Donald A. Wilhite named director of UNL's School of Natural Resources
-- LINCOLN, Neb. Longtime University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty member and international drought and climate expert Donald A. Wilhite has been named director of UNL's School of Natural Resources. Wilhite, who founded the UNL-based National Droug...
-- LINCOLN, Neb. Longtime University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty member and international drought and climate expert Donald A. Wilhite has been named director of UNL's School of Natural Resources. Wilhite, who founded the UNL-based National Drought Mitigation Center, assumed the post Aug. 1, replacing Mark S. Kuzila, who had been director for four years. Kuzila, a soil scientist, will remain a member of SNR's faculty. Wilhite's work at UNL has focused on drought monitoring, planning, mitigation and policy and use of climate information in decision-making. He has collaborated with many countries and with regional and international organizations on drought policy and planning issues. Wilhite has led international efforts to establish regional networks on drought pre-
paredness under several sponsoring agencies of the United Nations. Wilhite founded the National Drought Mitigation Center and International Drought Information Center, both housed in SNR, more than 10 years ago. These centers have put UNL on the map for drought planning on both national and international levels. The drought mitigation center produces the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map, widely published nationally, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Annie Specht joins Select Sires-- PLAIN CITY, Ohio Annie
Specht of Dover, Ohio, has been selected as the summer marketing communications intern for Select Sires Inc. Specht will be responsible for the design of the 2008 dairy and beef breeding calendars and will assist with press releases and other promotional materials as a member of the sales and marketing team. Specht will be based at the company's headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Specht has a strong background in the dairy industry, growing up on Trealayne Holsteins, her family's registered Holstein operation. Specht plans to graduate in 2008 with degrees in agricultural communication and English from The Ohio State University, where she is active in Buckeye Dairy Club and Sphinx Senior Honorary. She served as a sale chair for the 2006 Buckeye Classic Sale.
Wheat Foods Council names executive committee-- PARKER, Colo. The Wheat Foods Council recently appointed Kathy Wiemer, director of nutrition for the Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition, a division of General Mills, as its 2007 to '08 committee chairwoman. Outgoing chairman Tom Mick, CEO of the Washington Wheat Commission, will continue to serve on the council's executive committee along with Hans Hayden, wheat producer and Idaho Wheat Commission representative, and Betsy Faga, president North American Millers' Association.
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