Posted by : Konstantine Sunday, March 8, 2009
Update - New video included, which reflects the finished product, discussed here.
My how time flies when one doesn't pay attention. This is a busy weekend for me, mainly because I have too many things going on at once. Ardent readers will remember my blog post referring to a future presentation on Chernobyl's effects on cell transformation. That seemingly distant date of March 10th has crept up on me as it usually does and I am in the midst of simultaneously studying for a human physiology midterm, which is on Monday morning, as well as preparing for the Tuesday presentation on my topic.
At least I am slightly ahead of the game in that I have chosen my papers for the Chernobyl presentation. However, I am yet to actually summarize all of the content of these papers into a 40 minute presentation that will not put people into a comatose state. As is hopefully evidenced above in the YouTube video of one of my previous keynotes, I tend to try to make my presentations as dynamic as possible with little text and many diagrams that I then explain verbally. All the pertinent information is usually contained in little blurbs that bored people can read and retain, instead of large chunks of text. One of the things that appealed to me most about a presentation on Chernobyl was that I could actively engage my audience with vivid illustrations and video to demonstrate the impacts of the accident while infusing it with data and conclusions derived from scientific studies.
The main paper that my talk will focus on is titled 'Human minisatellite mutation rate after the Chernobyl accident' by Y.E. Dubrova et al. (Nature 380, 683-696; 1996) that details germline mutation rates of children born in areas heavily exposed to radiation from the accident. The findings of the paper are not promising, with a frequency of mutation that is double that of control groups.
I will post the presentation as soon as I am done with it on my YouTube channel, so as to preserve it amongst some of my other videos for years to come.