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Adam Davis

Adam Davis

UI professor of crop sciences | College of ACES

During move-in week ’19, we asked UI faculty members to tell us a story about their own experience of leaving home for the first time. Here’s Yale grad Adam Davis, who in 2018 was promoted to head of the Department of Crop Sciences.

“Move-in day as a freshman at Yale taught me something about the importance of making the most of chance encounters. 

“I was walking across the Old Campus quad with my duffel bag and guitar when I spied another new student carrying a banjo in the opposite direction. Rather than continuing shyly on my own way, and hoping that I might connect later, I changed course and introduced myself. 

“Within a couple of weeks, we had formed a bluegrass band and became close friends.”