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Baltimore, MD
Joined March 2009
Replying to @MarcusCrede
I was talking about students in the same lab
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Denis Wirtz retweeted
The 1st double lung transplant for a patient with lungs destroyed by #COVID19 (see pic ⬇️) was 1.5y ago. Now 1 in 10 🇺🇸 lung transplants are due to #Covid. One person dies in 🇺🇸 every 1.4 hrs waiting on an organ. Don’t become one of them. #VaccinesWork #GetVaccinatedNow #Omicron
The US has performed its first double lung transplant for lung damage caused by #COVID19. The recipient is a 20 yr old woman. She remains on a ventilator at this time. The damage inflicted by #SARSCoV2 is stunning. Via @nytimes nytimes.com/2020/06/11/healt…
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Replying to @A2DaveSept
Hard to tell what’s endogenous.
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Denis Wirtz retweeted
The best part of writing a book is all those sweet friends who actually went to the trouble of pre-ordering a copy texting you excitedly with their copies!! Thank you sweet friends!!
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Replying to @gepasi
Twitter polls do not allow for nuance
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Replying to @deniswirtz
Passion for reading + thinking --> pursued scientific career --> still loving it today --> still here. Without that passion for critical reading & thinking, the hard work would not compensate. Finding those "gaps" @sandraXmon mentions & making connections is key.
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Replying to @MaxKonigMD
I mean for students in the same lab
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Replying to @daforerog
After a certain (high) threshold of work, working harder makes no substantive difference.
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Replying to @TheSurajKannan
Could be hard to disentangle quality of lab/environment and success in PhD research: the better labs (or perceived as better) attracts the better students. Inputs and outputs are correlated. But I am asking having controlled for that, i.e. different students in the same lab.
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I have been trying to predict the degree of success of PhD students for a long time. Success takes creativity, hard work, writing and presentation skills, luck. But I think one of the very best predictors of success is critically reading the literature. What counts the most?
22% Creativity
48% Hard work
13% Writing/presentation
17% Reading the literature
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Small price to pay to get to work with amazing undergrad students.
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This for 11 students (undergrads and REU students) times 6-25 schools.
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Replying to @Joshilabyale
I support. I uploaded >150 LORs this weekend.
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Replying to @Cyberplasm
It is standard
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Replying to @Olive_Free
Also, they are the best confitures anyway.
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Heart in Science
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Replying to @XtlStruc
Agreed sur toute la ligne!
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Denis Wirtz retweeted
An accelerated path to an Omicron specific vaccine in less than 3 months ft.com/content/a7aa4bd3-4405… by @hannahkuchler
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Utterly sad and depressing
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