Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation


Switzer Foundation Program and Network News

August, 2012


1.    Fall Retreats - Registration, and Help Needed 

2.    August Highlights:  Switzer Network News and Discussions 

3.    This Month's 5-Minute Task

4.    Missed our July Webinars?  Materials now available!

5.    Upcoming Events and Webinars

6.    Upcoming Conferences

7.    Fellows in the News Highlights




Registration is now open for the fall retreats!  Click on the links below for the agenda and links to registration for the retreat of your choice.  (New Fellows must attend the retreat in their region - all others may attend either one.)


NEW ENGLAND:  September 14-16, 2012, The Warren Conference Center and Inn, Ashland, MA.

Click here for the agenda and for links to the online registration form.


CALIFORNIA:  October 5-7, 2012, The Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA.  Click here for the agenda and for links to the online registration form.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!  We're looking for past Fellows to attend the retreats to act as group leaders for small group discussions.  Please contact Erin if you are interested.  If you can't commit to the whole retreat weekend, consider coming just for Sunday! 


IDEAS WELCOME!  We are still lining up keynote or closing speakers for each retreat.  Contact Erin if you have any suggestions.  We're looking for an inspiring story from any sector:  government, NGO, academia.






FEATURED COLLABORATION:  At the Water's Edge: How the real action and impact of global climate change will occur at the local level. (Lisa Micheli and Healy Hamilton)


FEATURED FELLOW:  Noa Lincoln on the Rebirth of Hawaiian Sugarcane (2012 Fellow, Ethnobotanist, Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, and PhD student, Stanford University)


SWITZER NETWORK NEWS:   Safeguarding Against the Effects of Toxic Chemicals (Sarah Uhl, 2011 Fellow, Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. EPA, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Washington, D.C.)


BLOG DISCUSSION:  Network Innovation Discussion - Development of a National Climate Adaptation Forum (Amber Pairis, 2001 Fellow, Climate Change Advisor, CA Dept of Fish and Game, and Lara Hansen, 1995 Fellow, Chief Scientist and Executive Director, EcoAdapt)


BLOG DISCUSSION:  Communications Training - Writing Clear Sentences (Lauren Hertel, 2003 Fellow, Switzer Communications Manager)


BLOG DISCUSSION:  Leadership and Collective Impact (Lissa Widoff, Switzer Foundation Executive Director and 1993 Fellow)


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We are looking for moderators for our affinity groups!  The job is simple and will only take about 5 minutes per month.  All you have to do is forward at least one monthly email of interest to your colleagues on the listserve for your primary area of expertise.  Job listings, conference calls, links to an interesting article in the media - all are fair game!  You have access to the freshest content in your field, and we'd like to tap into that for the benefit of the Switzer Network.  If you'd like to moderate (we're asking for a six-month commitment to start), please contact Erin.


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Working and Collaborating Remotely (tools to help you work and collaborate effectively in the cloud), with Lauren Hertel, 2003 Fellow and Switzer Communications Manager.


Innovation in Pre-listing Species Conservation:  Conservation Banking for Candidate Species (a novel approach to threatened species conservation before they get listed on the Endangered Species List), with Todd Gartner, 2006 Fellow, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute, and Josh Donlan, 1998 Fellow, Director, Advanced Conservation Strategies.


Materials for all past webinars can be found on our blog.  Please be sure to check if there are any webinars you may have missed!


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 August 6 and September 10:  WEBINAR:  Fellow Website and Social Media Training.  This short webinar will acquaint you with the suite of web-based tools offered through the Switzer Foundation for communications and networking among Fellows.  Specifically designed for new Fellows but all Fellows welcome if you need a refresher!  (Note:  This webinar has been offered several times over the summer and will be offered once in August and once in September.  You need only attend one.)  Contact Lauren with any questions.  

2-3 pm Eastern

Click here to register for the August 6 webinar.

Click here to register for the September 10 webinar.


August 9:  Switzer Fellows Lunch at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting.  Switzer Fellows attending the ESA conference will be gathering for lunch.  Contact Tara Cornelisse for details.

11:30 am Pacific 


September 10:  WEBINAR:  Building a Network for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement in Conservation Development.  Switzer Fellow and Leadership Grantee Sarah Reed (Associate Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society) and her colleague Lindsay Ex (Environmental Planner, City of Fort Collins) will discuss their effort to build a collaborative learning network for practitioners engaged in conservation development.

Click here to register.

12:30 pm Eastern/9:30 am Pacific


September 14-16:  New England Fall Fellows Retreat, The Warren Center, Ashland, MA. 

Click here to register.


October 5-7:  California Fall Fellows Retreat, the Headlands Institute, Sausalito, CA. 

Click here to register.



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Please let
Erin know if you will be attending any of these conferences.  We can help Fellows connect with each other.  

check our calendar for specific listings of Fellows who are presenting at these conferences.  

Aug 5-10:     Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR
Aug 14-18:  North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, BC
Sept 29 - Oct 2:  Land Trust Alliance Rally, Salt Lake City, UT
Is there a conference or training event you think we should include on this calendar?  Please let
 Erin know.


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fellowsinthenews7.  'FELLOWS IN THE NEWS' HIGHLIGHTS


Here are some professional updates and highlights from Fellows in the News on the Switzer website!


Stephanie Stern became a Program Manager at


Daniel Morris was interviewed on Al Jazeera on whether multinationals have hijacked Rio+20.


Myra Finkelstein's report on epidemic levels of lead poisoning in California condors was picked up worldwide.  Read more.


Leigh Raymond was named the new director of Purdue's Center for the Environment. Read more.


Healy Hamilton was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article on ethics lapse over climate papers by Peter Gleick.


The Union of Concerned Scientists has alleged misconduct by Monsanto that discredited Switzer Fellow David Quist's maize research.  Read more.


Susannah Lerman was awarded a National Science Foundation SEES Fellowship to study urban yards and biodiversity.  Read more.


Rafe Sagarin's new book is out!  "Observation and Ecology: Broadening the Scope of Science to Understand a Complex World."  Read more.


Todd Gartner and colleagues received a Sustainable Forestry Initiative grant to identify best practices for water quality.


To read all recent Fellows in the News updates, please visit our website!


(Fellows, send your news and updates to Erin!)  


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