1. LEARN ABOUT THE NEW CLASS OF 2011 FELLOWS
We are pleased to announce the following outstanding new Fellows have joined the Switzer Network. You can read new Fellows' bios in the website directory using the links below.
Andrea Bogomolni - Ph.D, Univ. of Connecticut - Pathobiology & Veterinary Science
Laura Bozzi - Ph.D, Yale University - Environmental Politics and Policy
Rebecca Dell - Ph.D, MIT - Oceanography
Shereen D'Souza - MS, Yale University - Social Ecology/Environmental Science
Colin Hagan - JD, Vermont Law School - Environmental Law
Julia Ledewitz - MA, Tufts University - Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning
Kristen Pratt - MA, Lesley University - Urban Environmental Leadership
Sharon Smith - MEM, Yale School of Forestry & Env. Studies - Environmental Management
Sarah Uhl - MS, Yale School of Forestry & Env. Studies -Environmental Science
Matthew Vadeboncoeur - Ph.D, Univ. of New Hampshire - Natural Resources & Earth Systems Science
Christian Casillas - Ph.D, UC Berkeley - Energy and Resources
Tara Cornelisse - Ph.D, UC Santa Cruz - Conservation Biology
Mark Elbroch - Ph.D, UC Davis - Ecology
Tavis Forrester - PhD, UC Davis - Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Kelsey Jacobsen - MS, UC Santa Barbara- Coastal and Marine Resource Management
Kendra Klein - Ph.D, UC Berkeley -Environmental Science, Policy & Management
Jeannette Laramee - M.Eng, Stanford University - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Erin McCreless - Ph.D, UC Santa Cruz - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Jessica Shade - Ph.D, UC Berkeley - Integrative Biology
Ryan Shaening Pokrasso - JD, UC Berkeley - Environmental Law
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2. FIND OUT WHO WAS AWARDED A LEADERSHIP GRANT
We have a great batch of projects this year! Summaries of all current grants (including one from the winter cycle) are available on the website.
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
International Climate and Agriculture Policy
Susannah McCandless (2004)
Global Diversity Foundation
International Program Director
Meso-America and Southeast Asia
Year Two - Ecological Leadership for California's Flood Management
Central Valley, California
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
Project Manager - Whale/Vessel Interactions Project
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Year Three - Forest Conservation in the Ecuadorian Choco
Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador
USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Urban Wildlife and Biodiversity Initiative
Wildlife Conservation Society
Project Leader - Western Private Lands & Connectivity Conservation
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
Year Three - Clean and Just Solar Energy Campaign
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3. Apply for a leadership grant or a collaborative initiatives grant
All Switzer Fellows are eligible to apply for funding from the Switzer Foundation to support their work with non-profits or with other Fellows in a collaboration.
September 1st is the deadline for Concept Letters for the fall cycle of Leadership Grants and Collaborative Initiatives Grants.
October 1st is the deadline for final proposals for both.
More information is available on the Leadership Grants and Collaborative Initiatives Fund pages of the website.
Please note that the Collaborative Initiatives Grant guidelines are presently being revised, but the current program guidelines will remain in effect through the next cycle. We are examining how to use this funding pool to encourage INNOVATION in environmental problem solving as well as collaboration, so please take that into account when applying.
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4. PLAN TO ATTEND A FALL RETREAT
We have scheduled the fall retreats and hope you will attend part or all of the program. This is a great way to get back in touch and rejuvenate your commitment to the Network and its vision of supporting environmental leaders throughout their careers.
The New England retreat will be held Friday, September 16th, to Sunday, September 18th at the Essex Conference Center and Retreat in Essex, MA.
The California retreat will be held Friday, September 30th, to Sunday, October 2nd at The Headlands Institute in Sausalito, CA.
We will again be offering a communications training for new Fellows and Leadership Grantees so space will be limited for this part of the retreat. Stay tuned for keynote speakers and other retreat events!
Please contact Lauren if you have any questions about the retreat or logistics for attending.
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5. WATCH FOR EXTENDED COVERAGE OF FELLOWS' WORK THIS YEAR
We're making big changes in how we feature Switzer Fellows' work this year!
We'll profile a new Fellow in Switzer Network News regularly, then help the Fellow host a webinar that's open to the general public, and finally feature their writing on our blog using the webinar as a springboard for follow-up post ideas. The benefit of this new process for Fellows is in-depth media training across a variety of platforms. Switzer gains, too, since focusing on one Fellow at a time will give us a chance to be more thorough while we share stories about the results and importance of Fellows' work on a variety of issues.
At the end of the process, all of the content (SNN piece, profile, webinar, blog posts, and any additional materials) will all be presented on a single page on the site to give the Switzer community a single place to continue the conversation on the topic.
Remember to sign up with your favorite social media service (see below) to receive ongoing updates from us this year on the project and the coverage of fellows, webinars, and online discussions we create for it.
We have just selected the first round of Fellows to be profiled, but we're always open to hearing from Fellows who would like to participate in the future. This kind of extended media training across platforms (video, print, and web) is an excellent way to polish your messaging and self-promotion skills. Please email Lauren if you'd like more details and let us know when you have your own news, progress, and reports to share.
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6. WEBINAR: learn how LINKEDIN can BOOST YOUR CAREER
We realized recently that very few Switzer Fellows are using LinkedIn regularly, despite its clear benefits for professional networking and career advancement. To help you get up and running quickly with the service, we have planned a combination online training/webinar with Fellows who are "superusers" with 500 or more connections on the service.
Monday, August 8, 2011
1 - 2 PM Eastern time
Cost: Free, registration required
Email Lauren if you would like to attend. You can also post a question you'd like answered during the webinar by joining us on LinkedIn today. You can set up a basic profile in five minutes, and you'll be read to participate fully in the webinar on the 8th.
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7. STAY IN TOUCH BY FOLLOWING US ONLINE AND CONTRIBUTING YOUR NEWS
We are now disseminating news of interest to Switzer Fellows regularly (sometimes daily!) through the following channels, so please sign up with your preferred service to receive the updates:
RSS feed (to e-mail or an RSS reader!): http://www.switzernetwork.org/rss.xml
Website updates: http://www.switzernetwork.org/rss.xml
You can also post information or pose queries to the Network using the following:
Switzer listserve: email@example.com (no attachments or large files, please!)
Switzer website blog post: http://www.switzernetwork.org/blog (just log in and post!)
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Please let Lauren know if you will be attending either of these conferences - we can help arrange a Switzer Fellows get-together while you are there.
July 28-28, 2011: International Green Energy Economy Conference, Crystal City, VA
August 7-12, 2011: Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, TX
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|III. FELLOW UPDATES|
David Takacs (2007) is now Associate Professor of Law at the UC Hastings College of Law
in San Francisco, where he is teaching courses in Environmental Law.
Derek Lemoine (2009) completed his dissertation at UC Berkeley and is starting at the University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in August.
Michael Marshall (2009) is currently living in Flagstaff, AZ, after being awarded a prestigious Mendenhall Research Fellowship through the U.S. Geological Survey. His project there uses a suite of hyper-spatial and spectral remote sensing data, geographic information systems (GIS) layers, and groundtruth data to estimate and evaluate water use efficiency for the primary irrigated crops in California (alfalfa, corn, cotton, and rice).
Caden Hare (2009) won the Green Civic Leader prize in General Mills' "The Green Awards" for the F.A.B. Project, which treats wastewater using less energy and increases bio-gas production by combining local organic wastes in Santa Rosa, CA.
Amy Luers (2000) is leaving Google.org to become the Director of Climate Change at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. This new position will provide her an exciting opportunity to work more broadly on climate change issues beyond the technology lens. At the Skoll Global Threats Fund the focus is on building alliances and integrated approaches to reduce our vulnerability to global threats at the intersection of climate change, water, global health, and peace and security issues. Her first day at the Skoll Global Threats Fund will be Tuesday August 2nd.
Although not technically a fellow update, we wanted to let everyone know that Erin Lloyd gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Clare Jacqueline Sturtevant, on June 24th. Who knows, maybe you'll be seeing regular updates about her here someday?
(Fellows, send your updates to Lauren!)