The Pepper: Sacramento Region #SciComm News | September 21, 2016

CapSciComm newsletter

The Pepper
September 21, 2016

The Capital Science Communicators Board of Officers would like to officially welcome the Society of Environmental Journalists to Sacramento. Environmental writers from around the country are in town this week to attend the SEJ 26th Annual Conference. Hosted by Capital Public Radio and UC Davis, the SEJ 2016 conference is a rare opportunity to highlight the environment, natural resources, food, and health issues here in the Sacramento region.

Follow the conference on Twitter via the hashtag #SEJ2016 and @SEJorg, and read our welcome letter to the SEJ membership here: join us in welcoming our guests to Sacramento!

Speaking of events, two science cafés will be livening up the Sacramento evening scene this week!

Making its series premiere is the much anticipated Sac Science Distilled event ( at Old Ironsides, produced by Nicole Soltis and Bobby Castagna, with assistance from the Powerhouse Science CenterScience Says, and CapSciComm. Read our CapSciComm profile with event organizers ( and read another preview via The Sacramento Bee (

The inaugural speakers will be ecologists Sacha Heath of UC Davis and Professor Sara Kross of Sacramento State — the latter making her return to the science café stage (see Davis Science Café, January 2015). See you tonight at 6:00 p.m.!

And making its sophomore appearance is the UC Davis CTSC Science Café, to be held at Old Soul 40 Acres in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. The evening’s topic will be sickle-cell anemia: causes and complications, featuring Ted Wun MD of UC Davis Medical Center. For more information, please contact Barbara Gale at, or visit our monthly announcements page:

CTSC cafe


As they say on television, but wait, there’s more! This coming Monday, September 26th, CapSciComm will host its first ever Presidential Debate Bingo Night! 

Join CapSciComm and the CCST Science Fellows Alumni Association as we plant our nonpartisan tongues firmly in sarcastic cheek for this national and historical event. We’ll gather in Midtown at Kupros upstairs for a civilly raucous debate watch party — and we’ll have debate bingo cards for everyone to play along and win prizes, crossing off mentions of science, environment, technology, health, and media.

Details here ( and RSVP on Facebook ( Bring a friend!!

Ever wonder the origins of the word “freelance”? Here’s a fun blogpost from Merriam-Webster…

What’s your decision algorithm for deciding what to or not to tweet? Longtime blogger and science writer Bethany Brookshire (aka Sci Curious) starts off with the quote “You had me at robotic rectum“…

The City of Roseville Environmental Utilities unit is seeking a Marketing and Communications Analyst with experience in graphic design

Alaska Sea Grant is seeking a Communications Manager

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund and The Open Notebook is accepting proposals for early career science journalism fellowships, with applications due October 15th

Our congratulations to our friends on the Central Coast, as the famed UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program announces its new director, Erika Check Hayden. Hayden replaces outgoing director and longtime scicomm mentor Robert Irion

Congratulations also to the 2016 winners of the Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment, who will be recognized during their conference this week in Sacramento

And congratulations to the 2016 winners of the Science in Society Journalism Awards, who will be recognized at the NASW ScienceWriters2016 conference this October

Finally, don’t forget to register for ScienceWriters2016 — the annual workshop of the National Association of Science Writers — this October 28th to November 1st in San Antonio, Texas! Don’t miss out on this national gathering of science, environment, technology, and health journalists, press officers, and bloggers. Registration deadline is October 13th. More info at

“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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