Dr. Paul Falkowski & Dr. James J. McCarthy Win The Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement.

Dr. Paul Falkowski & Dr. James J. McCarthy Win The Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement.

The two professors are being commended for their work in understanding and communicating the impact of human activity on Earth's climate.
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The 2018 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement has just been awarded to Paul Falkowski and James J. McCarthy. This prize was first created by John and Alice Tyler who were very concerned for the state of the natural environment. In 1973, Ronald Reagan helped John and Alice developing this award. It has been administered by the University of Southern California since 1981.

During its 45 year history, there have been many people all across various environmental fields that have won because of their amazing research. In 2018, the prize was awarded to these dedicated scientists because of their work in understanding and communicating the impact of human activity on Earth's climate.The fact that two American scientists won this prestigious award speaks volumes.

Dr. Falkowski is currently a respected professor in the Marine and Coastal Sciences and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. He primarily focuses on phytoplankton, coral, and the production of aquatic organisms. Early on, he worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratory as a staff scientist. There he developed the field of environmental biophysics.

Back in the 1970s Falkowski was actually one of the first scientists to figure out how phytoplankton communities change and impact global climate. Through his forty-two year long career, he has published over three hundred papers, edited and authored six books, and advised over one hundred graduate students.

Dr. McCarthy is a dignified Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University. He mostly focuses on the nitrogen cycle and he has generated new information about the effects of climate on biological systems. In his forty-seven year career, Dr. McCarthy has been both an author and reviewer to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, co-chair at their 2001 assessment and also was a lead author of the 2004 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. Dr. McCarthy is also the former President of the American Association For the Advancement of Science.

Both professors have taken their students on sea voyages. Dr. Falkowski has been on over forty-five cruise expeditions over the years with regions including Antarctica and the Black Sea. While Dr. McCarthy was at sea with his students they helped generate new insights on how climate affects the production of climate and the marine organisms that consume plankton.

Dr. Falkowski and Dr. McCarthy will both officially be presented their awards at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 3rd, 2018. Congratulations!

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10 Reasons Teachers Should Be Proud Of Their Job

This is how to respond to that question "Why Would You Want to Be a Teacher?"
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Any Education major could tell you that we are faced with degrading comments on a daily basis, comments such as “Wow I’m jealous your classes must be so easy,” “So you’re basically going to be a babysitter?” “But you’re so smart..,” and the typical “so you’re okay with being poor?”

Although the people making these arrogant comments mean absolutely no harm, It doesn’t make the comments any less annoying or just plain rude. I’m tired of defending my career choice, so instead of being on the defensive I’ll share all of the amazing reasons why I want to be a teacher.

  1. I can think of few other positions that allow you the opportunity to make a difference in the world on such a daily basis.
  2. Children are the future, as simple as that. Teachers can positively affect the future by inspiring children and fostering their intelligence and individual traits.
  3. I enjoy being with kids; I’m good at working with kids, and I learn a lot from kids.
  4. Being surrounded by children all day will grant me the gift of never taking myself too seriously, and will allow me to forever be a kid at heart!
  5. Multiple teachers have told me that it is awe-inspiring to witness a student’s “light-bulb moments”, the moments when they finally understand a lesson or concept.
  6. There will never be a dull moment, and every day will bring its own triumphs and failures.
  7. The humor: I work at a school Aftercare and everyday I leave with multiple stories of the hilarious things that happened that day.
  8. When I have my own family one day, I will be able to have a job and also have time with my kids.
  9. Being a teacher will allow me to further develop my virtues, such as patience and kindness.
  10. Teachers give back to the community on a daily basis.

Finally, in order to address the predictable “but you will be so poor” comment, I’ll borrow a line from the teacher Taylor Mali who, in answer to the question “what do you make?” responded, “I make a difference. What do you make?”

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10 things no one tells you about taking an Online class

Online or on campus, school is still school.

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While school has been out for most people, it isn't for me. This summer I decided to take a couple of classes. Both of which involved class online. My first class was a hybrid class, meaning it was half in person and half online, and my second class is entirely online. I expected class online to be like the busy practice work we get from the access codes in our textbooks, and boy was a wrong.

So let me tell you what no one tell you about taking an online class.

1. You constantly have to check in with your professor and classmates.

While you don't see them in person, you are constantly writing and replying to discussion board posts.

2. It's so much harder to focus on the material.

Trying to focus on your laptop, or tablet screen without checking your social media or going online shopping, is almost impossible. The temptation to switch open another tab and go off topic is crazy.

3. There's no slowing down, everything has a set deadline.

Typically, in an traditional in-person class, if the class isn't understanding something the professor can move deadlines for assignments, but online everything is set in stone.

4. You need great time management skills.

Don't get me wrong, I have pretty great time management skills between all my classes and working full-time, but online classes come with a lot more work, considering you aren't constricted by classroom time, traffic, weather and campus problems.

5. There's so much more class work.

On top of having to reading 20 chapters, you have questions in every section of every chapter that you need to answer, end of chapter questions, videos that you need to watch, homework assignments, vocabulary, test/quizzes/exams, and papers. Mind you the tests/quizzes/exam and papers are after every single chapter. I don't know about you but in my classes that actually meet in person, I have never had to answer any questions at the end of each section or chapter, and my tests/quizzes/exams where grouped into multiple chapters, not after every single chapter.

6. You still need to take notes.

Some assignments don't allow you to stop and look for the answer and you can't open another tab and Google the answer and scroll forever because you're being timed on the assignment. Writing notes down will help you remember the information.

7. If you learn hands on, you're going to have a harder time.

If you're a hands on learner, an online class might not be for you. There's nothing hands on about sitting in front of a computer screen.

8. You still have to study.

Like I said before, when you're doing an assignment and you can't stop and you're being timed, it helps to have studied the information before hand.

9. Technology can be a major problem.

Websites crash and run super slow sometimes and there's nothing that we can do about it. You just have to work through it and be patient. So don't do your work last minute, you never know when the website will be down!!

10. You are 100% responsible for everything.

While yes you are responsible for most of your traditional classes, you still have the professor to lecture and teach, but online you're teaching yourself everything.

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