October Events: Davis Science Cafe on 10/9; Networking Social on 10/28


The seasons may be turning, but the science fun is here to stay!

Here’s our lineup of science communications events for the month of October. Bookmark them in your calendar, and we’ll see you around the region:


Capital Science Communicators Networking Social
Tuesday, October 28th
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
1521 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

We are back for another happy hour meetup at de Vere’s in Sacramento. We pushed this month’s social to the final week to coincide with the 2014 Bay-Delta Science Conference, and we welcome any attending science journalists, bloggers, staffers, and other communicators to join us down the street for some networking and downtime after the day’s work.

As always, our meetups are open to any professionals and students who have an interest in communicating science, whether you’re a researcher, journalist, blogger, photographer, filmmaker, artist, designer, teacher, librarian, advocate, policy adviser, entrepreneur… the list goes on. Wherever science communications can make a difference, join us to explore your connection!

Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) holds a model of a fictional tesseract in the Marvel movie The Avengers.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) holds a model of a fictional tesseract in the Marvel movie The Avengers.

Davis Science Café
Wednesday, October 8th
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
City Hall Tavern @ Bistro 33
226 F St, Davis, CA 95616

This month’s café speaker is UC Davis Professor of Mathematics Jesús A. De Loera, who will lead a conversation on the “Simple Yet Unsolved Problems in Geometry” that evening.

But don’t let the math scare you away! In a fantastic interview on Insight with Beth Ruyak, Dr. De Loera passionately explains that “mathematics is beautiful” and that he’ll teach us how to see these math patterns in famous art works of Salvador Dalí and M.C. Escher. He’ll prove to us that math is “beautiful, fun, and useful.” People may be “afraid of mathematics” and feel it’s a “torture chamber”, yet Dr. De Loera feels that it can be relevant and useful in everyday use–and that even simple puzzles like Sudoku can be related to complex mathematical research.

Listen to the rest of the interview on Capital Public Radio (http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2014/10/08/insight-100814b/), including our guest’s views on STEM education and minority communities as an “issue of social justice.”

And if you need further push to come listen to a math talk, look no further than strange model that Professor De Loera is holding in the poster photo. Comic book movie fans may recall this as the mysterious “tesseract” cube of power that had to be rescued from evil hands in Captain AmericaThor, and Marvel’s The Avengersin fact a real geometric shape with its own mysteries.

So come by and have a brew or beverage, and learn about this and other secrets from the beautiful science of math and geometry!


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And if you can’t get enough science, here’s an event at UC Davis we’d like to draw your attention to:

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(Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous)
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
3001 PES (Plant and Environmental Sciences)
UC Davis Campus

Organized by doctoral researcher Anna Davidson, these LASER events explore the intersection between art and science, whether it’s using art to interpret and communicate scientific ideas, or art used to explore and visualize scientific questions.

Happy October, everyone!



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