Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle 🎁
Yesterday I presented an update on my dissertation research project. My department requires students to present their data once a year, and it’s definitely nerve-racking to present in front of all our faculty and students! 😬 However, it’s also very rewarding to share all the data I’ve worked so hard to collect. The next time I present in front of my department will be at my defense! I still get anxious before talks, but here are some tips I use to prevent getting my tinsel in a tangle over presentations:
1️⃣ Practiced not scripted- practice makes perfect and can help assuage nerves, but remember you’re not memorizing a talk, you’re rehearsing its presentation! 🗣 Practice your timing and make sure you hit all your key points for each slide.
2️⃣ Eye contact- this is obvious but so crucial. Using presenter mode allows me to have notes on the screen as a security blanket, but I limit the time I’m looking at the screen by picking people in different areas of the crowd to switch up my gaze 👀. Using slide advancers and laser pointers can also help you engage your audience.
3️⃣ Tell a story- this is THE most important aspect to conveying your data in a convincing manner. Having good transitions between slides and experiments is key for keeping the attention of your audience. Use powerful visuals to your advantage- I use graphics to depict experimental designs and to summarize the main points of my thesis 📊. Creating a graphic or flow chart of your hypotheses and findings sends a powerful message to your audience. Lastly, explain WHY your research matters and HOW your work adds value to the field- in the case of the biomedical sciences, how it can improve health outcomes. Never lose sight of the big picture!
Don’t forget to have fun and be proud of what you’ve accomplished! Do you have any tips for public speaking? ⬇️
Do YOU feel like an imposter at work😟?
“Imposter syndrome” is the feeling that an individual gets when they doubt their accomplishments and have a constant feeling of being exposed as a “fraud”🙅🏻♀️. This is very common with high achievers, and those who are “experts” in their field. It’s the feeling that you are incompetent or inadequate of tasks, despite the evidence that shows you are skilled.
Recently @thesmallscientist and @msbrandymorgan posted about their experiences with imposter syndrome, and it gave me the feels for every time I deal with it as well. On the outside people look at academics like they must “know everything”, and yes doing a PhD does teach me A LOT of stuff… but I still don’t know everything!
Just a few weeks ago when I had presented my research seminar I told a colleague (who I view as SUPER smart) not to ask me questions during my presentation because I feared looking “stupid” in front of everyone. After I was finished he came and asked me all the questions he had… and I answered every single one of them🙏🏼. He said that there was no reason for me to get all worried about questions, when clearly I knew my stuff.
I am always so worried about not knowing something, and the pressure of being a PhD just adds to this. People assume that since you are doing a PhD in a particular field of science, that you know EVERYTHING science related. But that’s the beauty of science, we will NEVER know everything, and that’s OK.
How to deal with imposter syndrome🤷🏻♀️? Make a list of all of your accomplishments from 2018. Explain your research or expert skill to your parents or friends. Tell a child some awesome fact that you know, and see the amazement glow from their eyes.
At the end of the day just remember that YOU are deserving of all of your accomplishments, and no one will ever know everything💪🏼! Let me know if you have ever struggled with imposter syndrome, and how you dealt with it👇🏼?
Que noite foi essa, minha gente?! O carinho e o amor que recebi de vocês aí do Brasil foi demais!!! .
Quando me perguntam sobre a coragem de vir morar aqui sozinha... eu sempre digo: eu nunca estive sozinha! Eu sempre senti o apoio, o amor e o carinho de vocês e a noite de hoje foi uma prova disso!!
Sou realmente muito abençoada com os meus amigos e a minha família linda que tá no Brasil e também com os amigos incríveis que fiz aqui nos EUA, amigos que eu sei que vou levar pra vida!! .
Acordei um tanto quanto nostálgico e achei essa foto perdida na minha galeria. Gratidão ao universo por colocar pessoas incríveis como a @gessica_mdiniz em minha vida. O melhor presente que esse doutorado poderia me dar. Thanks for always being here 💞
Aula Prática Pós-graduado Treinamento de Força, Saúde e Alto Rendimento
Módulo Programa de Condicionamento Extremo
#PHD Ramires Tibana
109 hours ago
It’s a pretty strange feeling. They drape this hood over your shoulders and 10.5 years of college suddenly comes to an end.
It’s been such a long journey to get here and I’d have to say that was the hardest part for me. Watching all your friends go off and make lives and get great jobs and make money while you eat another bowl of ramen and head back to lab at night to stop an experiment at a 12 hour time point.
On the same note, it’s been my friends and family that made this possible for me. Hands down. The ones that continued to invite me out with them even though I had to turn them down the last 10 times they reached out. The ones that donated their own resources to me so that I could climb mountains and explore rivers on short notice. And most importantly the ones who were working right beside me on a Saturday so we all didn’t feel so lonely while everyone was out enjoying themselves.
There’s so much more to say but nobody likes novels on their social media feed so I leave it at that for now. Luckily the fun doesn’t end as I leave for UPenn soon to start work on new cancer therapeutic and hopefully put this honor of doctorate to good use.
Semoga tahun ini yg belum punyak anak dikaruniakan anak secepatnya.. aminn.. dan yg belum berpasangan semoga kelak mendapatkan jodoh yang baik, aminn.. Semoga yg ketik amin, terus berlimpah rezekinya amin... . . .
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839 hours ago
You don’t have to say yes to every project, committee, and responsibility. Only commit yourself to the things you are interested in. This will allow you to avoid being spread too thin, while still being a high performer. ———————————————————————
What are you working on right now that you are enthusiastic about?
Straight flexin into the new year like “new body, who dis?” .
Funny story: in high school, I deemed that 150 lbs was my dream goal weight because on the BMI chart, someone who is 5’9” and 150lbs is deemed somewhere in the middle range of “normal.” I currently fluctuate between 160 and 165 and honestly I’d be scared for my body if I lost 10-15 more lbs. But here’s the crazy thing - if I gained 5 pounds, that would put me into the “overweight” category for BMI. I may me biased, but current me certainly doesn’t feel like she’s anywhere near “overweight”. .
I say all this to highlight the way women (and men) struggle with body image from a very young age. For so long I was constantly battling with myself, and the scale, as if that number had a direct reflection on who I was. For so long I tried and tried and tried again to be 150 lbs. Ultimately, I went through several cycles of extreme dieting and exercise, wouldn’t lose “enough” weight, give up, gain it back, repeat. I was unhappy, I saw something totally different than what others saw in the mirror and truly let a number define me - I thought I was ugly, unlovable, and undesirable. All because of a number on the scale and the number on a tag in my pants. .
Now, I am healthy and I love my body for all of the things it is capable of doing. I can stand on my head yall! And do other cool bendy things in yoga that I never thought I’d be able to do past elementary school when I was a bean pole in gymnastics. I’ll admit, I’ve been slacking these last few months in the fitness aspect cause of school, but I still made the effort to show up for myself on the mat at least 1-2 times each week. I look at myself in the mirror and see a totally different person and am proud of the work I’ve put in - physically, mentally and emotionally. So heres to continuing that journey in the new year 🍻🤗 #fitness#fitnessjourney#fitspiration#bodyimage#bodypositive#girlswithtattoos#phd#fitphd#phdstudent#phdlife#roadtophd#fitfam#yoga#yogi#selfcare#selflove#loveyourself#showupforyourself#bmiisbullshit#progress#progresspic#progressnotperfection
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W piątek obroniłam moją rozprawę doktorską pod tytułem "Bestämdhet och indirekta anaforer i svenskan ur främmandespråksperspektiv: en studie av polska studenters svenska" (Określoność i anafory pośrednie w uczeniu się języka szwedzkiego jako obcego na przykładzie studentów języka szwedzkiego w Polsce)! 🎓
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This is the tardigrade or water bear. Many of you won’t know this incredible little creature but it is said to be the toughest animal to ever roam our planet. They first appeared on earth over 600 million years ago, and have survived all 5 mass extinctions. They can survive extreme heat (151c) and extreme cold (-272c). When they dry out they temporarily turn into glass, when they are exposed to radiation they can repair their own dna, and they can even survive in the vacuum of space. Nature’s toughest animal, that will most likely even outlive humans.
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Somalia is using Polyglu to treat drinking water
Nippon Poly-Glu now provides water treatment assistance all around the world, from responding to requests from the Thai government in the aftermath of 2004′s Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake to aiding 700,000 refugees in more than 50 camps across Somalia. Its products have also achieved commercial success in Bangladesh, where they are sold directly to municipalities and individual consumers, while part-time ‘Poly-Glu Ladies’ act as local researchers, marketers and salespeople.
Nippon Poly-Glu facilities and products require little expert knowledge to use, and by selling directly, the company is able to provide enough PGα21Ca to treat 1,000 liters of water for as little as $1. The company has now touched as many as 70,000 individuals in Bangladesh alone.
Nippon Poly-Glu works hand-in-hand with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Tanzania, and has recently received assistance from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). It’s also working on small-scale efforts such as making inroads into small Buddhist villages in India. In recognition of the benefits PGα21Ca has provided both inside and outside Japan, in October 2013 Oda was presented with the Excellence Award at the Twelfth Japan Innovators’ Awards, hosted by Nikkei Business Publications.
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