Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for April

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“Butterflies as Heralds of the Apocalypse”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, April 10th, 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. Arthur Shapiro in the UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology who studies butterfly population trends.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: I’ve been monitoring California butterflies since 1972. That gives me a huge database for assessing the ecological impacts of global change. Lately, those data and the inferences we’ve drawn from them are getting a lot of attention world-wide. What are they telling us?

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

CapSciComm Networking Social, April 11: Happy Birthday CapSciComm!

Can’t believe it’s that time of year again. Join us this April in Sacramento as we gather for the 6th anniversary of CapSciComm’s founding! And helping us celebrate this birthday happy hour will be our journalist friends from the Sacramento reporters club “No Flacks Allowed” (NFA).

Capital Science Communicators Networking Social with NFA
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kupros
1217 21st Street, Sacramento, California

RSVP to help us plan:
https://forms.gle/jyZYdwELhdCUnZYS8


Share on Facebook:
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Capital Science Communicators was founded in 2013 to welcome all professionals and students whose work intersects with the communication of science, whether you work in journalism, public affairs, policymaking, creative and marketing, outreach and education, or scientific research. In the years since, we’ve built a vibrant community spanning both ends of the Yolo Causeway — connecting media with great science resources, guiding both students and professionals to career opportunities, and helping nurture public science events in the greater Sacramento region.

One of original goals for creating CapSciComm was to support quality science journalism for the Capital Region. Our vision of sustained science literacy among citizens and decision makers relies on a healthy community of media institutions and professionals in Sacramento, Davis, and beyond. As we wrote in our 2017 Board Statement: “The successful communication of knowledge — such as scientific findings — ensures that individuals, institutions, and societies can make the best possible decisions for their health, environment, and governance.”

This is why we are partnering with the NFA journalists club for this CapSciComm Networking Social. With anti-science and anti-journalism sentiments on the upswing, we scientists, science communicators, and reporters have a common challenge ahead of us. This special opportunity to bridge our respective memberships — united in our joint interest to gather evidence, analyze data, and share knowledge — isn’t to be missed. Let’s hear from our journalist colleagues about the state of their craft and careers, and let’s all create a welcoming space to exchange ideas and innovations in the communication of science, no matter what our job title may be.

So bring a friend — and come help us #KeepScienceSpicy for the Capital Region. Please RSVP to help us plan, and we’ll see you on April 11th in Sacramento!

— The CapSciComm Board

Science Café Events in the Sacramento Region for March

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“Does California Have a Wildfire Problem? Can it be Fixed?”
Davis Science Café
Wednesday, March 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. Mark Schwartz in the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science & Policy who studies distributions of rare plants and how they are impacted by environmental factors.  Invite a friend, and get here early to grab a seat at G. Street Wunderbar. Let’s drink to science!

Abstract: Wildfire has caused more than $20 billion in damages in just four fires in the past two years; more than 100 people have died. Many argue that poor forest management is to blame. We will discuss what drives wildfire in California, how warming climates interacts with fire and the options California is facing for creating more resilient, safer forest environments for the 21st century.

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

CapSciComm @ UC Davis, February 12: Grad Studies Fair and Networking Social

Happy 2019, Science Peppers! Our first CapSciComm events of the year will held in Davis on February 12th, coinciding with the UC Davis Graduate Studies Professional Development Fair.

Capital Science Communicators at
UC Davis Grad Student and Postdoc Professional Development Fair

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
UC Davis Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room
https://grad.ucdavis.edu/professional-development/professional-development-fair

Capital Science Communicators Networking Social
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
217 E St, Davis, California

RSVP to help us plan:
https://goo.gl/forms/N7EsYJSJk7xvaHA63

Share on Facebook:
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The Professional Development Fair is open to UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (registration info here) — designed to connect participants with a variety of professional development resources and programs. CapSciComm, of course, is all about science communication as a skill and as careers, and CapSciComm Board Members will be present to share their stories and recommended resources. Come hear about different training programs, fellowships, local networks and resources, science cafés, and regional events such as the upcoming Science Talk unconference.

We’ll then head over to de Vere’s Irish Pub for our first CapSciComm Networking Social of 2019! As usual, our 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 other professionals and students in the Sacramento region who are interested in scicomm, scipol, and science literacy — and grow your community!

So bring a friend, and help us #KeepScienceSpicy for the Capital Region. Please RSVP to help us plan, and we’ll see you on February 12th in Davis!

— The CapSciComm Board

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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/493318441166264/

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/