#phdlife week 103— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) September 20, 2020
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they should use R or python they didn't stop to think if they could use either
#phdlife Week 102— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) September 13, 2020
Three PhD students walk into a bar.
The bartender offers a free drink for the smartest person in the group.
The bartender asks each student separately if (s)he is smarter than the other two.
No one gets a free drink.
Today marks the 100th week since I started my #phdlife, so I thought I'd share some tips based on my personal experience, mainly for new and early-years PhD student or anyone curious.— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) August 30, 2020
#phdlife Week 99— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) August 23, 2020
One of the most common bias in research is our own cognitive bias, which has no design or statistical remedy. One way to spot and mitigate this elusive bias is by listening to others' views, especially when they contradict our prior beliefs.
#phdlife week 98— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) August 16, 2020
Had to submit an article review and suddenly had flashback to my doctoring days.
What do these situations have in common?
Both require me to explain "how bad things are" as politely as possible
#phdlife week 97— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) August 9, 2020
You can tell a lot about a person based on name and format of the files they sent
#phdlife week 96— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) August 2, 2020
PhD research is the deepest rabbit hole I've been down so far
#phdlife week 95— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) July 26, 2020
I have a joke about plagiarism but it's just a copy from someone else's
#phdlife Week 94— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) July 19, 2020
I want to do some Bayesian statistics but I don't have enough prior knowledge
#phdlife Week 93— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) July 12, 2020
I miss the days when people were talking about cell culture, not cancel culture
#phdlife Week 91— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) July 5, 2020
Data scientists should be charged with animal trafficking and animal abuse because they import pandas and feed them to python
#phdlife Week 91— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) June 28, 2020
2020 hierarchy of evidence:
5. Randomized controlled trial
4. Systematic review & meta-analysis
3. "Science" news article
2. Twitter comments
1. Broadcast message in family WhatsApp group
#phdlife Week 90— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) June 21, 2020
You had me at open access
#phdlife Week 89— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) June 14, 2020
What is the collective noun for a collection of unfinished research projects?
A doctor of philosophy
#phdlife Week 88— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) June 7, 2020
These past few months have taught us that prior beliefs, false assumptions, and extrapolation are dangerous when mixed together
#phdlife Week 87— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) May 31, 2020
A calculated doubt is often more informative than an unfounded confidence
Unfortunately we often pay little attention to the adjectives
#phdlife Week 86— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) May 24, 2020
Science journals should one day publish an issue with a list of 100,000 author's names whose papers been rejected covering the front page in @nytimes style.
"They Were Not Simply Names on a List, They Were Us"https://t.co/9dMqOxG47v
#phdlife Week 85— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) May 17, 2020
A successful project requires a combination of motivation, knowledge, time, and good management
When there seems to be no progress, check which ones of these are lacking before anything else
#phdlife Week 84— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) May 10, 2020
Draft: 2,000 words
Final version: 200 words
No one will see the deleted 1,800 words, but your future self will remember the thought process and make use of this information. Think of it as a form of reinforcement learning.
#phdlife Week 83— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) May 3, 2020
Be confident about your strengths
Be honest about your limitations
#phdlife Week 82— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) April 26, 2020
PhD students are perhaps less likely to be affected by these times of great uncertainty as we used to eat uncertainty for breakfast
#phdlife Week 81— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) April 19, 2020
Frustration is like a mild infection.
We don't know we have it until we spread it to others.
#phdlife Week 80— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) April 12, 2020
There is light at the end of the tunnel.
But if that seems to be too far off, make the tunnel brighter with your own light ✨
#phdlife Week 79— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) April 5, 2020
Every hardship is an opportunity to learn and grow
#phdlife Week 77— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) March 22, 2020
Stay positive in everything except test for acute infection
#phdlife Week 76— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) March 15, 2020
I have years of training in medicine, epidemiology, health data science, and molecular biology, yet the subject I have the most expertise on in the current pandemic is social distancing.
#phdlife Week 75— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) March 8, 2020
If you ever feel anxious that your research hasn't made any impact yet, remember that it takes thousands of deaths over a few months to teach our society basic hygiene
#phdlife Week 74— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) March 1, 2020
Today's weather is academia:
seemingly warm with a chance of heavy storm at any time
#phdlife Week 73— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) February 23, 2020
Wits before words
Content before cosmetic
Collaboration before competition
Ethics before everything
#phdlife Week 70— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) February 2, 2020
Decided to work today so I can produce a file prefixed with 20200202_
#phdlife Week 69— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) January 26, 2020
Recent family gathering events taught me that before checking if everyone is on the same page, make sure that they are on the same book first
#phdlife Week 68— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) January 19, 2020
Another article highlights the dark side of research culture: https://t.co/PuEdg9YrUN
I agree one of the main drivers is the overemphasise on publications. Modern research often demands a big team effort which requires various sets of skills beyond writing.
#phdlife Week 66— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) January 5, 2020
Mental health, in particular happiness, is the fuel that keeps our engine running. Make sure to always have enough for the journey and refill when needed (responsibly).
#phdlife Week 65— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) December 29, 2019
People out there are already busy making plans for the next decade but we academics are still replying to emails from last year
#phdlife Week 64— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) December 22, 2019
This past month I went to at least 4 group dinners & 2 institute christmas parties. Academia is so much more fun and rewarding when you can be friends with your colleagues.
Happy holidays 😀🎄
#phdlife Week 63— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) December 15, 2019
Twitter is one of the best resources for science, if we 'stalk' the right people.
It can show the latest literature, events, news, and trends in our fields of interest on daily basis; with occasional memes and cat pics in between as bonus.
#phdlife Week 61:— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) December 1, 2019
If you do a lot of computational works and typing, learn touch typing and invest in a good keyboard, monitor, and seat. Also stretch your back regularly.
#phdlife Week 60— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) November 24, 2019
Celebrating birthday this weekend
I was young and stupid before starting my PhD
Now I am just stupid
But hey, it’s a progress 🙂
#phdlife Week 59— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) November 17, 2019
So according to this survey by @nature https://t.co/arP6F6xc70
there are at least 63 respondents who think that the most enjoyable aspect of being a PhD student is social life.
Can I make friends with these people please? pic.twitter.com/x3Lq7o6NAX
#phdlife Week 58— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) November 10, 2019
If chemists print out the periodic table of the elements and put it up in every chemistry building, epidemiologists / statisticians / data scientists should do the same with the 2x2 contigency table / confusion matrix
#phdlife Week 57— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) November 3, 2019
There are 4 types of people:
- Know stuff
Talk about stuff all the time
- Know stuff
Don’t talk about stuff
- Don’t know stuff
Don’t talk about stuff
- Don’t know stuff
Talk about stuff all the time
Knowing which one is which is critical
#phdlife Week 56— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) October 27, 2019
It's adorable to see people in some countries celebrate Halloween with "Trick or Treat" tradition once a year.
In academia people celebrate "Publish or Perish" tradition all-year round, and it's far scarier.
#phdlife Week 55— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) October 20, 2019
I am reaching this point of the project where I can correctly type the full path of files buried 7-folder deep from the root without auto-completion
#phdlife Week 54— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) October 13, 2019
A "failure before success" story like that of the recent Nobel Prize winner Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe won't become a story until success is the ultimate outcome. We need to build a community where everyone feels safe even when failure is the outcome.
#phdlife Week 53:— Albert Henry (@AH_AlbertHenry) October 6, 2019
Last year, impostor syndrome / self-doubt was the main villain in my PhD story, but many more enemies are lurking in the dark. There are two that I need to defeat this year: envy & jealousy
(And yes, I'm a fantasy fan, hence the narrative) https://t.co/T3WjdYVuv7