May Newsletter

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May Newsletter

We hope you're staying safe and well at home. The Science Says team is here to support you, and we are working hard to keep you up to date on ways to keep practicing your science communication. Stay tuned for new virtual workshops in June and July!

SurveyQuick Check-in Survey

Please take a minute to fill out this survey on your needs/ how you're doing during this time.

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Leadership OpportunityLeadership Opportunity

Interested in getting more involved next academic year? Have an idea for a scicomm project you want to leave? Consider joining the leadership team. Send us an email, and we can work with you on the level of commitment, etc.

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War on Science book coverBook Club

June 17 at 6:30pm, Held every 3 weeks

Our spring book club is returning virtually!  We will pick up once again with The War on Science by Shawn Otto. To learn more and get on the email list, check out the link below.

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Workshop adWorkshop from home!

Our last in-person event of the academic year was our Science Storytelling workshop in March. Don't worry if you missed it! The resources to walk yourself through the workshop are linked in our blog. You can download the PDF and work on your short "elevator pitch" of your research.

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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 

Science Says at #ScienceTalk20 (virtually!)

Science Talk is a science communication conference that was supposed to take place in Portland, OR, but was moved online after travel and gathering restrictions were put in place in response to COVID-19. This permitted several members of the Science Says community to virtually participate. 


Considerations in Animal Research: Genetic Backgrounds Matter, Even 1%

Lydia Chang is a fourth year psychology major at UC Davis working toward a minor in professional writing. She has interned with the Bales Lab for about a year as an undergraduate, primarily scoring videos but also assisting with other tasks around the lab.

Resources, Opportunities, and Virtual Events

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


Communication Resource

Artists at the Innovative Genomics Institute have created a collection of illustrations of SARS-CoV-2. They are downloadable and free to use, with citation. This is a fantastic resource for anyone communicating about COVID-19. 

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CapSciComm pinsVirtual Trivia

CapSciComm is hosting live virtual (science-themed) trivia every Tuesday night at 7:00. Follow them on Twitter @TriviaWithBens to find out how to join, or check their website.




SciComm Resources

Check out this thread in the Plantae community for a collection of online science communication resources. 



Fellowship Opportunity

$70K IIFH Innovator Fellowships now open (DUE May 15)

 A unique opportunity to join a venture capital group and gain first-hand experience on what it takes to have a successful startup.

TIMELINE: Flexible Summer/Fall 2020 start, with remote option if required.

ELIGIBILITY: Entrepreneurially minded UC Davis postdoctoral fellows and PhD students in their last 1-2 years of study are invited to join Better Ventures in Oakland or TechAccel at the Danforth Center in St. Louis to learn about the process of landscaping and vetting startups in food and agriculture, then apply that knowledge to develop and de-risk their own innovative technology, product or process at UC Davis during 2020-2021.

$70K FELLOWSHIP FUNDING: 1 year salary, tuition, travel, conference, and research expenses from the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health (IIFH)


DUE: Friday, May 15 - multiple applications welcome to any and all open opportunities. 

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