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first_imgWhen Brooke Boretski graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in food science, her future was knocking at the door. Just one week after graduation, she had a job interview. The next week, she started her new job as a lab coordinator at Thermo Pac, a flexible food packaging firm. “I had several opportunities,” Boretski said. “It all was very fast.” Boretski, like most students graduating with science and marketing skills, found the job market ripe with positions for her picking.Companies Seeking Science Students Students with science and marketing skills will continue to be the most sought-after by employers in 2005. That’s the finding of a report by the Office of Higher Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. “We’re expecting slightly more job opportunities than there will be students to fill those jobs,” said Allan Goecker, associate director of academic programs in the Purdue University School of Agriculture. He is the principal author of Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in the Food and Agriculture Sciences, 2000-2005.Georgia Students Wanted At the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the nation’s oldest agricultural college, the scene is no different. “We have maintained a high level of activity from employers seeking to recruit our students,” said David Knauft, associate dean for academic affairs. “We have far more opportunities than we have graduates to fill them.” Annual job openings for U.S. food and agricultural sciences graduates are projected to be around 58,000. The number of graduates will be about 57,000. Of the job openings, 32 percent will be in science, engineering and related specialties. Jobs in marketing, merchandising and sales will make up another 28 percent. Food scientists, engineers, landscape horticulturists, plant geneticists and outdoor recreation specialists are expected to be in greatest demand. Those who provide services to farmers and ranchers will find weaker offerings. Hiring will be down, too, in farm and forest production, veterinary medicine (general practices) and some government agencies.UGA Looking For Science Students While the job market in food and environmental technology continues to grow, CAES enrollment has declined yearly since a peak in 1995. The college is moving to get the message to Georgia high school students that the future of the job market in farm-related science fields is booming. “Although overall enrollment in the college dropped slightly this year, those departments with aggressive recruitment efforts have more students than before,” Knauft said. The most popular majors in the college are biological and agricultural engineering, animal science, environmental health and horticulture. “That makes us consistent with what the study says the job market is moving toward,” he said. The college is trying to show high school students there’s more to an agricultural college than traditionally comes to mind, and there’s a wealth of opportunities awaiting graduates, especially in urban areas. “About 40 percent of our students come from the metro Athens and Atlanta areas,” Knauft said. “The largest number come from Clarke County, followed by Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb, Oconee and Madison counties.” The attraction for many urban students is the environmental focus of some of the degrees. Others find the small-college atmosphere appealing. “There is a combination of benefits in our college,” Knauft said. “Students find a range of disciplines in which they can apply science to solve problems. They can do that kind of study in our small college atmosphere with a faculty that takes an active interest in the students’ success.”last_img read more

first_imgFalse and misleading information surging in battleground states that have become the focus of the political battle — including Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia; No, Sharpies didn’t invalidate votes in Arizona. Republicans looking to cast doubts on the legitimacy of election results in the state circulated a conspiracy theory that alleged that poll workers had provided Trump voters with felt-tip pens to mark their ballots, which some claimed invalidated those ballots by making them unreadable by voting machines. Multiple Arizona officials said that there was no truth to that claim, and that votes with felt-tip pens were counted. [The New York Times] Could state legislatures pick electors to vote for Trump? It is not likely. Election law experts are highly skeptical. And leaders of the Republican majorities in legislatures in key states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Georgia, said they saw no role for themselves in picking electors. [The New York Times] I spoke with Renee DiResta, a disinformation researcher at the Stanford Internet Observatory, who told me she was worried about three specific themes around election misinformation: Today’s newsletter is a dispatch from our colleagues in the tech bureau who have been covering the spread of disinformation in the aftermath of the election. First this from Davey Alba:President Trump’s steadfast refusal to acknowledge that Joseph R. Biden Jr. won the presidential election, along with his continual statements containing unfounded claims that the election was rigged, has left a huge information gap ripe for exploitation by bad actors, disinformation researchers have told me. And that has led to the worst-case scenario for the proliferation of misinformation about the election playing out: The volume of bad information, they say, is unprecedented.- Advertisement – Can Mr. Trump still win? No. He’s already lost. Mr. Trump has repeatedly said that he “will win.” This is false. Mr. Biden’s winning margins in the key battleground states he has captured are well above the thresholds of votes that have been changed in previous recounts. [The New York Times] – Advertisement – The re-emergence of misinformation incidents and delegitimization themes that pointed back to earlier allegations — ideas that a Democrat-led coup would take place, voting machines being tainted, and more. – Advertisement – As my colleagues Jim Rutenberg and Nick Corasaniti reported on Sunday, the roots of Mr. Trump’s approach — to cast doubt on the outcome of the vote — dates to before his election in 2016, and he advanced his plans throughout his term. But it took shape in earnest when the coronavirus pandemic upended normal life and led states to promote voting by mail.To be sure, misinformation of all kinds, not just about the election, had already been on the rise, compounded by the pandemic and stay-at-home orders that have caused more people to be glued to their screens and consuming social media.But a lot of it was tied to politics in one form or another. There was a surge in followers of the QAnon conspiracy, whose convoluted theory falsely claims that a cabal of Satan-worshiping, pedophile Democrats is plotting against President Trump. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the average membership in 10 large public QAnon Facebook groups swelled almost 600 percent from March through July. The repurposing of user-created content from Election Day, which documented one-off incidents, aggregated to support claims of fraud and illegitimacy; “These narratives are reaching audiences inclined to believe them, and so a significant concern remains around whether the losing side will accept the legitimacy of the outcome,” Ms. DiResta said.A lot of the claims are not new, with just the specifics updated. Indeed, I can’t tell you how many misinformation themes have been recycled in this period. Unsubstantiated rumors of dead people voting emerged early on in Michigan; the same rumor happened in Pennsylvania, only the supposed fraud was now at a much larger scale, including tens of thousands of people. Then the claims of voter fraud morphed into an unfounded accusation about impostors using maiden names to steal votes. Claims of ballots being magically lost or found, or being burned, or being carted into vote-counting sites by unauthorized people soared.For some solid advice on how to keep levelheaded in this period, especially coming out of this weekend, when protests about the election results were held, I would suggest listening to Nina Jankowicz, a disinformation analyst at the Wilson Center, a nonpartisan think tank. She recommended trying to tune out politicians and political pundits for the time being, especially when you feel yourself starting to have a strong emotional response to social media posts.“I would recommend some ‘informational distancing’ — walk away from your device for a little while and if that information is still bugging you in a few minutes go and do some lateral reading,” Ms. Jankowicz said. “Figure out if anyone else is reporting what you’ve seen, and look at those official sources to see if they corroborate what you’ve just read or watched.”Stay safe out there in the internet seas, dear readers.Here from Joe Plambeck are some false and misleading rumors spreading about the election, and the truth behind the claims. No, Dominion voting machines did not delete Trump votes. President Trump last week spread new baseless claims that “glitches” in software made by Dominion Voting Systems changed vote tallies in Michigan and Georgia. The Dominion software was used in only two of the five counties that had problems in those states, and in every instance there was a detailed explanation for what had happened. In all of the cases, software did not affect the vote counts. [The New York Times] There is no proof that people stole maiden names to vote. The claim that unauthorized people had cast votes under the maiden names of real voters spread widely last week, much of it under the hashtag #MaidenGate. But there is no evidence behind those accusations. [The New York Times] – Advertisement –last_img read more