Davies begins his 12-month fellowship in mid-August working in food security and international agriculture at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. He will return in September 2014 but remain available to the government for short-term projects for the following five years.
The Jefferson Science Fellowships allow tenured academic scientists and engineers from institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to help form and implement national foreign policy. The program is administered by the National Academies and supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the State Department and the USAID.
The program is based on the premise that science and technology make fundamental contributions to security, economic, health and cultural conditions of modern societies, and are integral to the development and implementation of foreign policy.Davies is among 13 individuals selected this year and is only the second Texas A&M faculty member chosen for the honor. Nicholas Suntzeff, a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy, was a 2010-2011 Fellow. Read more here