ST NetWatch: Web Broadcasts

ASBMB Interactive Features
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) collects seminars, interviews, and podcasts in the “Interactive” section of the society’s web site. Award Lectures from the most recent annual meeting are presented in a hybrid slideshow-video format: The slides are displayed in a large window next to a small screen showing the video of the speaker delivering the seminar. The display options can be customized by the user, and the slide text and notes are searchable. Because the video and the slideshow are synchronized, users can skip ahead or go back to previous slides without losing their place in the seminar. The Award Lectures address various topics, but those from researchers such as John Scott and Alexandra Newton should be of particular interest to the cell signaling community. ASBMB also presents video interviews with prominent researchers in the molecular biology community and archives all podcasts from each of the society’s three journals: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. Videos can be viewed using either Windows Media Player or Quicktime.
ASBMR Webcasts
The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) archives many of the seminars presented at its annual meetings, including plenary sessions, memorial lectures, and roundtable discussions. The talks cover every aspect of bone biology, including clinical diagnoses and treatment, imaging technologies, metabolism, and development, with a few talks specifically addressing cell signaling in bone development and disease. Users can watch the slides accompanied by audio only or watch the slideshow alongside video of the speaker. The speaker’s words appear as captions below the video window, and users can also download a transcript of the seminar. Adobe Flash Player is required to view the videos.
CSHL Leading Strand
The Leading Strand hosts a collection of video-recorded presentations from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) meetings and courses. The site is divided into “Restricted Access” and “Open Access” sections. The “Open Access” section features freely available seminars, including the full series of presentations from the 2009 and 2011 “Cellular Biology of Addiction” meeting. Access to the restricted section is limited to people who have recently participated in a CSHL meeting or course.
iBioMagazine is a collection of short videos that focus on the more personal side of scientific research. Topics include science education and policy, career advice for young scientists, personal stories of how prominent researchers came to a life in science, and narratives about seminal discoveries in the biological sciences. Seminars with particular relevance to cell signaling include Cynthia Kenyon’s description of the hormone signaling pathway that regulates aging in nematodes, Peter Walter’s overview of the unfolded protein response, and Rob Phillips's discussion of the importance of mathematics and quantitative approaches in biological research. iBioMagazine is a collaborative effort between the American Society for Cell Biology, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the University of California, San Francisco. New seminars are added regularly, and all may be viewed as streaming video with QuickTime or downloaded in various formats for viewing on portable devices.
Research leaders address various cell biology topics in iBioSeminars, a collection of seminars provided by the American Society for Cell Biology. These seminars are recorded in a studio and produced using a bluescreen technique in which the speakers are superimposed onto their slides in a format similar to a television weather report. iBioSeminars are sorted into five categories: Biological Mechanisms, Cell Biology and Medicine, Developmental Biology and Evolution, Global Health and Energy, and Chemistry/Computation/Biophysics. Seminars of particular interest to signaling researchers and educators include those on lipid rafts by Satyajit Mayor, quorum sensing by Bonnie Bassler, growth control by Martin Raff, host-pathogen interactions by Stanley Falkow, and Imatinib by Brian Druker. Each seminar includes an overview, speaker biography, recommended reading, and a PDF version of the slides. Some seminars consist of a single presentation, but most include 2 or 3 talks that are each 20 to 50 minutes in length. New seminars are added regularly, and all may be viewed as streaming video with QuickTime or downloaded to a portable video player.
NIH VideoCasting and Podcasting
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) makes many of the seminars delivered throughout its research centers freely available online. Some presentations are broadcast live, and many more from conferences, seminar series, symposia, and workshops sponsored or hosted by the NIH are archived in the “Past Events” section. The videos are organized by discipline or seminar series and cover a wide range of topics. Redox biology, proteomics, and stem cells are just a few of the ones that may interest cell signaling researchers and students. The content is not limited to research talks, but also includes material on other topics, such as laboratory management, bioethics, public policy, and career development, as well as presentations targeted to the general public. VideoCast formats include everything from a simple recording of the speaker presenting their slides to multimedia presentations with separate slides, audio, and video with closed-captioning are available. Live events are multicast, and so cannot be paused or replayed, but archived videos can be downloaded or viewed as streaming video, which can be paused, restarted, or replayed. Users can view a list of upcoming events and create an iCalendar reminder for those presentations that they would like to view live. In addition, many of the seminars are available as video podcasts, which can be downloaded to portable players. Users who want to get the latest releases automatically can subscribe to NIH podcasts through iTunes or subscribe to RSS feeds that cover new releases in specific fields, such as neuroscience, immunology, and systems biology, among others. VideoCasts require RealPlayer for viewing.
NIH VideoCasting: Immunology Seminars
The NIH Videocasting Immunology Interest Group Sessions Series is continuously updated to provide links to videocasts of lectures on various aspects of Immunology. As accessed on January 9, 2012, the site contained links to 297 videocasts by experts in the field, delivered between September 2001 and December 2011. Recent seminars covered such signaling-related topics as B cell receptor action, molecular control of regulatory T cells, immune adaptations to intestinal microbiota, and T cell receptor signaling mutants.
NIH VideoCasting: Neuroscience Seminars
The NIH Videocasting Neuroscience Seminar Series is continuously updated to provide links to videocasts of lectures on various aspects of Neuroscience. As accessed on January 9, 2012, the site contained links to 294 videocasts by experts in the field, delivered between October 2000 and December 2011. Recent seminars covered such signaling-related topics as G protein signaling to calcium channels, autophagy failure in Alzheimer's disease, and specification and migration of neural stem cells.
NIH VideoCasting: Proteomics Seminars
As accessed on January 9, 2012, the series of NIH Videocast Sessions on Proteomics contained links to 67 videocasts by experts in the field, delivered between February 2002 and December 2011. The Proteomics series includes seminars on using flow cytometry to investigate single cell kinase signaling, proteomic analysis of cellular responses to oxidative stress, and proteomic approaches to studying signal transduction pathways.
Science Webinar Series
Webinars are periodic interactive web seminars presented by the Science/AAAS Business Office. Each Webinar features short talks from researchers focusing on a broad range of topics, including molecular and cellular biology, genomics, and proteomics. Webinars of special interest to the cell signaling community include those on G protein-coupled receptor signaling and the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. Users can view archived Webinars or attend live Webinars online, during which they may submit questions for the speakers. Users must complete a short, free registration process prior to viewing each Webinar.
The EMBO Meeting YouTube Channel
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) comprises an elected body of leading European life scientists and promotes life science research by sponsoring conferences and courses and by publishing several research journals. The EMBO Meeting YouTube channel includes a collection of videos produced during the annual EMBO Meeting. Videos include interviews with cell signaling researchers such as Matthias Mann (proteomics), Paul Nurse (cell cycle regulation), Linda Partridge (insulin and insulin-like growth factor signaling in aging), Somain Boulton (DNA damage response), and Bonnie Bassler (bacterial cell-cell communication). Some interviews focus on research findings, whereas others feature career advice from established researchers or offer tips on presenting research and on writing grant applications and CVs.