The Pepper: Sacramento Region #SciComm News and Jobs, June 12, 2017



Welcome to “The Pepper” — your semi-regular round-up of science communication news, events, and job leads in the Capital Region and beyond. Send tips and leads to us on Twitter at @CapSciComm, or email capscicomm[at]

Our June event is coming up! If you’re a Sacramento area scientist, science professional, or student who wants more practice in public engagement, register for our new CapSciComm #SpiceUpSci Training Workshop! Taught by CapSciComm Public Science Chair Nick Gray, this series serves as a perfect introduction for those new to public science outreach, as well as a helpful refresher for those who need one. We’ll work through how to break free from jargon and how to explain science in a fun and relatable way. We still have plenty of seats for our Saturday, June 17th workshop, and undergraduates and graduate students get discounted registration! More information here and Eventbrite here and Facebook here.

Our CapSciComm Science Tour event in May was a blast. Thanks to the California ISO public information office for a fantastic tour of their campus on May 5th. Learn more about California ISO here, and learn about our event here.

Speaking of CapSciComm events, stay updated on the June lineup of local science cafés on our website. Do you know who’s speaking at the Wednesday, June 14th edition of Davis Science Café? Click here to find out.

If you can’t get enough of science meetups, join the Sac-Shasta Chapter of The Wildlife Society and Green Drinks Sacramento for a happy hour at Kupros Craft House in Sacramento, on Thursday, June 15th! This professional networking event is free, and details are here on Facebook.

AAAS wants you to design their conference tote bag for #AAASmtg 2018 in Austin

AdWeek recently highlighted the healthy number of women leaders among Sacramento’s advertising and marketing firms

Lab equipment giant Thermo Fisher Scientific is giving away cell biology coloring books for some grown-up coloring fun

UC Davis alumna and NPR correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff was recently profiled by the Caltech Alumni website

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism has announced $1 million in grants available to local journalism startups and innovators

Congratulations to our Capital Region connections in the 2017 Class of AAAS Science & Engineering Mass Media Fellows! The AAAS Mass Media Fellows went through their Washington DC orientation earlier this June. Hailing from UC Davis and headed to The Washington Post is doctoral student Jenna Gallegos (@FoodBeerScience), and hailing from Northwestern and headed to The Sacramento Bee is doctoral student Carolyn Wilke (@CarolynMWilke). Please wish them well as they step out of the lab and into the newsroom this summer!

Remember, registration is now open for the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (#WCSJ2017), coming this October to San Francisco. Whether your’re a journalist who appreciates science, or you’re a public information officer explaining science for an institution, or you’re a student interested in science communication careers, this is a rare opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and students from around the globe. Registration and conference program can be found here, and sponsorship and major giving opportunities can be found here.

And speaking of the societal impact of science journalism, if you missed it in April, please read our Statement from the CapSciComm Board. We join with all who celebrate the personal joys and societal benefits of science — here in California, around the United States, and throughout the world.


“Keep Science Spicy, Sacramento!”



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