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This Month's Five Minute Task
We have selected a new website design firm to upgrade and re-think the Switzer website!  Do you have any ideas for new or improved functionality that you'd like to see? Contact Lauren as soon as possible with any ideas or suggestions.

retreatquestionQuestion of the Month
If we devoted Sunday of the fall retreats as an "alumni day", fostering the connection between new and past Fellows, as well as opportunities for new Network connections, what elements would entice you to join us?  Tell us, via this short (2-question!) survey, or email Erin directly.
 
Upcoming Events and Webinars
August 7:  Fellows' Website Training Webinar (open to all Fellows)
 
August 21:  Fellows' Website Training Webinar (open to all Fellows)
 
Sept. 27-29:  New England Fall Fellows' Retreat, Ashland, MA
 
Oct. 4-6:  California Fall Fellows' Retreat, Sausalito, CA

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

Sept. 17-19:  Land Trust Alliance Rally, New Orleans, LA

Oct. 2-6:  Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference, Chattanooga, TN

Oct. 18-20:  National Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA (see note in Program and Network News about Bioneers attendance!)

Greetings, Switzer Fellows! 
We hope you are all enjoying summer and managing to find some time to re-charge!  Here at Switzer, it is high season for retreats planning, and we are pleased to announce that, by popular demand, we are incorporating an "alumni networking" component to fall retreats that we hope will entice past Fellows to attend!  We need your feedback, though - see this month's Question of the Month, below.
 

August Highlights:  Switzer Network News and Discussions
 
SWITZER NETWORK NEWS: Health Impacts of Global Trade, with Switzer Fellow Martha Matsuoka

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The final installment in our six part series on the global goods movement industry focuses on the question of how the products in your home or office reached you, and what is the impact on the environment and workers?  Our guest is 2001 Fellow Martha Matsuoka, Associate Professor in the Urban and Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College.  You can watch the other five parts in the series here as well:
FEATURED FELLOW:
Ildi traces her love of food to the afternoons and evenings of her youth helping her father prepare meals, but it was a study abroad trip to Costa Rica in 2001 that brought her interest in food and agriculture into sharper focus.
 
"I was sitting in a chicken barn on an organic farm listening to a lecture about compost when my class received the news about the terrorist attacks on 9/11," she said.  "Trying to make sense of what had just happened, I looked hard for positive ways to make the world a better place.  In a world that suddenly seemed much harsher, I saw organic and sustainable farms as living laboratories where people were solving practical problems that improved the environment while addressing the most basic social injustices."
Switzer Program and Network News
FALL RETREATS - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
New England:  September 27-29, 2013 at the Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA
California:  October 4-6, 2013 at NatureBridge, Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA
 
Invitations for this year's fall retreats will be sent shortly, but registration is now open for both retreats! Each will feature:
  • Orientation for new Fellows.
  • A communications training that will focus on how experts and scientists can improve their skills in communicating with policy makers.  We will once again work with our partners at COMPASS to facilitate this training, which will take place on the Saturday of each retreat.  Each training will include a panel of several high-level policy folks, including federal legislative staff, state elected officials and staff, and senior agency personnel.  There is limited space for past Fellows to take this training, so please take advantage of the opportunity!  Agendas for the training are available on the Switzer website, per the links above and below.  
  • The return of the ever-popular "Flash Talks".
  • Social time, campfires, beer-and-wine receptions.
  • New this year:  Alumni Day on Sunday!  Time for networking with current and past Fellows!
Links to the working agendas and registration pages can be found for each retreat on the Switzer website.

FELLOW NETWORKING
Over the years, many Fellows have offered to be Mentors or coaches to new Fellows.  This year, we have invited 2013 Fellows to identify other Fellows with whom they would like to connect on career interests, research focus, or even geographic proximity.  We have been in touch with some of you about this already, and stay tuned for more facilitated connections within the Network!
 
2013 ANNUAL FELLOWS' SURVEY
Fellows from 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, and 1988 should be on the lookout for our annual five-year survey of Switzer Fellows.  We survey 20% of Fellows every year in order to keep in touch with how you are doing, and to get more updates from you, which helps us better serve the Network.  Please respond to the survey if you receive an invitation.  Thanks!
 
NEW POSTINGS ON LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE
Check out new postings from:
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance in Gloucester, MA
Environmental Health Strategy Center in Portland, ME
The Organic Center in Washington, DC; 
and from Climate Central in Princeton, NJ, originally posted in February but is still active.
Click on the Leadership Exchange for more information!
 
SWITZER FELLOWS AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS FOR CONSERVATION BIOLOGY CONFERENCE!
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Susannah Lerman, Jessica Veysey, Erin McCreless, Tavis Forrester
A number of Fellows connected at the ICCB conference in Baltimore last month.  This is a great way to connect with other Fellows (see how much fun they're having?) - be sure to let Erin know if you'll be attending a conference and we can try to hook you up with other Fellow attendees!
 
JOIN LISSA AT THE BIONEERS CONFERENCE!
Looking for inspiration?  How about joining Lissa at Bioneers in October?  Several Fellows will be participating and we're looking to get a group of six or more to get the group rate on registration.
Date:  October 18-20, 2013
Venue:  Marin Center, San Raphael, CA
Other regional streaming venues are also a good way to plug into this gathering of visionary leaders and speakers!
Let Lissa know by September 1st or sooner if you'd like to go!
 
COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING:
 
The training sessions at our fall retreats this year will focus on how experts and scientists can improve their skills in talking with policy makers.  As an expert, how do you bring what you know to the attention of elected officials, legislative staff, or agency personnel? COMPASS will conduct the training, providing excellent guidance for Fellows who want to step into the fray of policy making, or simply want to be able to inform policy when it's appropriate.  To see COMPASS's latest thinking on the topic, check out these blog posts from our training partners:

Fellows in the News Highlights
For this month's Fellows in the News, we'd like to share updates on some of the 2012 Fellows who just completed their Fellowship year in June and are on to various impressive things!  
 
Leah Butler is working a summer internship with Newmont Mining Corporation in Colorado, where she is working on policy and strategic planning on biodiversity conservation.  Leah will graduate from Yale in May 2014 with dual master's degrees in Environmental Management and International Relations.
 
Becky Cushing graduated with her MS from University of Vermont's Field Naturalist Program and is spending this summer working for UVM's Natural Areas Program implementing management recommendations for its Natural Areas that she made in her master's thesis.
 
Priya Ganguli is wrapping up various research projects and expects to graduate with her PhD from UC Santa Cruz in November.  Priya will then begin a post-doc at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, MA.  (We look forward to having her on the east coast!)
 
Angel Hsu completed her PhD program at Yale in May and is now working under a post-doc with Yale's Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and the Urbanization and Global Change Research Group.
 
Aga Pinette graduated from University of Maine Law School in May.  After spending the summer studying for the bar exam, Aga will begin a one-year clerkship with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  
 
Stephanie Safdi graduated this spring with dual degrees from Yale - an MS from the Forestry School, and a JD from the Law School.  In September, Stephanie will begin a clerkship with a federal District judge in Seattle.
 
Reed Schuler also graduated from Yale Law School in May.  Reed and his wife are moving to Washington, DC, where Reed will begin his new job at the Office of Global Change in the U.S. State Department.
 
Miriam Torres graduated with her master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA, and has returned to full-time work with the organization she founded, Alcanza.

We will be happy to announce updates on the remaining 2012 Fellows who are job searching or will continue their studies for the coming year as progressions happen!  Good luck to all! 
 

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