Month: January 2016

Man’s Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend

Who hasn’t heard that dog is man’s best friend? One of my best buddies is my dog Frisco, who is shown in this picture. What you can see are our deep stares into each other’s eyes. What you can’t see is what is going on…

Capping Climate Change: The Making of the Two Degree Celsius Target

Capping Climate Change: The Making of the Two Degree Celsius Target

On December 12, 2015, a conference hall in Paris erupted with applause. In the middle of an unusually warm December, world leaders hashed out a climate deal some twenty years in the making. Pictured at the COP21 Final Ceremony (from left to right): Christiana Figueres,…

Book Review: “57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School”

Book Review: “57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School”

If you’re like most graduate students, you’ve probably thought to yourself at one time or another, “I really hope I’m doing this whole grad school thing right.” Let it be known that you are not alone with these thoughts. If you’re concerned about wreaking havoc…

Discovering New Horizons

Discovering New Horizons

Humans need to explore. Not because it is in our DNA – the gene for exploration hasn’t been discovered yet – but because it is essential to our survival and well-being as a species. Scarcity of food and changing weather most likely pushed our ancient…

Global climate change: How does it happen, and is there hope?

Global climate change: How does it happen, and is there hope?

The coming of the New Year often brings about feelings of nostalgia as we reminisce about the previous calendar year. Looking back at 2015, we as humans have quite a bit to be proud of: the granting of women’s voting rights in Saudi Arabia, the development…