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E-Newsline December, 2012
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This Month's Five Minute Task
Do you appear in a video on YouTube speaking about your work?  We have a new playlist on our YouTube channel for Fellow media appearances, so send the link to Lauren and she'll add your video to it!  Click here for the link to our channel with the new playlist.

Upcoming Events and Webinars

12/6/12:  AAAS Bay Area Alumni Gathering, featuring Switzer Fellow Rafe Sagarin as speaker, San Francisco, CA (this event is open to Switzer Fellows even if not a AAAS alum).

12/6/12: Reception: 10th Anniversary Celebration, Environmental Health Strategy Center, Portland, ME
(Switzer is a sponsor of this event, which is open to the public.)

2/23/13: Conference:  Food Law Colloquium hosted by Maine Law Review (Aga Pinette, Editor-in-Chief), Portland, ME

4/2-4/4:  National Adaptation Forum with Drs. Lara Hansen and Amber Pairis, Denver, CO

Professional Conferences
Let Erin know if you will be attending any of these!

Dec 3-7:  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Feb 7-9:  New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Kansas City, MO

Feb 14-18:  AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
Dear Switzer Fellows,
Welcome to the December issue of E-News!  The winter darkness and cold are officially upon us (here in Maine, at least!), so we thought we would experiment with a more lively and colorful format for E-News. Let us know how you feel about it - email Erin with comments or suggestions!

December Highlights:  Switzer Network News and Discussions
Kendra Klein recently published a long-form piece in The Nation about her work with hospitals interested in serving sustainably produced food.  We asked her to explain how the article came about so other Fellows could benefit from her experience.  Kendra was also our Featured Fellow for November, including a short video interview about her work.

Using the SciFund Challenge to Raise Money for the Sage GrouseSage-Grouse mating dance Jim Catlin, Project Coordinator of the Wild Utah Project, shared a new way to fund both your research and implementation work.  Have a look at Wild Utah's attempt to raise money to continue their field research and advocacy for the sage grouse!

Call to Action:  Myra Finkelstein on Connecting Science to Conservation Action
Myra Finkelstein and Vickie Bakker are soliciting input and participation from Fellows savvy in communications and outreach to organizations involved in the conservation and management of seabirds.  Their project has high potential to have immediate and significant impact for Laysan albatross and black-footed albatross.

TEDx New Bedford: Dave Wiley on Social Complexity and Scientific ValidityDave Wiley at TEDxNewBedford Dave Wiley's work on a Fulbright in New Zealand in 2011 led to some fascinating insights on how stakeholders view scientific information produced by rival groups, and how to build "Teams of Rivals" that can do research that is accepted by diverse stakeholder groups.  

And on a related note, the recording for Amy Clipp's recent webinar, "From Lab to Law: Using Science to Shape Public Policy," is now available on our website.  Amy offered ideas for bridging the gap between science and policy, with a particular focus on helping scientists apply their work in complex political environments, based on her work on Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan.

Switzer Network Innovation Grant Produces Recommendations for Sustainable Boating in California.  Read Colleen Callahan's blog post about the results of her group's work on recreational boating and oil leakage in California's coastal waters!

Switzer Program and Network News
Fellowship Applications Due January 10th
Please forward the 2013 Fellowship Program Call for Applications to appropriate contacts!  Guidelines and instructions are available on our website. 
Call for 2013 Fellowship Interviewers
We are updating our list of potential Fellowship interviewers!  Please contact Erin if you are interested (now or in future years) in helping us interview Fellowship candidates in May (Boston and San Francisco), or if you know of an environmental colleague who might be interested.  Final selections of interview teams will be based on how diverse we can make the interview teams in terms of sector and issue focus.
Winter Regional Gatherings
It's that time of year when we all need to get out and mingle!  We'd like to facilitate several Fellow regional gatherings, in January, in our three most Switzer-populated areas of the country:  Boston, DC, and the Bay Area.  If you live in one of these areas and would be willing to organize a happy hour with your fellow Fellows, please contact Erin.  If you live outside of these areas, don't feel left out!  We'd be happy to facilitate something in your area, too, if there are other Fellows nearby.  Note:  we will be hosting a Fellows' gathering during the annual NCSE conference on Disasters and Environment (Jan 15-17th).  Please let Erin know if you will be attending that conference!  Details coming soon.
Update on 2013 Spring Retreats
New England:  Our Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning spring retreat is in the works!  Switzer staff and Fellows met by phone before Thanksgiving to narrow down our ideas.  We shared these ideas with the coastal and marine affinity group and would be happy to add any interested Fellows to our planning group so you can provide input and receive updates as they happen.  Most likely location:  Cape Cod, MA.  Most likely dates:  last weekend in March.  Stay tuned for details.
California:  Still planning a study tour around Bay-Delta issues!  We will have more news on that shortly and we are still happily accepting offers of help with the planning.

New Leadership Exchange Posting
The Carbon Bubble, posted by As You Sow, Oakland, CA.  Great opportunity for Fellows interested in climate change, energy, clean tech, finance, investment, sustainability... this is a multi-disciplinary project that will directly inform As You Sow's advocacy efforts!  Could be a project for one Fellow or a team of Fellows.
Call for Stories:  Spring Newsletter
Just a reminder, we are devoting the Switzer spring newsletter to the topic of energy efficiency in all its forms, from personal to professional.  Tell us how you incorporate your values into your life.  Do you live off the grid?  Do you have a home with a really low carbon footprint?  How does your work contribute to renewable energy, reducing energy use and other efforts to move the needle on policy, or lets you have a big impact on how others live?  Please send all stories or ideas to Lauren!
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