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Last week the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Catherine Woteki to be the Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In her new position, Dr. Woteki will oversee the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, as well as other USDA agencies including the Agricultural Research Service, the Economic Research Service, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. She replaces Dr. Rajiv Shah, who left the USDA to head the United States Agency for International Development.

Until her current appointment, Dr. Woteki was the Global Director for Scientific Affairs at Mars, Incorporated where she managed the company’s scientific policies and nutrition research. Dr. Woteki has prior experience working at the USDA, having served as the Undersecretary for Food Safety and the Deputy Undersecretary for REE during the Clinton Administration. From 2002 to 2005, she was Dean of Agriculture and Professor of Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. A member of the American Society for Nutrition, Dr. Woteki has contributed to past FASEB reports and statements on USDA research. FASEB President Dr. William Talman recently sent Dr. Woteki a letter of congratulations on behalf of the federation.