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.
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]
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.
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.
(h/t CapSciComm colleagues Pam Kan-Rice, Brenda Dawson and Cory Golden)
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
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.
“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.
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.