CapSciComm Networking Social, January 30th: The Rise of CapSciComm

This January, we cordially invite you to join us for a special Capital Science Communicators gathering to discuss the future of our professional network.

CapSciComm Networking Social
Thursday, January 30, 2020
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
YOLO Brewing Company
1520 Terminal Street, West Sacramento, California

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As CapSciComm approaches its seventh birthday in 2020, we have much to celebrate. The time would seem ripe for our humble organization — founded, managed, and led by hardworking individuals in their spare time over the years — to enter a new era and phase of operations.

Starting this month, we will begin rolling out our 2020 Reorganization Plan. We want to reinvigorate everyone’s community investment in Capital Science Communicators — creating more opportunities for volunteer participation and teeing up new member services and programming. In brief, the new era of CapSciComm will welcome:

  • MEMBERSHIP TIERS and DUES: Beginning January 30th, we will formalize CapSciComm membership with dues of $10 for professionals and $5 for students. Members will receive access to special events and listserv privileges, and be eligible to serve in Committees and run for Executive Board seats. Dues will cover ongoing costs and fund new initiatives.

 

  • EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS: Beginning in March 2020, we will open candidate nominations for the six positions in our reorganized Executive Board format. All seats will be open for nomination and election: 1) President, 2) Vice President, 3) Secretary, 4) Treasurer, 5) Membership Officer, and 6) Communications Officer. Elections will take place in May.

 

  • SERVICE COMMITTEES: Once the new Executive Board begins work in June, due-paying Members can sign up to volunteer on any number of committees — helping host events, programming, and dialogue in service to our community. Priority committees are: 1) Journalism, 2) Science Policy, 3) Public Science, 4) Mentorship, 5) PIO, 6) Social Media, and 7) National Outreach.

When CapSciComm was created seven years ago, it was with the community in mind — a new network where we can pool our collective expertise and enthusiasm for science communication, and a chance to pay it forward to colleagues and students seeking encouragement.

As we enter a new decade, we need new energy and diverse perspectives to shape and lead our CapSciComm community. The need to nurture great scicomm and science literacy in the Sacramento region remains — and you can play your part.

So, join us on Thursday, January 30th with your questions, curiosity, and ideas for this new era of scicomm in Sacramento. As always, feel free to bring a friend or colleague — indeed, this open welcome has been our greatest joy and reward all along.

#KeepScienceSpicy
Ben Young Landis, Becky Oskin, Nick Gray, Emily Underwood
The CapSciComm Executive Board

 

 

Science Café Events for the Sacramento Region for January

“Volcano Science: Tales of Death, Destruction, Deities, and Kitty Litter”
Davis Science Café

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

Each month, Professor Jared Shaw with the UC Davis Department of Chemistry hosts the Davis Science Café, featuring scientists who are studying some of today’s cutting edge topics. This month’s speaker is Prof. Kari Cooper in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who studies the thermal and physical states of magma in volcanos. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Volcanic eruptions have far-reaching and potentially devastating consequences. As a result, volcanoes have been objects of fascination throughout human history, and people have attempted to control or predict them since the beginning, with notably limited success. Even with all of our modern tools and technology, accurate forecasts are challenging. This talk will explore the causes and consequences of eruptions, what is needed in order to do a better job of forecasting eruptions, and some encouraging new initiatives and programs that could help make this happen.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region in December

“Let There Be Light: Synchrotrons Illuminate Catalyst Science”
Davis Science Café

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

Each month, Professor Jared Shaw with the UC Davis Department of Chemistry hosts the Davis Science Café, featuring scientists who are studying some of today’s cutting edge topics. This month’s speaker is Prof. Simon Bare and Dr. Adam Hoffman in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the SLAC National Accelerator Lab, who study important catalysts and catalytic systems. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Catalytic processes are responsible for the high standard of living which we enjoy. However, in order to move beyond a petroleum-based catalytic economy we need to discover new catalysts for a sustainable future. But how do catalysts work? Using light from the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light-source we probe the atomic level structure of catalysts to gain understanding of their function.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region in November

“Horse Coat Color Genetics: As Simple as a Cup of Coffee”
Davis Science Café

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

Each month, Professor Jared Shaw with the UC Davis Department of Chemistry hosts the Davis Science Café, featuring scientists who are studying some of today’s cutting edge topics. This month’s speaker is Prof. Rebecca Bellone in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, and the School of Veterinary Medicine, who studies economically and medically important genetic traits in horses. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: People have long been fascinated by the appearance of horses and intrigued by the variety of colors and patterns seen in their coat. Because of advances in technology and tools to which discover inherited traits, over the last twenty years, our understanding of horse pigmentation has rapidly grown. This talk will explain was is known about the genetics of pigmentation in horses using an analogy of a good cup of coffee. 

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

Sac Science Distilled
Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub
1804 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
FREE TO ATTEND

Join us this month to hear Jonathan Ambrose (Fisheries Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service) and Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Caroline Wilkinson (NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps) speak about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the way that the organization uses cutting edge global science to inform local management decisions.

For more information about Sac Science Distilled, please contact Lauren Camp at lecampbio at gmail dot com or on our Facebook page.

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for October

“Electron Guns, Radioactive Materials, and AI: The Modern Tools to Treat Cancer”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

Each month, Professor Jared Shaw with the UC Davis Department of Chemistry hosts the Davis Science Café, featuring scientists who are studying some of today’s cutting edge topics. This month’s speaker is Prof. Sonja Dieterich in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center who studies unique approaches to radiation oncology. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: 40% of cancer patients receive radiation treatment as part of their treatments. How does radiation work to kill cancer cells, but leave the healthy cells (mostly) unharmed? Which technologies are in place now, or coming into clinics soon, to make treatments even better? Meet one of the 6 Medical Physics Faculty who work in the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology to talk about science & technology in the hospital.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

CapSciComm Science Tour, October 18th: Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Have you ever wondered what happens to the water you use after it goes down the drain?

To find out, join us on a fascinating and educational visit to the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Elk Grove on our next Capital Science Communicators Science Tour! You’ll also learn how their EchoWater Project will help meet new environmental regulations.

CapSciComm Science Tour:
Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

Friday, October 18th, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
8521 Laguna Station Road, Elk Grove, California, 95758

Participation is free, but please register by our October 17th cutoff to attend this Science Tour. CapSciComm will be submitting names of all tour participants for the security clearance process required by Regional San.

• Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time to enter the Plant and check-in through our security gate.
• All tour participants must be 16 years or older. Any minors should be accompanied by an adult.
• For security reasons adults will be asked to show identification such as a driver license.
• For safety reason, closed toed shoes are required (NO SANDALS OR HIGH HEELS)
• Dress in comfortable clothing. A hat and sunglasses are recommended during the outdoor portion of the tour.
• This tour involves a classroom style presentation and a walking portion (about 1.5 miles), including some stairs and steps.

Our thanks to Sherrie Lowery and Sharon Sargeant from the communications team at Regional San for welcoming us on this tour — we look forward to an interesting and informative visit!

Plus, the tour will be informally paired the following day with an Open Trail Day in The Bufferlands, a 2,150-acre expanse of open space surrounding the treatment plant that provides high quality wildlife habitat while also serving as a nuisance buffer. Join your fellow Science Peppers on Saturday, October 19th, and enjoy over five miles of trails through the wetlands, lakes, and riparian forests!

— The CapSciComm Board

 

 

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for September

“New Antibiotics from Bacteria in your Backyard?”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

Each month, Professor Jared Shaw with the UC Davis Department of Chemistry hosts the Davis Science Café, featuring scientists who are studying some of today’s cutting edge topics. This month’s speaker is Prof. Mitchell Singer in the UC Davis Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics who studies Myxobacteria soil bacteria and their evolutionary development. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: We are losing the war with bacteria due to the rise of antibiotic resistance; the Myxobacteria may be our best hope as a source of new antimicrobials, antifungals and anti-tumor compounds. Their unique life style and genetics of these social bacteria may offer insights into identifying novel active compounds that can be developed for a variety pharmaceutical and therapeutic uses.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

CapSciComm Joint Mixer, September 25: Planning Our Urban Environment

If you missed our August event, we have another fantastic jointly hosted networking mixer scheduled this month!

CapSciComm Networking Social with
American Planning Association YPG, Urban Land Institute YLG, and ASLA EPG

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bottle & Barlow
1120 R St, Sacramento, California 95811

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Please join us in Sacramento on September 25th for a happy hour with three important professional networks here in our region:

Each association will be represented by their respective young professionals/emerging professionals group — we thank Brooke Garcher and the APA Young Professionals Group for spearheading this informative mixer.

This will be a fun opportunity to network with other professionals in policy communication, urban design and planning, and land use development. With so many urban planning and land use issues facing our greater Sacramento region — climate adaptation, homelessness and health access, clean energy and transportation, flood hazards and water use — we’ll surely have many engaging conversations this evening!

As with all CapSciComm events, we invite everyone in our professional and student community to attend and cross-pollinate our great ideas and insights — whether you’re in journalism, public information, creative, policy, outreach, or scientific research.

BONUS EVENT: After you’re energized by land use and urban planning insights, head over to the Crest Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for a special film screening of “The Cat That Changed America” — the story of P-22, the mountain lion of Hollywood. Host Beth Pratt, California Director of the National Wildlife Federation, will be on hand to discuss efforts to construct a major wildlife crossing across Highway 101 in Los Angeles

Thank you all for being part of our amazing professional and student community — thank you for helping us #KeepScienceSpicy for California’s Capital Region!!


Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for August

“Science in the Matrix: How Virtual Reality Enables Scientific Discovery”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
G Street WunderBar
228 G St, Davis, California 95616
FREE TO ATTEND
Complimentary soft drinks courtesy of the UCD College of Letters and Science

Each month, Professor Jared Shaw with the UC Davis Department of Chemistry hosts the Davis Science Café, featuring scientists who are studying some of today’s cutting edge topics. This month’s speaker is Dr. Oliver Kreylos in the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who studies the applications of virtual reality in science. Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Virtual reality (VR), long the focus of science fiction, has emerged in recent years as a prominent medium for public entertainment. However, its applications in science (non-fiction) are much more impactful, offering up unique simulation and analysis opportunities in medicine, geoscience, and manufacturing, to name a few.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw for more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.edu orwww.facebook.com/davissciencecafe.

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for August

Sac Science Distilled
Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub
1804 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
FREE TO ATTEND

Join us for a conversation with Dr Jeff Kessler about climate policy and research.

For more information about Sac Science Distilled, please contact Lauren Camp at lecampbio at gmail dot com or on our Facebook page.