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This Month's Five Minute Task
Have a topic on which you'd like to network with other Fellows?  Let Lauren or Erin know!  We are planning upcoming networking conference calls and want to hear from you on topics that would be of interest!

Question of the Month
Fellows in Cambridge/Boston, or in Oakland - if you have a spare bedroom and are willing to put up a Fellow attending the spring retreats, please let Erin know!  Ideally, you would be close to public transportation so out-of-town Fellows can easily get to our workshop locations at the Kennedy School (Cambridge) and Preservation Park (Oakland).  Thank you!!! 
Upcoming Events and Webinars
January 29:  Fellows' Networking Conference Call: Citizen Science
12:30 pm ET

February 5:
Fellows' Conference Call:  Coaching on Leadership Learning Agendas, with Lissa Widoff
2 pm ET
March 21-22:  
March 28-29:  Switzer Spring Trainings Retreat, Oakland, CA

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

Jan. 28-30:  National Council for Science and the Environment, Building Climate Solutions, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 13-15:  New Partners for Smart Growth Annual Conference, Denver, CO

Happy New Year to all!  Welcome to the first E-News of 2014!  We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  As you know, we are planning two fantastic workshops for our spring retreats in March - read about them, below!  We hope to see you there.

January Highlights:  Leadership Stories and Discussions

Nicole Ardoin and Christy Merrick
Nicole Ardoin and Christy Merrick are currently collaborating on a series of Environmental Education Research Bulletins for NatureBridge, taking research articles and writing them up in a digestible format with a bottom line that is relevant for practitioners.


Kelly Levin (2007) wrote this post on the World Resources Institute's blog, in anticipation of the COP 19 international climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland.

Our colleagues at COMPASS report on their efforts to assess the current landscape of communications trainings available to graduate students in the STEM disciplines. 

One scientist provides a compelling example of how blogging can lead to positive media exposure for your science.

Part of our new series on blogging, this post originally appeared in
Switzer Program and Network News
2014 Spring Training Retreats
Our 2014 spring retreats will offer two days of training on contemporary leadership topics.  You can register for both days, or just one!  Join other Fellows in Cambridge, MA, and Oakland, CA, for this professional development and networking opportunity.  Fellows will be responsible for their own travel and lodging, but we will most likely have dinner at a local pub or restaurant on each Friday night.  (Local Fellows, take note!  Even if you don't come to the training,  you can find out where we are gathering for dinner and come say hello!)
Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22
8:30 am - 4:30 pm each day
Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA
Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29
8:30 am - 4:30 pm each day
Preservation Park, Oakland, CA
COST:  $25, for one or both workshops
Collective Leadership:  Leading In a Networked World, with Carole Martin, consultant and facilitator.
The face and nature of leadership is changing to reflect the ways in which our world is changing.  Whether you are striving to advance an individual project, effectively lead an organization or advance a global initiative, there is increasing demand for each of us to lead cooperatively and collectively.  This workshop is designed to cultivate leading with a new frame of mind - and, regardless of your experience at or interest in formal leadership roles, to prepare you to lead in a networked world.  This fun, highly interactive workshop will also provide rich opportunities to deepen your connections to other workshop participants.
The Power and Art of Storytelling, with Jack Ricchiuto, author and trainer
This workshop will address several dimensions of storytelling in natural and social science contexts.  Narrative is the most powerful medium for building influence and trust, and translating complex information into compelling media.  Participants will leave this experiential workshop with immediately and sustainably applicable skill sets for making this possible.  

Fellows going to NCSE conference?
It is time for a Switzer Fellows gathering in our nation's capital!  We'd like to get local DC Fellows and those who will be in town for the National Council for Science and the Environment's annual conference (Building Climate Solutions) together for drinks and networking.  Probable date:  Tuesday evening, January 28th.  Please email Erin if you would like to attend!  
conferencecallFellows Conference Call:  Citizen Science
Are you currently working with citizen scientists, or interested in exploring citizen science as a possibility in your work?  Join us for the first in a series of Fellow conference calls on topics of interest!  These calls are intended to provide an open forum for Fellows to connect with each other on topics that directly inform your work.  Some topics will be issue-based; others will be of regional interest; and some will be particular to where you are in your career.  We will simply provide the phone line, the rest will be up to you!
Date:  Wed., January 29, 2014
Time:  12:30 pm ET
Fellows Conference Call:  Developing Your Leadership Learning Agenda
Join Lissa on a conference call to coach you through development of your Leadership Learning Agenda!  May be of greatest interest to current Fellows, but all Fellows welcome!
Date:  Wed., February 5, 2014, 2 pm ET   
New Leadership Exchange Posting
Science Policy Exchange Program Coordinator
Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

Other Leadership and Professional Development Opportunities
Environmental Leadership Program is now accepting 2014 applications in all 50 states!  ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and to rise to new leadership positions.  The ELP Fellowship offers intensive leadership and skills training, networking opportunities, and time for reflection.  Application deadlines:
  • Pacific NW (AK, WA, OR):  January 17, 2014
  • New England (six New England states) or Eastern (DE, NY, NJ, PA):  March 17, 2014
  • Chesapeake (MD, VA, DC):  May 9, 2014
  • National (all 50 states):  July 1, 2014 
Free and open to the public!  This webinar will cover the elements of a solid business plan in the context of using business principles in the public sector. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014:  2 pm Eastern time 

Kinship Conservation Fellowships:  a month-long paid fellowship for mid-career conservationists focusing on leadership skills, market-based strategies for environmental problem-solving, and tools for collaborative conservation planning.
2014 application deadline:  January 27, 2014.
Fellows in the News Highlights
(Remember, these are just a few highlights!  Catch up on all Fellows in the News on our website!)  

Sharon Smith (2011), palm oil campaign manager for Union of Concerned Scientists, is managing a campaign in which one of the world's biggest palm oil producers has agreed to greater rainforest protection practices.
Shaye Wolf (2000), Climate Science Director for the Center for Biological Diversity, talks about sea-level rise and the corresponding threats to hundreds of at-risk animal species with USA Today
Lloyd Gamble (2003), Senior Forest Carbon Program Officer at WWF, discusses the World Bank's new framework for REDD+ in tropical forest nations.
Heather Coleman (2003), Climate Change Manager for Oxfam America, discusses the new Oxfam report "Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices" on Mother Jones.
Rachel Morello-Frosch (1995), Professor at UC Berkeley, was quoted in Scientific American about her research on industrial pollutants.
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso (1998), Executive Vice President of Ocean Conservancy, writes in Huffington Post that restoring the Gulf of Mexico will require a larger approach.

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