#CapSciCommLive Virtual Trivia Night, Tuesday, June 23rd

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

TRIVIA WITH THE BENS!
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
Line opens 6:50 p.m. Pacific
Game start 7:00 p.m. Pacific
(Game ends roughly 9:15 p.m.)

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, June 9th

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

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

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!

Statement from the CapSciComm Board, May 31, 2020

Statement from the CapSciComm Board, May 31, 2020

We call on the scientific and communications community here in California’s Capital Region to stand with our African American friends, neighbors, and colleagues in support of humanity’s common goal of equality, respect, and freedom from persecution.

The path to social justice inherently invokes science and communication. In the weeks ahead, we encourage professionals and students in our membership and broader community to make new efforts to engage one another in scholarship and dialogue.

First, educate yourself on the study and history of issues which entrench the oppression of Black America. The root of recent protests and pleas were not borne of any single incident this month or this year. They are the product of decades and centuries of physical, emotional, and societal wrongs upon a people. 

Next, examine your own assumptions, cognitive biases, and knowledge gaps regarding the prevalence and seriousness of institutional threats that Black Americans face everyday. Learn to identify policies and attitudes at your workplace that are ripe for reexamination. Seek professional development training for yourself and your team on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Create supportive spaces for colleagues and mentees to discuss and recommend improvements. Communicate your efforts and model positive change for others in your peer group.

In scientific and journalistic investigations alike, we observe single data points, but we take notice when trends and patterns emerge over time and occurrence. The trends and patterns of Black oppression in the United States are crystal clear, and the causal factors are known. It is up to every one of us to pursue any meaningful solution, small or great, to bend the curve of injustice. To challenge our assumptions. To calibrate our awareness.

Black lives matter — because human lives matter.

Signed on This Day, May 31, 2020,

Ben Young Landis
Becky Oskin
Emily Underwood
Nick Gray

Representing the Board of Capital Science Communicators


Download a PDF of this statement

Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm) is an association of science writers and communicators serving California’s Capital Region — Sacramento, Davis, and beyond. We connect science communicators in the Capital Region with resources and networks for professional development. Apply to become a member at www.capscicomm.org and follow us on Twitter at @CapSciComm

CapSciComm Professional Member José G. González contributed edits.

#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