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

EVENT: #scicomm lecture “Connecting Ecological Knowledge with Cultural Context” on Nov. 12th (@SacState, CA)

Event Poster PDF

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.


EVENTS: Press registration open for 2014 #AAASmtg in Chicago

(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.

Newsroom Registration

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.

The meeting will feature more than 160 lectures, seminars, and symposia on the theme “Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation.”

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.

Download a copy of the Preliminary Press Program

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago. If you have any questions, please contact us as or 202-326-6440.

CapSciComm Clippings 2013.10.30

Noteworthy bits from CapScicomm colleagues and tweets:

The National Association of Science Writers annual conference is this weekend. Use hashtag #sciwri13 to following the conference chatter on Twitter…

UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies is seeking a senior director of communications

NPR science reporter Joe Palca will speak at a free event at UC Davis, Nov 14th

Travel fellowships for undergraduate students to the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting are available, applications due Dec. 1st

The prestigious AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship program for graduate and postdoctoral students is taking applications for the summer 2014 cohort

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is seeking a director for Office of Research Communications

American Geophysical Union (AGU) seeks a public affairs specialist

Sigma Xi is seeking a manager of communications

The High Country News Student Writing Contest is accepting entries through November 27

AAAS National STEM Volunteer Program is offering grants to member scientists

The 2013 Bay Area Science Festival has its grand finale at AT&T Park on Saturday, November 2

Lastly, the Seattle Aquarium is seeking a school outreach programs coordinator

EVENT: NPR science reporter @JoePalca at UC Davis, Nov 14th

Via CapSciComm colleague Chris Bowman:

Hi all,

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”.

Register to attend:


Image Credit: NPR
Image Credit: NPR

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.


EVENTS: #SciWri13 conference registration ends Oct. 16


A heads up that conference registration for the 2013 annual conference of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) ends on Wednesday, October 16.

This year’s conference is November 1-5, at Gainesville, Florida.

Rates for members, nonmembers and students are listed here:

About the Conference:

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.

For a full schedule and program listing, visit the Schedule page.



JOBS: UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies

(Submitted by CapSciComm colleague Sylvia Wright)

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.

Download the complete position description

See the job posting at UC Davis Employment

Requisition number: 03010960

Closing date: October 31

Sept 19: @CapSciComm Science Communicators Meetup in Davis!

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Whatever you’d like to call it — networking social, meetup, tweetup, happy hour — the Capital Science Communicators will be getting together once again, on September 19th in Davis!

Capital Science Communicators
Networking Social
Thursday, September 19, 2013
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
217 E Street, Davis, CA 95616
No-host bar/food

$5 Donation Suggested
(Proceeds go towards this and future CapSciComm activities)



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.


Who’s coming to the @CapSciComm social on the 19th? Take a look:

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Capital Science Communicators Added to @ScienceWriters Family

Capital Science Communicators is now listed with the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).

CapSciComm now appears on the “Local Science Writing Groups” page on the NASW website (, joining a network of science communicators groups from around the United States.

The Summer 2013 issue of ScienceWriters, the membership magazine of NASW, also announces the arrival of CapSciComm to the U.S. science writing scene:

The National Association of Science Writers was founded in 1934 in New York, and it is the largest professional science writing association in the United States. The association was formally incorporated in 1955 with a charter to “foster the disseminationContinue reading “Capital Science Communicators Added to @ScienceWriters Family”

Capital Science Communicators Networking Social on August 15 in Sacramento

CapSciComm friends — it’s time to grab a drink and meet up:

Capital Science Communicators
Networking Social
Thursday, August 15, 2013
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bistro Michel
1501 14th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Appetizers served
No-host bar

Free for students and interns
$10.00 for professionals
(Proceeds go towards this and future CapSciComm activities)



Announcing our August happy hour social! Come out to catch up with old friends, put faces to names, and meet fellow science communicators from Sacramento, Davis and beyond.

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