Kudos to Tedmed for the gender ratio of speakers for this year’s event

Well done Tedmed.

Here are the speaker pages below.  Notice anything?

The gender ratio of speakers is actually well balanced.  Well done Tedmed.  Well done.

My "human associated microbes" talk now available on TED site (w/ transcripts too).

My TedMed talk is now on Ted.Com. See below. Some interesting comments too – have been trying to respond to most — even the unusual ones.


Plus there is now a transcript available in English and German. And the transcripts are hot linked to the portions of the video …

Thanks to Tedmed for allowing this and to TED to posting the talk.  Plus the folks at TED re-edited the talk and added some more camera angles for the part where I tossed giant stuffed microbes into the crowd …

Visit to Capitol Public Radio HQ & appearance on "Insight" w/ @CapRadioRuyak

Just got back from a brief visit to Sacramento (which is 15 minutes or so my where I live in Davis, CA). I had a mini 10 minute or so appearance on “Insight” a radio show on Capitol Public Radio.

My visit all started maybe a few weeks ago when I bumped into Lin Weaver in Davis.  Lin was showing some friends of hers around Davis and we chatted for a while on the sidewalk.  One of the topics was my recent fun giving a Tedmed talk.

Anyway – we chatted for 15-20 minutes or so and then I headed home.  And a few days later I got an email from Lin inviting me to be a guest on Insight.  Cool.  I love the show – and listen to it whenever I can.  So I said I had to check some details and then got back to her later and said “yes.”

Lin and the folks at Capitol Public Radio then sent me some additional details and asked for some links to use for their website.

And this AM I headed on in to town.  I was asked to get to their studio at 9:45 AM.  Their studio is on the campus of Sacramento State and I headed on in early and got their at about 9:30.  Of course – I took some pics and posted some stuff to twitter …

Got a parking permit at the desk and then was led into the back of the building to
“The Green Room” and got a look at the studio:


And of course posted to twitter 



I then relaxed in the Green room.  A few minutes before ten the host of insight Beth Ruyak came by.  She instantly made me relax about the interview (was not stressed per se, but somehow felt even more relaxed after the minute with her).  She told me I would be up second and then she left to get ready for the show. 
I took some more pictures and posted a few more tweets


I continued to hang out in the Green Room and got to listen to the interview with the previous guest – Marcos Breton – a reporter for the Sacramento Bee who’s stuff I actually know a little bit of since he covers baseball.

While listening to them chatting away on the air, I decided to add some microbes to the Insight guest book:


And then the assistant producer came out and told me it was almost time to go into the studio.  And then I was in.  Sat down and talked for 10 or so minutes with Ruyak.  We talked about diabetes, microbes, me, twitter, and more. And then it was over.

I took a few pics of the office on the way out:


And that was it.

And it seems it is already on the web.

Storification of my talk (and responses to it) at #TEDMED

I made a “storification” of my talk at TEDMED.
http://storify.com/phylogenomics/my-tedmed-talk.js[<a href=”http://storify.com/phylogenomics/my-tedmed-talk” target=”_blank”>View the story “My TedMed Talk … ” on Storify</a>]

Amazing – Renaissance Hotel in DC has decorated lobby w/ giant microbes #tedmed

Crowdsourcing some facts for my upcoming #Tedmed talk on #microbes on #humans

OK all I am looking for some help here is finding out some latest pieces of information about the microbes that live in and on people for my Tedmed talk next week Some things I could use

  • 1. What is the number of species of microbes found on one person across their entire body (gut, skin, mouth, etc)? 

  •  2. What is the number of species of known human pathogens (that are microbes) 

  •  3. What human ailments are now thought to be possibly caused by disturbances in the microbiome? 

  •  4. How many viruses (kinds and numbers) are found in the human microbiome? 
  •  5. What is a good source of open (e.g., creative commons) images of the microbes found in / on people? 

 I am going to post these each as a comment below so people can respond to each one … Thanks
UPDATE 6/4/2012 – Embedding the talk I gave for TEDMED

More fun w/ WordClouds: Cloud of Talk Titles for #TedMed

Well, getting more and more excited about speaking at TedMed next week.  The list of speakers and talk titles is quite impressive and unusual.  So – rather than list the details I thought I would make a word cloud using Wordle.  I think it captures the spectrum of talks pretty well. Here is one from just the talk titles (link to Wordle version here).