Office of the Dean:
News & announcements from Dean Perritt for the week of
September 7, 1998

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Chicago Tribune Coverage

An interview with Chicago-Kent Dean, Henry H. Perritt, Jr. appeared in the Chicago Tribune's Perspective Section on Sunday, August 30, 1998.  In the interview the Dean explained the genesis of Project Bosnia and described how students have worked toward reestablishing the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Dean Perritt also detailed ways in which students at Chicago-Kent and IIT are currently working in Kosovo to help provide legal relief to refugees.

New Member of Chicago-Kent's Board of Overseers

Roberta R. Katz has joined the Chicago-Kent's Board of Overseers.  Ms. Katz is the Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel of Netscape Communications Corporation.  Prior to her employment at Netscape, she was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. (now AT&T Wireless) and its subsidiary, LIN Broadcasting Corporation.  Ms. Katz also was a lawyer in private practice, specializing in corporate law.  She was a partner with the firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, resident in the firms' Seattle office.  Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Katz was a cultural anthropologist.  She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she specialized in issues of social and cultural change.  She received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of Washington Law School.  

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Katz to Chicago-Kent's Board of Overseers.

ISLAT/AFB Tour and Dinner

A recent report submitted to Congress by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that food-safety laws are outdated and that food-safety efforts are being hampered by the federal structure.  

Illinois Institute of Technology's National Center for Food Safety and Technology has been at the forefront of food safety issues and has pioneered new technology in the field. The Center works with academia, business and government to ensure the continued safety and quality of the nation's food supply.

On September 1, IIT's Institute for Science, Law and Technology and its National Center for Food Safety and Technology presented, "A Taste of the Future," a demonstration and food tasting at the Center in Summit-Argo. Followed by a tour of the Center's laboratories and pilot plant to demonstrate food-safety measures, reporters and invited guests from the American Farm Bureau were invited to sample appetizers and entrees prepared using the latest high-tech processes to ensure safety. The menu included several entrees many Americans will serve at their Labor Day picnics: ice cream, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw and sirloin steak. 

Henry H. Perritt, Jr. 

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