Announcing the next Capital Science Communicators meetup! Come celebrate our first year of CapSciComm gatherings and events—almost one year to the day from our very first happy hour.
We are rotating back to Sacramento for this month’s event. In an effort at some symmetry with our Davis meetups at de Vere’s Irish Pub, we are moving our Sacramento meetups to the de Vere’s location in Sacramento. Please drive to the correct city for this event!
The rest, you know—come by to meet familiar faces and new colleagues, trade story ideas and professional tips, and kick back and have a good time after work.
Some ideas to plan out—or play out—include:
- Capital Science Profiles: Pair up up with someone you don’t know and interview them about their science research or science outreach. Write up as a pitch to local outlets, or publish as a blogpost on the CapSciComm website. (ht @sara_kross)
- SciComm Professional Directory: Setting up a page on the CapSciComm website to serve as a directory of science communicators working in our region, as a way for freelancers and student writers to share their availability with press offices and editors looking for talent, and for outreach-savvy researchers to reach out teachers and reporters looking for expert speakers.
Some conversation topics include:
- Davis Science Café on CapRadio Insight: DSC founder and organizer Jared Shaw was a guest on Insight with Beth Ruyak earlier this week on Capital Public Radio! Jared got some well-deserved attention for his work planning the Davis Science Cafés these years, and visited Beth Ruyak with this month’s cafe speaker, Bruce German. (Click to listen to the segment)
- Farmer and Rancher Voices from the Drought: Local science writer Brad Hooker appeared in another segment on Insight that day, discussing a UC Davis project to record the narratives and stories from growers reflecting on the realities of the current California drought. (Click to listen to the segment)
- Winners of the ESA Science Café Contest: The Ecological Society of America will hold its annual meeting in Sacramento this August, and among other CapSciComm collaborations in the works, will be jointly hosting the Davis Science Café that month. The society recently held a contest for ecologists to pitch their cafe talk topics, and two winners were announced this week: Professor Madhusudan Katti of Fresno State, whose pitch on urban wildlife is “These Are Not Your Urban Lawn Flamingos!”; and doctoral candidate Simon Brandl of James Cook University, whose pitch on reef ecosystems is “Butcher, Baker, Brewer-Fish”. Look for more details from Jared and ESA organizers later this summer!
See you all at the 19th at de Vere’s in Sacramento!
(And here’s a peek at the anniversary giveaway that should be ready in time for the meetup…)