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This Month's Five Minute Task
Let the world know what you're working on these days!  In your Switzer profile, there is a field for "Currently Working On", which is a chance for you to briefly describe a current project or work focus.  We encourage you to complete this field!  Remember, your Switzer profile will show up at the top of any google search anyone does for you - you want any applicable information to show up!  Either go to your profile to fill in this field, or email Erin and we'll do it for you.

Question of the Month
Women in Leadership
A colleague of ours is designing a leadership course for women leaders in the NGO sector.  What advice would you give her in designing such a program?  What leadership challenges do women in NGOs face?  What aspects of leadership are different in the NGO sector from other environments?  Share your perspective on our blog!

Upcoming Events and Webinars
2/12/13:  Fellows' Regional Gathering:  Cambridge, MA

2/13/13:  Fellows' Regional Gathering:  Los Angeles (Culver City), CA

2/23/13: Conference:  Food Law Colloquium hosted by Maine Law Review (Aga Pinette, Editor-in-Chief), Portland, ME
3/7/13:  Fellows' Regional Gathering: Berkeley
3/13/13:  Fellows' Regional Gathering:  New York, NY

3/22 - 3/24/13:  Switzer California Spring Retreat & Study Tour - Walnut Grove, CA
4/2-4/4:  National Adaptation Forum with Drs. Lara Hansen and Amber Pairis, Denver, CO
4/5 - 4/7/13:  Switzer New England Spring Retreat & Study Tour - Woods Hole, MA
Professional Conferences
Let Erin know if you will be attending any of these!

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

Feb 14-18:  AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Apr 9-13:  Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA

Apr 13-17:  American Planning Association, Chicago, IL
Please make sure to take a look at our spring retreats announcements!  We are really excited about this year's retreats and since they will be open to other colleagues, Switzer Fellows need to sign up soon to be sure we save space for you!  

February Highlights:  Switzer Network News and Discussions
Switzer Network News: Plug-In Cargo ShipsCargo ShipWatch the second in a new series of reports about the environmental and public health implications of the international goods movement industry.  This month we look at how new technology is helping reduce diesel pollution for berthed ships in California ports with 2007 Fellow, Francisco Dez, an environmental engineer with Region 9 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Featured Fellow and Media Case Study:  Kendra Klein (2011)
Kendra Klein How can hospitals improve the food everyone eats? Kendra Klein works at the intersection of public health and sustainable agri-food systems. Kendra talks about her work on the Healthy Food in Health Care Campaign with SNN reporter, Jerry Kay.  Kendra also spoke with us about her experience writing an article for The Nation - how it came to be, how she decided to weave a compelling story into an informative article. Watch the SNN video and read about The Nation article

Switzer Program and Network News
Spring Retreats 2013

March 22-24, 2013, Walnut Grove, CA:
The Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Delta region is often considered to be the center of water policy debates in California.  Water supply demands and protecting ecosystem function are often at odds, yet this place holds a rich, complex history.  As state management efforts continue to balance needs for ecological restoration, water supply, flood control and endangered species, the complexities and human dimensions of this place cannot be overlooked. The annual spring retreat is an opportunity for Switzer Fellows and colleagues to examine these critical environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and to share expertise and creative exchange. We are fortunate to have the leadership of several Switzer Fellows and colleagues who are extremely knowledgeable about the region to host an insider's tour of this special and surprisingly remote place, with a focus on the North Delta region.
Venue:  Ryde Hotel, Walnut Grove, CA
Cost:  $25 registration fee, plus lodging ($50/person per night for adjoining rooms with shared bath, $100/person per night for single room/private bath).

Phil Isenberg, Chair, Delta Stewardship Council
Tim Ramirez, 1995 Switzer Fellow, Central Valley Flood Control Board, San Francisco PUC
John Cain, Director of Conservation for Flood Management, American Rivers
Jesse Roseman, Cosumnes Preserve Manager, TNC
Leo Winternitz, Delta Project Director, TNC
Robin Grossinger, Historical Ecology Program, San Francisco Estuary Institute

A full agenda is available on our website!

Registration Deadline:  March 8, 2013.  Please sign up early if you are interested!  We will be holding overnight rooms as long as possible for Switzer Fellows, but the event will be open to other colleagues, too, so we need to know how many rooms as soon as possible!

April 5-7, 2013, Woods Hole, MA:

Competition for ocean resources continues to expand, with wind energy, aquaculture, fishing, recreational boating, and conservation of ecosystem services the subject of increasing controversy in New England and nationally.  The New England Spring Retreat will focus on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), a vibrant current topic in marine science, policy, planning and law.  We are fortunate to have a complete slate of current policy leaders, professionals, and stakeholder representatives who are actively engaged in regional and state ocean planning efforts in the Northeast.  Please see our FULL AGENDA.


The spring study retreat is an opportunity to engage scientists, policy makers, faculty, graduate students and environmental practitioners in a one-day seminar on Saturday, April 6th, with a networking event Friday evening and an additional hands-on workshop Sunday morning for grad students and practitioners engaged in collaborative research and multi-stakeholder efforts.  This event will be open to grad students and NGO colleagues, but space is LIMITED.  Please register early to reserve your spot.  The weekend will create informal opportunities for exchange, dialogue, and the potential for new collaborations.


Venue:  SEA Education Association, Woods Hole, MA
Cost:  $25 registration fee, plus $50/person for lodging on the SEA campus (shared cabins).
Betsy Nicholson, NOAA Regional Coastal Program Specialist
John Weber, Ocean Planning Director, Northeast Regional Ocean Council
Robbin Peach, Executive Director, Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security, UMass Boston
Grover Fugate, Executive Director, RI Coastal Resources Management Council
Nick Napoli, Ocean Planning Project Manager, Northeast Regional Ocean Council
Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology, Boston University
Sandra Whitehouse, Senior Advisor, Ocean Conservancy
Jennifer McCann, Director of Extension Programs, RI Sea Grant
John Poppalardo, Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association
Jeff Grybowski, CEO, Deepwater Wind [invited]  
Priscilla Brooks, Conservation Law Foundation
Doug Harris, Narragansett Indian Tribe [invited]
Heather McElroy, Natural Resources Specialist, Cape Cod Commission
David Wiley, 1999 Switzer Fellow and Research Coordinator, NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
See the full agenda on our website!
Registration Deadline:  March 8, 2013.  Please sign up early if you are interested!  We will be holding space in the shared cabins on the SEA campus as long as possible for Switzer Fellows, but the event will be open to other colleagues, too! 
Winter Regional Gatherings

As you've probably heard, Fellows around the country are getting together for informal networking and socializing.  A big thanks to all of the Fellows who have volunteered to organize happy hours and other social events.  Here are some upcoming events, and please let Erin know if you'd like to organize one in your area! 

Cambridge, MA:  Tues., February 12, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm, Catalyst (near Kendall Square T stop)
Culver City, CA:  Wed., February 13, 2013, 6-8 pm
Kay N' Dave's Mexican Cantina
Berkeley, CA:  Thurs., March 7, 2013, 6-8 pm, Jupiter Beerhouse
New York, NY:  Wed., March 13, 2013, 6:30 pm
The Churchill Tavern, E. 28th Street and Park Ave.

Bay Area Fellows - there's one in the works for you - stay tuned!
Peer Writing Support

Are you trying to write more op-eds, letters to the editor, or articles, and can't find the time or motivation?  We recently received a suggestion from a Fellow who is interested in finding support from Switzer colleagues who are trying to write more, professionally or personally.  She suggested Switzer Fellows pair up, or work in groups, to act as peer support to encourage each other's writing, or help with editing.  Please let Erin know if you're interested!  This could be an excellent way to motivate and meet Switzer colleagues.
Navigating Forks in the Science Career Road
Erica Goldman, the Assistant Director for Science Policy Outreach for our communications training partner COMPASS, recently did some soul searching about her decision to leave an academic science path to pursue policy and media. Her main concern?  That she'd let down her graduate school advisors and mentors.  Read her blog post
Leadership Exchange Postings

Just a reminder that there are some interesting opportunities listed on our Leadership Exchange!  Organizations such as Climate Central, As You Sow, The Climate Group, and MA Division of Ecological Restoration, are looking to work with a Fellow to create a potential Leadership Grant concept.  Check it out!
Fellows in the News Highlights
Stuart Cohen (1996) writes about why a declining transportation system hurts everyone in the Bay Area. 
Amanda Martinez (2009) writes The Atlantic's first original ebook on extreme measures of conservationists.
Deborah Stanger Edelman (1994) co-authors newly released California Naturalist's Handbook.

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