Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for August

“Science in the Matrix: How Virtual Reality Enables Scientific Discovery”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
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 Dr. Oliver Kreylos in the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who studies the applications of virtual reality in science. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Virtual reality (VR), long the focus of science fiction, has emerged in recent years as a prominent medium for public entertainment. However, its applications in science (non-fiction) are much more impactful, offering up unique simulation and analysis opportunities in medicine, geoscience, and manufacturing, to name a few.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for August

Sac Science Distilled
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub
1804 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
FREE TO ATTEND

Join us for a conversation with Dr Jeff Kessler about climate policy and research.

For more information about Sac Science Distilled, please contact Lauren Camp at lecampbio at gmail dot com or on our Facebook page.

CapSciComm Joint Mixer, August 15: Back to School!

What are two things journalists, educators, and science communicators have in common? Answer: (1) Facts and (2) they’re all invited to a mixer at Kupros in August!

Back to School!
A Journalists in Classrooms – NFA – CapSciComm Mixer

Thursday, August 15, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Kupros
1217 21st Street, Sacramento, California

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If you’ve missed hanging out with your colleagues this summer, we’ve got you covered. Our next professional mixer is jointly hosted with our friends at Journalists in Classrooms (@JClassrooms) and the NFA Sacramento journalists network!

Join us for beverages, food, and good conversation following Journalists in Classrooms’ news literacy workshop for teachers on August 15th. Don’t worry, no homework for this one — just prepare yourself to enjoy the company of a bunch of nerds who want people to know things!

Mingle with journalists active in our local media scene, from freelancers to staff writers for outlets like Sacramento Business Journal. Learn about the exciting mission of Journalists in Classrooms — a volunteer effort that’s bringing professional reporters to K-12 classrooms, teaching kids the process of critical thinking through journalistic investigation, sharing the pivotal societal role of the Fourth Estate, and getting kids excited about the craft and ethics of news writing.

And of course, as with all CapSciComm events, we invite everyone in our professional and student community — whether you’re in journalism, public information, creative, policy, outreach, or scientific research.

RSVP and join us on August 15th in Midtown Sacramento — and help us #KeepScienceSpicy for California’s Capital Region!!

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for July

Sac Science Distilled
Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub
1804 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
FREE TO ATTEND

Why does it seem like California is always burning? Are fires really getting worse? And what can we do about it? Join fire ecologist Dr. Allie Weill for some fire science 101 and a discussion of how Californians can live with fire in 2019. From plants to people, from Santa Monica to the Sierra Nevada, we’ll explore what scientists know–and don’t know–about wildfire in California today.

For more information about Sac Science Distilled, please contact Lauren Camp at lecampbio at gmail dot com or on our Facebook page.

“Small Particles as New Possible Treatments for Big Diseases”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
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. Jamal Lewis in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering who studies immune disease therapies. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Current paradigms for the treatment of autoimmune diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis [RA]) are woefully inadequate, often missing the mark on desired physiological responses and not targeting the root cause of the disease. Predictably, novel approaches to re-establish immune homeostasis in patients afflicted by autoimmune conditions are now under intense investigation. Notably, we are developing an array of multifunctional, biomaterial-based ‘anti-vaccines’ that can be easily administered to remediate some of the prevalent autoimmune diseases. In this talk, I will focus on two particulate systems currently under development in my lab, which attempt to control critical cellular and humoral mediators that engender conditions such as RA and autoimmune autism.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

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
FREE TO ATTEND
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!

Abstract: 

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 jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

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
FREE TO ATTEND

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 gmail.com) or the Science Distilled Team (https://www.facebook.com/sacsciencedistilled/).

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for May

“From Dead Heads to Depression Meds: How Psychedelics are Impacting Modern Medicine”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
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. David Olson in the UC Davis Department of Chemistry who studies psychedelic drugs as neurotherapeutics.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Psychedelics and related drugs are notorious for their effects on perception, but they are also some of the most exciting experimental therapeutics in psychiatry today.  Our research group studies this class of molecules to develop safer and more effective medicines for diseases like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorder.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu or www.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for April

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“Butterflies as Heralds of the Apocalypse”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
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. Arthur Shapiro in the UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology who studies butterfly population trends.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: I’ve been monitoring California butterflies since 1972. That gives me a huge database for assessing the ecological impacts of global change. Lately, those data and the inferences we’ve drawn from them are getting a lot of attention world-wide. What are they telling us?

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu or www.facebook.com/groups/davissciencecafe.

CapSciComm Networking Social, April 11: Happy Birthday CapSciComm!

Can’t believe it’s that time of year again. Join us this April in Sacramento as we gather for the 6th anniversary of CapSciComm’s founding! And helping us celebrate this birthday happy hour will be our journalist friends from the Sacramento reporters club “No Flacks Allowed” (NFA).

Capital Science Communicators Networking Social with NFA
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kupros
1217 21st Street, Sacramento, California

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Capital Science Communicators was founded in 2013 to welcome all professionals and students whose work intersects with the communication of science, whether you work in journalism, public affairs, policymaking, creative and marketing, outreach and education, or scientific research. In the years since, we’ve built a vibrant community spanning both ends of the Yolo Causeway — connecting media with great science resources, guiding both students and professionals to career opportunities, and helping nurture public science events in the greater Sacramento region.

One of original goals for creating CapSciComm was to support quality science journalism for the Capital Region. Our vision of sustained science literacy among citizens and decision makers relies on a healthy community of media institutions and professionals in Sacramento, Davis, and beyond. As we wrote in our 2017 Board Statement: “The successful communication of knowledge — such as scientific findings — ensures that individuals, institutions, and societies can make the best possible decisions for their health, environment, and governance.”

This is why we are partnering with the NFA journalists club for this CapSciComm Networking Social. With anti-science and anti-journalism sentiments on the upswing, we scientists, science communicators, and reporters have a common challenge ahead of us. This special opportunity to bridge our respective memberships — united in our joint interest to gather evidence, analyze data, and share knowledge — isn’t to be missed. Let’s hear from our journalist colleagues about the state of their craft and careers, and let’s all create a welcoming space to exchange ideas and innovations in the communication of science, no matter what our job title may be.

So bring a friend — and come help us #KeepScienceSpicy for the Capital Region. Please RSVP to help us plan, and we’ll see you on April 11th in Sacramento!

— The CapSciComm Board

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for March

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“Does California Have a Wildfire Problem? Can it be Fixed?”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
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. Mark Schwartz in the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science & Policy who studies distributions of rare plants and how they are impacted by environmental factors.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Wildfire has caused more than $20 billion in damages in just four fires in the past two years; more than 100 people have died. Many argue that poor forest management is to blame. We will discuss what drives wildfire in California, how warming climates interacts with fire and the options California is facing for creating more resilient, safer forest environments for the 21st century.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu or www.facebook.com/groups/davissciencecafe.

CapSciComm @ UC Davis, February 12: Grad Studies Fair and Networking Social

Happy 2019, Science Peppers! Our first CapSciComm events of the year will held in Davis on February 12th, coinciding with the UC Davis Graduate Studies Professional Development Fair.

Capital Science Communicators at
UC Davis Grad Student and Postdoc Professional Development Fair

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
UC Davis Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
https://grad.ucdavis.edu/professional-development/professional-development-fair

Capital Science Communicators Networking Social
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
217 E St, Davis, California

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The Professional Development Fair is open to UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (registration info here) — designed to connect participants with a variety of professional development resources and programs. CapSciComm, of course, is all about science communication as a skill and as careers, and CapSciComm Board Members will be present to share their stories and recommended resources. Come hear about different training programs, fellowships, local networks and resources, science cafés, and regional events such as the upcoming Science Talk unconference.

We’ll then head over to de Vere’s Irish Pub for our first CapSciComm Networking Social of 2019! As usual, our networking socials are open to all professionals and students whose work intersects with the communication of science — whether you work in journalism, public affairs, creative and marketing, outreach and education, or scientific research. Come meet other professionals and students in the Sacramento region who are interested in scicomm, scipol, and science literacy — and grow your community!

So bring a friend, and help us #KeepScienceSpicy for the Capital Region. Please RSVP to help us plan, and we’ll see you on February 12th in Davis!

— The CapSciComm Board