I had lunch with a friend of mine yesterday. He's another Food Science - Non-Scientist guy. Oh but his MS is from Cornell so maybe he has a little more credibility. My friend is from Texas and raised his kids with "Southern Manners". His daughter is at U Neb working on her MS. She was "dressed down" by her Professors for using "Yes Ma'am and Yes Sir". I think it was some "micro-aggression". This is in Nebraska mind you. Her dad chalked it up to "Academia" today and not our generation. A similar thing happened to me when I was doing a project in NJ. I am a Military Brat and raised in the South. I might as well have been from Mars.