July 2016


Introducing the 2016 Fellows!

Twenty new Fellows have joined the Switzer Network, and we are excited to introduce them to you!  With the 2016 class of Fellows, we now have nearly 600 Fellows around the world!  Our new Fellows come from 16 different schools and are pursuing an impressive variety of fields and topics.  Alumni, please come to a fall retreat and help us welcome them!  (See below for fall retreat dates.)

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Alumni Calls to Action

We need a few good Fellows!  Specifically:

For coaching:  With 30 years of Fellows in our Network, we are fortunate to have a wealth of experience in our midst.  We'd like to put that experience to one of its highest and best uses - coaching a new Fellow.  If you're interested, please contact Erin for more information.

To welcome the 2016 Fellows:  Let's continue to build on the great energy we generated over the past year at the 30th anniversary events!  Alumni in the Bay Area or New England, please mark your calendars for the fall retreats!  Some travel assistance may be available.
  • New England Fall Retreat:  Sept. 16-18th, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
  • California Fall Retreat:  Sept. 30 - Oct. 2nd, NatureBridge, Sausalito, CA
We will once again partner with Rockwood Leadership Institute to offer a one-day intensive leadership training on Saturday of each retreat, but this year we are adding new components to the agenda!  If you've taken the training before, don't let this stop you from attending.  This year's training will complement what you may have taken earlier.  More information on the retreat agendas will be going out soon!

Upcoming Conferences

If you're attending any of the following upcoming conferences, please let Erin know!  We'll try to get Fellows together while you're there.

Photo: Jimmy Smith/Flickr

Leadership Exchange Posting

Our colleagues at the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in Nevada City, CA, have posted a position on our Leadership Exchange.  The Exchange is where organizations can share their interest in working with a Switzer Fellow to create a Leadership Grant proposal.  SYRCL is looking for a River Policy and Communications Manager. 

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Thinking About Your Communications Goals and Objectives

This interview with John Besley and Anthony Dudo, from our colleagues at COMPASS, looks at their academic research on how scientists prioritize their communications objectives for public engagement. 

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Photo:  Frank Vassen/Flickr

The Real Threat to Europe's Last Primeval Forest:  Bark Beetles or Undemocratic Politicans?

Fellow Eunice Blavascunas pleads on behalf of the  threatened Bialowieza Forest in Poland, which is both a national treasure and a global gem of biodiversity.

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Photo:  klem@s/Flickr
Climate Scientists Should Make Their Voices Heard

Fellow Sarah Myhre argues scientists must challenge themselves, their colleagues, and their institutions to truly rise to the challenge of leading the planet in the 21st century.

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Photo:  Greenpeace Int'l/Flickr
Adapting to Climate Change in Cities May Require a Major Re-Think

Fellow Linda Shi says there are winners and losers in urban climate adaptation projects, but outlines four areas of research to shed light on the equity impacts of urban adaptation efforts and uneven planning processes.

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Daniel Swain:  Watching the Weather

Fellow Daniel Swain's research focuses on the causes of persistent patterns in the atmosphere - like the ones that cause drought or exceptional rain in California - and how climate change might be affecting them.  In his spare time, the 25-year old Marin native runs the California Weather Blog, a must-read for weather nerds where he comments on statewide weather patterns and their big-picture causes.

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Robert Heilmayr:  Market-based Conservation Programs Slow Deforestation in Chile

A new study of market-based forest conservation schemes in Chile provides rare insight into the effectiveness of this relatively new approach to preventing deforestation.  The schemes, known as non-state, market-driven (NSMD) governance regimes reduced deforestation on participating properties by between 2 and 23 percent, conclude Switzer Fellow Robert Heilmayr and his colleague Eric Lambin.

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Alexander Eaton:  Mexican Farmers Are Turning Cow Pies into Proverbial Gold

Like rainwater harvesters and solar panels, biodigesters generate power by reinvesting natural resources back into their own ecosystems.  Because of their potential to reduce both wastes and operating costs, it seems like every family farm should have one on hand.  Fellow Alexander Eaton's company, Sistema Biobolsa, is working to create a base of users that leads to a tipping point.

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Upcoming Events
New Fellows Orientation Webinars (choose one)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET;

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET;

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET; or

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 12:30 pm ET

This webinar will introduce the 2016 Fellows (and any alumni who want a refresher!) to the Switzer Foundation's website and social media channels and how to keep profiles up to date and connect with other Fellows using these tools.

Contact Lauren for more information.

New England Fall Fellows Retreat

Friday, September 16th - Sunday, September 18th

Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

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California Fall Fellows Retreat

Friday, September 30th - Sunday, October 2nd

NatureBridge at the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA

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Just a reminder that we will resume our regular Fellows' networking calls in the fall, after staff summer vacations and Lauren Hertel's planned maternity leave.  Please let Lauren know if you have any ideas for a networking call!

Fellows in the News
Brad Keitt was quoted in National Geographic on how 80 rats exploded into 100,000 by avoiding poison on an island in the South Pacific.

Sarah Vogel is part of a pilot program for the Environmental Defense Fund to track your everyday exposure to chemicals using silicone wristbands.

Daniel Mountjoy is this year's recipient of the Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award at UC Davis.

Will Yandik's bid for Congress in New York's 19th Congressional District was featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Jefferson Hall co-authored a report on how the world's largest primate is being wiped out by war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Amy Luers shared her story of combatting climate change at Harvard's Kennedy School on a panel celebrating women's leadership in the environmental movement.

Megan Kelso was named a 2016 Delta Science Fellow by California Sea Grant.

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