A science communicator walks into a bar… and promptly explains the physical forces involved in the collision, the tree species used in the bar counter, and the physiological process behind bruises… in easy-to-understand layman’s terms, of course.

All kidding aside, the July 18th networking social of Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm) saw 22 members from Davis, Woodland, Sacramento and Fairfield all walk into a bar — to share ideas and stories over beverages and smiles.

Hosted at de Vere’s Irish Pub in Davis, the meetup drew students and professionals from LiveScience.com, California Senate Office of Research, UC Davis, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey, as well as freelancers.

The diversity of talents and expertise in the Capital Region science communicators community was clearly apparent at this second-ever CapSciComm happy hour.

Professions represented this evening include: journalists, public information officers, professors, tutors, filmmakers, photographers, postdoctoral scholars, graduate researchers, undergraduates, consultants, marketing specialists and grant writers. Specialties represented include: agriculture, genomics, entomology, wildlife management, transportation and energy, math and physics, food science, environmental toxicology, microbiology and geology.

Ideas were already being bantered about for guest speakers and symposia as future CapSciComm events.

Meanwhile, CapSciComm members look forward to continue this new monthly tradition in August, when the meetup rotates back to Sacramento.

— Ben Young Landis

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