June 2016
An Intimate Gathering of 100
L-R: Trustees Jessica Switzer, Joe Aldy, Margaret Rubega
A heartfelt thanks to all of our Fellows, trustees, Switzer family members, and close colleagues for 30 years of amazing work which gave us so much to celebrate this past year!  Our year of 30th anniversary celebrations culminated in a fantastic reception on May 13th in San Francisco at the St. Francis Yacht Club where nearly 100 attendees were treated to spectacular views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, delicious food and drink, and outstanding company.  This event was also a fitting tribute to our friend, trusted colleague, and Switzer Foundation Trustee for the past nine years, Margaret Rubega, whose Trustee term ends this month.  After being back in Maine for at least several days, Lissa then headed to New York to join Fellows for a more casual dinner gathering on the east coast.  Thanks to everyone who joined us at our various events, and here's to seeing more of you all in the coming years!
The 2016 Fellows Are Here!

We are thrilled to announce that the 2016 Fellows have been selected (ten on each coast) and we will be posting their profiles and an announcement on our website shortly!  Stay tuned for details on our newest cohort of Fellows who bring the total number of Switzer Fellows around the world to nearly 600.  If that's not reason to celebrate, we don't know what is!

Wanted:  Alumni Coaches!

Every year, applicants for the Fellowship extol the virtues of the Switzer Network as a driving force in their desire to become a Fellow.  Part of the reason for this is the generosity of spirit from our alumni who, every year, give time and energy to coach, advise or mentor a new Fellow.  This past year, Fellows received coaching on career choices, research questions, and balancing work and family life.  We're looking for alumni volunteers who might wish to act as a coach, sounding board or mentor for a 2016 Fellow.  If you have any interest in being available as a coach or mentor to a new Fellow, please contact Erin.
Network Innovation Grant Awarded

SkyTruth, a West Virginia-based nonprofit organization working with Switzer Fellows Evan Hansen and Lara Cushing, has been awarded a $40,000 Switzer Network Innovation Grant to analyze the increased footprint of fracking on the West Virginia landscape.  This analysis will document the chemical risks and exposures to at-risk communities and sites, and will provide the information to policy makers, advocates and affected communities.

Leadership Grant Awarded

Audubon South Carolina is the recipient of a $40,000 Leadership Grant to hire 2014 Fellow Heather Hulton VanTassel in a new staff position.  Heather will lead the new Bird Friendly Communities program, providing critical scientific, outreach and educational capacity to plan and implement the program, and to lead strategic partnerships with other conservation organizations, native plants retailers, and corporate partners.

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Anyone Attending SCB conference in July?

If any Fellows are attending the upcoming Society for Conservation Biology North America Congress in Madison, WI, July 17-20th, please let Erin know.  There are a number of Fellows who attend this conference and we'd love to get you all together if we can. 
Going Public:  What Do We Know About Our Investment in Science Communication?

From our training partners at COMPASS comes this post that says if we want more scientists engaging, and we want quality engagement, isn't it time we invested in it?

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Kendra Klein: Celebrating Women in the Environmental Movement

Friends of the Earth celebrated Women's History Month by recognizing the contributions and careers of several women on Friends of the Earth's staff, including Fellow Kendra Klein.

Photo: BLM/Flickr
To Help Slow Climate Change, Preserve Desert Habitats

Fellow Dustin Mulvaney says the designation of Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains, and Sand to Snow National Monuments in the California desert is an important mechanism for the United States to help fulfill its promise as a global leader on climate change.

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Physicians Should Talk Frankly About The Risks of Chemical Exposures

Fellow Rachel Morello-Frosch believes, despite the uncertainties, doctors and other clinicians can offer women very useful advice on the best ways to reduce potentially toxic chemical exposures.

Photo: Theen Moy/Flickr
No Safe Level:  Old Pipes and Paint Threaten the Health of America's Children

According to Sarah Vogel, despite decades of decline in the levels of lead in the blood of American children, we still have a lead problem in this country.

Photo: Urban Land Institute/Flickr
Adaptation Starts Here

Fellow Mike Antos and his colleagues say that subnational governments - cities, counties and states in the U.S. and around the world - have an essential role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing integrative approaches to adaptation.

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Pew Fellowship Funds Jennifer O'Leary's Study of the Indian Ocean

Jennifer O'Leary recently received a prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation and is freshly back on California's Central Coast from management and conservation work she has been doing in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean which was partially supported by a Switzer Leadership Grant.

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Upcoming Events
We are currently preparing our schedule of networking calls for the fall and winter.  Please note, there will be no networking calls scheduled August through October due to staff vacations and our Communications Manager and networking call facilitator, Lauren Hertel's, maternity leave during a portion of that time.  Please let Erin or Lauren know if you have any ideas for fall or winter networking calls!

Switzer Fellows Networking Call:  Renewables and Clean Energy
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

For more information

New England Fall Fellows' Retreat
Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18, 2016
Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
(Save the date!  Agenda will be posted soon.)

California Fall Fellows' Retreat
Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 1, 2016
NatureBridge at Golden Gate, Sausalito, CA
(Save the date!  Agenda will be posted soon.)

See our website for our full Calendar of Events.
Fellows in the News
Thor Hansen, author of Feathers, has published a children's book about a young crow trying to figure out who and what he is.  Bartholomew Quill is available now at your favorite bookseller.

Joe Hoyt's research on white-nose syndrome in bats has received international coverage.

Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan, has published a new comprehensive history of America's lighthouses.  Brilliant Beacons is now available at your favorite bookseller.

Andrew Cohen has written the first assessment of Arctic-wide risk of marine bioinvasions.

Erika Zavaleta edited a new book on the Ecosystems of California, which is now available at booksellers nationwide.

Kartikeya Singh wrote for  CleanTechnica about the rapid growth of off-grid solar technologies in India.

Angel Hsu has been named a member of a new WWF initiative on sustainable food production.
A vibrant community of environmental leaders

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