The Pepper: Sacramento region #scicomm news for week of August 9, 2015

CapSciComm newsletter

The Pepper
August 9, 2015

Welcome to The Pepper! Help keep everyone updated on science communications news and events in and around the Capital Region by sending your updates to capscicomm@gmail.comWhether 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!

scicafe_081215_BamforthPairing with Davis Beer Week, the Davis Science Café on August 12th will feature Dr. Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at UC Davis. This latest public lecture by self-styled “Pope of Foam” is “Melanoidins in Märzen & Polypeptides in Pilsner: The Chemistry of Beer Quality”, and the venue this month will be back at City Hall Tavern.

Listen to Rick Kushman’s interview with Dr. Bamforth on Capital Public Radio “Insight” this past Thursday, and share the event with your Facebook friends. Get here early to grab a seat for what will surely be an overflowing room. We’ll literally be sipping on some science—and of course, some beer!

Now if beer isn’t your thing, how about joining us for a CapSciComm Winery Work Day on August 14th? We’re organizing a special networking outing for the freelancers and consultants among the CapSciComm membership, at Matchbook Wine Company in Zamora. Of course, anyone who can get away from the office to do some professional networking and idea hacking is welcome to attend, too! Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect and who’s bringing a picnic snack!

The Lodi “Science Night Live” series also got a little love from CapRadio this past week. Filling in as substitute host for Beth Ruyak, Rick Kushman interviewed Dr. Anneliese Franz on the morning of August 5th to preview her public talk on algae biodiesel research…

And speaking of Science Night Live, check out this UV-viewing box that Nick Gray and Ben Young Landis had to MacGyver on the fly to show off the fluorescent-dyed algae that Franz brought for the audience…

Have you gotten to know Ryan Sabalow, the new environment reporter for The Sacramento BeeCheck out the latest installment of “CapSciComm Profiles”, where we learn about Sabalow’s Northern California roots, his “Buck Fever” credentials, and how he’s wading back into water and drought beats…

Speaking of the Bee, this week marks the home stretch for AAAS Mass Media Fellow Katie L. Strong, whose summer stint concludes August 14th. Send Strong your well-wishes before she heads back to Emory University to complete her doctoral research in chemistry. Check out the articles she filed for Scoopy, and keep in touch with Katie via her Twitter handle @KatieLStrong

Registration for the ScienceWriters2015 conference is now open! The annual workshop of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) is being hosted in Cambridge, Mass. this year, from October 9th to 13th. Find the event program and registration links here

The UC Division of Ag & Natural Resources is seeking a government affairs and community relations manager

The Davis Ecology Graduate Student Association shared this interesting journal article analyzing whether Twitter use was beneficial to researchers and their outreach and networking at a major conservation conference…

ICYMI: Check out photos from our July 29th happy hour meetup in Sacramento…

James Eldred
James Eldred

And finally, another big thanks to our first-ever CapSciComm journalism intern, James Eldred. This week marked the conclusion of Eldred’s 10-week internship under the mentorship of CapSciComm editor Ben Young Landis. You can read all of Eldred’s dispatches here (and expect a few more to be published in coming weeks), and keep in touch with him via his Twitter handle @IrrelevPenguin.

Thanks for your great work, James!

Keep Science Spicy!



Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.