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Summer Social by the Sea

July 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


July 27, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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Join PRSA SD/IC for its Summer Social by the Sea, an evening of seaside discovery, socializing and fun! Mix, mingle and learn about conservation alongside your colleagues, fellow chapter members, and PR pros from throughout the region at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Our Summer Social by the Sea starts at 6 p.m. with food, drinks, and our annual silent auction, which supports PRSA SD/IC scholarships for PR students and chapter programs. New this year is a speaker session with an emphasis on science and communications.

Summer Social Highlights

  • Gourmet appetizers
  • Complimentary drink
  • Panel discussion on science and communication
  • Exclusive access to explore Birch Aquarium
  • Silent auction to support PRSA student scholarships


Kim McDonald, director of science communications, physical sciences at the UC San Diego. Kim oversees communications for the division of physical sciences, which includes the departments of chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and physics. He is highly skilled at translating complex subject matter into information relatable to the general public. He also oversees the university’s Research Communications Program, which helps guide scientists on how to communicate their research. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Kim was the science writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Alexander “Sasha” Gershunov, research meteorologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Sasha is a climate scientist that focuses on regional weather extremes and long-range climate. This includes expertise on heat waves, droughts, atmospheric rivers, extreme weather and climate impacts on public health. He also served as a science consultant to the curators of the Weather on Steroids: The Art of Climate Change Science, the art exhibition where science and data served as inspiration for artists, now on view at the San Diego Central Library.

Gary Robbins, science and technology reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune. Gary has covered the science and technology beat at the Union-Tribune since 2010, after spending 25 years as the science editor at the Orange County Register. He has also served as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and a science writer fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts.


  • $50/board member/volunteer/student (with valid ID)
  • $50/Accredidated member of the media until June 15
  • $55/PRSA member early bird until June 15
  • $65/non-member early bird until June 15
  • $65/PRSA member after June 15
  • $75/non-member after June 15
  • All are welcome – PRSA SD/IC members, non-members, members of the media and community.

We look forward to seeing you and your friends/colleagues at this fun and valuable industry event!


Please consider a sponsorship of the Summer Social by the Sea, which includes creative and exclusive packages to help you reach PRSA SD/IC’s exceptionally networked group of attendees. For more information or to lock in a sponsorship please reach out to Nikki Jimenez.


If you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of event planning and expanding your community outreach network, then join our committee! We’re still looking to fill a few important roles to help us with our silent auction and venue coordination. Please email Nikki Jimenez for more details.

Fine Print

If you are not able to register online via credit card, send a registration RSVP via email to the PRSA SD/IC Chapter Manager. Payment can be made at or prior to the event by check, credit card (VISA, MasterCard and American Express) or by cash. Checks can also be mailed to PRSA SD/IC, P.O. Box 28512, San Diego, CA 92198-0512.

Since it is necessary to guarantee with our vendor ahead of time, once you RSVP we’re counting on your participation. Members and guests who RSVP are asked to pay even if you are not able to attend. The cancellation deadline is July 20 No refunds granted after July 20. No-shows will be billed.