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A Dissertation Defense, Live-Streamed and Tweeted (with an Update)

Friend-of-Science-Careers (FOSC) Danielle Lee will be defending her dissertation — An Investigation of Behavioral Syndromes and Individual Differences in Exploratory Behavior of Prairie Voles, Microtus ochrogaster — this morning at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time (11 a.m. on the east coast) at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. That’s a big deal for her; we’re proud and wish her well. But dissertations are defended by FOSCs every day; why does her defense merit a blog post on Science Careers?

Because it’s the first dissertation defense I’ve heard about that will be both live-streamed and live-tweeted on Twitter. Lee is the blogger behind Urban Science Adventures (read her last-minute thought on her defense here) and she Tweets as @FeteSociety. You can access the live stream at and follow her defense on Twitter using the hashtag #LeeDefense. (Lee herself won’t be tweeting. She’ll be rather busy.)

We at Science Careers wish soon-to-be-Dr.-Lee excellent luck.

(Speaking of Twitter, you can follow me @SciCareerEditor.)

Update: At approximately 1:30 p.m. eastern time, Danielle announed to the world, via Twitter, that she is now officially Dr. Lee.