January 2015
Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and that 2015 is off to a great start!  Switzer staff members are busy processing the 2015 Fellowship applications that were due this past Friday.  We are excited to start application review and gear up for the interviews in May!  Any Fellows who wish to be an interviewer this year, please contact Erin.  We will strive for a healthy mix of Fellows, colleagues, veteran interviewers, and new folks on our interview teams.  Thanks, and Happy 2015 to you all!
$100,000 in Leadership Grants Awarded in November

Four organizations have received Leadership Grants to work with Switzer Fellows, all as recently hired or promoted staff, to tackle critical issues.  Through these grants, Fellows will work to move California agricultural policies in a more sustainable direction, conserve threatened populations of the Pink Footed Shearwater in Chile, develop and lead the San Diego Climate Science Alliance, and provide policy and educational support for wetlands managers across the country.

Upcoming Webinar:  Open-Access Research with Switzer Fellow Meredith Niles

In this webinar, we will explore how open access works, and discuss the opportunities and resources available to help scientists and researchers make their work more accessible.

Date:  Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time:  12:30 pm Eastern time / 9:30 am Pacific time

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Reminder - Brunch in DC!

Switzer Fellows in the DC area, please join us for brunch to kick off the spring retreat training for 2014 Fellows!  This year, we are gathering all 2014 Fellows, from both coasts, for a two-day policy communications training with COMPASS.  We will start the retreat with a networking brunch so new Fellows can meet our DC-based contingent.

Date:    Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time:    10 - Noon
Place:   Washington Plaza Hotel, Monroe Ballroom

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Law Confronts Climate Change
Law Confronts Intertwined Threats of Climate Change and Species Extinction

Paying attention to the twinned threats of climate change and species extinction requires ingenuity, cash, and nimble legal mechanisms, writes 2007 Fellow David Takacs.

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Making Alleys a Place for People
Making Alleys a Place for Play 
(Not Old Couches)

After six years of research and community organizing, 2005 Fellow Tori Kjer and her colleagues have won strong support from the community for their Avalon Green Alley Network Plan in Los Angeles, and the renovation of two alleys is scheduled to begin early next year.

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Fish Can't Be Organic?
What?! Fish Can't Be Organic?

Neither wild fish nor farmed fish can be certified organic because no organic standards exist in the U.S. to regulate them. But that may be about to change-for the worse. Why? Read a Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership piece by 1994 Fellow Lisa Bunin of the Center for Food Safety.

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Ayana Johnson
Fostering Community Strategies for Saving the World's Oceans

To conservationist and 2009 Fellow Ayana Johnson, getting coastal communities involved in plans to protect their waters is critical for protecting the planet's oceans. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, she talks about her work in one Caribbean island and how it shows how such a strategy can get results.

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Early Bird Registration for National Adaptation Forum

The National Adaptation Forum, which boasts a number of Switzer Fellows on the Steering Committee (Lara Hansen as Chair!), will be held May 12-14th in St. Louis, MO.  Early bird registration ends on February 28 - don't miss it!
Upcoming Events
Switzer Network Call - Fellows in Environmental Education
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 12:30 pm ET

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Panel Discussion (Washington, DC) - "How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a Warming Planet?", with Kartikeya Singh as moderator
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:50 pm ET
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Switzer Network Call - Fellows in Northern New England
(ME, NH, VT)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:30 pm ET
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Switzer Network Call - Fellows in Environmental Justice
Wednesday, February 11, 2015- 12:30 pm ET
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Switzer Networking Brunch, Washington, DC
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10 a.m. - Noon
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Switzer Webinar:  Open Access Research, with Meredith Niles
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:30 pm ET
 Click here for more information and links to registration

Switzer Network Call - Fellows in Environmental Policy & Law
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:30 pm ET
Professional Conferences
January 27-29, 2015National Council for Science & the Environment National Conference - Energy and Climate Change, Washington, DC

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

February 11-12, 2015Citizen Science Association Conference, San Jose, CA

February 12-16, 2015American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA
Fellows in the News
Andrew Jones (1996) says the impact of the U.S.-China climate pact will be limited.  Read more.

Susan Lund (1993) co-authored an opinion piece in Forbes on the shale revolution.

The San Francisco Fire Department has joined Rachel Morello-Frosch (1995) on a study of breast cancer risks.

Nicole Ardoin (2002) has co-authored a paper in the journal, Society and Natural Resources, on "re-making" Appalachia's polluted waterways.

Peter Vorster (1990) was interviewed for CNN's in-depth look at California's San Joaquin River.

Ayana Johnson's (2009) paper on coral reef fisheries is on a list of influential conservation papers for 2014.

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