Science policy under the microscope: thanks and farewell Kimberly Walker

Kimberly Walker (@Coquinegra) is the manager for public affairs at the American Society for Microbiology in Washington DC and joined Real Scientists in late August.

We knew this was going to be a great week when…

Kimberly covered a bunch of aspects of medical technology training and certification and reminded us that clinical laboratory scientists are one of the unsung heroes of medicine.

And then took us down the route of science policy…

and some of the frustrations in working with politicians.

Kimberly kindly obliged in filling out our post-curation survey, and her answers are below.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?        

I was unsure of how I would fill the week. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Microbiology is part of every day life and many topics I wanted to cover were supplanted by current events. I could have easily spent another week.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?        

It certainly was a bit of a shock to regularly have ~1,000 followers and suddenly have over 33,000 people paying attention. Seeing my typos retweeted 50 or 75 times was also quite humbling.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?        

The interaction with young microbiologists and clinical laboratory scientists was particularly nice. Most of my week was quite pleasant.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I wanted to talk about the special experience of being a scientist from an under-represented group. The racial microaggressions and the sexism that still is too common in research.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?       

I had a plan.
But I didn’t stick to it . But that was a good thing.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Build in a special time each day for tweeting.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

@ASMicrobiology, @BlackAndSTEM, @heyDrWilson, @drfriedenCDC, @aphl, @ASCP_Chicago,

Thanks once again Kimberly from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.

 

 

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