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Dr. Jim Seiber, WRRC Director since 1998, announced his retirement from USDA-ARS, effective January 5, 2009. During his tenure, the Center’s budget doubled, and extramural funding to WRRC has increased substantially. Advances have been made in all four of WRRC’s thematic areas of food safety and healthfulness, bio-based products and biofuels, biological control of invasive pests, and plant and microbial molecular biology. The Location’s facilities are improving with plans for much more as budgets allow.
Dr. Seiber initiated a number of joint activities with WRRC’s partners and stakeholders, including an annual Partnership Meeting started in 2004, an e-list for keeping partners informed via the Center's news briefing ( WRRC UPDATE), and a compilation of user friendly articles describing WRRC’s recent research and findings originating from Agricultural Research, USDA-ARS’s monthly research news magazine. Printed copies are available upon request, and the electronic version may be downloaded here.
Dr. Seiber will be rejoining academic life at the University of California, Davis, in the Departments of Food Science and Technology and Environmental Toxicology, and continue as Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, also based at UC Davis.