December 2018
Looking for a way to give back?  Consider interviewing!
Fellows, we'd like to tap into the amazing ranks of the Switzer Network to help us select the 2019 Switzer Fellows!  Erin is seeking volunteers to be interviewers in May and would love to hear from any of you who might be interested!  We will collect names and then select interview teams based on various factors including work sector, topic, life experience, and career stage.  We're also interested in ideas for non-Switzer colleagues whom you think would like to know more about us, and who might benefit from the experience.  Fellows or colleagues of color are urged to consider joining us.  Interview dates:

California:  Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Interviews to take place at the Center for Biological Diversity, 1212 Broadway, Oakland

New England:  Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Interviews to take place at the Health Effects Institute, 75 Federal Street, Boston

Contact Erin if you're interested, and thanks in advance!
Switzer Network Innovation Grant awarded

Two Fellows, Ryan Carle and Margaret Rubega, were awarded a $10,000 Switzer Network Innovation Grant in November.  The grant, to Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, will fund the planning and convening of a core group of researchers to study the population health of two species of migratory birds (Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes) whose numbers are in decline.  This project will inform near-term policy decisions at Mono Lake, and may inform longer term conservation status of the two species.

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DC-area Fellows, save the date!

Fellows in DC and the mid-Atlantic, we are coming to town for our annual spring retreat Policy Communications training in March!  We hope you'll join us for dinner with the 2018 Fellows on Sunday, March 10th in DC.  Added bonus:  Lissa will be there, and it will be her last trip to DC as the Executive Director of the Switzer Foundation since she is planning her departure later in the spring.  It'll be a great chance to say farewell in person!  

We will announce location and exact time soon.  For now, please save the date!  Contact Erin with any questions or for more information.
Fellows in Austin, TX, at a recent get-together (C. Bracer, M. Solis, D. Kramer)
Attending a national conference?   Let us know!

If anyone will be attending any of these upcoming conferences (or any other large regional- or national-level conference), let Erin know and we'll see if we can get Fellows together.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 10-14, 2018 - Washington, DC (There is a Fellows' gathering planned for this one!  If you are attending and haven't yet let us know, contact Fellow  Kate Voss for details.)

New Partners for Smart Growth, February 1-3, 2019, San Francisco, CA.

Amber Pairis
Thanks for the great updates - keep them coming!

After our reminder in last month's E-News that we want to hear about your successes, both large and small, we heard from a record number of Fellows.

Chuck Striplen let us know about an op-ed he published in Bay Nature about how Native ecological practices could help with California's fire management.  Helene Margolis let us know she authored part of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Both Nicole Gross-Camp and Amber Pairis let us know about new grants they received to further their work.  (See below for more details about these and other stories!)

Thank you to everyone who sent updates, and we hope to hear from the rest of you soon!  Just a reminder, we track everything from local presentations to national and international news coverage.  We want to know about your publications, promotions, and your projects.  Send it all to Lauren Hertel, Communications Manager.  Take a moment, too, to check your profile on our website to make sure we aren't missing anything!
Photo: Daniel R. Blume/Flickr
Is media coverage of your work changing?

We have noticed some shifting patterns in how often our Fellows' work is covered in the media.  Over the past few years we've received fewer and fewer web alerts (automatic notifications when one of you appears in a news publication or website) and even fewer emails from Fellows themselves regarding media coverage.

At first we thought there was something wrong with our web alerts, but we've ruled that out.  That leaves us with the conclusion that there is just less coverage of your accomplishments, which is a troubling thought for us, since our mission includes spreading the news about your work.

So we would like your help.  Have you noticed a change in how, and how often, your work is covered by the media?  If so, what factors do you think are at work?

Please email Lauren ( with your comments and insights.
Photo: Tak/Flickr
Cracks in the future of the Antarctic

The future of the Antarctic ecosystem depends on the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) rising swiftly to the challenge of climate change.  If they do, writes Cassandra Brooks, Antarctica will continue to be a beacon of international diplomacy, scientific collaborations, peaceful cooperation, and thriving ecosystems.

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Photo: Bureau of Land Management/Flickr
Solving the West's wildfire problem means solving human problems

There's room for Native ecological practices in California's fire management - but we have work to do first, writes Chuck Striplen.

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Photo: Marjon Kruik/Flickr
We can't save the climate without also saving the trees

Scientists and environmental advocates are beginning to pay more attention to another area that is critical to protecting the climate:  forests and other natural ecosystems, writes John J. Berger.

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Upcoming Events
Switzer Fellows Network Call:  Self-employment and Consulting - The Nuts and Bolts of Independent Work
Wednesday, December, 12, 2018 - 12:30 pm ET
For more information

2019 Switzer Fellowship Application Deadline
Monday, January 7, 2019
For more information

Spring 2019 Leadership Grant Program Deadlines
February 1, 2019:  Concept letters due (after conversation with staff)
March 1, 2019:  Invited proposals due

Spring Retreat Policy Communications Training
Saturday, March 9 - Monday, March 11, 2019
Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, DC
For more information

Switzer Fellows Alumni Dinner, Washington, DC
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 6:30 pm
We will announce the location shortly!
Fellows in the News
Evan Hansen won a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates!

Nicole Gross-Camp received a grant to help with a sustainable community-based forestry project in Africa.

The Climate Science Alliance, founded and led by Amber Pairis with help from a Switzer Leadership Grant, was awarded a large grant for a climate change resilience project.

Sascha von Meier was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to research methods to augment and advance cognitive performance of control room operators for power grid resiliency.

Helene Margolis was the lead author of part of the Southwest Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

Sarah Smith was quoted in an Associated Press article about a Denver EPA hearing on rules for methane pollution.
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