Over thirty years I have earned a reputation as a scientist that would share research materials, preliminary data, and any genetic resources, even prior to publication. I’ve been proud of my funding record, which comes almost 95% from government sources, with some small support from the strawberry industry and strawberry-producing companies. I received my first support from “Big Ag” in September of 2017, a small grant to fund exploratory work in small molecule discovery that (almost) funds a researcher in my lab for a year. Over this time all information has been 100% public record, and I’ve met every standard of transparency mandated by my institution.
However, is that enough? In 2015 I found myself in a controversy about transparency, and I realized that even though I did what was required, I didn’t do enough enough to earn the public’s trust.
Starting in September of 2015 I took on the painstakingly laborious task of detailing the financial arrangements around every speaking engagement, every written assignment, every lecture and every legislative junket. While not technically required, such detailed documentation sets a new standard for transparency that I’m glad to take on, and encourage others (especially critics) to meet that standard.
You can see that I’ve never received personal compensation from any company, and any financial transactions are reimbursement for exact costs of travel, lodging, etc. As public scientists we don’t have special funds for travel, so travel outside of our state must be paid for by those requesting our assistance.
My research funding history can be seen here.
Funding for my outreach program comes from individuals and charities to support biotech literacy. These lists are available here.
An abbreviated CV is presented here, and is only a fraction of what I do.