FACT SHEET: 100 Days In, Biden-Harris Administration Makes History with Presidential Appointees

first_imgFACT SHEET: 100 Days In, Biden-Harris Administration Makes History with Presidential Appointees The White HouseToday, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel is releasing new data about the historic number and diversity of presidential appointees hired by Day 100 of the Biden-Harris Administration.The Biden-Harris Administration put in place its Statutory Cabinet faster than any other Administration since President Reagan. President Biden has also announced his intent to nominate 233 individuals to serve in Senate-confirmed leadership roles across the Executive Branch – more nominees than any past administration has announced by the 100-day mark.Many of these Administration leaders have broken new ground. Lloyd Austin is the first Black Secretary of Defense. Janet Yellen is the first woman to be Secretary of the Treasury. Alejandro Mayorkas is the first Latino and immigrant to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security. Xavier Becerra is the first Latino to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Deb Haaland, the Secretary of the Interior, is the first Native American to ever serve as a Cabinet Secretary. Pete Buttigieg is the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the Cabinet. Cecilia Rouse is the first woman of color to chair the Council of Economic Advisors and Katherine Tai is the first woman of color to serve as U.S. Trade Representative. Avril Haines is the first woman to lead the U.S. intelligence community. Rachel Levine is the first openly transgender person to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, Robert Santos will be the first person of color to be Director of the United States Census Bureau and Stacey Dixon will be the highest-ranking Black woman in the intelligence community.Even as the Senate continues to confirm the President’s highly qualified nominees, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel has hired nearly 1,500 presidential appointees to serve in key agency positions that do not require Senate confirmation – double the number of appointees hired by any prior administration by the 100-day mark. And, consistent with President Biden’s commitment to leveraging the talent, creativity, and expertise of the American people to build an Administration that looks like America, more than half of all Biden appointees are women, and half identify as non-white – numbers that set a new bar for future Administrations.Of the approximately 1,500 agency appointees hired by President Biden so far:58% are women18% identify as Black or African American 15% identify as Latino or Hispanic15% identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander3% identify as Middle Eastern or North African2% identify as American Indian or Alaska Native14% identify as LGBTQ+4% are veterans3% identify as disabled or having a disability15% were the first in their families to go to college32% are naturalized citizens or the children of immigrantsPresident Biden’s commitment to representation from communities that haven’t always been at the table can be seen across the federal government. At the U.S. Department of Labor – the agency on the frontlines of the crisis facing women in the workforce across the country – nearly 70 percent of all appointees are women. At the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, nearly 40 percent of all appointees are first-generation. At the U.S. Department of Education, 1 in 4 of all appointees are the first in their family to graduate from college and 1 in 3 are former educators. And at the U.S Department of Interior, 1 in 5 of all appointees are American Indian or Alaska Natives. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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Build better holes, not longer courses

first_imgIt’s become trendy the last few months to leverage the ongoing debate over how far modern professionals hit the golf ball by warning that unless something is done to stem the distance tide, 8,000-yard golf courses will become the norm. Jack Nicklaus has warned about this for years, and last week Tiger Woods took a similar message to the masses during an ESPN podcast with Geno Auriemma, who is a wonderful basketball coach but probably out of his depth when it comes to the intricacies of modern golf course architecture. “The only thing I would say is that we need to do something about the golf ball. I just think it’s going too far because we’re having to build golf courses . . . if you want to have a championship venue, they’ve got to be [7,300], 7,400 yards long and if the game keeps progressing the way it is with technology, I think that the 8,000-yard golf course is not too far away,” Woods said. To hear Woods talk, you’d think the prospect of 8,000-yard golf courses is a terrifying one, at least for course designers. To them, it’s the Keyser Soze of modern golf. “That’s pretty scary,” Woods said. “We don’t have enough property to be designing these types of golf courses. And it just makes it so much more complicated.” There is wisdom to Woods’ words; on this the statistics don’t lie. In 1997, Woods was second on the PGA Tour in driving distance with a 294-yard average, just behind John Daly, the only player to average over 300 yards (302) off the tee. Last year, Rory McIlroy led the way with a 317-yard average and a total of 43 players averaged more than 300 yards off the tee. Any way you slice it, whether it be vastly improved equipment, better agronomy, fitness, teaching, whatever, players are hitting it drastically farther than they did just 20 years ago. What doesn’t seem as obvious, however, is the idea that 8,000-yard golf courses are the answer. Until they prove otherwise, let’s assume golf’s rule makers, the USGA and R&A, are going to continue to hold the current line when it comes to how far the golf ball travels. Without a fundamental shift to the Rules of Golf, statistics suggest it’s not longer courses that are the answer so much as it is better-designed golf courses. Consider June’s U.S. Open as Exhibit A. The behemoth Erin Hills was designed to host a major championship, a sprawling layout that played 7,741 yards; and yet Brooks Koepka finished at 16 under and Justin Thomas set a U.S. Open scoring record with his 9-under 63 on Saturday. To be fair, the winds that normally whistle across that corner of Wisconsin in the summer were nonexistent and Koepka did win by four strokes, but the point is still valid – longer doesn’t always mean harder. Erin Hills, the longest course on Tour in ’17, ranked as the sixth-toughest, behind the likes of TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which was the 12th-shortest course at 7,107 yards; and just ahead of Colonial, the circuit’s seventh-toughest that played to 7,209 yards and a par of 70. In fact, if you crunch the numbers the correlation between more distance and increased difficulty seems mathematically skewed. If you were to take, for example, the statistically toughest and longest holes last year on Tour and create a composite course, this layout would stretch 8,794 yards and played to a 74.49 stroke average based on a par of 72 (four par 3s, 10 par 4s, four par 5s). That’s just slightly tougher than Quail Hollow (73.46 stroke average), which hosted the PGA Championship in August at 7,600 yards. By comparison, if you took the statistically toughest and shortest composite course last year, the total yardage would be just 5,578 yards and it played to a 67.54 stroke average. The difference in yardage between these two manufactured examples would be 3,216 yards and the difference in scoring average would be 6.95 strokes, or about 460 yards per stroke. If, in fact, the desired outcome is more difficult scoring averages an additional 460 yards per stroke is a zero-sum game and should be considered by all accounts a worst-case scenario. But then not all holes are created equal. Players regularly vote some of the circuit’s shortest holes among the best. Frames like the par-3 12th at Augusta National, which at just 155 yards ranked as the 10th-toughest par 3 on Tour last season. Or the par-4 10th at Riviera, which at 315 yards was the sixth-shortest par 4 on Tour in ’17 but held its own with a 3.87 scoring average. The debate over what should be done to “fix” the game will continue to rage as long as players regularly launch tee shots well past the 300-yard barrier, but the notion that 8,000-yard courses are the answer seems wildly simplistic and statistically undesirable. It’s not longer holes that will make the hard-swinging pro set reconsider the bomb-and-gouge strategy, it’s better-designed holes.last_img read more

Assistant Professor of Plant Nematology (72157)

first_imgSelected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institutionoutside of the United States are required to be evaluated by aprofessional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of CredentialEvaluation Services (NACES) .Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. TheUniversity of Florida is a public institution and subject to allrequirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.The University of Florida is anEqual Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadlydiverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greaterGainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events,restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and socialopportunities.#category=64The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining. Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the positionand qualifications relative to the credentials listed aboveStatement of research plansTeaching and mentoring philosophyDiversity statement indicating how you will contribute to aninclusive institutional cultureCurriculum vitaeNames and contact information (email address and phone number)of three individuals who may be contacted to provide letters ofrecommendation The Institute of Food andAgricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environmentthat affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, includingability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Weparticularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such anenvironment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, andprofessional service. We strongly encourage historicallyunderrepresented groups to apply.If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70%research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% teaching(College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), available at the FortLauderdale Research and Education Center, Institute of Food andAgricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. Thisassignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Theincumbent will specialize in the study of plant-parasitic nematodesin South Florida and the Caribbean that cause disease to importanthorticultural and agricultural crops in the region and developingimproved pest management options. Involvement with south Floridastakeholders (growers and farmers) is expected. Our universityaffords the candidate opportunities to participate ininterdisciplinary research with basic and applied nematologists,and specialists in entomology, plant pathology, horticulture,agronomy, and soil and water science, among others. The facultymember will actively seek extramural funding to develop and supportan internationally recognized program for plant-parasitic nematodemanagement in tropical agriculture.For the teaching assignment, the successful candidate will beresponsible for teaching NEM 5707 Plant Nematology as a distancecourse, and to develop and teach another course TBD based on thecenter and department’s needs and the candidates expertise.The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activitiesrelated to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/orgraduate Plant Nematology, advising and mentoring undergraduate andgraduate students, participating in curriculum revision andenhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervisingundergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishingteaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, andengaging in professional development activities related to teachingand advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate inthe CALS Honors Program, distance education, and internationaleducation.The position will be located at the Fort Lauderdale Research andEducation Center, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, Davie, Florida. Tenure will accrue inthe Entomology & Nematology Department.Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected tobe supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas – Research,Teaching and Extension – regardless of the assignment splitspecified in the position description.Background Information:The Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center is a unit in theInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at theUniversity of Florida and has diverse teaching, research andextension education programs with 13 faculty ( http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu ).Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at theCenter. The Center is a member of, and located in, the SouthFlorida Education Center, a group of educational institutionsconsisting of county public schools, a public community college,public universities, and a private university. Other agenciesrepresented at the Center are the USDA-ARS Invasive Plant ResearchLaboratory, US Geological Survey, Florida Fish and WildlifeConservation Commission and US Fish and Wildlife Service. TheCenter is located in central Broward County, providing rich anddiverse cultural opportunities, while also being minutes from theEverglades Ecosystem and the Atlantic Ocean. The Department ofEntomology and Nematology ( http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/ ) hasdiverse teaching, research, and extension programs with 32 facultymembers located on main campus in Gainesville (including 4nematologists) and 38 faculty located at 12 Research and EducationCenters throughout the state (with an additional 2nematologists).Required – A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) innematology, plant pathology, or a closely related discipline.Candidates must demonstrate skills in verbal and writtencommunication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement ofextramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission ofthe Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment toIFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, andaccountability. Technical knowledge and skills in modern moleculartechniques.Preferred qualifications – teaching experience, experience withdistance education technologies, postdoctoral experience.For full consideration, candidates should apply and submitadditional materials by May 1st, 2021. Position will remain openuntil a viable applicant pool is determined.NominationsNominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the completename and address of the nominee. This information should be sentto:Please refer to Requisition # 72157Dr. Brian W. BahderChair, Plant Nematologist Search and Screen CommitteeUniversity of FloridaFort Lauderdale Research and Education Center3205 College AvenueDavie , FL 33314Telephone: 954.577.6300Facsimile: 954.475.4125Electronic Mail: [email protected] InformationIndividuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/85813and submit:last_img read more