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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How To Piss Off Your Cashier In 6 Easy Steps

Many of these apply for servers too. Retail and restaurant life is not easy.

Similarly to being in the restaurant industry, as a cashier, you may experience the same kind of rudeness where you work. Since I've worked in both, I know the luxury of having rude customers. However, I do not think they all know they're being annoying.

So, here are some tips how to not come off as rude to your next cashier.

1. Talking on the phone while checking out your items.

It's not that bad if you put the phone down and say, "Oh, excuse me one second" to the person you're on the phone with. I'm sure they'll understand. It's really bad when someone is on the phone and doesn't even acknowledge the nice customer service greeting you say to everyone. Please respond next time someone asks, "how are you doing?" because if not, it comes off as stuck-up.

2. Forgetting an item behind or your credit card in the car while it's busy.

I've gone back to get an item after all of my items are on the belt or desk, but only when it's not busy. You end up holding up the whole line and it looks like it's the cashiers' fault, but really, someone else doesn't have their stuff ready to go.

3. Not speaking to us at all.

We all have those days where we do not want to talk to anyone, but please be polite. This kind of goes along with the first one with talking on your phone, but always respond when your cashier says "hello" or "how are you doing?" to you.

4. Customers getting angry when you cannot sell them cigarettes or alcohol.

This may be the worst of them all. When someone forgets their ID or think they're too old to carry around an ID, maybe you should think twice about it. Technically, each company has a policy with who they have to card. Some stores or restaurants card everyone, even if they're 80. Others have policies, such as, if you look over 40 then it's OK.

Either way, be prepared or don't get your alcohol. It's that simple. Plus, if you're with a friend that's not 21, don't always expect to get alcohol, because that's not how it works at some stores. Oh, and if you try to convince a cashier, you're being even more of an a**hole. It's not worth losing a job over one person.

5. Customers getting mad when certain coupons won't scan or certain discounts don't go through as you 'thought.'

They get mad at the cashiers for this issue, but most of the time you cannot use the coupon because the person is not reading it correctly. In fine, big print, it will say "buy three, and get one free" and people still will ask why it will not work when you only bought two, for example. I wish I could give free items to everyone, but sadly, that's not how this works.

6. Talking to only your friends.

This may not come off as rude, but cashiers are humans too. Greet them. Make them feel like they exist.

Lastly, I'll just say it nice and simple, be a decent human being and try to understand certain circumstances. Most of the time, it's not the cashiers' fault (and same goes for servers).

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Let's Talk About The Business World's Ridiculous Standards Of Appearance

Just because someone doesn't shop at J. Crew or Express before showing up to the interview does not mean that they don't deserve the job.

Instead of hearing encouraging things and being told that we can accomplish anything in life because of our talents, ambition, professional and life experience, and personality, we college students are cautioned that the wrong wardrobe can make or break our chances of securing a job. We are told that a poor first impression can screw you over for a lifetime.

I legitimately sat through a 45-minute lecture about professional clothing choices last semester, complete with photos and shameful comments detailing students' poor clothing choices at job fairs.


Are you telling me that my physical appearance—i.e., how my body looks in someone else's eyes—holds more weight in life than my inner character?

Than my professional experience?

Than my college degree?

Than my relevant skills?

Than my creativity?

Than my social skills and ability to communicate?

Are you telling me that you would actually turn me down if I did not meet your standards of appearance? That you would completely disregard my potential because of the way my body looks to you?


As college students, we shell out hundreds of dollars for "interview appropriate" clothing every year. We spend hours scrutinizing our hair, skin, and nails in preparation for our first day of work at a new job or internship.

The sad thing is, I bet we would be better employees overall if we spent more time ironing our character than we do ironing our work pants.

Growing up, I always hoped that the right people would accept me for who I truly was. I never imagined that I would one day be scrutinized for my outside appearance.

I never imagined that I would be cautioned against tattooing my skin in a "visible" region of the body. Cautioned against dyeing my hair in a "crazy" hue, such as pink or blue or green. Cautioned against wearing ripped jeans—as if distorted or frayed denim is the enemy of the business world or something.

Personally, I think it is very immature to determine someone's salary, employment potential, or importance in the world based on physical characteristics, including clothing and body appearance. Just because someone doesn't shop at J. Crew or Express before sliding into the interview room does not mean that they don't deserve the job.

That is completely ludicrous.

Seriously, how shallow can it get?

Simply put, you should be ashamed of yourself if you can't accept someone for the person that they are. You truly don't deserve to have them in your presence. You don't deserve to have them work for you.

They could be the next great innovator of your corporation, but you will forever miss out on having that opportunity.

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