Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for October

“Electron Guns, Radioactive Materials, and AI: The Modern Tools to Treat Cancer”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, October 9th, 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. Sonja Dieterich in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center who studies unique approaches to radiation oncology. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: 40% of cancer patients receive radiation treatment as part of their treatments. How does radiation work to kill cancer cells, but leave the healthy cells (mostly) unharmed? Which technologies are in place now, or coming into clinics soon, to make treatments even better? Meet one of the 6 Medical Physics Faculty who work in the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology to talk about science & technology in the hospital.

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

CapSciComm Science Tour, October 18th: Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Have you ever wondered what happens to the water you use after it goes down the drain?

To find out, join us on a fascinating and educational visit to the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Elk Grove on our next Capital Science Communicators Science Tour! You’ll also learn how their EchoWater Project will help meet new environmental regulations.

CapSciComm Science Tour:
Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

Friday, October 18th, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
8521 Laguna Station Road, Elk Grove, California, 95758

Participation is free, but please register by our October 17th cutoff to attend this Science Tour. CapSciComm will be submitting names of all tour participants for the security clearance process required by Regional San.

• Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time to enter the Plant and check-in through our security gate.
• All tour participants must be 16 years or older. Any minors should be accompanied by an adult.
• For security reasons adults will be asked to show identification such as a driver license.
• For safety reason, closed toed shoes are required (NO SANDALS OR HIGH HEELS)
• Dress in comfortable clothing. A hat and sunglasses are recommended during the outdoor portion of the tour.
• This tour involves a classroom style presentation and a walking portion (about 1.5 miles), including some stairs and steps.

Our thanks to Sherrie Lowery and Sharon Sargeant from the communications team at Regional San for welcoming us on this tour — we look forward to an interesting and informative visit!

Plus, the tour will be informally paired the following day with an Open Trail Day in The Bufferlands, a 2,150-acre expanse of open space surrounding the treatment plant that provides high quality wildlife habitat while also serving as a nuisance buffer. Join your fellow Science Peppers on Saturday, October 19th, and enjoy over five miles of trails through the wetlands, lakes, and riparian forests!

— The CapSciComm Board

 

 

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for September

“New Antibiotics from Bacteria in your Backyard?”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, September 11th, 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. Mitchell Singer in the UC Davis Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics who studies Myxobacteria soil bacteria and their evolutionary development. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: We are losing the war with bacteria due to the rise of antibiotic resistance; the Myxobacteria may be our best hope as a source of new antimicrobials, antifungals and anti-tumor compounds. Their unique life style and genetics of these social bacteria may offer insights into identifying novel active compounds that can be developed for a variety pharmaceutical and therapeutic uses.

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

CapSciComm Joint Mixer, September 25: Planning Our Urban Environment

If you missed our August event, we have another fantastic jointly hosted networking mixer scheduled this month!

CapSciComm Networking Social with
American Planning Association YPG, Urban Land Institute YLG, and ASLA EPG

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bottle & Barlow
1120 R St, Sacramento, California 95811

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Please join us in Sacramento on September 25th for a happy hour with three important professional networks here in our region:

Each association will be represented by their respective young professionals/emerging professionals group — we thank Brooke Garcher and the APA Young Professionals Group for spearheading this informative mixer.

This will be a fun opportunity to network with other professionals in policy communication, urban design and planning, and land use development. With so many urban planning and land use issues facing our greater Sacramento region — climate adaptation, homelessness and health access, clean energy and transportation, flood hazards and water use — we’ll surely have many engaging conversations this evening!

As with all CapSciComm events, we invite everyone in our professional and student community to attend and cross-pollinate our great ideas and insights — whether you’re in journalism, public information, creative, policy, outreach, or scientific research.

BONUS EVENT: After you’re energized by land use and urban planning insights, head over to the Crest Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for a special film screening of “The Cat That Changed America” — the story of P-22, the mountain lion of Hollywood. Host Beth Pratt, California Director of the National Wildlife Federation, will be on hand to discuss efforts to construct a major wildlife crossing across Highway 101 in Los Angeles

Thank you all for being part of our amazing professional and student community — thank you for helping us #KeepScienceSpicy for California’s Capital Region!!


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.