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SHHS alum, Harvard prof, wins 'Nobel Prize for the Environment'


March 14, 2018

SHHS ALUMNUS Dr. James J. McCarthy, now a professor at Harvard, has been named winner of the top award presented in the field of environmental science.

When Dr. James J. McCarthy grew up in Sweet Home in the 1940s and 50s, he developed a love for the outdoors that propelled him to a career in ecology and environmental science.

This year, McCarthy, a 1962 Sweet Home Union High School graduate, has been named one of two recipients of the 2018 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for decades of leadership in understanding – and communicating – the impacts of climate change.

Often described as the "Nobel Prize for the Environment," the Tyler Prize was awarded this year to McCarthy, who is now the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biolog...

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