We held our first in-person social at Dunlow Brewery in Downtown Davis with Science Says! We had a fantastic turnout with over 20 people in attendance! We raffled three gift basket prizes (a science-themed mug basket with candy & soap, a Dunlow gift card, and a gem-painting basket with a Science Says T-shirt. The winners are pictured above!
Thank you to all those who attended!
Two scientists from Cytokinetics, a biotech company in the Bay area, gave an overview of their new summer internship program. They discussed expectations of interns and answered questions that the audience had.
Our two SACNAS chapters representing UC Davis at the NDiSTEM conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico! There were amazing keynotes presentations, scientific presentations, workshops, and social events. We also had the chance to explore the beautiful area of San Juan!
Our chapter wanted a space on campus for folks to celebrate their loved ones who have passed on. To honor our ancestors, we set up a community altar in the Graduate Center on campus. This was on display for an entire week surrounding Dia de los Muertos (October 31st - November 4th). Anyone could add photos or items for their family members here. Pictured above is the altar on November 4th.
Dr. Anna La Torre, our faculty advisor, kick started the Fall quarter by giving a presentation on how to give a chalk talk! Dr. La Torre gave her first chalk talk when interviewing for faculty positions, and is now ensuring that our members are more prepared than she was. Dr. La Torre gave us an in-depth break down of what a chalk talk is, how to prepare and ended the workshop by giving an example chalk talk.
Students from Woodland Community College were invited for an immersion day on campus! The goal of this event was to introduce the idea of graduate school and conducting research to the students.
1. California Raptor Center
Students learned about ongoing avian research and conservation efforts at the California Raptor Center.
2. Graduate Student Panel
Next, our students attended a Graduate Student Panel and learned about the journey of two current graduate students at UCD, Camilo Echeverria and Angelica Carranza. Both graduate students had previously attended community college and gave a unique insight to the Woodland students.
3. Lab tour - Sean Collins lab
Our first lab tour began at the Sean Collins lab in the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Current graduate student, Diana Sernas, gave a brief presentation on the ongoing research of the lab, showed the powerful microscopes used, and showed off their lab space! For many students, this was their first time stepping into a lab.
4. Exploring campus
We took the students to explore Shields library and to a 500-student lecture room. Many students had never seen a lecture room of this size!
5. Lab tour - Shock Compression lab
To end our day, we toured the Shock Compression lab in the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Current project scientist, Dylan Spaulding guided our tour. Students learned about the ongoing research of the lab, had first hand experience of seeing the extremely large canons used by the lab, and held different projectiles used in previous experiments.
A special thanks to Dr. Lorena Navarro, MESA director at Woodland CC and to our funding sources: Graduate and Professional Student (GAPS) grant and Beyond Tolerance grant.
5th and 6th grade students became engineers for a day! The problem they tackled: Getting a ball into a bucket. Solution: Make a catapult! Beamer Elementary students used popsicle sticks, rubber bands, cardboard, and teamwork to create a catapult. We also taught them about the differences between accuracy and precision.