiatives for #Science #STEM #STEAM #SciComm practice? Are you considering creating one yourself?

Today we'll discuss "safe spaces to fail" and scaffolded experiences to build up your skills!
Why do I care?
As a former academic & now in my work to spread adaptable skills in #scicomm through #comedy, it strikes me how little prep we get to teach or give strategic talks as we make the shift from undergrad to grad levels

How many bad habits do we accumulate b/c of this?
What are some bad communication habits in #Science #STEM you've seen, experienced, or are still working to overcome?

Here's where I used to struggle:
- preparing talks the night before
- going over time
- imagining the audience wasn't even there
- bad PPTs
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I'm often asked by academics how to use Twitter. Rather than repeat the same stuff on different occasions, I decided to create a thread.
This is just my own personal experience so PLEASE join in, add your own thoughts/suggestions & ask questions!
1. Decide your purpose
Why are you using Twitter? What do you want out of it? If it's purely to read up on other people's work, find new research & catch the latest news, that's totally fine.
A good way to curate your feed is to create Twitter Lists…
2. Audience
If you want to go beyond reading to post your own content, decide on who you want to target. Who is interested in reading your tweets? Who do you want to get the attention of and why?
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To add, I as a US-based researcher w/ #ScienceOutreach experience going into UK #SciComm & #PubEng, it struck me how INTEGRATED #reflectivelearning is to their work culture.

ie, integrating failure-learnings are incentivized

I’m in awe of @LouWoodley for bringing that to @aaas
I cannot stress enough how important Institutional Incentivisation is for not just acknowledging #Failures in #STEM, but also in truly integrating learnings into DAILY practice.

Independent orgs like @GuerillaScience @AcademicStandUp , the incentive is sustainable business.
But what about #Academia? Or individual #scientists #academics #SciComm practitioners where the pressure to produce, publish, & keep grinding...

What are the specific barriers to a regular #reflectivepractice?

And how can your institution/community alleviate it?
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[Day2: Failing Better Together]
Q: What does "failure" mean to you?

For me, my #sciencefails & #SciComm fails fuel my teaching & community-building values:
- Creating spaces to fail better
- Building communities to exchange learnings
- Scaffolded experiences to reframe failure KyleMarian on a microphone with her back to the camera. She's facing the audience and hosting a storytelling show.
#Failure is an important part of #Science & #Comedy, but it wasn't until I got into comedy where I started understanding the impact of being transparent & celebrating failures.

It also got me thinking: does #Academia have an integrated process & outlet for dealing w/ failure?
Do you incorporate #journaling or #reflections into your #SciComm practice?
If you work in teams, do you have regularly-scheduled de-briefs?
As professionals, are you given allotted times in your paid schedule to reflect on project learnings?
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[Day1: Strategic SciComm Through Play]
Often times, when talking #SciComm #SciOut #PubEng #SciEng #SciEdu #SciArt, we spend a lot of discussions on the idea of play + joy + fun for target audiences.

As a practitioner, do use "play" to get better in your practice? If not, why?
Do opportunities & spaces to "PLAY" with your craft/skills in communicating #science even exist for you?

For academics, the lack of opportunity to learn+practice+play w/ public speaking significantly impacts careers, like favoritism of "charismatic ppl" to bad teaching habits.
In the #Arts + #SciArt, rehearsals + practice time is crucial in honing your craft.
In #MuseumEd & #projectdevelopment, there are stages for prototyping, focus grouping, beta-testing to "play".

In #Academia, prof dev workshops exist, but do you have a space for practice?
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It's me, @kylemarian! I'm excited to start a new week of conversations here with y'all.

I'm a #SciComm consultant w/ a passion for creating intersectional, interdisciplinary, & inclusive communities & experiences. This week we're covering practice, failure, strategy, & #comedy! Image of @KyleMarian, a filipina immigrant with long black hair wearing a black jacket and holding a mic smiling. The the right describes her discussions for @iamscicomm during May 27-Jun1. She is a SciComm trainer, comedian, producer, ARIS fellow, Science in Vivo grantee, and Queens Council on the Arts grantee. It has her email
[New Curator, Who Dis?]
A lil more about my #science background: I'm a former #physicalanthropologist who studied the Indonesian "hobbit" species #Homofloresiensis. I also taught dissection-based human gross anatomy and excavated w/ friends in #Atapuerca #PinilladelValle Spain.
My #SciComm training started w/ the @AldaCenter using acting-based #improv to finetune my sense of creating together w/ others & actively listening. Then I took a career pivot towards taking my MSc in #SciComm & #PublicEngagement at @EdinburghUni w/c led me to @BrightClubEDN!
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This is almost certainly wrong, but it illustrates some of the real complexities involved with journalists interpreting scientific research 1/
The first thing I do when I see a headline like this is try to find a press release. It gives you a lot of insight into how the story came about

This is what I found…
The story appears to be from a study presented as an abstract at the American Gastroenterology Association's national conference

This is an immediate red flag
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Amateur astronomers around the world are noticing that something weird is happening to the Great Red Spot in Jupiter... observations are showing variability in just few hours. Stay tuned ... or even better, if you can take photos of Jupiter, do it!
Another busy day... I had to skip morning sessions at the #A3Dscimeet19 as I needed to do a couple of “urgents” things at the uni including marking quizzes from my tutorings and preparing an invitation letter for a PhD student visiting us in July...
But before I forget again, it is very important to say a big “Happy Birthday” to the @theskyentists co-host & awesome young astronomer & Science communicator @AstroKirsten as she just completed another full orbit around the Sun!
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