The Pepper: Sacramento region #scicomm news for week of February 21, 2016

CapSciComm newsletter

The Pepper
February 21, 2016

Are you a student, postdoc, or faculty researcher curious about how science informs policy in the Golden State? Then join us for our first-ever CapSciComm Professional Development Workshop this coming Wednesday, February 24th!

Join CapSciComm Professional Development Chair Candace Spier Bever and Capitol Chair Dharia McGrew for an exciting panel discussing how scientists can better communicate with policymakers in the California State Legislature. Come to our free workshop on the UC Davis campus (RSVP:, or mingle with us at the Networking Social at de Vere’s Irish Pub afterwards (RSVP:!

Speaking of happy hours, thanks to everyone who came out to our January 20th event in downtown Sacramento! More than 50 professionals and students gathered for our first even of 2016, and we’re grateful to the California Council on Science and Technology for co-sponsoring appetizers for the event…

There is still room to register for the Science Communications Workshop on March 13th at the World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi. Organized by CapSciComm Public Science Chair Nick Gray and colleague Sheila Montgomery of the Powerhouse Science Center, this workshop is geared towards researchers who want to improve their skills in public engagement, such as speaking at schools, science fairs, and museums. Register for this free class at

The Xerces Society in Portland, Oregon, is seeking a Web and Communications Specialist

Applications for the 2017 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship are due on February 29th

Tickets for the 29th Annual CAPPIES Gala are currently on sale. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Tsakopoulos Library on March 24th, and honors the best of public relations campaigns in the greater Sacramento region…

Several CapSciComm colleagues attended this year’s AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. this month. The media reception (AKA #DuckBeats16) was hosted by the D.C. Science Writers Association at the historic National Press Club…

Finally, ICYMI: Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri visited Sacramento this January as part of her mission to raise awareness for STEM education, courtesy of the Sacramento Kings. With a little help from our CapSciComm Board, Miss Davuluri was able to visit Florin High School as well as the California State Assembly to spread her message and see STEM students in action. Thanks again to the Kings for reaching out to CapSciComm!

Miss America Nina Davuluri at Florin High School on January 6th, 2016. Photo courtesy of Elk Grove Unified School District/Sacramento Kings.


“The Pepper” is the online newsletter of Capital Science Communicators. 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. Keep Science Spicy!



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