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This Month's Five Minute Task
If you haven't yet done so, please log into your Switzer website profile and update your bio or any other information! Forgot your password? Click "Login" then select the "Request new password" tab. We still need updated photos from many of you, as well. Please send a high-resolution, horizontal image to Lauren, and she will edit and post it for you.
Question of the Month
Fellows working in the social sciences - is there interest in creating a Google group for Fellows in this sector?  If so, please email Lauren!
Upcoming Switzer Events
August 12:  Mike Antos panel at Ecological Society of Ameria Annual Meeting on "Biota of the L.A. River"

August 13:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Architecture and Urban Planning

August 19:  Switzer Fellows Networking Session at the CA Adaptation Forum

August 20:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Air Quality
August 27:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, PhDs in Non-Academic Tracks
September 10:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Fellows in Southern New England
September 19-21:  California Fall Fellows' Retreat, NatureBridge at Golden Gate, 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
The New Switzer Website Has Launched!   
By now, most of you know - and have visited - the new and improved Switzer Foundation website!  We are very impressed with its appearance and functionality and have heard from so many of you that you agree!  The new site should provide much greater ease for making connections among Fellows and showcasing the great work you're all doing.  If you haven't checked out the site yet, please do, and let us know what you think!

August Highlights:  Leadership Stories and Discussions
Why is Isella Ramirez's environmental justice work so personal?

Fellows Anne Clark Baker and Valerie Moye found the "unconference" model to be a great way to incubate and expand the technology component for many emerging environmental projects.

There is no convenient separation of stormwater from wetlands, whether regulatory mechanisms recognize it or not, writes Fellow Brenda Zollitsch, Project Analyst with the Association of State Wetland Managers.

You need to learn how to do it well, despite feeling awkward at the outset.
Switzer Program and Network News
Register Now for Fall Retreats!

California retreat:  Sept. 19-21st, Sausalito, CA
New England retreat:  Sept. 26-28th, Ashland, MA

Highlights include:
  • Friday afternoon orientation for 2014 Fellows;
  • A day-long intensive leadership workshop on Saturday from our colleagues at Rockwood Leadership Institute on Transformative Leadership.  This workshop will focus on understanding personal awareness as part of developing your collaborative leadership skills and will provide a significant opportunity for Fellows to build community with other Fellows and strengthen leadership practices! Fellowship Alumni, we have limited space available for you, so please register early if you're interested!  (If we exceed our capacity we will give preference to 2013 Fellows and folks who can stay through Sunday to engage with the Network.)
  • More time devoted to socializing and networking, including 'open space' networking on topics chosen by participants on Sunday.
Upcoming Fellow Networking Calls

August 13, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - Architecture and Urban Planning affinity group

August 20, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - Air Quality affinity group
August 27, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - PhDs in Non-Academic Tracks
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

October 8, 2014, 12:30 pm ET - Conservation Science & Biology affinity group
Fellows Attending the CA Adaptation Forum - Update on Switzer Networking
Fellows attending the California Adaptation Forum later this month, just a reminder that there will be a Fellows' networking session at the Forum!  Fellows will get together on Tuesday afternoon at 5 pm, just prior to the keynote address which starts at 5:30.  We have been informed that we can use the McGinnis Room on the Second Floor of the Sheraton Grand Hotel.  (This will also be indicated in the program for the Forum.)  The room is available to us until 6 pm, in case you are engrossed in conversation!

Fellows in the News Highlights
This month, we'd like to highlight news of our 2013 Fellows who just completed their Fellowship year!  Congratulations to those who graduated this spring, and best of luck to those who will be continuing on with their studies.  Here are some highlights of the 2013 Fellows who graduated and are on to exciting new developments:

Anne Clark Baker graduated from her master's program at Clark University and has been selected as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship finalist for 2015.

Bret Callaway completed his master's program at UC Santa Barbara and will be working in water resource policy in California.

Jia Ching Chen completed his PhD at UC Berkeley, winning the Best Dissertation Award from the Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Caitlin Cleaver graduated from University of Maine with dual master's degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Policy.  Caitlin is the Field Research Station Coordinator for the Hurricane Island Foundation in western Penobscot Bay, Maine.

Caroline Howe received her Master in City Planning degree from MIT and will embark on a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain in September where she will focus on building an incubator for waste business (primarily recycling and composting).

Erica Krimmel completed her Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University and will continue in her position as Collections Curator at UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station.

Max Ludington graduated with his master's degree from UC Santa Barbara and has moved back to Jackson, Wyoming, where he works with Legacy Works Group building conservation collaboratives in the land conservation, water quality and smart growth sectors.

Sarah Moffitt graduated from her PhD program in Ecology at UC Davis this spring. In the fall, she will begin a post-doc position at the Bodega Marine Laboratory.

Valerie Moye completed her Master of Environmental Management from Yale. Valerie and a team at Yale have developed a concept they are beginning to market to the urban rental community for a "shared closet" amenity to help reduce consumption. (

Meredith Niles finished her PhD from UC Davis in June and will begin a post-doc fellowship in Sustainability Science at Harvard in September.  


Isella Ramirez completed her Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA. Isella has moved to Newark, NJ, where she is now the Environmental Justice Program Coordinator for the Ironbound Community Corporation.


Lisa Stoddard completed her PhD program at Clark University and will be starting a teaching position at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall.


Paige Weber completed her Master in Environmental Science degree at Yale, and will spend this summer working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston. In the fall, she will begin a PhD program at Yale in environmental economics.


For news highlights on all of our Fellows, be sure to visit the News section our website!


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