Capital Science Communicators is an association of science writers and communicators serving California’s Capital Region — Sacramento, Davis, and beyond. We are entirely volunteer-run, and we operate independently of any third-party funding or influence.
As a social and professional network, CapSciComm seeks to connect professionals and students in journalism, public relations, creative, policy, public science, and research. We hope to encourage the exchange of ideas and opportunities across all fields that intersect with the need and practice of science communication.
Our Mission: To connect science communicators across all professions in the Capital Region with resources and networks for professional advancement.
Our Vision: Sustained science literacy among citizens and decision makers in the Capital Region through the support of science communication professionals.
The Sacramento region is home to UC Davis, Sacramento State, Los Rios Community College District, and myriad state and federal science agencies. It is fed by the Sierras, the twin rivers, Central Valley agriculture, and wine country industry. It is the forge for our state’s environmental and technology policies, and it continues to nurture tech companies and entrepreneurs.
All these qualities make our region a vibrant, critical hub of science, technology, and policy — and underscore the need for an active, engaged network of science communicators. We invite you to join us in our mission to spice up science for California’s capital and beyond!
Current CapSciComm Board of Officers:
- Executive Co-Chair: Ben Young Landis
- Executive Co-Chair: Nick Gray
- Professional Membership Chair: Becky Oskin
- Student Membership Chair: Don Gibson
- Professional Development Chair: Nir Oksenberg, PhD
- Journalism Chair: Emily Underwood
- Capitol Chair: Debra Cooper, PhD
- Public Science Chair: Sarah Barnes
- At-Large Chair: Dharia McGrew, PhD
- Communications Chair (open position)
Founding Members: Lisa Auchincloss, Ben Young Landis, Becky Oskin (April 12, 2013)
About Our Name: “CapSciComm” takes its name after the pepper plant genus Capsicum—a nod to the Central Valley’s horticultural heritage — and continues a theme of science writers networks with organism mascots (SCONC, SWINY, DCSWA). The pepper mascot’s shape is stylized to mirror the outline of the State of California.