Join us for the Sacramento region’s only monthly meetup for journalists, PR pros, creatives, educators, and policymakers interested in the sciences! For July, we’re meeting up with faces familiar and new to our community.
Capital Science Communicators Networking Social
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1217 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Free to attend
We have several colleagues to highlight this evening:
Literally returning from the wilderness is veteran science communicator Sylvia Wright (@sciencewrighter), who has been spending her retirement as a wildlife photographer and communications consultant.
For many of us, Wright needs no introduction—she spent 16 years with UC Davis as a public information officer working environment, energy, and transportation beats, after a journalism career with San Jose Mercury-News and The Tampa Tribune, and as a 1994 MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow.
Come by and say hello to a friendly face, and hear the travel stories behind her growing Flickr portfolio of furred and feathered beasts!
Newly arrived to our region is Xochitl Rojas-Rocha (@rr_xochitl), recently hired as a contractor by the U.S. Geological Survey as a science communicator for their Western Ecological Research Center, headquartered here in Sacramento.
Rojas-Rocha received a 2014 AAAS Minority Science Writer Internship, gaining experience as a news writer for the journal Science in Washington, D.C.. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz in Marine Biology and Literature, and will now be writing research briefings, newsletters, and other news and announcements for the USGS Western Ecological Research Center.
Come introduce yourself to this newcomer to Sacramento and the science communications profession, and welcome her to our community!
Finally, join us in saying farewell to James Eldred (@IrrelevPenguin), whose journalism internship with Capital Science Communicators will wrap up on August 5th. Over the course of this summer, Eldred has filed a diverse variety of stories to enrich our online presence, including profiles of local professionals, recaps of science café events, as well as breaking news and regional media analysis. Eldred also has been helping with the CapSciComm PIO Directory project, putting in the legwork on what should prove to be an invaluable resource for the Capital Region.
With his internship concluding, Eldred will be returning to his home state of Texas and the final year of his bachelor’s studies in journalism. We are sincerely grateful for his contributions and efforts to our professional network!
As always, CapSciComm events are open to any professional or student who has an interest in advancing science literacy in the Capital Region. Come meet colleagues who work everyday to explain complex scientific concepts and news to diverse audiences—from newsrooms to classrooms to the Legislature—and brainstorm how you can spice up science for Sacramento!
Share the event on Facebook, and we’ll see you on July 29th!
Here’s a glimpse of who’s coming:
- Ona Alminas (Wildlife Biologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife)
- Chris Bowman (Communications Coordinator, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences)
- Andrea Graffis (Communications Director, California Landscape Conservation Cooperative)
- Nick Gray (Education Program Coordinator, World of Wonders Science Museum)
- Brad Hooker (Communications Specialist, UC Davis World Food Center)
- Megan Krusor (Graduate Student, UC Davis Microbiology)
- Ben Young Landis (Founder, Capital Science Communicators)
- Harry Laswell (CEO, Powerhouse Science Center)
- Sheila Montgomery (PoP Net Coordinator, Powerhouse Science Center)
- Katie Strong (AAAS Mass Media Fellow, The Sacramento Bee)