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Samuel Crowell

Dr. Samuel Crowell joined the Office of the Chief Scientist in September 2015 as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow. Dr. Crowell advises on biotechnology and plant breeding issues and leads special initiatives for the Research, Education and Economics Mission Area of USDA.

He serves as Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Coordinator to promote expansion of open data policies and innovative approaches to research. He is the Executive Secretary of the Education Coordinating Committee of the USDA Science Council ensuring that information about formal and informal education initiatives are shared across the Department. Dr. Crowell represents USDA in the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. Prior to joining USDA, Dr. Crowell was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, where he worked on science communication strategies for a report assessing genetically engineered crop plants.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University where he led a research team that developed open-source image processing software that measures complex branching phenotypes in plants. The software -- in combination with other genomics approaches - helped Dr. Crowell and his team to quantify developmental traits in rice and make the data available to all. Dr. Crowell is passionate about science, building bridges between basic and applied research, and promoting effective policy related to agriculture and food.

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