Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for June

Got Milk? The evolution and biology of lactation in the Tsetse Fly (Vector of African Sleeping Sickness)
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

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 speaker is Prof. Geoffrey Attardo in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology who studies reproduction in insect disease vectors.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!


My research focuses on understanding the reproductive biology of insects that transmit diseases to humans and animals. In particular, much of my work has focused on a fly called the tsetse fly. Tsetse flies are responsible for the transmission of a parasite called a trypanosome which causes a fatal (if untreated) disease in humans and animals. Besides their role as disease vectors, tsetse flies have an amazing reproductive biology that sets them apart from most other insects. These flies lactate similarly to mammals and give birth to live offspring. In this talk we will explore tsetse’s role in transmission of African Sleeping Sickness and the biology/physiology behind tsetse’s amazing reproductive adaptations.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at

House Plant Botany: The “Inside” Scoop About Your Photosynthetic Housemates
Sac Science Distilled
Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub
1804 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Join us for Sac Science Distilled- You’ll hear short, idea-centered talks from local experts in the sciences and have the chance to participate in an interactive activity designed by the Powerhouse Science Center! After the talk, we’ll have a lively discussion that brings science into context for everyday life.

This month, we will hear from Allyson Greenlon, the Public Programs Coordinator at the Jepson Herbarium, UC Berkeley.

Do you adore your house plants as if they were your own children? Have you taken to growing plants on nearly every windowsill in your home? Join us as Allyson provides a deep dive into learning more about the plants we grow inside our homes! Learn about their wild history before they took a more “domestic” lifestyle, understand what makes some of them toxic, what they would look like if they flowered, and other interesting information they would tell you if only they could talk.

See you there!

For more information, contact Lauren Camp (lecampbio at or the Science Distilled Team (



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