CapSciComm newsletter

The Pepper
July 19, 2015

Welcome to the first issue of The Pepper! This is our experiment for an official newsletter format, to keep everyone updated on science communications news and events in and around the Capital Region. Send your updates to capscicomm@gmail.com, and we’ll try for a weekly publication schedule and go from there. 

Whether you’re on our member list as a professional or an enthusiast, let us know if you find The Pepper to be a helpful resource, and your ideas on how to improve it. Thanks!

Our next CapSciComm Networking Social has been set for July 29th in Sacramento. Come say hello and goodbye to faces familiar and new, like Sylvia Wright, Xochitl Rojas-Rocha, and James Eldred.

CapSciComm intern James Eldred did a quick media analysis of the Pluto flyby coverage by Sacramento-area news outlets. See who relied on wire stories, and who managed to find a local angle.

Eldred also interviewed Congressman Jerry McNerney when the representative attended Science Night Live this July at the WOW Science Museum.

Capital Public Radio environment reporter Amy Quinton put on a scientist hat recently, conducting salt marsh experiments as a Logan Science Journalism Fellow in Woods Hole, Mass. Read her reflections on living the researcher’s life.

Quinton also caught up with Kate Ingram after the June Davis Science Café, following the UC Davis grad student into the field to learn about bat benefits to walnut groves.

The Sacramento Bee was among many newspapers whose websites were hit by malware attacks on July 13th.

Former SacBee environment reporter Matt Weiser has joined the new blog Water Deeply, which will produce original reporting on the California drought.

The Society of Environmental Journalists has rebooted their Facebook Page as the primary source of updates and highlighted articles from SEJ members.

Who is the Neil deGrasse Tyson of the Capital Region? Nominations are due August 15th to recommend a passionate scientist for the AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science.

ICYMI: The World Federation of Science Journalists has awarded San Francisco as the site of the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists. Read about how NorCal beat out Copenhagen to play host to this combined NASW-CASW-WFSJ meeting.

Keep Science Spicy!

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