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With the launch of our new website, it's especially important to check your bio and make sure things are up to date!  Let Don know if you need helping logging into your profile.

Upcoming Switzer Events
November 5:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Energy & Climate Change

November 7:  Rockwood Leadership Institute Training for Switzer Fellows - Transformative Leadership

November 19:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Northern California Fellows

December 3:  Switzer Fellows Networking Call, Environmental and Public Health

December 10:  Switzer Webinar - How to Use Video to Communicate a Science Message (sponsored by the Association of State Wetland Managers, Fellows can attend for free)

Professional Conferences
Let Erin know if you will be attending any of these, and let Fellows know if you'd like to organize a Switzer gathering at a conference!

October 17-19
Bioneers, San Rafael, CA (note Brian Haggerty session on citizen science!)

October 22-23:  Greenbuild, New Orleans, LA

November 15-19:  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

December 12-15:  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

January 29-31:  New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Baltimore, MD

Leadership Training Opportunity in Boston! 
We will partner with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to offer a one-day intensive training on Transformative Leadership in Boston.  Free of charge to all Fellows!  See below for details.

October Highlights:  Leadership Stories and Discussions

Brad Keitt  
Island Conservation, a Santa Cruz, CA nonprofit with UC Santa Cruz roots, has saved 389 species from possible extinction on 52 islands around the world.  1997 Switzer Fellow Brad Keitt is the Director of Conservation.  "It's incredibly rewarding," said Keitt.  "I feel lucky to have a job where I am making a difference that is so immediate yet lasting."

Fellow Kartikeya Singh with Indian environmental activist Vandana Shiva
Several Switzer Fellows participated in last month's People's Climate March in New York City, just days before the United Nations climate summit.  Read their impressions and see their photos of the event!


Switzer Executive Director Lissa Widoff on the recent fall retreats, at which there was tons of fun and an important real-life lesson on adaptive leadership!

1988 Fellow John Berger looks at the real meaning of the thousands of climate demonstrations around the world last month and asks what they portend for President Obama and mainstream party politicians.  Also read an excerpt from his new book, Climate Peril: The Intelligent Reader's Guide to Understanding the Climate Crisis

2004 Fellow Dave Kramer reflects on a visit to his alma mater and what the next generation of environmental leaders might look like.

2000 Fellow H. Bruce Rinker, PhD, reflects on the relationship between two notable anniversaries this year: the birthday of "The Star Spangled Banner" and the annual observance of the global extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.


How knowledge and understanding of ecosystem services is actually used in policymaking, a post from our COMPASS training partners.

Switzer Program and Network News
rockwood2Training Opportunity Not to be Missed!
We are thrilled to offer a one-day Rockwood Leadership Institute training FREE OF CHARGE to Fellows!  This is the Transformative Leadership training that was offered at the fall retreats, but was postponed in New England due to the trainer's travel difficulties.  We strongly encourage Fellows, especially those in the Boston area, to take advantage of this opportunity.  Rockwood is a highly respected organization; usually this training is offered over five days at significant expense.  Join us for this one-day intensive, at no cost to Fellows!

Date:  November 7, 2014
Time:  9 am - 5 pm
Location:  The Nonprofit Center, 89 South Street, Boston

Contact Erin with questions or for more information.

NOTE to all Fellows in the Boston area - we will be meeting for drinks and appetizers immediately after the workshop (location TBD), so please let us know if you want to meet for social time even if you can't come to the training!

Fellows in the News Highlights
(Remember, these are just a few highlights!  Catch up on all Fellows in the News on our website!)

Jen Osha (2000) was named one of West Virginia's "Wonder Women" for her activism on mountaintop removal coal mining.

Amanda Beal's (2014) family is featured in a new short film on the challenges to organic farmers, "Changing Hands: Rocky Ridge Organic Dairy".  This film was featured at the recent Camden (Maine) International Film Festival.

Lily Lewis's (2013) work on plants hitchhiking on birds' wings was featured on the BBC and in Science magazine.

David Sonnenfeld (1995) is the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Society and Natural Resources.

Bridie McGreavy's (2006) research on race and gender stereotypes in climate-related movies was picked up by ClimateWire.

David Kramer (2004) and a colleague recently spoke at Dartmouth College about what it takes to make green development work in Latin America.

Tom Gill's (1991) research found that the tiniest speck of dust can impact health, the environment, and infrastructure, and its shape can impact climate.


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