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Have You Seen … What NIH is doing with their videocasts?

Yes, I’ve been away for a long time. I have so much to share, and so many lovely blogposts and concepts parked in “draft” mode. It’s been a rough few years culminating in a really rough year. More on that later. For now, I want to dip my toes back in with something short and easy that I can do quickly.

If I had infinite time, or several dozen of me connected to a shared massive brain, one of the things I’d like to do is lurk in various lecture series and soak up all kind of cutting edge info, philosophies, science, research discoveries, and so forth. Recently, I’ve been closely tracking the NIH Videocasts. So much wonderful information being presented, and lucky for us, most of it ends up on Youtube as NIHVcast!

Here are a few highlights from the Youtube channel, mostly from the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series and the Demystifying Medicine series, but with a few also from the Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) program.


Demystifying Medicine 2017: Mitochondria, Aging, and Chronic Disease

Germs, genes, and host defense

TRACO 2016: Precision Medicine and Nanotechnology

Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past

Democratizing discovery science with n=Me

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee – July 2016

Decoding the human genome: getting to 20/20

MicroRNAs and their regulatory effects

The epigenetic clock, biological age, and chronic diseases

Genome regulation by long noncoding RNAs

Demystifying Medicine 2016: How Long Can and Should We Live & What Centenarians Teach Us about Aging

Bacteria as master regulators and aphrodisiacs

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Robotic Planetary Exploration and Thoughts about Human Spaceflight

Age, genes, sex, and smell: predicting Parkinson disease

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Cholesterol: Too Much and Too Little Are Bad for Your Health

Biomedical research: increasing value, reducing waste

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Trauma in the Modern Age: Injury and Stem Cells

On My Own: An Afternoon with Diane Rehm

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Mechanisms and Imaging the Process

Innate molecules in the inflammation and cancer

Using human stem cells to understand and treat diabetes

Adventures in brain plasticity: from memory palaces to soulcycle


At the Movies: Sex Positivity Messages on Youtube

Montage of thumbnails for several Youtube channels focused on sex positive messages

Tonight there is a #medlibs Twitter chat on some ways in which sex education is happening on social media.

Sexual Education & Social Media Chat — Sex Ed On Social Media: Quirky or Quality?

In preparation for this, I’d like to share highlights from a few of the more popular “sex positive” sex education Youtube channels! “Sex +,” “sex positive,” and “sex positivity” is a whole movement focused on looking at sex and sexual behavior as a good healthy thing rather than “dirty”. I’m probably oversimplifying with that rough definition, but it gives the broad idea. Many of the advocates and information channels include education, but some focus instead on relationships, communication, psychology, and attitudes. Some are professionally made, some are from health care or educational professionals, some are homegrown. You can’t tell which are the good ones from the source. Some professional ones are badly made or slanted, some homegrown ones are excellent and accurate.

As the phrases “sex positive” and “sex positivity” become more popular, you also begin to find some pornography channels that adopt the phrase in order to get into the search results. This has also happened with “sex ed” and “sexual education,” where some of the channels are more focused on education, and others are more focused on the (ahem) sex. This makes it really hard to go out, do a search, and actually FIND good quality sex ed content in Youtube. You can’t know before clicking if you’ll find something educational or something more smutty or something simply stuffy.

These channels often have clever names to communicate their focus topic (Ask My Girlfriend, Cherry TV, GLAMerotica 101, Kara Sutra, Nice Girls Like Sex Too, Sexplanations, Twisted Broad). Some of them provide good information in a cute way, others have cute names but rarely post any information, and yet others aren’t actually on the topic they seem to be on. Even if they post information rarely, it might be good, or it might be dated or irrelevant. Even if they have lots of views, it might be because it’s a good video or it might just be, well, porn. Again, you don’t know until you go look.

So, you can’t trust the key words, the metadata, the sponsors, the names of the channels, or the names of the videos. This is one of the best reasons for medical librarians and health care professionals to look into this before the questions are asked or answered. Trust me, you REALLY don’t want to be browsing these while someone is looking over your shoulder waiting for an answer! I stumbled into a few surprises while planning this post that I really could have done without. (The eyeballs! They burn! Ahhhh!) So spare your eyeballs, and check out a few of these as examples of the sex+ genre.

In this collection (which is highly selected and ONLY examples!), I’m focusing specifically on pieces with a more education focus and less of the sex, how to, issues, or relationship management, even though those are also obviously important. This means I didn’t include the famous Dan Savage or Kara Sutra or Just Sex or Nice Girls Like Sex Too or Twisted Broad or …. I also wanted to show sex ed that is more peer-to-peer, from teens and young adults to other teens and young adults, so I didn’t include pieces that try to sell sex toys or psychotherapy or couples therapy or from major universities. Face it, the universities offer solid content, but it isn’t as fun and engaging. Should it be? Why or why not? Did I miss any channels you think are great? Please list them in the comments!


Of course, I have to begin (and end!) with Laci Green, who is THE name in this space. If you only have heard of one sex positive online advocate, it is probably her. This video on the topic of what is consent and how to get it goes into an essential concept in sexual safety, as well as prevention of rape and sexual violence. Her description of the video includes “how to properly ask for consent, as well as what consent does and does not sound like.” Good stuff, worth thinking about. What would you add or change?

Wanna have sex? (Consent 101)


Laci Green started up a second channel in partnership with Planned Parenthood for talk about sex topics that are less educational and more issue-oriented. In this space, she has a small collection of videos on topics such as recovering from rape, hormone therapy, birth control, pregnancy testing, and more.

Sex After Rape


Laci Green started up a THIRD channel in partnership with MTV for talk about pop culture, some of which includes sex talk and much of which doesn’t. In this space, she has a small collection of videos on topics such as recovering from rape, hormone therapy, birth control, pregnancy testing, and more.

Sex At Hogwarts?!


Sexplanations is a channel designed around the perception of authority (“with Dr. Doc”) right along with quirkiness (check out the pigtailed avatar). The “Dr. Doc” behind the show is Lindsey Doe, a clinical sexologist.

Sexplanations Episodes 1-50:


Reid About Sex is a partnership of Reid Mihalko and Cathy Vartuli (Intimacy Dojo). In their extensive video series they have conversations about topics of interest, ranging from gender identity and sexually transmitted diseases to communication, props, behavior, and sex positive business advise. Whoa. That’s a lot of ground to cover.

Can You Get Herpes From Cuddling?


The Sex Ed Talk used to be called “The Tit Talk”, and can be found in various social media locations under either or both names. Their focus is on what they believe should have been covered in school, but wasn’t, or wasn’t covered as thoroughly as they like.

Vagina 101


Dodson & Ross introduce themselves as “the top sex educator in the world” and “the best attorney on the planet and my stunt c**t.” They continue by claiming you can’t ask a good question they won’t answer. They mean it, too. I had trouble finding one that was safe to put in this post. Despite the use of straight language (which sometimes means street language), all the videos are education, and pretty straightforward as well as candid.

Healthy Vaginas Through Menopause


I just couldn’t do this post without included my first and favorite Laci Green video — “You Can’t Pop Your Cherry (Hymen 101).”

You Can’t POP Your Cherry! (Hymen 101)

You Can Help! Crowdsourcing Disaster Planning & Response Resources for #SMEM


I can’t tell you how EXCITED I am about this project! Disaster and crisis response planning is one of my, well, hobby isn’t the right word, so let’s say special areas of interest. I like languages, and I love accessibility. I love advocacy and doing-good-for-others projects and activities. You all know how engaged I am with social media. I go giddy over citizen science and crowdsourcing and collaboration technologies. Then, riding the bus to work a couple days ago, I was chatting with Dave Malicke from Open Michigan, and he mentioned they are (wait for it):
of a video series in YOUTUBE
developed as part of a global health COLLABORATION
on DISASTER management and response and EMERGENCY planning!!

Open Michigan: Emergency Planning Lecture Videos -HEALTH Alliance: Captions

Now, really, how could I not be excited?

Even better, they are kicking off with a grand event combining both a real life and virtual meet-up (with FOOD for the face-to-face part). They are calling this the Translate-a-Bowl, and it starts today and runs through the weekend. But don’t stop if you are busy all of Superbowl weekend, because the need for translators and proofing will continue until it is all done!

I am remembering when the tsunami hit Japan, and people had found emergency hospital evacuation procedures, and needed them urgently translated RUSH into Japanese. These videos were developed for East Africa in collaboration with a group of African and American universities. It is really an impressive collaboration. If you can’t help, the project is still fascinating, especially for how it is organization and developed. If you know English and any other language, take a further look.

“Our priority languages are French, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and Swahili, but we encourage all languages. (We have computer-generated translations in those 4, plus 31 others.)”

About the project:
Help us translate educational videos about microbiology and disaster management from Michigan, Ghana, and East Africa:

Register for the Bowl:


Here is the playlist of the disaster management videos:

Emergency Planning Lecture Videos -HEALTH Alliance: Captions:

Remember, they are also doing other topics, like microbiology, it is just that I am so excited about the disaster videos.

New Technology Collaboration Space on Campus

Right now, it is a quiet moment at the Grand Opening of the University of Michigan, School of Education, Brandon Center.

UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening

I came for the technology.

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UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening

They are all set up comfortable large and small collaboration spaces discreetly and tastefully embedded with technology. They have large touch screens, little iPads, media:scape screens and controllers to easily allow small groups to rapidly shift screensharing from person to person. Lots of network, lots of outlets, lots of power, lots of options. But while you might come for the tech, you’ll stay for the comfort.

UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening
UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening

I was given a tour by Chris Quintana, who you see in one of the pics resting in what is being called a shimmy chair. It shimmies because it can swivel in two directions at once. The seat swivels, the back swivels, and you can end up curled up in a little nest, with your legs draped over the side, like Chris is doing. Or you can sit as if it is a traditional chair, like Barry. I exclaimed when I saw the booths, “This is where I would live!” Chris commented, “Yeah, we hear that a lot.” Take-away lesson? More booths, more booths!

If tech and comfort aren’t enough, it is just beautiful.

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UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening

The design and colors are bold, simple, clean, warm, comfortable. I could see using this palette for my kitchen or dining room. It is just comfortable, and makes you feel at home. The flexibility of the technology is extended into the spaces, with both fixed and movable areas. You can see the subtle design touches and attention to detail in some of the photos. Very, very nice space, visually.

If that’s not enough, they have batches of fun stuff out just for today (but some of us are suggesting that some gamification of the space might serve the community well in the long run).

UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening
UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening

Definitely worth a visit, and at this point it looks like a good model for other spaces on campus. And you, of course, know what the next step is.

UMich School of Education Brandon Center Grand Opening: Try Me

Digital Storytelling in Support of Health Outreach (Shot By Shot)

My friend, Shannon Murphy, just sent me the link to Shot by Shot.

Shot by Shot
Shot by Shot:

You’ve already heard a bit about my story with pertussis (whooping cough). Believe it or not, it is still happening. Last week, one of the medical librarians I work with told me she knew she didn’t have whooping cough because her cough didn’t make that characteristic whooping sound (which is one of the biggest myths associated with the disease). It turned out she caught her cold from her toddler daughter, and her daughter also doesn’t have the “whoop,” which is much more relevant than whether the mom does or not. Countless times this past winter, after I recovered from my bout with pertussis, I heard people on the bus with the irritating insuppressible tickle-in-the-back-of-the-throat cough that says to me “adult with pertussis.” What are you going to do at that point? Everyone on the bus has been exposed already, and they don’t know it any more than the person with the cough knows it. Who is on their way to work, where they will expose the rest of the people they know. The public health department has already announced that we are the center of an epidemic of whooping cough, but everyone believes their vaccine or the neighbors’ vaccines are up to date and they are safe. But they aren’t.

Shot By Shot is a brilliant application of digital storytelling to this issue. They literally have collected stories and videos from around the world, in different countries and cultures, all looking at the lives of people who could have been safe, and should have been, just like the people riding the bus with me last winter. Here is one of those stories, a young woman who came down with whooping cough just before she delivered her baby, but she didn’t know she had whooping cough.

You can find many more stories at the Shot By Shot website, or in their Youtube channel. While you check them out, think about other ways in which people’s lives could be changed or saved by digital storytelling.

Shot By Shot:
Shot By Shot Stories:

Patricia F. Anderson on Youtube, Slideshare and Science 2.0

On December 16, 2008, Chris Chapman caught me at my desk and asked to interview me about Youtube, then pulled out his new FlipMini. He asked me questions about many other related matters, and then it moved into editing. I heard rumors that he was showing various snippets of it to people, but I didn’t see the edited version myself until several months later, August 09. Now that we’ve finally added titles & credits, we are putting it here so you can see it also! I am surprised how much of it is still relevant.

The part that got snipped that I thought was important was about people who scrape videos from the Web and repost in their accounts without attribution of the original source. Great way to lose control of your content. If you put your own stuff in Youtube, at least you have documentation that it is YOURS and that you were there first. Harder to find it and get control back if you don’t.

Patricia F. Anderson on Youtube, Slideshare and Science 2.0:

VideoLectures Hosts Identifying the Influential Bloggers


VideoLectures is another open access academic video / media repository. Yes, we have YouTube, iTunesU, Slideshare and other related locations where folk of note (and not) are sharing some really wonderful content. Videolectures is doing something I haven’t seen before, which really impressed me.

They have the video of the lecturer, next to the slides, both synced so that they display at the appropriate times with the audio. You can download the slides as either a PDF or the original source file, and you have the outline of the presentation. AND you can embed the video What can I say? WOW!

Here is an example — a lecture on research about how to analyse social media data to identify influential bloggers. Very interesting content as well as a great example of a wonderful educational technology resource. Take a look.

Identifying the Influential Bloggers

Nitin Agarwal