#CapSciCommLive Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, May 26th

“Trivia with the Bens” virtual science trivia night returns this week on #CapSciCommLive — open to all CapSciComm Members and friends and family! Let’s keep up with our #StayHome groove and help #BendTheCurve for our local and global community.

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
Line opens 6:50 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)

NEW INSTRUCTIONS: All teams can play via Twitter by following twitter.com/TriviaWithBens. CapSciComm Professional and Student Members will also receive access to the live audio/video feed for each week’s game (emailed to members on game day). Not a CapSciComm member yet? Join today!

For complete instructions on how to play, please head over to: www.triviawiththebens.com

Stay safe, stay informed, and take care of each other. And as always, #KeepScienceSpicy, Sacramento!

#CapSciCommLive Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, May 19th

“Trivia with the Bens” virtual science trivia night returns this week on #CapSciCommLive — open to all CapSciComm Members and friends and family! Let’s keep up with our #StayHome groove and help #BendTheCurve for our local and global community.

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Line opens 6:50 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)

NEW INSTRUCTIONS: All teams can play via Twitter by following twitter.com/TriviaWithBens. CapSciComm Professional and Student Members will also receive access to the live audio feed for each week’s game. Not a CapSciComm member yet? Join today!

For complete instructions on how to play, please head over to: www.triviawiththebens.com

Stay safe, stay informed, and take care of each other. And as always, #KeepScienceSpicy, Sacramento!

#CapSciCommLive Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, May 12th

“Trivia with the Bens” virtual science trivia night returns this week on #CapSciCommLive — open to all CapSciComm Members and friends and family! Let’s keep up with our #StayHome groove and help #BendTheCurve for our local and global community.

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
Line opens 6:45 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)

Make sure you’ve go the most updated dial-in number for this week’s game! And don’t forget to dial in a little early to avoid jammed lines. For complete instructions on how to play, please head over to: http://www.triviawiththebens.com/trivia-night-20200512/

To help keep our main @CapSciComm news feed uncluttered, the trivia game feed has transitioned to its own Twitter handle, @TriviaWithBens — please follow!

Stay safe, stay informed, and take care of each other. And as always, #KeepScienceSpicy, Sacramento!

#CapSciCommLive Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, April 28th

“Trivia with the Bens” virtual science trivia night returns this week on #CapSciCommLive — open to all CapSciComm Members and friends and family! Let’s keep up with our #StayHome groove and help #BendTheCurve for our local and global community.

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
Line opens 6:45 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)

Make sure you’ve go the most updated dial-in number for this weekly game! And don’t forget to dial in a little early to avoid jammed lines. For complete instructions on how to participate in trivia night, please head over to: http://www.triviawiththebens.com/trivia-night-20200428/

To help keep our main @CapSciComm news feed uncluttered, the trivia game feed has transitioned to its own Twitter handle, @TriviaWithBens — please follow!

Stay safe, stay informed, and take care of each other. And as always, #KeepScienceSpicy, Sacramento!

City Nature Challenge 2020

This Friday, April 24, 2020, marks the start of the 5th annual City Nature Challenge, which began as a friendly competition between rival museums in Los Angeles (Natural History Museum of LA County) and San Francisco (California Academy of Sciences) to determine what city housed the most biodiversity. The first City Nature Challenge was so successful that it has grown every year since, adding more cities, more species, and more participants.

Areas of the map shaded in yellow indicate cities taking part in the 2020 City Nature Challenge.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge is now a collaboration, which in some ways, feels fitting with tomorrow’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  The City Nature Collaboration has two parts: first, an observation period from April 24 (midnight, local time) – April 27; and second, an identification period from April 28 – May 3.

As City Nature Collaboration participants, we are uniquely positioned to once again show leadership in environmental education and conservation, just as politicians and environmental activists did in 1970 with the establishment of the first Earth Day. One of the remarkable things about Earth Day is that it was created in unity with a bipartisan movement; unity is much needed in our current national and international political climate. 

There are many ways to still participate in this year’s City Nature Collaboration, as we shelter in place. 

  1. Find wildlife! It can be any wild plant, animal, fungi, slime mold, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses!) found in your neighborhood, home, backyard, or even through your windows. My kids and I have been having a great time learning about what lives in our backyard (and inside our home)!
  2. Take pictures of what you see, then upload your observations to iNaturalist via the app or the web interface.
  3. Learn more as your observations are identified.
  4. If you’re not able to take photos of wildlife, focus your efforts on identifying species documented in your area!

More Resources

CapSciComm Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, April 21st

“Trivia with the Bens” virtual science trivia night returns this week on #CapSciCommLive — open to all CapSciComm Members and friends and family! Let’s keep up with our #StayHome groove and help #BendTheCurve for our local and global community.

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
Line opens 6:45 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)

Make sure you’ve go the most updated dial-in number for this weekly game! And don’t forget to dial in a little early to avoid jammed lines. For complete instructions on how to participate in trivia night, please head over to: http://www.triviawiththebens.com/trivia-night-20200421/

To help keep our main @CapSciComm news feed uncluttered, the trivia game feed has transitioned to its own Twitter handle, @TriviaWithBens — please follow!

Stay safe, stay informed, and take care of each other. And as always, #KeepScienceSpicy, Sacramento!

— The CapSciComm Board

New “COVID Town Hall” Webinar Series Launched by Dr. Becca Calisi Rodríguez

Friend of CapSciComm and local #scicomm leader Professor Becca Calisi Rodríguez (@BeccaCalisi) has launched a new webinar series, “COVID-19 Crisis Town Hall at UC Davis”. The weekly event will feature UC Davis faculty with expertise in various aspects related to the pandemic and science foundational to further understanding and solving the disease.

COVID-19 Crisis Town Hall at UC Davis
Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
Facebook LiveStream: https://www.facebook.com/ucdavisbiology
UC Davis LiveStream and Video Archive: https://video.ucdavis.edu/channel/channelid/159414402
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CovidTownHall

CapSciComm Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, April 14th

“Trivia with the Bens” returns this week on #CapSciCommLive — open to all CapSciComm Members and friends and family! Let’s keep up with our #StayHome groove and help #BendTheCurve for our local and global community

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
Line opens 6:45 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)

For complete instructions on how to dial-in and participate in trivia night, please head over to the new website for Trivia with the Bens events: http://www.triviawiththebens.com/trivia-night-20200414/

To help keep our main @CapSciComm news feed uncluttered, the trivia game feed has transitioned to its own Twitter handle, @TriviaWithBens — please follow!

Stay safe, stay informed, and take care of each other. And as always, #KeepScienceSpicy, Sacramento!

— The CapSciComm Board

CapSciComm Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, April 7th

Back by popular demand, CapSciComm will be bringing you an0ther edition of #CapSciCommLive “Trivia with the Bens” for our community — open to all CapSciComm Members and friends and family! Let’s keep up with our #StayHome groove and help #FlattenTheCurve for our local and global community

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Presented by Capital Science Communicators
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
Line opens 6:45 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)

For complete instructions on how to dial-in and participate in trivia night, please head over to the new website for future Trivia with the Bens events: http://www.triviawiththebens.com/trivia-night-20200407

To help keep our main @CapSciComm news feed uncluttered, the trivia game feed will now transition to its own Twitter handle, @TriviaWithBens — please follow!

Stay safe, stay informed, and take care of each other. And as always, #KeepScienceSpicy, Sacramento!

— The CapSciComm Board

CapSciComm Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, March 31

CapSciComm Founder Ben Landis here. Y’all are doing such an amazing job to #StayHome and help #FlattenTheCurve for our local and global community — so let’s reward ourselves! After last week’s successful experiment, we’re thrilled to bring back another edition of “Trivia with the Bens” for our community! Open to all CapSciComm Members and non-members:

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Presented by Capital Science Communicators
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Line opens 6:45 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)
Participate via conference phone line or Twitter

Tuesday’s game will again be hosted by me, Ben Landis, alongside CapSciComm Member Ben Nicholson. We want these evenings to be fun little escapes from reality — so pour yourself an adult beverage or your favorite mocktail or fizzy water, and join us!

About our game: Our format is four rounds of eight questions each, and the questions will get a little more difficult with each round (our format is a fond tribute to the Fox & Goose pub quiz hosted by Kevin Ice for many years). And since this is a CapSciComm event, all the questions will have a STEM theme to them — but maybe in unexpected ways. For example, each round will have a question specifically related to our Sacramento or Northern California region.

This week’s additional theme: In honor of what would have been the MLB Opening Day, we’ll have a handful of questions related to baseball.

And our house rules:

  • Teams: There’s no limit on how many people to a team. Whether you’re playing solo, or with your family or roommates, or even remotely with friends over text or chat, come up with your team name and get ready to play! (When tweeting a selfie with your team, be sure to use the hashtag #CapSciCommLive)
  • Questions: Ben and Ben will be reading the questions out loud over the conference phone line, and we’ll also be posting each question on our CapSciComm Twitter page: twitter.com/CapSciComm
  • Scoring: We’ll score answers after each round — to make things simple for this first outing, you guys are on your honor to score your own answer sheets. 
  • No Peeking! Finally, no checking your phone or the internet or your home bookshelf for answers while playing! This isn’t a Googling contest!

At the end of our quiz, we’ll open the line and see how folks scored across the possible points. For teams with their competitive fire going, we’ll ask you to tweet a photo of your completed answer sheets (tag #CapSciCommLive) — so we can verify top scores and recognize them via CapSciComm Twitter and Facebook. 

Thank you all for continuing to keep our local community vibrant and united during these unprecedented times. Let’s stay strong and connected — and #KeepScienceSpicy together!

See you on Tuesday night!
Ben Young Landis
CapSciComm Founder and Executive Co-Chair

(Check out the winners and full thread from our March 24 Trivia Night!)