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Jul 1, 2017
Fellow Kelly Levin says the process of opposing red and blue teams — the consensus on one side with an equal number of opponents on the other — might work well to encourage new ideas and test the strength of existing ideas but has no place in determining the science of a changing climate.Read more >
Jun 23, 2017
Fellow Sarah Myhre writes on what it means to her to be a trusted public source of information on climate change. She writes "you cannot just be a content expert. You must also be a person. To earn trust in the public eye, you have to disclose your conflicts of interest. You must embrace transparency. You must articulate the limits of your expertise. You must come to see the line separating evidence and your own ideology."Read more >
Jun 14, 2017
We may be past the news cycle that focused on the dramatic but not totally surprising move by President Trump to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement, but as a foundation long committed to environmental leadership, we see the signs of positive climate leadership that have been here all...Read more >
Jun 9, 2017
Fred Emmet Switzer, brother to Robert Switzer and inspirational leader in the early years of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, passed away in March 2017 surrounded by his family of loving daughters. His wife, Shirley, was deceased in the prior year. Fred was a proud 94 at the time of his...Read more >
Jun 2, 2017
California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) received two years of Switzer Leadership Grant support to launch a new staff position for Ildi Carlisle-Cummins as Director of the Cal Ag Roots program. Cal Ag Roots, created by Ildi, aims to put historical roots under current California food and farming movements by telling the stories of California's agricultural development in innovative, useful, and relevant ways.Read more >
May 27, 2017
Fellow Mike Wilson, a former professional firefighter, paramedic and EMT, writes about the updated safety requirements for high-hazard industries-- and says the Republican decision to strike them down and delay updates for two more years is misguided.Read more >
Apr 25, 2017
Fellow Shaye Wolf wrote an op-ed for The Mercury News leading up to the March for Science on why she was marching. She wrote, "Science has intensely personal consequences for our health, our families, and our world, no matter what political party we belong to. We all need it — and now we have to fight for it."Read more >
Apr 24, 2017
We are all aware of the threats to environmental protection and community health, and assaults upon open government and transparent policy processes under the Trump administration. As Switzer Fellows, we had an opportunity on Earth Day 2017 to unite in support of our core belief that science, and...Read more >
Apr 19, 2017
Reducing the complexity of research on ocean ecosystems does not mean dumbing down your science, it means delivering science in a series of short chapters. If you can get the readers hooked, and don’t confuse them, you can tell a complex story. But that takes work and training that many scientists don’t have, writes Fellow Linwood Pendleton.Read more >
Apr 14, 2017
Fellow Ayana Johnson, one of the co-leaders of the March for Science in April 2017, writes in Scientific American that the anti-science stance of the current administration—silencing scientists, removing data from federal websites, proposing drastic funding cuts—hits her core.Read more >

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