Matt Savoca and Alexandra McInturf led a nautical edition of Sacramento Science Distilled on June 13th by sharing their whale tales and shark stories. The event was held outdoors in the courtyard of Streets Pub and Grub. The afternoon heat eventually turned to a cool and comfortable evening. Savoca is a post-doctoral researcher at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, right next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
This past Wednesday, March 15 we heard from Dr. Lauren Camp of UC Davis Entomology & Nematology and Hung Doan of UC Davis Plant Pathology. They both spoke about parasite diversity, the many different hosts parasites attack, and the way parasites can hide. Here's a quick interview for you to meet the people behind the science!
February's Sac Science Distilled at Old Ironsides featured two HIV researchers from UC Davis: Dr. Lauren Hirao and Brenna Kiniry. You can learn a little more about them and their lives as scientists in our preview post here. Talking to Lauren and Brenna, they both have similar views of what it takes to communicate about hot topics like HIV. They find it important to talk to people as equals and understand where they are coming from.
We'd like you to get to know a bit about our Science Distilled speakers before the monthly talks. We'll post short profiles to give you a glimpse of the personality and background of our featured scientists!
We sat down with our two speakers for February's Science Distilled: Dr. Lauren Hirao, a postdoctoral scholar in the Medical Microbiology and Immunology department, and Brenna Kiniry, a Ph.D. candidate in Microbiology. Both scientists are working on HIV research at UC Davis.
On Wednesday, November 16, Sac Science Distilled hosted another pair of engaging public science talks at Old Ironsides. November's themes were adventure and geology, as professors Dr. Steven Skinner and Dr. Amy Wagner (both of Sac State's geology department) regaled a packed house with tales of swashbuckling, deep sea diving, and the science behind it all.
Steven Skinner studies paleomagnetism, which is the long-time history of Earth's magnetic field. This may sound odd, since we think of Earth's magnetic field as constant – it's the reason magnetic compasses work.