November 2014
Lissa Goes on Sabbatical - A Winter Hibernation
Lissa Widoff
Each of us, in our daily lives, finds that sometimes a break from intense focus will offer the renewal we need to continue our good work. In the professional realm, it is not often we have the chance to truly step back, reflect, evaluate, and adjust our path.  After 15 years serving as Executive Director, Lissa will do just that, enjoying quiet reflection over the course of a Maine winter.

Read Lissa's letter

Contribute Your Story to our Website

Our newly redesigned website offers opportunities to showcase Switzer Fellows' work and leadership.  We invite you to propose a story about your work!  We offer the following story types as examples of what is possible:

Leadership Story
These stories are the main focus of our home page and Issues pages.  They are written or re-packaged from external media sources, and focus on a Fellow or group of Fellows doing innovative work.  They are long-form pieces, with the option of including multiple media formats.

Thought Leadership
These posts are written by Fellows themselves on current and relevant topics, including issues, tips, or an experience.  They can be crafted with our assistance or republished from an external outlet.  We offer blog posting tutorials and step-by-step editorial help.  We will upload and format your post, and you maintain full author credit.

Have an idea for any of the above?  Please email Lauren today!

Switzer Networking Brunch

When:  Sunday, March 1, 2015, 10:00 am
Where:  Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC

Fellows in the DC / mid-Atlantic area, please mark your calendar!  Join us for a Sunday brunch to help kick off the spring retreat training for 2014 Fellows in Washington, DC.  More information and invitations will be going out soon, but please save the date for now!  We'd love to see as many DC-based Fellow alums as possible to meet the new Fellows and re-connect with Switzer staff and each other.

Details will be posted on our website.  Contact Erin for more information.

2014 Mid-Term Elections

The mid-term elections are now behind us, and we are interested in hearing from Fellows who ran for office (regardless of end result!) or who worked on a campaign with an interesting story.  Contact Lauren with your story!
Photo: Sarah Craig, Faces of Fracking Flickr
Available Now on our Website

Webinar:  Stop the Leaks Campaign
Sarah Uhl led this webinar in June about her Switzer-funded work with the Clean Air Task Force's Stop the Leaks campaign, which aims to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

Network Call:  Sustainability on Campuses
This past spring, we held a networking call to connect Fellows based at academic institutions who are interested in expanding their schools' sustainability efforts.  A list of resources grew out of the call that we are happy to share with you.
Upcoming Events
Webinar:  Water Quality and Environmental Justice in the Central Valley
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:30 pm ET, 9:30 am PT

2009 Switzer Fellow, Dr. Carolina Balazs, post doctoral scholar at UC Davis and former research scientist with the Community Water Center, will discuss key health and environmental justice water-related issues in California's Central Valley, and possible solutions.
 See more information about the webinar, and links to registration

Switzer Network Call:  Fellows in Northern California
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:30 am PT

Click here for links to registration

Switzer Network Call:  Environmental and Public Health
Wednesday, December 3, 2014,  12:30 pm ET
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Webinar:  How to Use Video to Communicate a Science Message
Wednesday, December 10, 2014,  12:30 pm ET
Presented in conjunction with the Association of State Wetland Managers by Dr. Karen L. McKee, Scientist Emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey.
See more information about the webinar, and links to registration

Switzer Network Call:  Emerging from Stay-at-home Parenting
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 12:30 pm ET
Click here for links to registration

Please visit our website for a list of all upcoming events.
Professional Conferences
Please let Erin know if you will be attending any of these!  We can put you in contact with other Switzer Fellow attendees to organize a Fellows' gathering at the conference.

November 15-19, 2014American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

December 12-15, 2014American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

January 29-31, 2015New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Baltimore, MD

February 12-16, 2015American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA
Fellows in the News
Bret Callaway (2013) has joined the Willamette Partnership as their new ecosystem specialist.

Heather Coleman (2003), Climate Change Manager at Oxfam America, was recently quoted in the New Yorker about climate trades.

Jeremy Hays (2001) has been named Executive Director of Green for All.

Tavis Forrester (2011), Conservation Biologist for the Smithsonian Institution, has signed on to a citizen science initiative in Costa Rica supporting an effort to monitor big cats and their prey.

John Berger's (1988) most recent book, Climate Peril: The Intelligent Reader's Guide to Understanding the Climate Crisis, has received positive reviews from TriplePundit.

Sarah Kapnick (2010), Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, is first author on a study that could help understand the future water availability for hundreds of millions of people.

Hillary Young (2003), Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara, is tracking seabird ranges and climate change in the remote Palmyra Atoll.

Laura Meyerson (1999), Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island, has co-authored a study funded by the National Science Foundation which found that the intensity of plant invasions by non-native species can vary considerably with changes in latitude.

Amanda Subalusky (2013), Doctoral Candidate at Yale University, was profiled in National Geographic magazine on how scientists use disguise to research animals, for her work on hippos and water quality in Africa.

Kate Smith (2004), Assistant Professor at Brown University, is co-author on a study that has found that the number of infected people per infectious disease outbreak worldwide is falling.
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