Math Stat Month, National Library Week, and much more brewing on Academic Twitter in April 2018

Math Stat Month, National Library Week, and much more brewing on Academic Twitter in April 2018

April had plenty in store for academics on Twitter. The month began with a tribute to the valuable contributions of libraries and librarians, followed by discussions around the March for Science movement and Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month. Towards the end of April, there was a string of interesting tweets from the STM US Annual Conference. If you’ve been too busy to keep up with all of these developments, here is a quick roundup of some of the most popular discussions on academic Twitter during April:

1. #NationalLibraryWeek

National Library Week is a “national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries” across the US each April. All types of libraries – whether school, public, or academic – participate in celebrating the contributions of libraries and librarians and also to promote the use of and support to libraries. This year marked the 60th anniversary of National Library Week (April 8-14) with the theme "Libraries Lead." Highlights of the event included National Library Workers Day (celebrated to honour the valuable contributions made by library staff) and Take Action for Libraries Day. Interested groups shared their activities and festivities on Twitter using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek. Here are some of the most popular tweets around this hashtag: 


2. #MarchforScience

The March for Science movement is a “force for science advocacy,” dedicated to ensuring that science plays an important role in guiding evidence-based policy and decision-making. Picking up from its first occurrence on Earth Day last year (April 22, 2017), the second March for Science was held on April 14, 2018. It was an eventful day as large numbers of people across the globe took to the streets to actively “march for science.” Naturally, Twitter was flooded with posts featuring science advocates who had come together in solidarity, geared with inspiring banners to support their cause. Here are some of the most popular tweets for the hashtag


3. #MathStatMonth:

April is internationally celebrated as Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month with the aim of increasing an understanding and appreciation for mathematics and statistics. It also marks a celebration of "the diverse researchers and students in these fields who are contributing so much to furthering discoveries, solving problems, and finding beauty in our world.” Various activities such as workshops, competitions, festivals, and lectures are organized throughout the month by college and university departments, student groups, related associations, etc. As a result, aficionados of the two subjects took to Twitter to share relevant resources and honor the accomplishments within these two fields. Here are some of the most popular #MathStatMonth tweets:


4. #STMAnnualUS

This year, the STM US Annual Conference was held from April 24 to April 26, where each day was dedicated to a unique theme. Day 1 of the 4th Annual STM Society Day was dedicated to “helping the scholarly society publisher community to come together to discuss their opportunities, challenges and common issues.” In keeping with the theme – Is your publishing house the researcher’s north star? – the sessions on Day 2 broadly dealt with what publishers can do to help researchers’ emerging needs. Finally, on Day 3, Innovations Day, the STM Association launched Tech Trends 2022, i.e., the newest version of its TechTrends series. Conference attendees actively took to Twitter to share interesting snippets, images, and quotes from different sessions using the hashtag, #STMAnnualUS. Here are some trending tweets from the conference:


5. #phdweekend

You’re probably familiar with #phdchat, #phdadvice, and all the other variants of Twitter hashtags that offer PhD students a stream of useful tips and resources aimed at helping them get through life as a PhD student. Another hashtag that has recently gained popularity among PhD circles on Twitter is #phdweekend. This hashtag is mainly used by PhD students to talk about how much progress they’ve made over the week towards completing their PhDs, how they spent or are spending their weekends (taking a break from writing or working), etc. Here are some notable #phdweekend tweets for this month:


There you have it – an overview of the most memorable moments on academic Twitter in April. If you didn’t have the time to participate in these discussions, you could still follow these Twitter threads and check out some of the conversations you missed.

Did you find this article useful? Did you come across any other memorable moments on academic Twitter this month that you’d like to share with us? Write to us in the comments section below.

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