Woteki to discuss efforts to end hunger, reduce diet-related diseases during seminar

Catherine Woteki wearing a black suit jacket with a tan shirt underneath
Catherine Woteki

AMES, Iowa – Catherine Woteki, professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University and member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, will present a live, virtual seminar Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 3:20-4:10 p.m. in 210 Bessey Hall. The seminar is open to Iowa State faculty, staff and graduate students who are able to attend in person.

Titled “What Could Come from the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health?,” Woteki’s presentation will reflect on the historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health that took place on Sept. 28, 2022. As a result of this conference, $8 billion in commitments were made by the federal government and contributing partners across all sectors to initiate efforts to help end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases and disparities. The goal is to get more Americans eating healthier and being physically active by 2030, thereby decreasing the number of people experiencing diet-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

Woteki is a former dean of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and former director of Iowa State’s Agriculture Experiment Station. She is one of four faculty in Iowa State’s history to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Woteki is known internationally for her expertise in agriculture, food, nutrition, health and science policy. From 2010-2016, she served as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics, as well as the USDA Chief Scientist. She also had the honor of serving as the USDA’s first undersecretary for food safety from 1997-2001.

This presentation is part of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition’s seminar series.