The Pepper: Sacramento region #scicomm news for week of August 2, 2015

CapSciComm newsletter

The Pepper
August 2, 2015

Welcome to 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, 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!

SNL-August“Molecular Green Machines: Sustainable Fuels from Algae” is the theme of the next Science Night Live this Wednesday, August 5th. Hosted by the World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi, Dr. Annaliese Franz will help us answer the question: can sustainable fuels be created from algae? Franz is an Associate Professor in Chemistry at UC Davis, and she uses organic chemistry and chemical biology to develop new ways to produce biofuel for commercial use.

As always, expect this to be an interactive evening with hands-on games explaining science concepts—audience members will have their hands full between the beer, tacos, and science. So grab a friend after work, and drink up some science with us in Lodi! And tune in to  on Wednesday morning to hear Rick Kushman interview Professor Franz…

And bookmark your calendar for the next Davis Science Café on August 12th—there will be a special lecture for Davis Beer Week

The Rooftop Alliance hosted a tour of the rooftop garden at the Federalist Public House in Sacramento this past Tuesday, July 28th. The tour was accompanied by lectures by the owner and designers on the creation of the garden.

The Farmers Market Coalition in Washington, DC, is seeking a Research & Education Director to spearhead policy and stakeholder programs…

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City is seeking a Senior Science Writer

WGBH is seeking a STEM Project Director for their programming…

Paul Farhi at The Washington Post has a funny piece about whether expletives can be said on air in National Public Radio programming, teasing at the fine line between journalistic accuracy and FCC fines

AAAS Mass Media Fellow Katie L. Strong had a story this week in The Sacramento Bee profiling the trend of researchers using crowdfunding to raise money for projects

Lastly, we had a fantastic time this past Wednesday for our July happy hour meetup at Kupros in Sacramento! Present that evening were colleagues from Capital Public Radio, Sacramento Bee, UC Davis, Powerhouse Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pesticide Action Network, among others. It was another successful gathering, and we can’t wait for our next networking social!

Keep Science Spicy!



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