Sequence and sequenceability: thanks and farewell Cheryl Keller Capone

Cheryl Keller Capone (@KellerCaponePhD) is a Research Associate at the Center for Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics at Penn State University and joined RealScientists in the middle of April.

It didn’t take long before Cheryl smashed out one of the best out-of-context tweets we’ve seen for a while

We also got a blow-by-blow account of DNA sequencing which was very cool (yes, there is ice involved so pun totally intended)

And some gorgeous pics of the Penn State campus

We also asked Cheryl to reflect on her time at RealScientists, and you can read her interview below.

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

I had a fantastic time tweeting for @realscientists! It was a such wonderful opportunity to talk about my research as well as other aspects of science. I also thought it was a valuable learning experience in terms of developing my science communication skills.

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

The level of engagement was very high and was somewhat overwhelming at times, however, the large majority of responses were very positive and supportive, which made it very enjoyable and exciting.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

I think people really enjoyed my photo stories, and I had a lot fun doing them. In particular, I live-tweeted a DNA sequencing run as well as a tour of my lab. I included a ton of photos during both threads, which helped generate a lot of excitement and engagement.

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

I did have a plan for my week as curator, and organized it such that I continued to build upon topics that I covered the day before. For example, I knew that I had to set up a DNA sequencing run on Tuesday morning, so I made sure to cover the basics of genomics and genomic technologies on Monday. I also saved the topic of pseudoscience for Friday as I felt that would be a good lead in to the March for Science on Saturday. For the most part, I stuck to my plan, but I also was not rigid about it either. I did tweet about a few unplanned topics based upon comments from followers.

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

@JacquelynGill ‏

Thanks once again Cheryl 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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