Closer Look: Diversity in Computer Science and STEM; National Farmers Market Week; And More

(Left to right) Errika Moore, the executive director of the Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), and Monica Garrett, community affairs director at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, talked about local efforts to engage more young women and people of color in computer science on today's "Closer Look."
(Left to right) Errika Moore, the executive director of the Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), and Monica Garrett, community affairs director at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, talked about local efforts to engage more young women and people of color in computer science on today's "Closer Look."
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Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a “limited number” of half-gallon cartons of refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk have been recalled because they may contain cow’s milk. The Almond Breeze almond milk was shipped by HP Hood LLC to wholesalers in 28 states, including Georgia. According to the FDA, to date, there has been one report of an allergic reaction. Medical treatment or hospitalization was not required.
  • In other news, there as been another fatality due to the forest fires in California. A utility worker in California, Jairus Ayeta, was fatally injured in a vehicle-related accident Saturday while trying to restore power. He was working in dangerous terrain, according to a Pacific Gas and Electric spokesperson. Ayeta was an apprentice lineman for PG&E. Firefighters in California are battling 17 major fires throughout the state. And this weekend, a tweet from President Donald Trump regarding those fires is causing quite a stir. We hear reaction to President Trump’s tweet from Ted Terry, director of the Sierra Club’s Georgia Chapter.
Firefighters in California are battling 17 major fires throughout the state. Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo
  • 7:18: Kennesaw State University recently received a $1 million grant to focus on increasing science degree success for African-American and Hispanic students. The grant, awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will provide additional support resources to students and faculty. We revisit a conversation with Mark Anderson, dean of KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics, and Scott Reese, assistant dean for curriculum and associate professor of biology.
  • 20:55: Many in the STEM disciplines have talked about the need to increase diversity among women and people of color within STEM fields, and that includes the Technology Association of Georgia’s Education Collaborative and LexisNexis Risk Solutions. The two organizations are working on local efforts to engage more young women and people of color in computer science, as well as national efforts to raise awareness on the need for greater diversity in STEM. Errika Moore, the executive director of the Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed), and Monica Garrett, community affairs director at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, join us in studio to tell us more.
  • 41:17: Aug. 5-11 marks the 2018 National Farmers Market Week, and today we kick-off a week-long series looking at Georgia’s farmers markets. First, we learn more about the history, mission, and future of farmers markets with Ben Feldman, policy director for the Farmers Market Coalition.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.