Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for February

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“Using Computers to Understand Materials: From Proteins to Semiconductors”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, February 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. Roland Faller in the UC Davis Department of Chemical Engineering who does computer simulations of materials.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Computer simulations have been thoroughly established as the 3rd leg of science next to experiment and theory. Particularly the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has shed light on this field. But still what does molecular simulation actually mean? I will introduce the basics of the field and then give a few application examples from protein, to organic semiconductors to ceramics from my own research.

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

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for January

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Sac Science Distilled

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub
1804 J St. Sacramento
21+ event, FREE TO ATTEND

Join us for Sac Science Distilled- You’ll hear short, idea-centered talks from local experts in the sciences. After the talk, we’ll have a lively discussion that brings science into context for everyday life.

This month, we will be hearing from two scientists who work on modeling the heart. Aiyana Emigh will be talking about the difficulty in predicting which drugs will harm the heart and using models to identify key structural features in many drugs with a range of known safety levels. Divya Kernik will be talking about how to understand the heart more thoroughly using computer modeling in order to better predict responses to diseases and medications.

See you there!

For more information, contact Lauren Camp (lecampbio at gmail.com) or the Science Distilled Team (https://www.facebook.com/sacsciencedistilled/).

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“Don’t Try That at Home; High-End 3D Printing in Orthopedic Surgery”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, January 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. Denis Marcellin-Little in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine who studies 3D printing in orthopedics for animals.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Advances in medical imaging, in computer processing speed and software, in 3D printing, and in machining have been dramatic over the last 15 years. These advances bring opportunities to capture and evaluate the geometry of bones and joints and to fabricate replacement parts after bone loss. Veterinary medicine is at the forefront of this revolution. Dr. Marcellin-Little has pioneered 3D printing in orthopedics since 2002. The presentation will review progress made over the last 15 years and describe current research and therapy that leverages 3D printing for companion animals.

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

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for December

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Sac Science Distilled Trivia Night!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Streets Pub and Grub
1804 J St. Sacramento
21+ event, FREE TO ATTEND

Join us on Wednesday, December 18 from 6-8 pm at Streets Pub and Grub for Sac Science Distilled Holiday themed Trivia Night! Compete individually or in teams of up to six. There will be science-themed prizes for the winners.
 
Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Lauren Camp (lecampbio at gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/sacsciencedistilled/).

 

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“Genomics, Genealogy, And Our Vast Family Tree”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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. Graham Coop in the UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology who studies evolution as it shapes genetic differences in individuals.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Graham will talk about personal genomics and genealogy. He’ll explain surprising applications of these ideas from tracking down the golden state killer to understanding our relationship to our close evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals.
You can read more about these ideas here: https://gcbias.org/category/genetic-genealogy/

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

#KeepScienceSpicy: Capital Science Communicators Celebrates Five Years in Sacramento

In 2018, Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm) celebrated five years of community building and career encouragement in California’s Capital Region — Sacramento, Davis, and beyond.

When we launched in April 2013, we set out to connect local science communicators with resources and networks for professional advancement, whether you were a professional or a student, working in or outside the sciences. We work in and around the capital city of California — the fifth largest economy in the world — where decisions get made that affect peoples and industries far beyond state lines. It was critical that a professional network existed locally to foster quality science writing, journalism, and communication — which hopefully in turn fostered improved science literacy in our community.

Since then, CapSciComm has led local events and welcomed national meetings to Sacramento over the years. We hosted a “beat dinner” and helped with local logistics for the 2016 Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference, and welcomed the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in 2014. Our CapSciComm Science Tours have visited facilities like the California ISO, Sacramento Zoo, SMUD Rancho Seco station, UC Davis Crocker Nuclear Lab, and hiked the Mather vernal pools with Sac Splash and the Sac Valley Conservancy’s Deer Creek Hills preserve — gleaning scicomm insights and tips from scicomm professionals working those institutions.

Most proudly, CapSciComm has cultivated an environment where public science, science policy, and career advancement can thrive. Through CapSciComm encouragement, the number of local science cafés have grown from one to four — astounding when larger cities have one or none. Regular meetups have also connected state legislative staff with scicomm pros and early career scientists. And our listserv, our Facebook page and Twitter handle (@CapSciComm), and network word-of-mouth have directly converted job postings to new careers for a talented few!

As 2018 closes, I want to thank the dedicated colleagues who served on the CapSciComm Board this year, lending their time and network to benefit us all:

  • Our Executive Co-Chair Nick Gray, now with the Water Education Foundation, and will continue to bring his public science savvy to our table;
  • Our Professional Membership Chair Becky Oskin, who co-founded CapSciComm in 2013 and has offered us wise advice since;
  • Our Student Membership Chair Don Gibson, who departs after three years of impassioned volunteerism to hit the home stretch of his doctoral studies at UC Davis;
  • Our Professional Development Chair Nir Oksenberg PhD, who led wonderful scicomm programming during the Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference this year in his work for the Delta Stewardship Council;
  • Our new Journalism Chair Emily Underwood, who will also represent CapSciComm in the newly created “SciWriCongress” of regional scicomm groups around the United States;
  • Our new Capitol Chair Debra Cooper PhD, who will bring valuable intuition from her neuroscience training, student tutoring volunteering, and State Senate experience to our table;
  • Our Public Science Chair Sarah Barnes, whose insights from Sierra Nevada Journeys will be sorely missed as she departs; and
  • Our Member-At-Large Dharia McGrew PhD, who has served on our board since its creation in 2015 — and continues to set the bar for our mission with her deep experience with nonprofit service.

2019 will see political winds, climate change, and urban growth pains shape the greater Sacramento region. CapSciComm will continue to evolve and adapt with the needs of our growing community — please keep an eye out for how we plan to reorganize and reinvent our network in 2019, opening new opportunities for more members to participate and take leading roles.

We are so excited to see what we might achieve in our next five years — join us, and let’s all do our best to #KeepScienceSpicy in the Sacramento region for years to come!

Ben Young Landis
CapSciComm Executive Co-Chair

 

The CapSciComm 5th anniversary gathering on April 12th, 2018 in Sacramento. (Image Credit: Don Gibson)
CapSciComm Science Tour visits the SMUD Rancho Seco station in June 2018. (Image Credit: Ben Young Landis)

*POSTPONED* CapSciComm Networking Social: 2018 Year-End Meetup!

***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED***
In light of the UC Davis campus closure announcement for Thursday, November 15th (press release here), we will also follow suit with this scheduled CapSciComm Networking Social. We hope to reschedule at a future date in 2018. In the meantime, we wish all safe passage and health in our Sacramento Valley community. Please continue to follow the excellent @NWSSacramento and @AQMD for weather and air quality updates.

 

It’s hard to believe 2018 is coming to its home stretch. Let’s all gather once more this year to toast science, scicomm, and science writing, this November in Davis!

CapSciComm Networking Social
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
217 E St, Davis, California 95616

Please RSVP to help us plan:
https://goo.gl/forms/kUvm88vPh0UGoLNI2

Share on Facebook:
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CapSciComm Networking Socials are open to all professionals and students whose work intersects with the communication of science — whether you work in journalism, public affairs, creative and marketing, outreach and education, or scientific research. Come meet our 2018 CapSciComm Board Members, and hear about our year in review locally and in our national community. And don’t forget to ask about ways you can participate and be active in our community in 2019!

So bring a friend, and help us #KeepScienceSpicy for the Capital Region. Please RSVP to help us plan, and we’ll see you on November 15th in Davis!

— The CapSciComm Board

*And after you stop by our Networking Social, head over to Astronomy on Tap in Davis over at Sudwerks (https://www.facebook.com/events/2079401342341812/)!

Science Café Events in Sacramento Region for November 2018

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“There is Life After Cheddar: The Discovery and Evolution of Cheese”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
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. Moshe Rosenberg in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology who studies microencapsulating properties of proteins and lipids in dairy products.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

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Contact Professor Jared Shaw more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.eduor www.facebook.com/groups/davissciencecafe.


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Special Event: SETAC North American Meeting

“Science in the Streets: Sacramento Community Service and Science Walk”
Join visiting environmental scientists and the Sacramento community to learn about how your everyday decisions impact the health of our environment. We’ll explore downtown Sacramento and learn about the connection between our streets and our local waterways, and clean up the downtown streets as we go. We’ll end our trash cleanup back at the Convention Center, where there will be an opportunity to meet and talk to scientists about the latest research on environmental pollution that will be on display at their annual conference being held in Sacramento this year, as well as learn about careers opportunities in environmental science.

Who should attend: Everyone! Families are welcome. Multiple trash pick-up routes will be available depending on participant needs. This is a great opportunity for all ages to learn about the environment and the activities of scientists from around the world.

When: 2:00-4:30 p.m., Sunday, November 4

Where: Meeting point is the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, West Lobby

Details: https://sacramento.setac.org/science-in-the-street/

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/934390766758852/

Capital Science Communicators Unite D.C. “Congress” and Celebrate Board Member Award This #SciWri18

 

Members of our CapSciComm community will be making their presence felt at the ScienceWriters2018 (www.sciencewriters2018.org), the annual workshop of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), held this October 12-16 in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University.

Over this past year, I have been working with our colleagues in California and in other states on a pair of sessions being featured at #SciWri18. The first will be held on Friday, October 12 — and itself a first among the national science writers landscape.

“SciWriUnited: A Regional SciWri Groups Congress” (1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Continental Ballroom, http://www.sciencewriters2018.org/sessions/sciwriunited-regional-sciwri-groups-congress) will convene delegates from all around the United States, each representing their local network. The session is a collaboration with our friend Marla Vacek Broadfoot PhD, President of the Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC), and we are expecting delegates from SF Bay Area, San Diego, greater Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Portland, Madison, Austin, Boston, and D.C. at this first-ever #SciWriUnited congress.

Through delegate floor speeches, we’ll hear about the unique qualities, successes, and challenges facing our counterpart networks in other regions — and through breakout discussions, we’ll brainstorm a list of common issues regarding the operation, funding, membership, and programming across our regional groups. Our hope is to leverage this inaugural gathering into a virtual “brain bank” that all groups can learn from — and to sustain this community-building effort for the very long term.

Representing CapSciComm at #SciWriUnited will be Board Members Emily Underwood and Becky Oskin — who are partaking in additional festivities this weekend in D.C.

CapSciComm Professional Membership Chair Becky Oskin will also be helping me host “Communicating Ciencia II: Engaging the Changing Faces and Voices of Mass Media” (10:15 – 11:45 a.m., Continental Ballroom, http://www.sciencewriters2018.org/sessions/communicating-ciencia-ii-engaging-changing-faces-and-voices-mass-media) on Saturday, October 13.

After the success of the first “Communicating Ciencia” session at ScienceWriters2016 in San Antonio, we revived and updated the session for 2018. Our panel this time will feature Claudia Pineda Tibbs (Monterey Bay Aquarium); José G. González (Founder, Latino Outdoors), and Jenny F. de la Hoz PhD (Center for Equity and Inclusion, Portland, Oregon). Session materials will be posted at communicatingciencia.wordpress.com, and you can follow the conversation on Twitter via #CómoSciWri.

Emily UnderwoodCapSciComm Journalism Chair Emily Underwood is the one getting the party started, however. As I write, she is preparing to accept a 2018 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Communication Award in the Newspaper/Magazine category for her part in a Science magazine story package on human migration past and present. You can read about her award here (www.keckfutures.org/awards/2018section/2018winner.html), and watch the award ceremony online on Thursday, October 11, at 2:30 p.m. Pacific (www.keckfutures.org/awards/2018section/2018ceremonyvideo.html). Please join us in congratulating Emily on her science journalism craft!

It’s going to be a full weekend at ScienceWriters2018! We invite any CapSciComm and Northern California colleagues to meet up with us throughout the weekend in Washington. Tweet to us at @CapSciComm, and help us #KeepScienceSpicy at #SciWri18!

— Ben Young Landis, CapSciComm Executive Co-Chair

Science Café Events in Sacramento Region for October

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“Are There Upper Limits to Human Lifespan?”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
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. Jim Carey in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology who studies lifespan and biodemographics of insects.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: James R. Carey will discuss theoretical arguments and demographic evidence on both sides of the question of whether specific limits exist for human longevity.

Contact Professor Jared Shaw more information, at jtshaw@ucdavis.eduor www.facebook.com/groups/davissciencecafe.

 

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Join us for a wickedly good time as we explore the science behind the 7 deadly sins.

Thursday October 25th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Powerhouse Science Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA

Tickets online, $20 presale: bit.ly/sevensinsscience/

CapSciComm Networking Social, October 4th: #SciPol Night with CCST Science Fellows Alumni Network

Government policy is front and center in the Capital Region — and for that reason, CapSciComm strives to host at least one policy-focused event each year! Join us this October for a #scipol-themed happy hour, co-hosted by the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows Alumni Network!

CapSciComm Networking Social with CCST Science Fellows Alumni Network
Thursday, October 4th, 2018
5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Coin-Op Game Room
908 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Please RSVP to help us plan:
https://goo.gl/forms/1H3b4Mo4EWYG4PbC2

Share on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/323635141710793

Clear science communication and a vibrant science journalism community is integral to the public policy process. As the convener of professionals and students who practice science communication here in the greater Sacramento region, we have taken care to welcome our policy colleagues into our CapSciComm network.

So come out to catch up with CapSciComm colleagues working in science policy — along with our co-hosts, the CCST Science Fellows, who will launch their 10th anniversary class later this fall! We welcome alumni and members of CCST and other scipol fellowships, such as the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship and the California Sea Grant State Fellowship, and our friends from federal, state, local government and non-government offices.

Of course, CapSciComm Networking Socials are open to all professionals and students whose work intersects with the communication of science — whether you work in journalism, public affairs, creative and marketing, outreach, or scientific research. Bring a friend, and help us #KeepScienceSpicy for the greater Sacramento region.

Please RSVP to help us plan, and we’ll see you on October 4th in Sacramento!

— The CapSciComm Board

 

CapSciComm Office Hours: #BDSC2018 in Sacramento, September 10-11th

Capital Science Communicators (CapSciComm) is excited to participate in the 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference! CapSciComm Board Members will be present during the Poster Session & Receptions on both Monday and Tuesday evenings, greeting and meeting all #BDSC2018 attendees interested in the craft of communicating science.

CapSciComm at 10th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference
Monday, September 10, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Sacramento Convention Center
Open to Registered BDSC2018 Attendees (on-site registration available)
http://scienceconf2018.deltacouncil.ca.gov/content/schedule

Hosted by the Delta Stewardship Council and the U.S. Geological Survey, the Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference is a forum for presenting technical analyses and results relevant to the Delta Science Program’s mission to provide the best possible, unbiased, science-based information for water and environmental decision-making in the Bay-Delta system. The goal of the conference is to offer new information and syntheses to the broad community of scientists, engineers, resource managers, and stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues.

Science communication is a familiar theme at BDSC conferences. A long-standing feature is the conference art program, which connects artists with scientists towards creative collaborations exploring the relationships of humans and the Delta environment. Scicomm trainings are offered as well — this year’s conference includes a plenary titled “Communicating Science in a Post-Truth World” by Amy Mathews Amos of COMPASS, paired with two “Making Your Message Stick” workshops.

To further the scicomm spirit, CapSciComm will be among the local organizations hosting information booths during the Poster Session & Reception evenings on Monday and Tuesday evening. Come meet CapSciComm Board Members Emily Underwood, Sarah Barnes, Nick Gray, and Ben Young Landis, who will be on hand to speak with conference attendees. (Of course, our own Nir Oksenberg will be hard at work all conference-long roaming about the floors in his official duties for the Delta Stewardship Council!)

So if you’re registered to attend #BDSC2018, come by and say hello! Let us help welcome you to Sacramento, and share our insights on careers and inner workings of science journalism, public outreach, and strategic communication.

Or, if you’re a Sacramento-based attendee, come ask us about our amazing CapSciComm community and all of our professional development resources — right here at home, and always at your service.

See you at the Convention Center!

— The CapSciComm Board

(Credit: Delta Stewardship Council/Matthew Young/Nina Lisowski)