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E-Newsline July, 2014
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Do you include your Switzer Fellowship on your resume or any bio(s) you share professionally?  If not, please consider adding your Switzer Fellowship to your list of great accomplishments!  You will be helping us to fulfill our mission of having Switzer Fellows be recognized environmental leaders!  

Upcoming Events and Webinars
July 16:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Air Quality
July 30:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Fellows in the Midwest
August 13:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Architecture and Urban Planning
August 27:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, PhDs working outside of academia
September 10:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Fellows in Southern New England
September 19-21:  California Fall Fellows' Retreat, NatureBridge at the Headlands, Sausalito, CA
September 24:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Business & Finance Fellows
September 26-28:  New England Fall Fellows' Retreat, Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA

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

August 10-15:  Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA
September 18-20:  Land Trust Alliance Rally, Providence, RI
October 17-19:  Bioneers, San Rafael, CA
Introducing the 2014 Switzer Fellows!   
Please join us in welcoming the 2014 Switzer Fellows! These twenty new Fellows are working on a wide array of issues including international development, sustainable agriculture, land use planning, conservation biology, environmental economics, marine biology, climate and energy, to name a few!  We continue to be humbled and amazed by our Fellows.  Fellow alums, consider attending a fall retreat to welcome them in person!

July Highlights:  Leadership Stories and Discussions
Technology is often accused of separating us from nature.  2011 Fellow Tavis Forrester's eMammal project puts high-tech camera traps into the hands of volunteer citizen scientists, allowing them to connect with animals and behaviors usually hidden from view. 

On April 26th, Fellows in the Pacific Northwest region participated in our third networking conference call of 2014.  Read about the topics they discussed, and if you didn't make the call but are in that region, there is a new Google group for you to join!

Switzer Program and Network News
Two New Leadership Grants Awarded
In May, the Switzer Foundation awarded $70,000 in Leadership Grants to two organizations working on critical issues on which Fellows are playing a leadership role.  

Sierra Watch has hired Isaac Silverman as Staff Attorney to help provide legal and regulatory guidance on its conservation campaigns; in
Isaac Silverman
particular, the campaign to conserve the iconic Squaw Valley
region.  Isaac is filling an important role at this small organization as it increases its capacity to respond
quickly to 
intense development pressure.

Pepperwood Foundation (with Switzer Fellow Lisa Micheli as its Executive Director) has hired Nicole
Nicole Heller
Heller as the Climate Adaptation Coordinator for the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3).  In this position, Nicole will use her unique combination of scientific, analytic, and communication skills to assist Bay Area land managers to apply extremely complex climate data to their land management planning.  
Update on the Switzer website upgrade
We are excited to announce that our new and improved website will be ready to launch  by mid-July!  We are hard at work getting all of our content ready to go, and we expect the soft launch to go smoothly.  We are very much looking forward to showing you the new site, so please stay tuned for that! 

Fall Retreats 
Summer at the Switzer Foundation means fall retreat planning!  As we've announced in a prior edition of ENews, our fall retreats this year will focus on a personal, reflective leadership training.  Rockwood Leadership Institute will now be leading both the California and New England trainings.  We expect to be posting the retreat agendas to our NEW website later in July.  Save the dates!
California Fall Fellows' Retreat 
September 19-21, 2014
NatureBridge at the Headlands, Sausalito, CA
New England Fall Fellows' Retreat
September 26-28, 2014
Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA
Spring Retreat Dates Finalized
Our spring retreat training on policy communications with COMPASS has been scheduled!  We will be convening the entire 2014 Fellowship class in Washington, DC, for two days of training and networking on Sunday-Monday March 1-2nd.  There may be up to five slots for Fellowship alumni, so if you think you might be interested please let Erin know as soon as possible.  
Fellows in DC:  We will be starting the retreat with a Sunday brunch at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Sunday, March 1st - please save the date and join us!  It's a great chance to meet the new Fellows, talk about your work, and hear from the next generation of environmental problem-solvers!  

Upcoming Fellow Networking Calls
Here is the calendar for our ongoing series of Fellow networking 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 are issue-based; others are of regional interest; and some are particular to where you are in your career.  We use WebEx Meeting Center, so you have a chance to network face-to-face using your webcam!  We provide information about those participating in the call so you can prepare ahead of time.  If you want to register for a call, or have an idea for a topic, please email Lauren
July 16, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - Air Quality affinity group
July 30, 2014, 12:30 pm ET / 11:30 AM CT - Fellows in the Midwest (IL, IN, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, OH, WI)
August 13, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - Architecture and Urban Planning affinity group
August 27, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - PhDs working outside of academia
September 10, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - Fellows in Southern New England (CT, MA, RI)
September 24, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - Business & Finance affinity group
Fellows in the News Highlights
(Remember, these are just a few highlights!  Catch up on all Fellows in the News on our website!)  
Becky Cushing (2012) has been named the Berkshire Sanctuaries Director for Mass Audubon.
Eric Washburn (1990) has joined the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Guiliani to advise clients in the energy sector on habitat conservation methods to mitigate ecological damage as oil and gas operations expand in the western U.S.
Leigh Shemitz (1991), Executive Director of SoundWaters, has received a Rockfall Foundation grant to expand the Coastal Explorers program.
"The eastern border of the range of mountain lions is moving progressively more and more east, and it's only a matter of time until it reaches all the way to the East Coast," says Noah Charney (2010) in the Boston Globe.

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