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Woteki inducted into NIFA Hall of Fame

Catherine Woteki, food science and human nutrition faculty member, was one of four individuals recently inducted into the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Hall of Fame.

The NIFA Hall of Fame serves to recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to NIFA’s mission and have made a positive impact on humans.

Woteki returned to Iowa State University in July of this year to join the faculty in the food science and human nutrition department. She previously held positions at the university as the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the director of the Agriculture Experiment Station.

In between her stints at Iowa State, Woteki held a number of roles within the USDA, including undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics and chief scientist, providing leadership responsibility for advancing scientific knowledge through research, extension and education. In this role, which she held for six years, she also elevated the stature of agricultural science. Prior to that, she served as the USDA’s first undersecretary for Food Safety.

Woteki holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Mary Washington College and a doctorate degree in human nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.