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.
CapSciComm colleague José G. González (@JoseBilingue) will be delivering a guest lecture on ecological science communication, as part of the Fall 2013 Geology-Ecology Colloquium series at Sacramento State University.
Text from the email announcement:
“Connecting Ecological Knowledge with Cultural Context”
Ecology is literally “the study of home”, and oftentimes, local communities and cultures have intimate understandings and unique contexts with their immediate environment — ones that outsiders may miss.
This presentation will discuss the importance of understanding cultural contexts in the course of ecological research and outreach, both for communicating ecological sciences to new audiences and for connecting with the ecological insights of local communities.
The talk will be on Tuesday, November 12, at Mendocino Hall 1015 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a mixer in Placer Hall immediately following until 6:00 p.m. The lecture is free to the public.
(via AAAS; though foremost a scientific conference, AAAS meetings are noted for their high attendance of science journalists from around the world, and are great networking opportunities.)
Join us in Chicago for the AAAS Annual Meeting, 13-17 February 2014. Register online to participate in newsroom activities.
When your registration is confirmed, you will receive a code for making reservations at official meeting hotels at a discounted rate through the AAAS Travel Desk. Be sure to book your air travel and hotel reservations early.
NOTE: Meeting-related news briefings will begin on the morning of Thursday, 13 February.
Social events for Newsroom registrants will include the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards reception and ceremony on Friday, 14 February, at The Field Museum, and a party organized by the Chicago Science Writers on Saturday, 15 February at the Mid-America Club at the top of Chicago’s iconic Aon Center.
A master communicator of science is coming your way soon. Joe Palca, veteran science reporter for NPR, will be on campus Nov. 14, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, to deliver a public talk, “Science and news: A marriage of convenience”.
Joe Palca is a familiar voice bringing news about scientific discoveries to National Public Radio’s millions of listeners. In this free public lecture, he will talk about stories he’s covered, the stories behind the stories, and what goes in to turning a piece of fundamental research into a news story for a nation of non-scientists.
Palca earned a Ph.D. in psychology at UC Santa Cruz and has worked in journalism since 1982, in television, print and since 1992 at National Public Radio where he has covered a wide range science topics from astrophysics to zoology. He occasionally fills in as guest host on Talk of the Nation Science Friday. In October 2009, Palca took a six-month leave from NPR to become science writer in residence at the Huntington Library and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Palca has won numerous awards, including the National Academies Communications Award, the Science-in-Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Chemical Society James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing. He is the co-author with Flora Lichtman of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011). One of his current projects for NPR is “Joe’s Big Idea”, a series that examines where big ideas in science come from, and how an idea becomes a discovery.
The annual ScienceWriters meeting is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. A mix of professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, extensive networking opportunities, and field trips, it is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, with content to appeal to both the newest writers and seasoned professionals. The location varies each year based on the host institution, providing access to science writers in all parts of the United States.
In 2013, we are meeting in Gainesville, Florida, from November 1 to 5. Mark your calendars and plan to stay an extra day or two to take it all in.
Want to change the world, today? Join us at ITS-Davis. We are recruiting for key leadership, research and staff career positions in our renowned Transportation and Energy Research programs.
Senior Director of Communications – Conduct and implement strategic and tactical planning for the communications and marketing programs for the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and its partner centers and programs (the Unit). Plan and oversee the creative development and production of print collateral, web sites and electronic media. Provide consultation to unit constituencies on communications strategy, message development and issues management. Serve as communications liaison between the unit, the campus of Strategic Communications, public agencies, organizations, and the general public. Lead the Unit’s communications team and supervise and manage the work of staff and student personnel.
As always, our events are open to professionals and students from all aspects of science communication — including journalism, public affairs, research, education, photography, illustration, filmmaking, information science and more.