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December Newsletter

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  • We've got some creative events coming up, including incorporating storyboarding into your writing process! Read on to find out more, and please share widely with your networks.

Science Says Presents: NeuWrite Davis

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Science Says is excited to announce the launch of our new writing and workshopping group: NeuWrite Davis! This new group plans to host regular meetings to workshop/give feedback on each others’ broad-audience writing, discuss science communication tools and techniques, and share our writing through blog posts or other media. We invite scientists and writers from a range of domains and levels of expertise, from any aspect of the UC Davis community to join. Join our first event on December 8, 7-8:30pm!

Open Meeting Registration


Science Book Club

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This quarter we read Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. To catch up on the summaries and sign up for the next one, check the link below. Our next bookclub will begin in January.

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Storyboarding Your Dissertation with Gabriel-Philip Santos

Advertisement for Storyboarding Your Dissertation event on December 14, 2-3:30pm. Register for link. There is a headshot of the speaker, Gabriel-Philip Santos, included with the Science Says branding.

Do you have an upcoming presentation, exam chalk talk or competition piece? Bring your project to our storyboarding workshop December 14, 2-3:30pm! We'll learn the basics of storyboarding for different purposes and practice its application with Gabriel-Philip Santos from the Alf Museum of Paleontology in Los Angeles. Please bring something to write on and access to PowerPoint/Google Slides.

Register Here



Science Art Contest Returns!

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Our winter science art contest is returning! Similar to last year, we will be accepting entries throughout January, with voting in February. We are excited to offer prizes for winners in each of four categories: UC Davis affiliate (student, faculty, staff), Davis/Sacramento area, California and out-of-state. Please watch our website and this newsletter for the official details in January.

What counts as science art? Photography, crafts, paintings, microscopy...get creative!

2021 Winners


Science Art Night & Fundraiser

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On January 20, 2022 at 5:30pm, we're partnering with Dunloe Brewing in Davis to host a science art night and fundraiser. We'll be leading some arts and crafts activities while enjoying drinks and good company. Come join us!

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Sharing SciComm Projects

Do you have a cool science communication project you'd like to share? Are you interested in trying blog writing? Email us at  

Considerations for Sci-Art Collaborations

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If you missed our November event with Dr. Roger Hangarter, you won't want to miss this recap! Lindsey Mooney shares what she learned from Dr. Hangarter's discussion on how to build a successful science-art collaboration, and how to measure the impact of your creation.

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Dreaming of an Alternative Meat Future: An option for the uncomfortably carnivorous? 

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Many entrepreneurs are excited to potentially feed nearly half a million Americans yearly with a single animal cell, a possible technological solution to address mounting global protein demands. Through innovative animal tissue culture technology, scientists have generated samples of animal cell-based meat. Follow along with Mishi Vachev as she dives into the world of animal cell-based meat technology and progress.

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Consumerism: The Cost Beyond the Product

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As consumers, we are faced with seemingly boundless options for material goods. That generates inequity in the manufacturing companies as well as lots of waste that goes into our environment (and food!). Raisa Rahim takes a look at how consumers can make more sustainable choices in the face of plastic and planned obsolescence.

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Resources, Opportunities, and Virtual Events

Let us know if you hear about any resources or opportunities that our group may be interested in!  

Welcome, NeuWrite Davis!

Science Says is excited to announce the launch of our new writing and workshopping group: NeuWrite Davis. We plan to host regular meetings to workshop/give feedback on each others' broad-audience writing, discuss science communication tools and techniques, and share our writing through blog posts or other media. We aim to involve scientists and writers from a range of domains and levels of expertise. We welcome members from any aspect of the UC Davis community to join.

Visit NeuWrite Davis

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Volunteer with Us!

Science Says is participating in North Bay Science Discovery Day and UC Davis Picnic Day in 2022, in addition to other opportunities under development. We are looking for volunteers to join us in our mission to share science in an accessible manner.

Sign Up Here


Upcoming CLEAR RoundTables (Save the Date!): 

May be virtual, details to come

  • "Educating Consumers about Science" Chuck Dinerstein, American Council on Science & Health. December 9 at 4:30pm.


iBiology's Share Your Research Competition Returns!

The Share Your Research competition is a science communication training program from iBiology, in partnership with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation. It is a great opportunity for Ph.D. students, post-docs and early-career faculty to improve their science communication skills and share their research with iBiology's global audience.

Participants in the 2022 competition must apply to be selected. Eight winners will attend a series of virtual science communication workshops in late April 2022. After this training, participants will record their new 20-minute talks at home with the help of iBiology's professional video team, and their talks will be promoted through iBiology's Share Your Research video series. All iBiology videos are open access and reach a global audience of 133k+ followers.

Applications are open until January 15, 2022.

Apply Here


CCST Fellowship is open!

The CCST Science and Technology Fellowship is a prestigious placement for science communicators interested in science policy. Selected fellows are placed on the staff of a California policy maker in the California State Legislature and Executive Branch for one year. Science Says has had several alumni participate in this rewarding program. Applications are due in March.

Apply Here