Davies spent one year (2011-2012) as a Jefferson Fellow in residence at the Department of State in Washington DC, serving as a senior science adviser to the office of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Textile Trade Affairs in the Bureau of Economics and Business. The Fellow position continues with Davies in the role of consultant.
Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS), formerly the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), publishes books written by faculty and used in educational workshops, in college courses, for agricultural business management and for self-directed learning. PALS manages more than 120 titles, distributes 9,000 to 20,000 books per year and publishes new books. Book categories include: home and garden, commercial horticulture, greenhouse management,forage production, personal finance, natural resources and forestry, and composting.
We study the evolution and function of mammalian and bacterial genomes using computers as our microscope.
The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support reciprocal educational experiences between Cornell students and Cornell employees.
The Cornell Small Grains Breeding and Genetics Project has released a new soft white winter wheat variety called Medina with exceptionally high grain yield, grain quality and disease resistance. This variety is moderately resistant to fusarium head blight and is more sprout resistant than older varieties, thus increasing the efficiency of production for the farmer and thereby resulting in higher profits.
A new ILR School-based Institute for Worker Rights and Collective Representation aims to bring together resident faculty with labor programs extension facullty to advance research, teaching and outreach in expanded collaborative efforts. This is an important, exciting new ILR initiative currently in the launching phase.
ediONLINE has become the premier on line method of obtaining benefits planning training in the nation.
We examined using wheat as an example if public plant varieties were more disease resistant than private ones protected by intellectual property. We found the opposite to be true, countering some expressed concerns about intellectual proeprty rights systems. However the resisistanc ederives from public varieties, indicating the need to maintain investmnent in public breeding.
A fundamental objective is to educate current and future leaders on basic economic principles and characteristics relevant to dairy markets and policy. This includes working with members of industry and government agencies, and teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, I seek to provide and interpret market and policy information, and assist and advise industry members and policy makers as they seek to understand or develop dairy policies or new marketing institutions, mechanisms, and practices.
In response to the myriad challenges and changes facing Upstate NY, CaRDI organized a State of Upstate NY conference held June 2011. In terms of effort, it was a continuation of the 2005 Rural Vision Project.