Davis Science Café, June 11th: “Lactation”

The Davis Science Café series returns on June 11th at de Vere’s Irish Pub, with guest Bruce German, Director of the Foods for Health Institute at UC Davis:

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As always, the events are free to the public. Science cafés and science pub nights are a growing movement in many cities, offering a more casual setting for science outreach and allowing interested public to directly converse with researchers.

The Davis Science Café series is organized by Professor Jared Shaw with support by the UC Davis Department of Chemistry, and is a Capital Science Communicators event. Help plan future events and join other Davis science enthusiasts on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/davissciencecafe.

 

 

Meet Your New Colleagues: @CapSciComm networking social and science café, May 15th (Davis, CA)

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We’re back with another Capital Science Communicators meetup — this time joining up with new friends and colleagues!

Capital Science Communicators
Networking Social
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Science Café 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Social 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
217 E Street, Davis, CA 95616
Both events in back room

Our meetup will be jointly held with the Davis Science Café — the long-running science outreach series sponsored by the UC Davis Chemistry Department. The café portion is 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

10012957_10201377031702830_5942717134051905381_oCome by early if you can for the café portion — the speaker this month is CapSciComm colleague, science blogger, and marine scientist Andrew David Thaler, who will talk about his well-known #DrownYourTown social media project. This climate change outreach campaign uses Google Earth to visualize what people’s hometowns and familiar landmarks would look like under sea level rise scenarios. You can see some of the demos in action from Thaler’s recent lecture at Sac State at the @CapSciComm media page and follow Andrew Thaler on Twitter.

Our networking social follows from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and we have two new colleagues to introduce to our network. Come by to welcome and get to know two journalists joining media outlets in our region: Elizabeth Case and Andrew Creasey.

d713a544644a96374a91d093cd808993Elizabeth Case is now a staff reporter at The Davis Enterprise, where her beat will be the intersection of agriculture, environment, and business. Case formerly wrote for the Portland Oregonian, as part of the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship for science journalism, and produced radio pieces on science for The Daily Bruin at UCLA, where she majored in Physics. If she’s not writing or reporting, she’s probably in cleats playing ultimate frisbee or madly typing code, trying to learn some data journalism (“Anyone interested in working on some independent projects with me?” she asks.)

Chris Kaufman/Appeal-Democrat Appeal-Democrat reporter Andrew Creasey.Andrew Creasey is the local government and natural resources reporter for the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville/Yuba City. A relative newcomer to the West Coast, Creasey hails from the Midwest, where he learned the finer points of appreciating flat, flat terrain. A former archaeologist, he has no claims to being a real scientist, but does like to have conservations with smart people, so it works out. A love of writing, words and picking people’s brains got him into journalism, but he also enjoys hiking and playing music (he plays the drums and is always looking for folks to jam on some funky jazz).

The Davis Science Café will be donating some appetizers, but the libations are on your own. So please drop in and introduce yourselves to these science communicators joining our region!

(Sacramento folks — you can’t use Fix50 as an excuse yet! Work on westbound Highway 50 is not scheduled until later in May.)

 

Workshop: “Using Social Media to Promote Your Research” on April 10th

Scientist Holly Bik will be running another social media workshop next Thursday, April 10th on the UC Davis campus, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm, Garrison Room, Memorial Union. This is a repeat offering of her February workshop.

Please register here if you plan on attending:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CN2_ed3AEdKtr8kTxWZSP5G5bnmMmtdABYWFrdXn8wk/viewform

The workshop is aimed at getting researchers to adopt social media tools, but the topics covered will generally apply to communicating science and maintaining your professional identity online.

Anyone in the Davis/Sacramento community is welcome to attend!

Connect with Holly Bik on Twitter at @hollybik and visit her website at www.hollybik.com.

Davis Science Café, April 9th: The Science Behind Oil Spill Response

The Davis Science Café series returns this month at de Vere’s Irish Pub with Judd Muskat, senior environmental specialist at the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

OSPR is the state office charged with protecting California’s natural resources by preventing, preparing for, and responding to spills of oil and other pollutants, as well as restoring affected resources, including seabirds and sea otters.

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As always, the events are free to the public. Science cafés and science pub nights are a growing movement in many cities, offering a more casual setting for science outreach and allowing interested public to directly converse with researchers.

The Davis Science Café series is organized by Professor Jared Shaw, with support from the National Science Foundation. Help plan future events and join other Davis science enthusiasts on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/davissciencecafe.

Interested in organizing a Sacramento Science Café? Contact us with your suggestions.

Friday April 11th: Enviro Story Pitch-Slam Session and Social hosted by @CapRadioNews and @SEJ

A very exciting opportunity coming up for science writers in our region — CapSciComm members are encouraged to attend! Thanks to colleague Chris Bowman for sharing.

“A Freelance Pitch Slam & Meet-Up”
Hosted by the Society of Environmental Journalists and Capital Public Radio
Friday, April 11, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Capital Public Radio
Community Room
7055 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826-2625*
Download Event Flyer

Got an idea for an environment-related story or a book proposal? You’ll have two minutes to pitch stories to a panel of news and magazine editors and three minutes to pitch book ideas to a publisher’s representative. The panel will provide tips on how to hone your story pitches to razor-sharp success and how to structure a book proposal.

The Panel

Event is free and open to all, whether you’re pitching ideas or not.

Pitches will not be recorded and listeners will be cautioned not to share the ideas of others beyond the event.

Reception to follow, sponsored by Capital Public Radio.

Please RSVP via email to sej@sej.org by Wednesday, April 9th.

 

About the Sponsors:

The Society of Environmental Journalists is the oldest and largest membership association of professional journalists, educators and students dedicated to more and better coverage of environmental issues. SEJ’s mission is to strengthen the quality, reach and viability of journalism across all media to advance public understanding of environmental issues. Visit www.sej.org.

Capital Public Radio‘s mission is to provide a trusted source of information, music and entertainment for curious and thoughtful people in efficient, sustainable ways that meet their needs while strengthening the civic and cultural life of the communities we serve. Visit www.capradio.org.

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*Driving Directions: See  www.capradio.org/about/directions for a map. Note that although this address is on Folsom Boulevard, the entrance is actually around the corner on State University Drive, on the CSU Sacramento campus. Whether approaching from College Town Drive or State University Drive, turn into the Sac State parking lot with the signage for “Modoc Hall” or “Napa Hall”.

The parking lot will say CPR/Sac State staff only, but visitors should be okay without a parking permit on a Friday night. If necessary, a parking permit machine is located at the back of Modoc Hall.

Davis Science Café, March 12th: A Paleontological “Who Done It?”

The Davis Science Café series returns this week with Dr. Steve Wathen, postdoctoral scholar at the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment:

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As always, the events are free to the public. Science cafés and science pub nights are a growing movement in many cities, offering a more casual setting for science outreach and allowing interested public to directly converse with researchers.

The Davis Science Café series is organized by Professor Jared Shaw, with support from the National Science Foundation. For updates, visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/davissciencecafe.

March scicomm workshops with Ari Daniel a success for UC Davis students

UC Davis graduate students organized an energetic series of science communications events this past week, featuring freelance journalist Ari Daniel, who is based in the Boston area. The training and career workshops, together with the customary CapSciComm networking social, attracted strong attendance and gave further evidence to the growing interest in science communication careers in the Capital Region.

Ari Daniel’s research background in biological oceanography resonated with current graduate students. At the Wednesday night public lecture, his many colorful and poignant radio reporting examples gave attendees insight on how to bridge science with story telling, to connect the listener with the scientist.

“Scientists are like life-long kids,” said our guest. “Ask the right question and the kid bursts out.”

The Thursday night CapSciComm networking social drew record attendance and a broad spectrum of scicomm practitioners. Journalists, public information officers, bloggers, graduate students, state legislature staffers, and science educators filled the back room at de Vere’s Irish Pub in Davis. Associate Professor Jared Shaw of UCD Chemistry also drew attention to the ongoing Davis Science Café public lecture series.

The happy hour followed a scicomm career panel session on campus, featuring CapSciComm colleagues Ryder Diaz, Andy Fell, Becky Oskin, Justin Pressfield, and guest Ari Daniel, showcasing a cross section of scicomm professionals working in Davis and Sacramento.

The event planning and logistics credit go to CapSciComm colleagues and UCD graduate students Katharina Ullmann (Entomology), Jackie Ailperti (Ecology), Ben Waitman (Ecology), and Candace Spier-Bever (UC Davis Superfund Research Program). The week’s events were additionally organized by Shahla Farzan (Ecology), Erik Porse (Environmental Engineering), Lindzi Wessell (Neuroscience). Event sponsors include GradPathways (Graduate Studies), UCD Graduate Student Association, College of Engineering, Davis Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, Center for Watershed Sciences, CCWAS-IGERT, Postdoc Union – UAW 5810, CREATE IGERT, John Muir Institute for the Environment, Entomology Graduate Student Association, Dept of Entomology and Nematology, and the UC Davis Superfund Research Program.

— Ben Young Landis

EVENTS: public lecture and @CapSciComm meetup with science reporter Ari Daniel, Mar. 5-6

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CapSciComm colleague Katharina Ullmann is hosting the next CapSciComm networking social on March 6th, as part of UC Davis-organized visit by independent science reporter Ari Daniel, known for his stories on WNYC’s Radiolab, PRI’s The World, and NPR.

Science Communication Workshop Series
University of California, Davis
Guest: Ari Daniel
March 5-7, 2014
www-sf.ucdavis.edu/Science_Communication_Tools

Ari Daniel (previously writing as Ari Daniel Shapiro)  has a professional background in science: he trained gray seal pups (Halichoerus grypus) for his Master’s degree at the University of St. Andrews and helped tag wild Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca) for his Ph.D. at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

It was during his time at WHOI where Ari Daniel began his exploration and transition to a science journalist, and since 2009, his stories have appeared on public radio stations and a variety of museum, non-profit, academic, and public media outlets.  His stories have spanned canine personalities to the music of Bach on Mars to a group that sends used lab equipment to developing countries.

Ari Daniel’s visit will include daytime workshops for UC Davis students, including career panels featuring several CapSciComm members. But two events will be open to the public and CapSciComm audiences:

aripic2Wednesday, March 5 | 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | 3 Kleiber Hall
Public Lecture by Ari Daniel: “Carving Story Out of Science”
Science is swirling with stories. Come learn how to find them — trapped in stone, wafting in the ether, bubbling in a cauldron — and unleash them on the world.

Thursday, March 6 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | de Vere’s Irish Pub in Davis
Capital Science Communicators Happy Hour
Join us at de Vere’s once again to catch up with familiar friends and new colleagues, and say hello to our visitor Ari Daniel.

Hope to see many of you at the lecture and the CapSciComm social. It’s been a great start in 2014 for CapSciComm events, and we hope to see many more. New event ideas are always welcome!

The events are organized by UC Davis students and faculty Jaclyn Aliperti (Ecology), Shahla Frazen (Ecology), Erik Porse (Environmental Engineering), Candace Spier Bever (UCD Superfund Project), Katharina Ullmann (Entomology), Ben Waitman (Ecology), Lindzi Wessell (Neuroscience). Event sponsors include GradPathways (Graduate Studies), UCD Graduate Student Association, College of Engineering, Davis Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, Center for Watershed Sciences, CCWAS-IGERT, Postdoc Union – UAW 5810, CREATE IGERT, John Muir Institute for the Environment, Entomology Graduate Student Association, Dept of Entomology and Nematology, and the UC Davis Superfund Research Program.

@CapSciComm colleagues tweetup and meet expats from @SCONC

Last Thursday’s CapSciComm tweetup welcomed old members and new connections, thanks to the tie-in by Dr. Holly Bik (@hollybik) to her UC Davis social media workshop for researchers.

Social media novices learned the meaning of “tweetups” — Twitter meetups, that is — and the fun of putting faces to Twitter handles behind the tweets. People/handles in attendance included @pollinatorfarm, @younglandis, @sara_kross, @schwessinger, and @geneticxpns.

Notably, we were joined by two recent transplants from the Science Communicators of North Carolina group: @bgrassbluecrab and @SFriedScientist.

Co-founders of the marine science blog Southern Fried Science and among the pioneering wave of researcher-bloggers, Dr. Amy Freitag and Dr. Andrew Thaler are now residing in Northern California, and are eager to make connections with marine researchers and science communicators here in our region. Please welcome them to the CapSciComm community!

— Ben Young Landis

A @CapSciComm tweetup Feb 13th: Using Social Media to Promote Your Research (#UCDSocMed)

CapSciComm colleague Dr. Holly Bik will be hosting the next Capital Science Communicators event! A postdoctoral associate with the UC Davis Center for Population Biology, Bik is the coauthor of the recent PLOS Biology article “An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists” (doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001535).

Capital Science Communicators
Networking Social
Thursday, February 13, 2014
7 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
217 E Street, Davis, CA 95616

Tweetup Hashtag: #UCDSocMed

The theme of the tweetup is “Using Social Media to Promote Your Research” — also the title of a free workshop Bik will be hosting Friday, February 7th at the UC Davis Genome Center.

We’ll meet UC Davis researchers fresh from @hollybik‘s social media workshop, and share our tips and experiences in using Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools to promote research, meet colleagues, and communicate science.

Whether you’re a veteran communicator who is just wading into social media, or a prolific tweeter with worldwide followers, this will be a great chance to discover the ways we can connect science in the Sacramento region with audiences around the Web.

From Dr. Bik’s announcement:

I’ll be running a social media workshop next Friday, February 7th in the Genome Center (12:30-2:30 p.m., room 4202 – registration link: http://bit.ly/1ajX6Pc). The workshop is aimed at getting researchers to adopt social media tools, but the topics we’ll cover will generally apply to communicating science and maintaining your professional identity online. Anyone in the Davis/Sacramento community is welcome to attend, and if you can’t make it this time, I’ll be running the same event again on campus in April.

Note that this workshop will be linked with a Tweetup at de Vere’s in downtown Davis at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th (also coinciding with the Publish or Perish? workshop being run by Jonathan Eisen on campus http://icis.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=22).

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