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Hello! An about me:

I'm a junior undergrad student in the PNW studying political science, with my current interests being in int'l security, nuclear politics, and int'l environmental policy.

I teach with a local science outreach program that works with Title I schools in the area. I'm also a licensed nuclear reactor operator currently prepping to go up for my senior reactor operator licensing exam.

In my free time, I like to make desserts, play tabletop games, and make theatre.

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Scholars, are there actually non-Google alternatives to Google Scholar?

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You are valuable and meaningful outside of your academic performance.

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Which are the things you learned/are learning during your PhD, that you value the most?

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Hey all!I am researching on the topic of federation and more focused on Mastodon. I would really appreciate if you could answer to this question:
— What made you move to Mastodon?
Thank you so much for all the help you can give me, love, Pedro

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Tired: Explaining that social forces heavily influence how philosophy is shaped and practised.

Wired: Loudly exclaiming "Is this even philosophy??" while flicking through Descartes

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microblogging as composition tool Show more

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Hey friends

Maybe today you can make a safe space for someone

It also counts if you make a safe space for yourself

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Been a long time, Scholar! Been busy with keeping things together my final semester of undergrad, but now I really need some advice from folks with more experience
As part of my department portfolios (and future plans) I need to write up my CV, which I've never done. I've consulted online resources and they seem contradictory.
Can anyone offer any guidance on how to write and structure a CV for someone who is just finishing undergrad?

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Anyone attending the Organization of American Historians conference? This will be my first time and uh, the 150 page conference program has got me kinda intimidated as an attender of smaller conferences in my field of practice

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the public sphere Show more

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Hey, y'all-- Facebook recently announced they're launching a "Patreon killer" service.

Regardless of your thoughts on Patreon, FB's alternative is TERRIBLE!

⚠️ 30% gross revenue fee
⚠️ Automatic LIFETIME IP rights to ANYTHING you put on the service
even if you quit!
⚠️ FB wants to give discounts and freebies whenever they like, w/o creator approval, and then deduct it from creator revenue
⚠️ FB will also control WHO sees your content and how many views you have

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queer high ed issues Show more

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The contradiction of academia- we are supposed to be humble to take criticisms, but also have an overinflated sense of self to make it through the constant rejection

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:DS9: quote that I love Show more

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Being in a research university there is an unhealthy expectation that you should work all the time on your research and coursework, with no breaks.

Maybe taking weekend breaks aren't much, but it is a step toward undoing the workaholism in academia.

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New here? Remember that Twitter is optimized to make you into passive consumers, by en(r/g)aging you with content that you don't choose yourself.

Here, that doesn't happen. But it also means you're responsible to find people to follow.

It will take some work.

If you're willing to put that in, you'll find a wide variety of friendly people that will be happy to have meaningful conversions and laugh and cry together with you.

Start by searching and looking at who other people follow.

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Scaring away bad people Show more

I started looking more in depth at PhD programs recently and yes there are people who've been in HSS (history and social sciences) throughout their entire higher education, but I'm a little surprised by how many people in international relations started out with a STEM undergrad degree.

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gender policing AMAB enbies Show more

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Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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