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.

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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11 Things Only People With Texting Anxiety Will Understand

Did I respond too quickly? Ugh, auto-correct! Why is he taking so long to respond?

Some lucky humans were blessed with the social confidence that others can only dream of. These divine individuals can text anyone--their crush, friend, boss, ex, you name it--without feeling nervous. How do these demigods face those three evil dots which signal an incoming response with such blatant disinterest? It's as if they know the response will be in their favor! Either that or they are so utterly courageous that even the possibility of rejection fails to strike fear into their hearts. Whatever magic these bold humans use, not everyone is as lucky. Here are some things that those without texting anxiety just won't understand:

1. Over analyzing punctuation and phrasing.

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I hear Ye Old Cafe has an awesome lunch menu!

2. Predicting a rejection and assuming the worst.

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Great, he hates me! He thinks I'm a total weirdo and is probably mocking my very existence right now.

3. Auto-correct embarrassment.

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Don't seem too eager... PLEASE LOVE ME! Dang, I think that was too eager...

4. Those three little dots of dread.

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Wow, your response time is impeccable... NOT! Just say what you need to say!

5. Assuming the worst when someone doesn't respond.

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She has probably been attacked by zombies...and I was too slow to save her. Oh god! What if she's still being attacked? What do I do?

6. Feeling like a bother when you text first.

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Hey! Oh dang, I'm probably annoying her...I take it back!

7. Trying to decipher the exact meaning of excess letters.

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"Funnyyy!" OK, three y's, that means he thinks I'm actually funny? No, he's definitely mocking me.

8. Deciding on a context appropriate emoji.

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OK, to use the eggplant emoji or to not use the eggplant emoji...

9. Immediately regretting a text and wishing there was a way to undo it.

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"LOL, you're sooooooo funny :)" OH GOD NO, that sounded way too eager! ABORT MISSION!

10. Wondering what you did wrong when someone is online but ignores your text.

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Great, that status was probably about me...she could at least say it to my face!

11. The fear of misinterpreting a text.

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He didn't use a smiley face...that means he's mad at me! Or is he just busy? Or maybe he just didn't see it...should I send it again?

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Stay Away From These Sketchy Businesses That Want You To Promote Them On Social Media: Part 2

In Part 2, we discuss the basic levels of companies that are designated as pyramid schemes


In part one, we discussed understanding the basics of pyramid schemes and why they may seem appealing for people to join. Many companies that you may have already heard of and thought were reputable companies actually may be one that is participating in this marketing style. Now, technically the "business" word for a pyramid scheme is "multi-level marketing" and is something that someone that sells for these companies will recite till they're blue in the face if you ever tell them what they are actually participating in.

Now, in saying that, if someone that you know is participating in one of these pyramid schemes, talk to them. They honestly may not even know what they are contributing too - because the advertising for these companies is sneaky - and can sound appealing to people who do not have a whole lot of time on their hands.

It Works is a multi-level marking company that focuses on the weight loss market. The company sells things such as keto coffee, weight loss pills, tummy wraps, and protein shakes. These products appeal to women (and possibly men) that want to lose weight but do not want (or do not have time) to go to the gym or participate in any type of normal weight loss. They usually advertise that their products help you lose weight fast and advertise that their products will help you live a healthier and longer life.

These products are targeted to sell to the same women that want to help sell the products - women that live a busy life and are short on time. For the women buying the products, they are busy with work or having a family, or going to school, and do not have time to focus on eating right or spend time in the gym. For the women selling the products, they are busy with the same thing and are wanting a way to make money fast and with little to minimal effort - which no one can fault them for.

Mary Kay and LuLaRoe are companies that also focused on selling makeup and clothing products, respectively, to women that are busy in their daily lives and want something that is easy to buy and can make them feel good about themselves. Mary Kay focuses on selling makeup and hosting events in order to target new recruits as well as possibly have them purchase some of their products. LuLaRoe focuses on selling leggings and hosting marketing events. In order to become a LuLaRoe consultant (which is want the multi-level marketing companies to call their "resellers"), you have to pay upwards of $1,000 and to sell the leggings you've purchased at a high markup in order to show that you should be able to stay with the company.

These companies may seem like they are something that you want to participate in, but it is not fair to you as a worker to have to pay for the products you have to then turn around and sell. If you cannot turn a profit, you're going to be suffering a heavy loss. Why does it seem that these pyramid schemes target women? How can you help out a friend that is stuck in one of these? Find out these things in Part three.

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