We’ve noted before that food science offers rewarding and lucrative opportunities and that the University of Nebraska’s agriculture science programs deserve a look from urban as well as rural students. Some new numbers reinforce the point. The Institute of Food Technology reports that in 2013, the median salary for food scientists was $90,000. That’s up 3.4 percent from 2011. In a survey for the institute, food scientists reported high job satisfaction. The institute also reported that food science is no longer a male-dominated profession; women make up a large percentage of the jobs in that sector.
In this country, poets are selected as poet laureates, deliver poems at presidential inaugurations and publish their works in journals. In Iran, a young poet named Hashem Shaabani voiced calls for freedom and was put in prison and tortured. The government executed him. His supposed crime? He spoke out against abuses the Iranian regime imposes on the ethnic Arab minority to which he belonged. Shaabani wrote: “I have never used a weapon to fight these atrocious crimes except the pen.” As history has lamentably shown, often it’s the pen — even that of a young poet — that frightens tyrannical regimes the most.