CapSciComm newsletter

The Pepper
August 14, 2016

 

Our congratulations to UC Davis ecologist Shahla Farzan on fully transitioning to a public radio career! While completing her doctoral work, Farzan had been learning the ropes with Capital Public Radio and other media outlets. She is now based in Homer, Alaska, reporting for KBBI AM 890 — “the southern Kenai Peninsula’s daily news source.” Our best to Farzan on the big move! Follow her continuing adventures online at @shahlafarzan

We also must congratulate Sacramento State geology professor and former Lodi science café speaker Amy Wagner on her recent voyage aboard Alvin, the famous deep-sea submersible! Dr. Wagner was one of 24 promising, early-career marine scientists from around the U.S. invited to a two-week training camp in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, funded by the National Science Foundation. Wagner trained with other participants on everything from telepresence technology to science communications, before embarking on her Alvin dive. Look up #SeaFloorSci for all the photos and videos from this fantastic voyage…

Sacramento, get ready to welcome the top environmental journalists from around the Nation this September! The 26th Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) will be hosted at the DoubleTree Hilton near Arden Way from September 21st through 25th. Many CapSciComm colleagues who hold SEJ membership have been busy preparing for the meeting, planning local tours and discussion panels. Look through the agenda to see a veritable who’s who of environmental journalism, and please give your best River City welcome to all our arriving guests!

The UC Davis StratComm office is hiring a Social Media Manager

Discovery Communications is hiring a new Editor-In-Chief of digital for their San Francisco office

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which is based in Emeryville, is recruiting for two journalist positions

Speaking of conferences, September 30th is the deadline to propose workshop sessions for the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) in San Francisco. This event will take place of the 2017 National Association of Science Writers meeting, and is jointly hosted by the World Federation of Science Journalists
(WFSJ), NASW, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW), UCSF, and UC Berkeley.

And speaking of NASW, the workshop agenda for ScienceWriters2016 in San Antonio is online! The annual conference will take place October 28th through November 1st. Ben Young Landis and Becky Oskin of the CapSciComm Board will be organizing the session “Communicating Ciencia” at the meeting. Check www.sciencewriters2016.org on August 17th for registration links!

And speaking of workshops, the 2nd annual #SciCommCamp has been announced! Join our Southern California colleagues in Malibu on November 18th-20th for this event, which offers a great primer for anyone new to science communications…

Closer to home, the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute is offering another podcasting workshop. Registration is open for this October 26-27 session

Please extend your farewell to Robert Kuo, this year’s AAAS Mass Media Fellow posted to the Sacramento Bee! Completing his 10-week journalism internship, Kuo will return to the University of Michigan to complete the final year of his doctoral research, investigating the mechanisms of inflammation and potential therapies for autoimmune disorders. Read his published articles and follow up with Kuo at @TheRobertKuo

Finally, thank you all who attended our CapSciComm Professional Workshop in July! After our session, our guest coach Steve Sobieszczyk wrote a blogpost to follow up on an audience question on translating “scientific consensus” for a lay audience… and he answers the question with a cake recipe. Check it out! And 0ur best to Steve Sobie as he ends his summer stint in Sacramento, returning home to Portland, Oregon…

Finally finally (we probably shouldn’t wait so long between newsletters…), thank you all who came to our CapSciComm Networking Social in June. We were so pleased to have so many journalists, PIOs, policy staff, researchers, and science communicators stop by to help us celebrate our third anniversary of bringing people together. Thank you all for keeping science spicy for the Capital Region, as we head into our fourth year!!

“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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