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.
About half the world cooks on inefficient open flames. The stoves slow economic development, harm the environment, and worsen people's health. Our extensive multi-year study examines the factors that cause people to adopt modern, more efficient cookstoves and studies the actual use of those cookstoves once adopted.
Invasive species can have a major impact on the ability to export agricultural goods in our global economy. Monitoring for invasive species yet to be found in New York state is a major component of the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey, a cooperative project between the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, the state Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension grape programs.
The overall goal of the research in my lab is to understand the basis of inheritance in plants by studying the mechanisms of meiosis, particularly pairing of homologous chromosomes and meiotic recombination. Both pairing and recombination are critical for correct segregation of chromosomes into gametes. We want to understand these processes at the molecular level. This basic research will provide a platform for investigations on how meiotic processes can be modified to improve plant breeding methods.