Author: Ben Young Landis

Exterior shot of the California State Capitol, focusing on the dome and cupola. (Photo by Ben Young Landis)
Still life of the hand-laid leaf art countertop of Morning Fork diner in Sacramento, California. The countertop is decorated with dried leaves of different colors and shapes. A full coffee cup sits at the top right of the frame. It feels like home. (Photo by Ben Young Landis)
People and shadows of the summer, seen from above on the upper deck of the Golden One Center in Sacramento, California. The shadows are long under the approach dusk light. The people look small from high above. (Photo by Ben Young Landis)
Blossoms adorned with raindrops, seen on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. (Photo: Ben Young Landis)
The morning horizon over the Pacific Ocean, viewed from the cliffs of the Long Marine Lab at University of California, Santa Cruz. Photo by Ben Young Landis.
Steven Sobieszczyk opens the events at Science Talk 2018 conference in Portland, Oregon. He is wearing a suit and standing on stage, gesuring to the crowd.
Our Owl Friends and associated kiwi owl logos are trademarks of Wild River Marketing Inc. Designed by Ben Young Landis and Guy Rogers. The photo shows a plastic clamshell container with six kiwifruits inside. The container's graphic shows the smiling Wild River green kiwi owl with one wing waving. Graphic says "California's Sacramento Valley is home to Wild River and Our Owl Friends!" and that the fruits are organic, naturally high in antioxidants, including vitamins C & E! Plus fiber, potassium & magnesium!
CCST Climate Science Translator Sarah Klopatek (R) of UC Davis explains her research to Gabby Nepomuceno PhD of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and Sandra Nakagawa PhD of the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee. The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) hosted the CCST Climate Science Translators Showcase on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Exploratorium as an Affiliate Event of the historic Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco — held during the "Celebration of Science and Education" reception hosted by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR), CCST, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CalEPA, and Ten Strands. The #CCSTShowcase recruited and trained 12 graduate students and postdocs from California universities and research institutions to communicate their climate-related research to policy leaders, staff, and other Summit delegates.
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) hosted the inaugural California Science Translators Showcase on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the Eureka Room in the California State Captiol. Organized with the support of Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), the program recruited and trained 15 graduate students and postdocs from UC, Cal State, Stanford, and Caltech campus to communicate their research to state policymakers and staff. Pictured L-R: Sonya Chalaka (UCSF), Anne Hulsey (Stanford), Kenny Buyco (Caltech), Shannon Klotsko PhD (San Diego State), Aaron Nichols PhD (Caltech), Sarah Beganskas (UCSC), Gabe Pratt PhD (UCSD), Negin Hayatbini (UC Irvine), Joe Charbonnet (UC Berkeley), Rylie Ellison (UC Davis), Danny Broberg (UC Berkeley), Carmen Tubbesing (UC Berkeley), Patricia Gonzales (Stanford), Drew Story (UC Riverside), Jennifer Tribble (UCLA)