January 2016
Happy New Year!
Photo: Rene Rivers/Flickr
Greetings, Fellows!  We hope all of you had a peaceful, healthy, fun holiday season!  We welcome 2016 and all that it has in store for us as we continue supporting the terrific work our Fellows are doing.  

In this ENewsline, we are focusing on our 30th anniversary events, as well as a couple of calls to action.  In particular, for those of you who live in the DC area or who may be traveling there in March, please note registration is now open for our celebratory reception and dinner on Saturday evening, March 12th!  Please join us to welcome the 2015 Fellows as they arrive for their spring retreat training, and take this opportunity to hear from Fellow Jason Grumet, President and Founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC.  Similarly, for those of you in Boston and surrounding areas, we are now accepting RSVPs for the reception and keynote with Terry Tempest Williams at the New England Aquarium on March 25th.  It's an exciting line-up of events this spring and we look forward to seeing many of you in the coming months.  
Register Now for DC Reception, Keynote and Dinner

Join Switzer Fellows, family, staff and trustees for a celebratory reception and dinner to kick off the spring retreat training for 2015 Fellows!   We're thrilled to have 1993 Fellow Jason Grumet, Founder and President of the Bipartisan Policy Center, an active think tank in DC, as our keynote speaker.  Come and welcome the new Fellows, and re-connect with Foundation staff and each other!
  • Date:  Saturday evening, March 12, 2016
  • Time:  6 - 9 pm
  • Location:  Urbana, Hotel Palomar, 2121 P Street NW, Washington, DC
  • Please register by Monday, February 8th!

Terry Tempest Williams, photo by Louis Gakumba
Register Now for Boston Reception with Keynote Speaker Terry Tempest Williams!
  • Date:  Friday evening, March 25, 2016
  • Time:  6 - 9 pm
  • Location:  Harborview Cafe at the New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
  • Registration deadline:  March 14, 2016
New England Fellows (or those who will be in the area at this time), please join Switzer staff, Fellows, Trustees and family for a reception and keynote address by author and environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams!  An added bonus (as if we needed one!) is special admission to a couple of the Aquarium exhibits.

Workshop:  Race, Power and Privilege in Environmental Leadership (Boston)
  • Date:  Friday, March 25, 2016
  • Time:  8:30 am - 5 pm
  • Location:  The Nonprofit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA
  • Registration deadline:  March 14, 2016
This workshop, led by colleagues from VISIONS, Inc., was offered at the California Fall Retreat and this is a re-schedule from the New England Fall Retreat.  As Switzer Fellows, we work across a range of issues and we are of many racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gendered groups.  How can we, as a community and as individuals, learn to be active participants in the groundswell of attention to the racial divides in our world with cultural humility, compassion and openness?  The calling to build deeper racial awareness and understanding is a critical leadership capacity to which we invite all Fellows to commit.  (We will proceed to the reception immediately after the conclusion of the workshop.)

Looking for 2016 Fellowship Interviewers

As you all read this, we are combing through the 2016 Fellowship applications!  Before we know it, it will be time to interview the finalists in May.  If you'd be interested in being considered as an interviewer this year, please contact Erin.

We could also use some suggestions for outside colleagues whom you think would be good candidates for interviewers.  Anyone you know who would benefit from knowing us, or who would potentially be good for us to have as a resource for our Fellows, please let Erin know.  Ideally it would be someone whom you know well enough to provide an email introduction.  

Thanks, in advance!
Evan Hansen
Hansen Runs for State-Level Office in West Virginia 

We are thrilled to pass on the news that Fellow Evan Hansen, President of Downstream Strategies in Morgantown, West Virginia, has officially announced his candidacy for West Virginia's House of Delegates!  As would be expected from a Switzer Fellow, Evan looks forward to bringing to the House of Delegates a perspective that's based on science, data and policy analysis.  (Applause!)

Evan is looking for support from the Switzer Network in two ways:
  1. He'd appreciate any advice or feedback from Fellows who have run for elected office, especially at the state level; and
  2. Especially for Fellows with connections in or to WV, some social media noise would be much appreciated!  (We can all do it, but especially Fellows with some connection to his region.)
Evan's email address and contact information are available on his Switzer profile.  
You can like the campaign on Facebook, or follow it on Twitter.
30th Anniversary Events, Continued

In addition to the DC and Boston events above, we look forward to seeing Fellows in several other Switzer Fellow "hubs" as follows.  If you live outside of these regions and would be interested in coordinating an informal 30th anniversary get-together with other Fellows in your area, please contact Lissa!  

Scheduled events:
Upcoming Events
Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Fellows in New England
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET
For more information

Switzer Foundation-sponsored workshop at Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 4:30 pm PT
Nevada City, CA

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Environmental Justice
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Fellows in Southern California
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:30 am PT

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Inexpensive Air Pollution Sensors and Citizen Science
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Invasive Plants
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Water Resources
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

30th Anniversary Reception and Dinner with Jason Grumet, Keynote Speaker
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 6 - 9 pm ET
Urbana, Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC

Switzer Fellows Spring Retreat Training
Sunday, March 13 - Monday, March 14, 2016
Hotel Palomar, Washington, DC

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Africa
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Engineering, Chemistry & Toxicology
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

Switzer Fellows Workshop:  Race, Power and Privilege in Environmental Leadership
Friday, March 25, 2016 - all day
The Nonprofit Center, Boston, MA

30th Anniversary Reception and Keynote Address by Terry Tempest Williams
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 6 - 9 pm
Harborview Cafe at the Boston Aquarium, Boston, MA
Fellows in the News
AnneMarie Eldering, project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, spoke at a recent media teleconference on how NASA is targeting the 'other half' of the carbon and climate change equation.

Priya Ganguli
, post-doc scientist at UC Irvine, is looking at biological mercury hotspots under her National Science Foundation post-doc position.

Chris Bacon
, Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University, received a multi-year National Science Foundation grant to study food and water security in Nicaragua.

Evan Hansen
, President of Downstream Strategies, was quoted on Hillary Clinton's plan to save coal communities.

Daniel Mountjoy, Director of Resource Stewardship at Sustainable Conservation, was quoted in Grist on how California could get smarter about droughts and flooding.

See all of our Fellows' news on our website!
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