Meet Our New Colleagues: A @CapSciComm Networking Social on February 25th in Davis


Thanks to everyone who came out to our January mixer in Sacramento! We had a rollicking time packing the house with friends from news media, UC Davis, Cal, the State Legislature, state and federal government, and local startups. So let’s keep the momentum moving with our February happy hour meetup!

Capital Science Communicators Networking Social
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub, Davis
217 E Street, Davis, CA 95616
Free to attend
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Rotating to Davis this month, we have the rare opportunity to welcome a new science journalist two new science journalists to our community!

Leslie ProfileThis month, we are saying hello to Lesley McClurg, who is the new Food and Sustainability reporter for Capital Public Radio.

Before coming to Sacramento, Lesley was in the Rockies covering energy and the environment for Colorado Public Radio, where she won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for hard news reporting in 2014. Lesley’s first radio gig was as a freelance reporter and producer for KUOW Seattle. Prior to that, Lesley spent more than three years reporting and producing long-form segments for KCTS 9 Television.

You can listen to the California stories Lesley has filed to date at, and you can tweet story ideas and tips to her at @lesleywmcclurg.

this is meWe are also welcoming reporter Felicia Alvarez, who is being handed the Food, Ag, and Environment baton by CapSciComm colleague Elizabeth Case over at The Davis Enterprise.

A proud Aggie, Felicia has a background in history and sociocultural anthropology and has served as the editor-in-chief of The Davis Beat, the local alternative quarterly newspaper. Felicia says she’s excited to hear that there’s such a connected science writing community here, and we’re excited to celebrate her new role at 315 G Street!

Come out to meet both Lesley and Felicia, and hear about their vision and ideas for food, ag, and sustainability news coverage in our region.

And as always, our meetups are always open to any professionals and students who have an interest in communicating science to the public. Whether you’re a student, professor, writer, educator, PR officer, graphic designer, or filmmaker, if you have an interest in explaining science and making science approachable for our greater Sacramento community, then come attend our events!

Here’s a glimpse at who’s attending:

  • Chris Bowman (Communications Director, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences)
  • Anita Brown (Public Affairs Director, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – California)
  • Elizabeth Case (Founder/Educator, Cycle for Science)
  • Adam Contreras (Graduate Student in Molecular Biology, UC Davis)
  • Brenda Dawson (Writer, UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab)
  • James Farlin (Graduate Student in Ecology, UC Davis)
  • Shahla Farzan (PhD Candidate in Ecology, UC Davis)
  • Kelly Gravuer (PhD Candidate in Soil Ecology, UC Davis)
  • Larry Greene (Executive Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District)
  • Candice Guy (PhD Candidate in Science Education, UC Davis School of Education)
  • Sarah Hafner (PhD Candidate in Environmental Chemistry, UC Davis)
  • Kate Ingram (PhD Candidate in Ecology, UC Davis)
  • Michelle Johnson (Culinary Programs Coordinator, California State Fair)
  • Sara Kross (Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Davis/The Nature Conservancy)
  • Ben Young Landis (Science Communicator, U.S. Geological Survey)
  • Toby Maxwell (Soil Biogeochemist, UC Davis)
  • Tim Miller (Analyst, UC Davis Office of Research Compliance & Integrity)
  • Nicole Narayan (Graduate Student in Genetics, UC Davis)
  • Ben Nicholson (Chemical Engineer, Micromidas)
  • Becky Oskin (Journalist,
  • Kat Pope (Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension)
  • Rachel Reeves (PhD Candidate, UC Davis History)



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