I will assess your heart: thanks and farewell Marion Leary

The second week of May saw RealScientists curated by Marion Leary (@marionleary), Assistant Director of Clinical Research and Course Director at the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Marion wrote an excellent piece over at HuffPo about science communication and her time at RealScientists, which you should definitely go and read.

Marion introduced herself by ways of showing us her incredible tattoo

And covered everything you could ever want to know about CPR, cardiac arrest and defibrillation, raising many important points and often overlooked details.

Marion is also a deft meme-olgist, something which we always appreciate here at RSHQ 🙂

We asked Marion to complete our post-curation survey, and her responses are below.

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

It was an amazing experience full of engaged followers.

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

At first it was very daunting, but you get used to it.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

Highlights was doing a periscope CPR training and getting such great feedback.

Lowlights: Twitter trolls are everywhere – but it actually wasnt too bad.

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


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

Yes, I wrote up a 17 page document full of pre-written Tweets, stats, images, gifs etc.

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

Plan in advance!


Thanks once again Marion 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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