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May Newsletter

Science Says is wrapping up the spring quarter with events featuring scientists from the California Academy of Sciences and the Animation Lab at University of Utah. Read on to find out more, and please share widely with your networks.

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Science Book Club

We're reading The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee for this winter-spring book club. The LAST meeting is Wednesday May 19th at 6:00pm.

To learn more and get on the email list, check out the link below.

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May: California Academy of Science

Science Says is hosting Drs. Peter Roopnarine, Elizabeth Babcock and Sarah Jacobs from the California Academy of Science on May 20th at 12:00pm to discuss how they brought their academic skills to the museum setting, as well as what they are doing now.

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May: Animating Biology with Dr. Janet Iwasa

Dr. Janet Iwasa specializes in creating accurate scientific illustrations and animations to support research and science communication efforts. On Thursday May 27th at 4pm, Janet will describe her career path, and share examples of different projects that seek to describe complex molecular mechanisms to diverse audiences.

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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

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Pedagogy in the Post-Pandemic Classroom with Jeff Hescox

Our March event featured Jeff Hescox from the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education. Jeff spoke with us about the pitfalls of current teaching methods and suggested an improved project-based learning model.

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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!

Volunteer for a "Meet a Scientist" Panel!

Practice your scicomm, build your outreach and tell your science story (or stories about your science)! Science Says meets virtually with classrooms and public science events like North Bay Science Discovery Day to talk about our journeys and answer audience questions. More information to come.

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Social Media and Branding with Dr. Susanna Harris

Join us, the Sci Comm Faculty Training Program at UC Davis, for our workshop with guest speaker Dr. Susanna Harris, a renowned mental health advocate, founder of PhD Balance, scientist, and expert science communicator.

Social media is a powerful tool for scientific communication. In this workshop, attendees will learn to maximize their social media presence and build their brand. This workshop will include choosing a platform, tips on content sharing and engagement, and will finish with a Q & A session.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, May 6th from 12-1 pm PST.

Register on Eventbrite at this link: All program workshops are free. Questions? Contact us at


Science Communication Fellowship Program

The Science Communication Network’s unique Science Communication Fellowship Program is Now Accepting Applications  for a 9-month fellowship beginning Sept. 2021. 

For early-career green chemistry/engineering and environmental health scientists working at the intersection of environment, health and safer materials. This program is for researchers who want to maximize the impact of their work to benefit public health and the environment, and share their passion for science. The program focuses on the skills necessary for confident and effective engagement with the range of non-scientists - including journalists - researchers will encounter in their careers as they share rapidly evolving environmental health and green chemistry research. Learn more at  Questions can be sent to


SciPEP Conference

On July 27-28, 2021, SciPEP will convene a FREE virtual conference exploring the unique characteristics of the relationship between the public and basic research, drawing from the experience and expertise of our colleagues in the science and science communication communities. Communicating the Future: Engaging the Public in Basic Science will explore why the public and basic science should be connected and what current communication and engagement efforts are taking place, including the challenges and opportunities in this work. Ultimately, we intend to identify how scientists and professionals can work to engage the public with basic research as effectively as possible.

The conference program will be organized around the exploration of the why, what and how of the relationship between the public and basic science.

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