Twitter is great for communication. You can get your knowledge, opinions, and personality in front of people, easily. And you can curate your timeline to show tweets from people you align with. People, whose humor you enjoy. Or people who you think can teach you something, be it through mutual exchange or simply reading what they have to say.
But you need to know how!
I have been on twitter for quite some time – more than any one person who knows me would expect, because I played around under pseudonyms – a lot. By doing so, I think I have gained a little bit of experience with the dynamics on twitter. I also have notoriously little patience with bad communication – including my own mistakes, which you can still witness regularly.
This video is the first of two parts focused on practical tips for writing your first research article draft. It is deliberately reductive to simply get a student started on writing. More in-depth information to come in later videos!
I talk about how to prepare the writing and and how to begin writing the methods and the results sections.
In this video, I give a quick run-down of my career and research. It is the first part of four that I am making out of footage taken during my life AMA on the Instagram account of The Addictive Brain. I hope you enjoy it!
In this episode I explain how to read a scientific paper for beginners! It gives some basic information on the mindset you should have when approaching research papers. Going through the different parts of the typical “IMRaD” article, I provide questions the readers should ask themselves. I then give a brief intro in literature search, and how an expert in the field reads more efficient by jumping directly to the crucial parts of the paper that provide novelty.
One of my pet peeves with academia is the treatment of PhD students and postdocs which I feel borders(?) on exploitation. I talked with Maria Pinto, who is from Portugal and is currently PhD student in Austria in marine microbiology for my podcast “Science for Societal Progress”. Looking forward to her final year as a PhD student she is beginning to think more and more seriously about what a career in academia would mean to her.
I am running a podcast for Science for Progress, and there I am talking about how to improve academia, and how science/academia interacts with society. I interview people who are, for example, working on better metrics for research(er) evaluation, people who work on topics relevant to society (such as GMO food, and animal welfare), or someone who can tell us a bit about Science Communication, or the PhD experience.
Interested? Well, you should subscribe to the podcast, then!
When you are going to be interviewed for a podcast, you should remember that the episode may be downloaded hundreds or thousands of times. And you don’t want your listeners to turn it off after a few minutes because your sound is awful.
Sure, the podcaster can do a couple of things in post-production to rescue a bad recording. But you want to make sure that you did everything you could (in that moment) to help improve the quality of your sound.
Currently, every scientist with a salary above ca. $24k/yr is exempt from over time pay in the USA – and over time here means everything over 40hrs in a week. Obama now thinks about changing this threshold to ca $50k/yr. This is big, because postdocs make only about $43k/yr on average. So if this comes, and if postdocs become eligible for over time pay, PIs will need deep pockets, because postdocs often routinely work 60-80 hour weeks. In this scenario they probably would increase the minimum salary for postdocs above that $51k level, which would be an enormous jump for most postdocs. Now, while I am confident funding agencies and leading academics will lobby against it, and not all postdocs are officially employed, and I’m rather on the pessimistic side of things, I still think one should at least have spoken up. Otherwise I wouldn’t be eligible for wining, later, right? 😉
So, today I wrote the following comment and made it official by posting it on http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=WHD-2015-0001 – which I think is something every US grad student and postdoc should do, too.