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USDA Official Discusses Future of STEM Funding at Miami Dade College

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Dr. Catherine Woteki, undersecretary for the USDA, shares a panel with Dr. Jose A. Vicente, president of MDC's North Campus, and Dr. Heather Belmont, dean of MDC's School of Science.

Miami, March 19, 2012 - Earlier this week, Miami Dade College (MDC) hosted a discussion between local business leaders, educators and Dr. Catherine Woteki, undersecretary for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Mission Area, who offered her opinions on the future of funding and issues related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education. 

During her visit to MDC’s North Campus, Dr. Woteki met with faculty from the School of Science, political and business leaders from the community, administrators from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the University of Miami, MDC students, and others. She also toured the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, an extension of the North Campus, in Liberty City.  

“Educating our next generation of innovators is a top priority for USDA, and we are proud of our long-standing partnership with Miami-Dade in doing that,” said Dr. Woteki.

“A good grounding in STEM disciplines is a great foundation for a career, especially in the food and agricultural sciences where your work can keep our families fed and our economy thriving.” 

At the USDA, Dr. Woteki’s responsibilities include oversight of the four agencies that comprise REE, the Agricultural Research Service, National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Economic Research Service, and the National Agriculture Statistics Service. The National Agriculture Library and National Arboretum also fall under this mission area.

Previously, she was Dean of Agriculture and Professor of Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, where she was also the head of the Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Woteki served as the first Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA from 1997 to 2001, where she oversaw U.S. Government food safety policy development and USDA's continuity of operations planning.

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