April 2019
Next Stop: Boston!
Lissa, on right, with Switzer family members Izzy Martin and Shelly Switzer Campbell
It was wonderful to see our Fellows in DC and San Francisco over the past month!  In DC, we convened with alumni over dinner with spring retreat participants; in San Francisco, we hosted a gathering of local alumni, Switzer family members, trustees and colleagues in honor of Lissa's last trip to California as our Executive Director!  Next stop:  Boston, Friday night, May 10th!  (New England Fellows, consider that the official end of winter hibernation.)

We'll share a link to a Google photo album with party pictures after the Boston event.  

And here's what else happened in DC...

Not only did we have a terrific evening out on the town with our DC-based alumni last month, we also got some work done!  Our policy communications training participants hit the ground running with their new or enhanced policy engagement skills!  Fellows had over 30 meetings with policy makers in the course of this training, including with U.S. Congressional legislative staff, federal agency staff, policy-oriented NGOs, and others.  Fellows reported making important connections in their home regions through contacts in DC, increasing their understanding of the federal budget process and how it impacts their issue area, cultivating new ideas for post-graduation work, learning about the culture of DC, and integrating new information into ongoing research to make it more policy relevant.  Thanks to all of our participants for their hard work, and for their help in creating ideas for next year's training.
Update on 2019 Fellowship Selection

This year we received 233 Fellowship applications for the 20 Fellowships we will award in May.  It is always humbling and inspiring to read the applications, and we have just finished the process of working with reviewers to determine which 50 finalists will be interviewed next month (25 on each coast).  We look forward to announcing the 2019 Switzer Fellows in June!  In the meantime, we will be in touch with Fellows at certain schools in which we saw fewer applications this year (particularly at the masters' level) whom we'd like to enlist as ambassadors. Stay tuned!
Network Event: Green New Deal

Fellow Dylan Harris recently posted to the Switzer Fellows listserv to see what Fellows are doing directly or indirectly on Green New Deal-related policy, implementation, etc. The response was overwhelming, so we have decided to schedule a networking call to explore the topic further.

We hope you will join us on May 22 at 12:30 pm Eastern / 9:30 am Pacific.
Interest in Storytelling training?

The Goodman Center is once again offering a discount to Switzer Fellows interested in taking part in their 4-part webinar-based training called, " Storytelling: Tapping the Power of Narrative." The training takes places over four consecutive weeks, with a one-hour webinar each week.  We can support Fellows' participation in this training through our Professional Development Grant program.

We've worked with Andy Goodman in the past with great results and are excited to offer this again. The next series will take place in July, unless we have more than 15 Fellows interested, in which case we may be able to host a private training scheduled sooner. Please let Erin know if you are interested and we'll see how many folks we get!  

Going to an upcoming conference?

Here's a list of upcoming conferences where we'd be happy to put attending Fellows in touch with each other for a meet-up:
Let Erin know if you're headed to any of these and would be interested in meeting up with other Fellows!
Fellow Collaboration: Organic for All

A new peer-reviewed  study, whose authors included Fellows Asa Bradman and Kendra Klein, compared pesticide levels in the bodies of four families across the country on a non-organic and organic diet. It shows that pesticides in their bodies dropped up to 95% within one week on an organic diet.

The study found pesticides associated with cancers, autism, learning disabilities, infertility, Parkinson's, hormone disruption and more in every participant.

Read more and watch a video on the results
Janelle Heslop: Leading to Green

Janelle Heslop is no shrinking violet. She found a voice for herself and the environment when she was in middle school, volunteering as a junior docent for the Hudson River Museum.

Today, Heslop is honing her passion into skills in business and engineering through her second and final year of MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program. The program provides two degrees: an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an SM from the School of Engineering, giving Heslop the foundation to pursue her dream of transforming businesses around their environmental impact. "You can make fun and interesting products that also take good care of our natural resources," she says.

Read more
Upcoming Events
4th National Adaptation Forum
April 23 - 25, 2019
Madison, WI
For more information

2019 Switzer Fellowship Interviews - California
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Center for Biological Diversity, Oakland, CA

Switzer Fellows Network Call: Follow-up to National Adaptation Forum
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:30 pm ET

Alumni Reception & Farewell Gathering for Lissa
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6 - 9 pm ET
Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro, 129 South Street, Boston

2019 Switzer Fellowship Interviews - New England
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Health Effects Institute, Boston, MA

Switzer Fellows Network Call:  The Green New Deal
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:30 pm ET
For more information and to RSVP
Fellows in the News
Asa Bradman was honored by The Organic Center and Fellow Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center, for his important work on the impacts of pesticides on the health of pregnant women and children in agricultural communities.

Keith Parker's work using cutting-edge technology to identify differences in lamprey DNA, and the resulting scientific paper, were  featured in Yurok Today.

Dave Wiley, Research Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and an expert on seabirds and endangered whales, has been  named the 2019 recipient of Mass Audubon's Hemenway + Hall Wildlife Conservation Award.

Current Fellows David Gonzalez and Teniope Adewumi-Gunn were inducted into UCLA's Bouchet Graduate Honor Society this year.

Apologies for any news items sent to Lauren but not included in this issue. Lauren was on family medical leave for much of February and March and is just catching up now. If you have news items, please email them to her for inclusion next month!
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