Science Café Events in Sacramento Region for April 2017

“Seismic Resistant Structures:
Why Buildings Shake When the Earth Quakes

Wednesday, Apr. 5th, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
World of Wonders Science Museum
2 North Sacramento Street, Lodi
Wine/beer cash bar and food truck on site

Join your host Nick Gray, Education Director at the WOW, for an evening learning experience in Lodi!  Everyone knows California is the earthquake state, but exactly how and why do buildings shake when the Earth quakes? Can we design buildings to resist or even withstand those forces? At this month’s SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE, Pacific Civil Engineer Hector Estrada will share cutting-edge engineering solutions that can be used to build seismic resistant structures.

As always, SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE has a cash bar for beer and wine purchases and a food truck for dinner and snacks, so you won’t go thirsty or hungry throughout the evening!

Contact the museum for directions and more information at 209.368.0969 or nick[at]wowsciencemuseum[dot]org.


“Dare to Repair: From DNA Chemistry to Cancer and Back Again”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy UCD Department of Math and Physical Sciences

Each month, Professor Jared Shaw with the UC Davis Department of Chemistry hosts the Davis Science Café, featuring scientists who are studying some of today’s cutting edge topics. This month’s guest is Professor Sheila David from the UC Davis Department of Chemistry who studies DNA damage and repair. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Contact Professor Jared Shaw more information, at or


“Local Ecology: Ringtails in the Sutter Buttes”
Sacramento Science Distilled
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub
1804 J St. Sacramento
21+ event, FREE TO ATTEND

Join us for Sac Science Distilled at our new, roomier location! You’ll hear short, idea-centered talks from a local expert in the sciences. After the talk, we’ll have a lively discussion that brings science into context for everyday life.

Our speaker this month will be Prof. David Wyatt of Sacramento City College.

The Sutter Buttes are a small cluster of eroded volcanic domes in the Central Valley just an hour from Sacramento. Surveys of ringtails in this area of oak woodlands, chaparral, and rock have identified 15 small home ranges. Surprisingly, oak mistletoe (Phoradendron villosum) fruit is a common food item in ringtail scats, and appears to be the ringtail’s main food source for five months of the year. In the talk, we’ll learn more about the behaviors of these timid raccoon relatives, and their local habitat.



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