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Sean Gibbons

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164. Dr. Jack Gilbert with Dr. Sean Gibbons: The Promise of the Human Microbiome

Town Hall Seattle Science Series

Prebiotics and probiotics. Fecal microbiota transplants. Optimizing a diet personalized to you. These microbiome-themed topics are all around us in the media, but microbiome research remains a fairly nascent field of study and wasn’t on many people’s radars even 10 years ago. UCSD Professor Dr. Jack Gilbert and Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) Assistant Professor Dr. Sean Gibbons came together to tackle this exciting area of research. What have we learned over the past few years? What has gone well, and what could we do better? The two discussed some exciting developments on the horizon and share when they think people might see microbiome-based technologies in their daily lives. Dr. Jack A. Gilbert is a Professor of Microbial Oceanography in the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics in UCSD School of Medicine. Dr. Gilbert is also cofounder of the Earth Microbiome Project and American Gut Project, has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on microbial ecology, and is the founding Editor in Chief of mSystems journal. He has been recognized on Crain’s Business Chicago’s “40 Under 40 List,” listed as one of the 50 most influential scientists by Business Insider, and was named as one of the “Brilliant Ten” by Popular Scientist. He is the co-author of Dirt is Good, a popular science guide to the microbiome and children’s health. Dr. Sean Gibbons is Assistant Professor at ISB. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysical sciences from the University of Chicago; his graduate work focused on using microbial communities as empirical models for testing ecological theory. Gibbons completed his postdoctoral training in Eric Alm’s laboratory in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, where his work focused on developing techniques to quantify individual-specific eco-evolutionary dynamics within the human gut microbiome. He is particularly interested in learning how organisms in the human gut change and adapt to individual people over their lifespans, and how those changes impact health. Presented by the Institute for Systems Biology and Town Hall Seattle.


21 Jan 2022

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Sean Gibbons, The Communications Network - Strategies to change narratives, for good.

Foreward: How stories drive change

Over the last year, we've heard growing demand across the planet to change the narrative on issues from racism, poverty and capitalism - to climate change, health care and biodiversity. But what, exactly, does that mean? What are narratives? How do they influence the way we live and work? And how the heck do you change one?That's what we discuss in this episode, with Sean Gibbons, CEO of The Communications Network. His organization connects, gathers, and informs leaders working in communications for good in order to advance the missions and impact of foundations and nonprofits. Before joining the Network, Sean held senior positions at several policy think tanks in Washington and worked as an award-winning news producer for CNN. If you have any interest in social change, you need to hear what Sean has to say. Not only does he share some incredible resources with us, including the strategic toolkit Storytelling for Good (developed with the Rockefeller Foundation and Hattaway Communications), and a brand new platform for diversity, equity and inclusion – but he also tells an amazing story of how - exactly - social change leaders used stories to change the narrative on a global human rights issue - marriage. The Communications Network has some terrific resources - it's definitely worth checking out. And, if you know of any social good organizations who did amazing work to make a difference this year, Sean invites you to nominate them for the Clarence B. Jones award. 


3 Feb 2021

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112. Dr. Eric Alm with Dr. Sean Gibbons: Low-Cost Pandemic Tracking Through Sewage

Town Hall Seattle Science Series

Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is a collaborative cross-disciplinary nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Seattle. In 2020, ISB is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a four-part virtual speaker series highlighting some of the most important topics in science and health care. ISB and Town Hall proudly present microbiome researcher and professor Dr. Eric Alm. Following Dr. Alm’s talk on low-cost pandemic tracking efforts in hundreds of cities, using data collected from sewage, he’ll be joined in conversation by ISB Assistant Professor Dr. Sean Gibbons for an in-depth discussion and audience questions. Dr. Eric Alm is a professor of biological engineering at MIT. He earned his PhD from the University of Washington, and then completed postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab before joining the MIT faculty. His research focuses on non-invasive monitoring of human health, environmental surveillance, sewage epidemiology, and more. Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Institute for Systems Biology.  To make a donation or become a Town Hall Seattle member click here or text TOWN HALL to 44321. 

1hr 11mins

12 Nov 2020

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Sean Gibbons

Uber to the Pits

Sean is the 2020 SRO GT4 SprintX Champion. Sean gives great insight into his career and how he is successful with obtaining sponsorships. I always enjoying talking with Sean. He has a great passion for the sport and the industry. Dont forget to visit our partners www.intrinsicproducts.com and use the cod uber to the pits at checkout for 10% off. Please to announce our new partner The Racers Safety Source. www.theracerssafetysource.com


29 Oct 2020

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The Human Body as a Microbial Ecosystem—Sean Gibbons, PhD—Washington Research Foundation, Institute for Systems Biology

Finding Genius Podcast

Sean Gibbons, PhD, is a distinguished investigator at the Washington Research Foundation and assistant professor at the Institute for Systems Biology. He joins the show today to discuss the work being done in his lab. Tune in to learn the following: How species diversity in the human gut microbiome may lend itself to health and disease states of the host, patterns seen at the high and low ends of diversity, and how to qualify the meaning of “diversity” What findings Gibbons’ work has shown, including the importance and implications of the intimate connection between the metabolites produced in the gut and the metabolites circulating in the bloodstream What patterns and characteristics are found in the microbiome during aging, and how analysis in this regard could provide predictive information about mortality Gibbons has a background and long-standing interest in the ecology, microbiology, and evolutionary biology of microbial communities, and for the past several years, he’s been studying the human body through this lens. His lab is focused on trying to understand the variation in the ecology and evolutionary dynamics of the microbial communities that drive changes in the molecular phenotypes of host organisms. Gibbons and his team are accomplishing this by looking at the microbiome of healthy and sick individuals, as well as detailed molecular phenotypic data on the metabolome, proteome, human genome sequence, and dietary and lifestyle measurements. The ultimate goal is to understand what amount of variation in the ecology of microbial communities in the human body is coherent with variation in disease states. By doing this, the hope is to determine where the microbiome is involved in the etiology of disease. Gibbons discusses a number of fascinating topics, including the significance of low versus high species diversity in the gut microbiome, how bacteria in the gut compete and interact with one another, patterns found in the relationship between ageing and the gut microbiome, how information about the structure of someone’s microbiome can be obtained by analyzing the metabolites in a sample of their blood, why a reliance on mouse models in the study of the human microbiome is not ideal, how Gibbons’ team is trying to develop methods that will bring research findings closer to showing causality as opposed to just correlation, the importance of longitudinal data and interventional studies for moving the microbiome into clinical medicine, and so much more. Check out https://gibbons.isbscience.org/ to learn more.


17 Apr 2020

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Leave It In the Ring w/ guest boxing manager/matchmaker Sean Gibbons

Leave it in the Ring Radio

Every Thursday night at 6:00pm PST, LIITR host and founder Dave (@LIITRBOXING) Duenez and co-host Gabriel Montoya talk all the latest boxing news on Leave it in the RinG. Dave and Gabriel give a fresh and unfiltered take on the world of boxing with fan interactive debates, breaking news, and in-depth interviews with the top names in the sport.Tonight, Dave and Gabriel review and preview the weekend's boxing action, discuss the fallout from Eddie Hearn's DAZN deal and they welcome guest Sean Gibbon to the show.And the LIITR crew takes fight fans' calls from our hotline 347-215-7598.Support independent #boxing media like @LIITRBoxing by pledging it on @Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/LIITRBOXING


25 May 2018

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ComNet16: The Communications Network CEO Sean Gibbons In Conversation With Professor Aaron Belkin


ComNet16: The Communications Network CEO Sean Gibbons In Conversation With Professor Aaron Belkin by The Communications Network

1hr 12mins

28 Aug 2017

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Season 1, Episode 8: Sean Gibbons, Communications Network

Achieve Great Things

This week we speak with Sean Gibbons, CEO of the The Communications Network, an organization that connects leaders seeking to elevate and advance communications for good. As 2017 comes into focus, foundations and nonprofits are trying to find their way in a crowded communications landscape. We discuss the relationship between good communications and good strategy, ways to create a communicating organization, and the importance of research and data that gets beyond demographics.We look forward to any feedback. You can hit us up anytime at podcast@hattaway.com. You can check for updates on our podcast on our website, hattaway.com.


4 Apr 2017

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Ep 13: Extraordinary Nonprofit Communications – with guest Sean Gibbons

Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications

Sean Gibbons explains why organizations that do communications well are smarter, stronger, and vastly more effective than those that don’t.


4 Jun 2016