Re-blog: Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Social Oncology Project (Week of May 27, 2013)


I wrote this for the THL News Blog.

This will be my last post for some time as I leave campus to complete an internship for the remainder of the summer. It has been a pleasure writing this feature and I hope everyone enjoys reading as much as I enjoyed investigating.

Nothing was really turning my crank this week until I came across this post:

Then I clicked on the link. They aggregated 16+ million tweets for this study (that’s a lot of data, Batman)! They also talk about the impact of awareness days/months/weeks and celebrity mentions on the social media cycle for oncology. I went to the hashtag mentioned, #soconcology, to find out more.

Because the report was released just a few hours before I began writing this post, there wasn’t as much reaction as I expected. I think there will definitely be increased awareness and attention in Twitter and blogs as people have an opportunity to digest all of the content. Today also starts the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting (#ASCO13), themed “Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer.” There were already presentations scheduled surrounding social media, but the conversation really exploded after this report was released. It’s also beginning to bleed over into the #hcsm hashtag.

Happy trails everyone. I’ll see you again in the Fall.

Re-blog: Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Stem Cells, Cloning and Publishing, Oh My! (Week of May 20, 2013)


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I’m sure most of our readers know that a groundbreaking article was published on May 15th regarding patient specific stem cell cloning. What has come to light since then about the publishing process for the article has been slightly disturbing. First, I looked at the original announcements and information about stem cell research, then I went on to explore issues surrounding science communication and scholarly publishing. It all started (as far as I could tell) with this announcement:

This immediately lead to ethical and policy questions being raised. Many discussions were found on the following hashtags #bioethics, #stemcell, #stemcells, and #cloning.

What we found out this week was that the paper was pushed through the publication process so quickly that some (minor) mistakes were found through post-publication peer review including a manipulated image. These conversations are still unfolding.

This has lent some steam to the conversations that were already focused on the publishing process and its role in research, faculty status, and science communication.

Re-blog: Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): National Women’s Health Week and Prophylactic Mastectomies (Week of May 13, 2013)


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While I was preparing last week’s post, I saw some tweets about National Women’s Health Week this week. I thought that was quite appropriate considering the week started with Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day itself was full of trials and triumphs as noted in these tweets:

From there, I looked to #NationalWomensHealthWeek and #NWHW to find the most interesting tweets about Women’s Health.

I don’t know if Angelina Jolie decided to hold her press conference because it was National Women’s Health Week, or because she just felt is was the right time, but the revelation of her prophylactic double mastectomy certainly had people talking about women’s health issues. It started with an outpouring of support and well wishes for Jolie and evolved to include conversations surrounding Supreme Court cases, economic and healthcare realities, and patent law. You can follow these conversations on #brca and #breastcancer.

Finally, I came across a reference to #WD2013 which is the annual Women Deliver conference. This global conference is being held in Kuala Lumpur May 28-30, 2013. While you may not be able to attend in person, they will have online streaming content. The conference focuses on the “health and empowerment of girls and women” through political and economic engagement, particularly as it relates to maternal and newborn health and wellness.