The Pepper: Sacramento region #scicomm news for week of October 11, 2015

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The Pepper
October 11, 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!

This weekend is the 2015 meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW). Science journalists and PIOs from around the U.S. are gathered in Cambridge, Mass. on the MIT campus to discuss current topics in the field of professional science writing, as well as to take in lectures on the hottest topics in scientific research. Read more about the weekend’s festivities on the conference website, and review the weekend’s many, many tweets using the hashtag #sciwri15….

On that note, the NASW “Ideas Grant” applications are due November 4th. Check out the range of acceptable proposals for enhancing science communications training for professionals

If you like getting into the weeds—or rather, just weed, then this month’s Davis Science Café is for you. Learn the science behind medical marijuana from UCD Chemistry Professor Don Land on Wednesday October 14th

CapSciComm colleague Dr. Sara Kross made an appearance on “Insight with Beth Ruyak” on September 24th, to discuss her recent scientific review of plastic microbeads as environmental pollutants. Listen to her interview on

And speaking of CapSciComm colleagues, get to know Kelly Conroy in our latest CapSciComm Profile! Conroy is the new Executive Director of Tree Davis, after years of working in environmental outreach at Sacramento Tree Foundation and California Waterfowl Association. Get to know this Aggie alumna and Sactown native in our exclusive interview

And speaking of Conroy, she and her crew at the Cap City Blogger Network (CCBN) will have their October meetup on the 21st in Sacramento! RSVP via Facebook for this discussion with Common Space Sac

The Nerds for Nature are having their Nerd Summit down in San Fancisco on October 17th

The UC Food Observer is seeking an Assistant Editor

The Weather Channel is seeking a Science Associate Editor is hiring left and right, basically (executive editor, social media, etc.)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is seeking a science writer/editor

CapSciComm colleague Jonathan Eisen is hosting a “Microbes in Food and Agriculture” roundtable on October 19th. The event is sponsored by the UC Davis World Food Center

ICYMI: Keep in mind that Northern California will be the host of the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists! This will be a joint event with that year’s NASW and CASW festivities, so NorCal science writers, mark your calendars early! Read more here in our CapSciComm exclusive from this summer.

Finally, save the date for our next CapSciComm Networking Social, scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th to coincide with the Behavior Energy and Climate Conference in Sacramento. Details to come. With apologies, we are postponing our social until a future date—stay tuned for announcements!

Keep Science Spicy!



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