The Pepper: Sacramento Region #SciComm News and Jobs, August 1, 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 next CapSciComm Science Tour is this coming Sunday! On the evening of August 6th, we’ll gather at the Sudwerk Brewing Co. Dock Store and learn about the summer bats of the Yolo Causeway from local guide Corky Quirk of NorCal Bats and the Yolo Basin Foundation. This is a kids-friendly event, and what we hope to be a great natural spectacle when we drive off to the causeway and watch the bats emerge from their roost! Ticket required — more information here and Facebook here.

Did you attend the latest “Community Conversations” Science Café at Old Soul Co. @40 Acres in Oak Park? Hosted bimonthly by the UC Davis Center for Translational and Clinical Science, UC Davis Health, and the Powerhouse Science Center, the latest talk on July 27th event featured pediatric researcher Mark Underwood MD, who discussed the current state of science on the benefits of breastfeeding, gut microbiomes, and childhood health

Get excited about the August lineup of “science café” evening entertainment events around the Sacramento region! The Davis Science Café speaker has been posted

The scicomm community has been celebrating the career of David Perlman, the legendary science reporter at San Francisco Chronicle who is finally retiring at age 98Here’s a story at Poynter, and here’s one at KQED, at NPR Morning Edition, and at CBC Radio. Over at the CASW homepage, tributes are pouring from other longtime science journalists — who all have their own David Perlman story to tell

The U.S. Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center (CASWC) is hiring a public information specialist for their office at Sac State

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is seeking a senior communications professional to serve as Head of Lab-Wide Strategic Communications

Popular Science is seeking an Associate Editor

The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering a policy communications workshop for scientists at their Washington DC headquarters…

The City University of New York has announced a new environmental science fellowship for journalists, and applications are due August 31st…

For NASW members, early-bird registration ends August 1st for the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco. Full-rate registration and student-rate registration continues through October 12th

We had a great time at de Vere’s Irish Pub in Sacramento for our July 20th CapSciComm Networking Social! Our thanks again to the CCST Science Fellows Alumni Network for co-hosting this event

And finally, we had a spectacular time at the first-ever “Sac Science Idol” hosted by Sac Science Distilled, Science Says, Powerhouse Science Center, and CapSciComm on July 19th! Thanks to our local journalist judges Amy Quinton, Cindy Baker, and Dave Kempa, whose wit and insight helped us crown the best 3-minute science talks by early career researchers in the Sacramento region. See photos and names of winners at our Facebook and Twitter pages!!

Addendum: Congratulations and welcome to electrical engineer and new UC Davis Chancellor Gary May PhD on officially starting his tenure! He is the seventh chancellor of UC Davis. The California Aggie has the story


“Keep Science Spicy, Sacramento!”




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