Wednesday's hearing in Federal Court in Tallahassee where a new judge will hear the case regarding the adjudication of provisional and mail in ballots. The best guess as to how many of these ballots are at stake is around 20,000. Daniel Smith, a University of Florida Research Foundation professor in political science and a data junkie, has a terrific thread on these ballots and where they come from. His research shows why Democrats are so keen on getting these votes counted.
While Broward County has had problems, Michael McDonald, an elections expert and professor of political science at the University of Florida, cautioned against judging the votes before everything is counted. “Yes these places have had problems in the past but they’re not directly related to counting of the ballots,” he said. “There is no allegation that these counties have incorrectly counted ballots.”
Based on preliminary — but incomplete — data made available by the states and analyzed by Michael McDonald, a professor of political science at the University of Florida, it looks as if more than 113 million people voted, which would be at least 48 percent of eligible Americans. That’s up from the 83 million votes cast in 2014, when Republicans made sweeping gains in the House and the Senate. In fact, it’s closer to the turnout in the last presidential election — about 138.8 million — than to the last midterms.
The pending recount can’t start until all ballots are counted — including ballots sent in from overseas, which have up to 10 days after Election Day to arrive. The University of Florida’s Daniel Smith notes that there are thousands such ballots that could still come in.
“We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels,” the metanarrative reads. Jennifer Setlow, associate dean of the College of the Arts, hopes the metanarrative will lead to a better applicant pool.
A new University of Florida study — at nearly four decades, the longest of its kind — has found that the number of caterpillars and butterflies in North Florida has been declining since 1985. Since 2005, the numbers have dropped by 80 percent. "It’s alarming," said associate professor Jaret Daniels, a co-author of the study.
Scientists know that the theory still doesn’t explain everything about the universe. So they keep testing it time and again. So far, nobody has been able to overthrow it. Although the effects of general relativity have been seen before, this was the first detection made by observing the motion of a star near a supermassive black hole. “To me, that’s what makes this so cool,” said Clifford Will, a University of Florida physicist who did not participate in the research. Will hopes his colleagues will be able to discover stars even closer to the black hole, where the effects of relativity would be stronger. This finding “is really the opening episode,” he said. “The future, I think, is going to be very exciting.”
“I use DEET all the time when I’m working in the field,” says Jonathan Day, a professor of medical entomology at the University of Florida.
DEET seems to work by binding to CO2 receptors in the nose-like appendage a mosquito uses to probe a person’s skin for blood, Day says. Rather than kill the mosquito, DEET somehow blocks the insect’s ability to feed. “It works on contact—not on smell—so mosquitos will still land on you but they won’t bite,” he explains.
“The results of our study are worrisome,” lead author Dr. Naykky Singh Ospina, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida, told TODAY. “They suggest that physicians interrupt patients extremely quickly when they are expressing their concerns.” The findings are based on an analysis of 112 doctor visits that were recorded between 2008 and 2015 in general practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and at the Mayo Clinic and its affiliated clinics.
“There’s something about financial decisions that goes beyond knowledge,” Aner Sela, an associate professor of marketing at the University of Florida whose work focuses on how people make choices, told me. “They have a unique flavor, and there’s something about that flavor we don’t like. They feel very cold, very abstract and analytical, and it’s something that you just don’t want to do.”
Almost six decades ago, Thomas Emmel became the first and only person to collect what is now officially known as Cyllopsis tomemmeli.
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