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Woteki nominated; will speak here in fall

By Sandy Broughton

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 32 - June 5, 1997

President Clinton has announced his intent to nominate Catherine Woteki for under secretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Woteki is a graduate of the College of Human Resources and Education at Virginia Tech, having earned her master's and doctoral degrees in human nutrition and foods.
Woteki will be returning to Tech this fall as part of the university's 125th anniversary distinguished alumni speakers series. Her presentation is slated for October 21 in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center on campus. She will speak on research and education initiatives in the USDA.
As under secretary for food safety, Woteki will oversee the Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is the public-health agency responsible for ensuring that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled.
Woteki is currently deputy under secretary for research, education, and economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this capacity, she has been responsible for the management of four agencies: the Agricultural Research Service; the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, the Economic Research Service, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. She leads the administration's implementation of the 1996 Farm Bill's provisions on research and education.
From 1994 to 1995, Woteki served as the deputy to the associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She was the deputy director of the Division of Health and Examination Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1983 to 1990. From 1980 to 1983, Woteki was the acting associate administrator of the Human Nutrition Information Service and served as leader of the Food and Diet Appraisal Research Group in the Consumer Nutrition Information Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Woteki received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Mary Washington College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in human nutrition from Virginia Tech. She was selected outstanding alumna of the College of Human Resources at Virginia Tech in 1987.
Woteki has published extensively in the area of food, nutrition policy, and nutrition monitoring. During her tenure as director of the Food and Nutrition Board, she directed studies that resulted in 20 publications by the Institute of Medicine. She is co-editor of Eat for Life: The Food and Nutrition Board's Guide to Reducing Your Risk of Chronic Disease. Woteki has received the Elijah White Award of the National Center for Health Statistics, the Special Recognition Award from the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Staff Achievement Award of the Institute of Medicine.