Advancing knowledge of the effective use of Technology by conducting Health Communication and Visualization Research that helps real people.
Research Communications Crowd Funding
by November 30, 2014
Congratulations to our First Mitochondria Level Backer!
Finally! A break between semesters and time to get the crowdfunding campaign started! Read on to see how you can help!
I am a Dual Degree Graduate Student working on a Masters of Public Health (MPH) and a Social Psychology PhD at Claremont Graduate University.
I currently have a NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Supplemental Diversity Grant.
Adolescent Marijuana Prevention
For adolescents it's not about legalization. It's not going to be legal for adolescents to possess or use marijuana.
Recent changes in Colorado law highlight the increased need for Adolescent Marijuana Prevention.
page 1 of the August 29,2013 Deputy Attorney General's Memo on Marijuana Enforcement and Footnote pg 2
Criminal Penalties are the worst way to attempt to deter adolescent marijuana use.
When adolescents use marijuana they are more likely to experience a host of adverse consequences that impact their mental and physical health. Even with legalized marijuana, as with legal alcohol sales, there has to be a level of protection for vulnerable youth. Law enforcement will be inadequate to provide this protection alone. We need better ways to communicate and motivate potential underage users to avoid using while they are young.
How to construct more detailed and humanly understandable images from the new techniques being tested that allow smaller and smaller structures to be imaged. It is exciting to think that we can create images down to the cellular level and even contemplate reaching inside the cell down to the molecular level. This field is undergoing a major revolution that is not well known by the general public.
Cellular, Wireless and Network Communication research
How do we engage people in a Real Time research conversation?
You can become part of our network and communicate with us as part of our research.
My Goals Include:
Producing Live Research Conference Coverage that can be viewed through the Internet and on Mobile Devices Worldwide
Producing Web Based Video for Researchers
Tailoring and Targeting Research Content to Meet the Needs of Researchers and At Risk Populations
Producing the Most Current Research Content for Immediate Worldwide Public Viewing
Why Your Help is So Important!
The Tools are Expensive
There is no way to get around that fact. But I have to use the latest tools to continue to find new ways to reach the people who need it the most.
Why Crowd Funding
There is no need to wait because traditional funding sources may be funding fewer and smaller projects. There is a lot that we can do for ourselves. This is why I decided to move forward with my Crowd Funding project. I have gotten calls asking me when I was going to get my campaign on the ground. Well... Now!!
What Is needed?
Your support and input. You can help get this started. Your Blog, email, tweet, linkedin updates, facebook Like and University announcements can share this campaign.
Your ideas can help improve this work. We change things often to add new content and update our ideas. The best way to contact me is io99fx (directly at) gmail.
Sign up for one of the Backer's Levels listed below. Use the buttons in the sidebar.
Backers make it possible to buy the hardware, software and equipment that is needed to make this work and to pay for expenses that we have to meet along the way.
The following list gives you an idea of what we need to make this work. This is a partial list of the components that make up a studio that can function as the test ground to find better ways to help Researchers let you know what they are discovering. This list does not cover Everything but when we put this together I will be able to work with Researchers to help them and to create better ways to get the word to you about what is going on.
- studio space
- editing hardware & software
- imaging software
- terrabytes of hard drive storage
- petabytes of hard drive storage!
- greenscreen space
- wireless microphones
- portable and studio lighting
- live streaming hardware and software
-travel to conferences to stream live
- equipment cases for transport
- transport,commercial and personal
- planning, crew and expenses
- and more...
Scalable means that I will use what comes in to move my project forward regardles of how much or how little that is. Hard drives cost, supplies cost, so there is always a way to make the best use of your participation. If we get all that we need to set up the complete studio quickly, then that is what we will do. If it takes longer and I have to set up what I can afford, then I will do that, too.
What to Give You?
You get a first look at video and other Internet and Mobile Device content that we produce. We provide free passes to conferences that we produce for online and onsite attendance. We invite you behind the scenes when we are producing new work.Plus other perks that are listed for each level.
We invite you to be part of our Cellular, Wireless and Network Communication research. When you sign up at any level add a note in the notes section saying you want to be part of our network and tell us how to contact you by email. You can decide if you want to continue as part of the cellular, wireless and network communication research after we contact you and let you know what project we would like you to be in.
Current Backer's Levels:
Will be listed on our Acknowledgements Page along with an advance download of the first project completed for the public whether or not the $150,000 goal has been met.
Will be listed on our Acknowledgements Page along with an advance download of the first 3 projects completed for the public whether or not the $150,000 goal has been met.
Will be listed on our Acknowledgements Page along with an advance download of the first 5 projects completed for the public whether or not the $150,000 goal has been met.
Will be listed on our Acknowledgements Page along with an advance download of the first 8 projects completed for the public whether or not the $150,000 goal has been met.
Will be listed on our Acknowledgements Page along with an advance download of the first 12 projects completed for the public and a one-of-a kind piece of designer jewelry, your choice of cufflinks or pendant whether or not the $150,000 goal has been met.
Will gain you the same as the $250 donation with the added bonus of two pieces of designer jewelry (one pair of cufflinks and one pendant, or two pendants, or two sets of cufflinks)
Will receive all that the $500 contributor receives with the addition of an invitation to be part of an on-location production crew for a day. Food will be provided. Transportation to the location city and lodging will be up to the participating contributor.
Alpha Particle Level
Will include the same benefits as the $1000 contributor with the added bonus of 10hrs of planning consultation on your project.
$5000 and Up
Occam's Razor Level
Will include the same benefits as the Alpha Particle contributors with the added bonus of 20hrs of planning consultation on your project.
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I have completed both a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Post Baccalaureate Supplemental Diversity Grant and an Undergraduate Supplemental Diversity Grant.
I help Researchers who want to dramatically increase the effectiveness of their science communications. Being able to communicate effectively on a mass scale has become an increasingly important and necessary skill for Researchers who want to move their research forward. This is especially true as traditional funding sources continue to decrease the funding that is available for absolutely necessary medical and health research. This includes research that has the most impact and ability to save lives and help millions of people to recover the ability to live free of the debilitating effects of disease.
To help these Researchers lead the way I have to test and redefine how we use media for Public Health and Medical Research.
Helping other Researchers is also part of my own Research.
The following portfolio is an example of the kind of work that I have been involved in over the past 38 years. This Portfolio is by no means exhaustive and is only intended to illustrate my participation in media related projects over the years.
The Bellusci lab has become Internationally known and followed through our video production and Internet presence.
The Bellusci Lab website has registered over 10,000 Page views, 5,300 Video Plays.
Belluscilab.com is a highly successful science lab site with viewers from 109 countries.
We have set a new standard for International Scientist to Scientist communication and I plan to continue to increase our ability to help Researchers communicate with each other, with Clinicians and with the Public – accurately and in a way that shares the excitement and importance of the critical and groundbreaking research that is taking place today.
Working with the Bellusci Lab (Saban Research Institute/Children's Hospital Los Angeles) from December 2008 through July 2013, first on a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Undergraduate Diversity Supplemental Grant and then on an NHLBI Post Baccalaureate Diversity Supplemental Grant, my principal accomplishment was the setup of a complete scientific production studio in the lab.
This tool has been used to improve scientific communication with other scientists as well as with the general public. This has allowed me to put into practice my studies in Communication Theory and Advanced Technologies. This includes using these advanced technologies to create and distribute video with significant scientific content. I created, produced content and maintained the website for the lab. I am proficient with all the advanced hardware and software needed to prepare these short videos. We now have a library of 40 + videos in distribution.
There are researchers who worked in the lab because they looked at the site and decided that it would be an interesting and positive place to work and learn. These videos are visually-oriented rather than print oriented and increase focus on print materials of interest. There is a balance of the flow of the new with standard (protocols) and the established. They explore how to enable the lab to create a presence using standard, publicly available web-based tools rather than relying on the institution to create and maintain proprietary hosting, web mastering and teleconferencing.
Sample Principal Investigator video giving highpoints of paper. These videos have been extremely popular and very effective in driving more readers to the papers.
Advanced Science Communications
Created and Maintain Site. Explores how to create news on the latest science focusing on actual science discussion without a traditional news gathering team. Use of electronic green screen, Skype teleconferencing, multiple cameras with only one videographer and post production software to bridge the information gap between traditional science presentation and news hype.
Excerpts from the Saban Research Institute 2012 Annual Developmental Biology/Regenerative Medicine Retreat - 3 camera shoot as only videographer
David Warburton MD - Scott Fraser PHD - David Brenner MD
Advanced Science Communication Videos are also embedded/used on other sites. The National Science Foundation features a video shot using Skype to interview Suchi Saria across country.
New Hospital Building
Director. An advance view into the then still under construction new CHLA hospital building to demonstrate the direction and import of new technology that was being developed and installed. All activities are simulated using a small crew due to restrictions enforced by the contractor in the face of liability issues inside a construction zone. Hospital interiors shot in one afternoon. Hospital executives shot with electronic green screen. Equipment simulations created in post production primarily in-house by Director and one editor.
New Hospital Building Excerpts 2:15
These Houston Police Department spots helped change the face of the Houston Police Department. Each flight of spots generated a dramatic increase in the number of highly qualified and elgible minority and female recruits applying and awakened an awareness in me of the power of data to accurately demonstrate the effectiveness of messages
Houston Police Department Minority Recruitment 1974
Houston Police Department "In the Year 2000 We Promise..."
Written and Directed by Clarence Wigfall circa 1974
Visual content designed to establish absolute trust and credibility with the target audience to the end message by expressing an absolute truth that was expressly not spoken by the department.
Houston Police Department "Make Ourselves Free... In the Race of Life"
Written and Directed by Clarence Wigfall circa 1974
Race of Life
Visual used to soften the feel (to those in control of the department) of an aggressive call to action and announcement that a powerful force viewed as extremely oppressive by many in the target audience was vulnerable to a particular decisive action taken by the viewer. Visual also speaks to the future (children) and the natural aspirations that the adults being addressed had as children.
Audio Production. From 1989 through 1997 Jimboy's Tacos (approximately 34 stores in Northern California) was my client through Jimboy's Marketing. Every store's sales numbers were polled each night and we could determine from these numbers when the radio spots were on the air and how long the effect of the flight lasted. I did more radio spots for them than for any other client that I have had. One of the practices that I instituted with Jimboy's was buying their radio time one quarter ahead, which means that in February (the middle of the first quarter), I would buy all their radio time for the second quarter (April, May and June) to get the best buys. Media buying is statistics driven based on demographics and product. We competed and prospered through several downturns in fast foods and against Taco Bell. Jimboys grew signicantly while I was with them and their stores began reaching the million dollar mark.
This spot was called "Summer Camp" and was voiced and directed by myself (voice and sound effects by technical director).
A very early spot called "Fiesta Dinner Special" that plays on the famous "Jimboys Oh Boy!"
Prince Kwame "London Sound"
Produced and Directed by Clarence Wigfall 2011
Explores the tension between the inner state and outer expression:
Taped in London by the Director over a period of four 2am – 4am nights, December, 2008 with consumer camera on mini-dv SD tape. Hardware transcoded to HD Pro res 4-2-2 in 2011. Initial editing by four student teams over five class days with basic instructions to maintain sync with the underlying music. Final editing by the Director. Some find this video disturbing – others are excited by the unending variety of relationships that appear with each viewing.
Video in JoVE
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Saban Research Institute, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
Tissue-engineered small intestine (TESI) has successfully been used to rescue Lewis rats after massive small bowel resection, resulting in return to preoperative weights within 40 days.(1) In humans, massive small bowel resection can result in short bowel syndrome, a functional malabsorptive state that confers significant morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs including parenteral nutrition dependence, liver failure and cirrhosis, and the need for multivisceral organ transplantation.(2) In this paper... The ultimate goal of this method is its translation to humans as a regenerative medicine therapeutic strategy for short bowel syndrome.
- [PubMed - in process]
3D Visualizations from Medical Datasets
This Animation is based on the 119,040 row 6 data column .csv (dataset) “Stress recognition in Automobile Drivers (drivedb)." The dataset provides very granular data in .001second increments spanning a 1 minute total timeframe. The dataset streams are, ECG, EMG, FootGSR, HandGSR, HR and RESP. These streams are often shown as Waveforms and in RealTime conditions such streams of data can be difficult to comprehend quickly as a group of waveforms. The goal is to reveal intuitively recognizable visual patterns that reveal their content at a glance.
This initial test is a first step in demonstrating the ability to use raw data to automatically manipulate a 3D animation program to generate 3D visuals from Medical datasets.
Red Carrier Signals 6X time
Green Carrier Signals 6X time
Green Carrier Signals 1X time
Green Carrier Version B Extended
Several steps are required. A program is written to feed the data into the animation program. A set of base visual images are developed in the animation program. In this case these are the 6 uniform “carrier signals” shown at the beginning of the animation.
Each carrier signal is labeled and the corresponding column of data is attached to that signal. In this case the data is attached to the green color channel of each signal and the % of particle size change channel of each signal. In the future data streams will be attached to various other channels in each signal. Each attached data stream is then adjusted to the channel that it is attached to in order to generate change that was apparent and showed a reasonable degree of fluctuation. In the case of Hand and Food GSR there is very little variation in the raw data stream so there is less visual change.
This base setup can now be used to visualize any comparable Stress Recognition of Drivers dataset without further adjustment and would show a variety of similar but different patterns. There are also other ways of demonstrating the data stream flow - for example, the animation below:
Two Spheres Using two Data Stream Columns, ECG and EMG 1X time
Two Spheres Using two Data Stream Columns, ECG and EMG 30 to 1 time
1 minute 10 second segment of 30 to 1 Render of Data Set - (30 minute render total). To improve visualization of 60 seconds of data captured in .001 second increments this animation is generated as a 30 minute visualization - an increase from 1,800 frames to 54,000 frames. This is a segment starting at 14 minutes 41 seconds into the animation.
Different types of data streams can also be introduced to manipulate visual representations using the 3D animation program. Additionally there is an unlimited number of different kinds of base visual images that can be developed and used, including more non-representational (symbolic) streams as in this example and representational visuals that depict objects, animals or persons.
Dataset downloaded from PhysioTour: PhysioNet
Programming assistance by James Willmott of Symmetrix3D who created the plugin used to interpret the datastream.
Animation advisor, Robin Conover of LightStone Animation.
This project designed, animated and implemented by Clarence Wigfall
Waveform generated from dataset by PhysioTour
Portion of csv from PhysioTour
Preliminary Alcohol use assessment of the Black Population of Sacramento County (1977)
Project Director (Principal Investigator)
This study was commissioned by Sacramento County, California under county resolution 77-45. This study was designed to provide a background against which to provide effective evaluation of Black community needs in the field of alcohol abuse and treatment. This study resulted in a greater focus on educating the Black community on the availability of alcoholism treatment and the creation of a media driven prevention campaign in Sacramento County that ran for three years.
2010 Awardee Profile published in the NIH Special Edition Journal for Minority Medical Students
September 2012 NHLBI Recommendation Letter
(used by permission)