Davis Science Café returns with “Balls and Springs and Quantum Things” on Jan. 15th

The Davis Science Café series returns this week with “Balls and Springs and Quantum Things” with guest Dean Tantillo, Professor of Chemistry at UC Davis:


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.

Raptors in Vineyards: Capital Science Communicators networking social Dec. 18th (Sacramento, CA)

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Apologies for the late notice, but to accommodate the AGU festivities this week, we postponed but will still host a CapSciComm happy hour this month:

Capital Science Communicators
Networking Social
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bistro Michel
1501 14th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814*

We will be gathering in the bar section of the restaurant.

This month we will try something new: a featured researcher/communicator. Joining us on Wednesday will be Dr. Sara Kross (@Sara_Kross | website), a 2013 David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis and The Nature Conservancy. Dr. Kross will give a brief talk about her research as part of our meetup on Wednesday.

Dr. Kross’ research experience bridges ecological science and agricultural applications. Working alongside growers, industry partners and research colleagues, Kross studied the use of falcons as natural pest control for vineyards in New Zealand (yes — falcons). Now, her postdoc research seeks to test the use songbirds as natural pest control for Central Valley crops.

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CapSciComm Clippings 2013.11.27

Noteworthy bits from CapScicomm colleagues and recent CapSciComm tweets:

Seattle-based science communicator and #scioLang organizer Ivan Fernando Gonzalez is in town on Friday, November 29. CapSciComm colleague Jose Gonzalez is hosting a mini-meetup at Temple Coffee (2829 S St, Sacramento, CA 95816) at 2 p.m. [@JoseBilingue]

Our colleagues at the Northern California Science Writers Association will have their annual holiday dinner on Wednesday, December 11, in San Francisco, in concert with the #AGu13 conference.

Also in concert with the #AGU13 conference, the California Academy of Sciences will include an American Idol-style scicomm competition. [@theAGU]

Photos and tweets from the Joe Palca guest lecture and the CapSciComm happy hour in November are now online.

UC Davis is seeking a senior writer for its Transportation & Energy Research Programs.

FOX40 News in Sacramento is seeking a reporter/multimedia journalist. [@FOX40]

AAAS announced the winner of this year’s #DanceYourPhD music video competition. [@AAAS_News]

Renowned insect photographer Alex Wild shares advice for those considering becoming a professional nature photographer. [@Myrmecos]

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at the University of Maryland seeks proposals for three-month fellowships from science communicators, with residency in Annapolis, MD.

University of Wisconsin seeks a science writer. [@NEsciWriters]

Conservation NGO Aaranyak in India (home office of recent CapSciComm guest Firoz Ahmed) seeks a science communications officer.

Nerds For Nature is hosting a NerdFest trip to the USGS office on Mare Island, Vallejo, on Sunday, December 8th. [@nerdsfornature]

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is offering a genomic/microbiology research+outreach joint position.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is sponsoring early career science communicators for a fellowship at The Open Notebook. [@Open_Notebook]

The School of Natural Resources and Environment at University of Michigan is seeking a director of communications. [@kileyjd]

Lastly, the podcast from Jose Gonzalez’s Sac State guest lecture on connecting ecological knowledge with cultural context is available for download.

JOBS: Senior Writer, UC Davis Transportation & Energy Research Programs (Davis, CA)

(via CapSciComm colleague Sylvia Wright)

JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Senior Director of Communications, identify, produce and disseminate print and online summaries of UC Davis research findings for audiences in government, industry, NGO’s and the general public. Work closely with researchers to identify current research activities of compelling public interest and create timely, concise, clear, and lively summary articles, briefs and other communications tailored to specific audiences and disseminated through various media for policy, commerce and public welfare. Occasionally contribute to other publications of the research programs.

Listing: http://www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=66974


EVENTS: American Geophysical Union #AGU2013 conference and @NCSWA dinner in December (San Francisco, CA)


One of Northern California’s time-honored science traditions is the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meetings held annually in San Francisco. This year, the AGU Fall Meeting will be from December 9th through 13th. Not coincidentally, the annual conference is one of the biggest gatherings of science journalists from all over the world, and also hosts a diverse exhibits hall. It’s a great event to meet other science communications colleagues.

Registration for news media workers is still open. Qualified industry personnel receive free access to the conference. Eligibility is limited to the following:

  • Working press employed by bona fide news media outlets who regularly report news on the Earth and space sciences. These registrants must present a press card, business card, or a letter from an editor of a recognized news media outlet assigning you to cover Fall Meeting.
  • Freelance science journalists and science bloggers who present evidence of three (3) bylined news reports in the Earth and space sciences intended for the general public and published in 2012 or 2013.
  • Creators of long-form stories or compositions about Earth and space sciences, such as books/feature-length documentary films, who are currently working on one or have published at least one in 2012-13.
  • Public information/press officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

For full information, registration form, and a list of “who’s coming?”, go to fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/media-center/. For further questions on eligibility (especially for those of you students transitioning into professional writing), contact AGU media officers.


And with AGU week, our colleagues at the Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) will once again host their annual Holiday Dinner on December 11th.

This year’s dinner speaker is Alexandra Witze of Nature and Science News. Witz will discuss her new book Island on Fire, written with her husband Jeff Kanipe. Island on Fire describes the extraordinary 18th century eruption of Laki, a toxic and explosive Icelandic volcano that darkened Europe and killed thousands of people.

Dinner registration information, including student discounts, are available at http://www.ncswa.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1288738&eventId=772902.

— Ben Young Landis

CapSciComm colleagues gather in Davis for November happy hour, @JoePalca visit

Last Thursday, the Capital Science Communicators met up at the 3rd and U Cafe in Davis in a “pregame” social — catching up with one another before walking over to the UC Davis campus for a public lecture by National Public Radio science reporter Joe Palca.

The November gathering saw CapSciComm colleagues from university, federal government, and public radio offices. A few drinks later, the group walked over to UC Davis for Joe Palca’s lecture.

The talk was well-attended by the campus and regional community. A few CapSciComm folks did their best to live-tweet Palca’s talk — much of which was captured in this Storify collected by Palca himself:

Palca had spent earlier parts of his day conducting workshops with UC Davis students. 

CapSciComm colleague @SPONCH2 attended the earlier workshops, and also created a Storify of the Palca lecture:

CapSciComm networking socials will return in December.

POSTSCRIPT: Apologies for the phantom Joe Palca echo effect in this post… simply a side effect of two Storifys trying to load the same Vine post at the same time… 

— Ben Young Landis

JOBS: @D_Enterprise seeking enviro/ag/business reporter (Davis, CA)

(h/t CapSciComm colleagues Pam Kan-Rice, Brenda Dawson and Cory Golden)

logo“The Davis Enterprise is hunting for two energetic, confident reporters ready to join an experienced, supportive staff on the best small community newspaper in California. We have full-time openings for both a city hall reporter and a reporter covering the environment, agriculture and business.

Successful applicants will show an ease for newsworthy detail, love for good storytelling and experience working on deadline.

  • Our new city hall reporter will find residents and readers who are engaged down to the finest details of the city’s operations and who demand innovative thinking from its leaders. The job requires asking hard questions, delving deep into local issues and connecting local politics and policy to the lives of real people. It involves some night meeting coverage. Familiarity with public records requests will be helpful.
  • The reporter who takes on the combined enviro/ag/business job will find UC Davis and the surrounding county filled with experts pushing the boundaries of sustainability, while the business beat encompasses everything from locally owned restaurants to cutting-edge startups. The job requires the ability to ferret out interesting news, find creative approaches to stories and juggle beats.

Both positions also require the ability to tackle breaking news, including occasional police beat stories, and an interest in social media.

About us: The Enterprise (circulation: 9,500) has won the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s general excellence award for newspapers our size three of the past four years. We publish five days per week (Tuesday through Friday afternoons and Sunday mornings).

Davis (population: 65,000-plus) sits 20 minutes from Sacramento, an hour from San Francisco and two hours from Lake Tahoe. Known as America’s most bike-friendly city, Davis routinely ranks among the most livable small towns and highly educated cities! in the county. UC Davis is home to more than 33,000 students pursuing more than 100 majors. U.S. News and World Report ranks it ninth among public research universities.

Applicants: Please send a cover letter, résumé and five examples of published work (including both hard-news and feature stories) to davisenterprisejobs@gmail.com by Dec. 1. Please place “job application” in the subject lines and say whether you’d like to be considered for one or both positions. A bachelor’s degree in journalism is preferred, but not required for those with journalism experience.”

[via CNPA]

EVENTS: public registration for #scio14 conference opens Nov 14, Noon PST

ScionlineTogether_horiz_500x123Attention CapSciComm Colleagues —

The ever-popular ScienceOnlineTogether conference opens its doors for public registration on Thursday, November 14, at 3 p.m. EST / noon PST.

Registration Link: http://together.scienceonline.com/registration/

Conference Information: http://together.scienceonline.com/

The flagship conference of the Science Online brand will take place February 27 to March 1, 2014, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The annual event has emerged as a highly sought-after experience among science communicators. ScienceOnline gathers researchers, bloggers, journalists, technologists and communicators from around the world to network and discuss ideas on advancing scientific research and outreach using online tools and platforms.

Registration spots fill extremely quickly, so anyone interested in registering are encouraged to log-in immediately at noon PST.

[via @ktraphagen]

EVENTS: “Can a Video Game Cure Disease” – Davis Science Café on Nov 13th

(h/t CapSciComm colleague Brenda Dawson)

“Can a Video Game Cure Disease? Re-engineering Natural Systems to Solve Today’s Problems” is the subject of the next Science Café in Davis.

The gathering, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Crepeville, 330 Third St. in downtown Davis, will feature a conversation with Justin Siegel, assistant professor of biochemistry and chemistry at UC Davis.

The Science Café is co-sponsored by professor Jared Shaw and the UCD Department of Chemistry, with funding from the National Science Foundation. For more information, call 530-752-4880.

[via Davis Enterprise]

Nov. 14: @CapSciComm pre-Palca mini-meetup

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We took a break from our networking socials in October, but with NPR’s Joe Palca delivering a guest lecture on Thursday, November 14th at UC Davis (register here), we should squeeze in an impromptu meetup:

Capital Science Communicators
Networking Social
Thursday, November 14, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.(ish)
3rd and U Cafe
223 3rd Street
Davis, CA 95616


If folks are already coming to Davis to listen to NPR’s Joe Palca speak on campus, we can meet up at the 3rd and U Cafe nearby to grab a beer. Then we can walk on over to “The Death Star” to listen to the talk, which goes from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

One topic of conversation would be the possibility of holding a one-day CapSciComm conference in Febuary 2014 — an inaugural event for our region and an opportunity to host skills workshops, present new ideas, and share insights with one another.

See you Thursday!

— CapSciComm Admin