Weber to retire as IFT Executive Vice President 
Daniel E. Weber, Executive Vice President of the Institute of Food Technologists, has announced that he will retire after the 2003 IFT Annual Meeting & FOOD EXPO®, which will be held in Chicago, Ill., on July 12–16.

The executive search firm of JDG Associates, Ltd., Rockville, Md., is conducting a search for his replacement. The position announcement appears in this month’s classified advertising section on p. 90 and is also available on IFT’s Web site at

Weber joined the IFT staff in 1967 as Administrative Manager. He was named Director of Convention Services in 1969, Director of Marketing & Meetings in 1979, Executive Director in 1991, and Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer in 1999.

During his time at IFT, Weber has led the IFT Annual Meeting & FOOD EXPO to its status as the world’s largest annual food exposition of its category and one of the nation’s largest conventions, with 20,000–30,000 registered attendees and exhibitors annually.

Weber honored by his peers 
Daniel E. Weber, Executive Vice President of the Institute of Food Technologists was recently honored by his peers in the meeting, convention, and exhibition industry.

In December, he was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders for his decades-long commitment to leading the exhibition industry and for exemplary contributions assisting other CIC member organizations. The Hall of Leaders award is one of the highest honors given by the meeting, convention, and exhibition industry.

First bestowed in 1985, the award recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation. A bronze plaque bearing the likeness of each honoree is permanently housed at the Hall of Leaders in the Washington, D.C., Convention Center and at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.

Weber is an active member of the International Association of Exposition Managers, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), the Council of Engineering & Scientific Society Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Chicago Society of Association Executives. He is also a past President of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), which honored him for his years of service and contribution to PCMA at its Professional Achievement Dinner in Washington, D.C., in June

Weber’s career accomplishments include his leadership and participation in a number of industry task forces, including one that developed a convention center contract that has become a standard model. As a Charter Member of the Trade Show Bureau (now CEIR), he conceived and conducted a number of original studies, which have become industry benchmarks. He is the only individual to have served as President of both PCMA and the International Association for Exhibition Management.

Also inducted into CIC’s Hall of Fame for 2003 were the late Helen Brett, founder and Chairman of the Board of Helen Brett Enterprise, Inc.; the late Winthrop W. “Bud” Grice, former Senior Vice President of Marketing for Marriott International; Hugh K. Lee, President of Fusion Productions; and Barbara C. Nichols, President of Nichols & Nichols Management Services. 2003.

JFS Web journals begin second year of publication 
IFT’s Internet journals marked their one year anniversary in January.
The Journal of Food Science Education and Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, both Volume II, Issue 1, are available at

The newest edition of the Journal of Food Science Education features three articles: “Using Problem-Based Learning in an Introductory Food Science Course” by Duffrin W. Melani; “Validation of Analytical Measurements by Single-trial and Collaborative Study” by Charles E. Carpenter; and “Online Versus Face-to-Face Food Science Courses: An Assessment” by Jeff D. Culbertson and Denise M. Smith.

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety features three articles: “Bread Staling: Molecular Basis and Control” by Jonathan A. Gray and James N. BeMiller; “Food Process Engineering: The Last 25 Years and Challenges Ahead” by Solke Bruin and Thibauld R Jongen; and “Flavor Lexicons” by Gail Vance Civille.

Labuza kids receive awards 
Peter and Theodore Labuza, sons of IFT Past Presidents Theodore Labuza (1988–89) and Mary Schmidl (2000–01), received several awards from the Minnesota Section of IFT and the Minnesota Academy of Science for their Minnesota Science Fair projects in 2002.

Peter Labuza, student in the 7th grade at St. John the Baptist School in New Brighton, Minn., received the Seagate First Year Award and the First Place award in the Physics Category, and tied for the First Place Food Science Award from the Minnesota Section. His science fair project was on the “Influence of Relative Humidity and Temperature on the Physical States of Cotton Candy.” He also presented his paper at the 2002 IFT Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., where he was the youngest presenter.

Theodore Labuza, student in the 8th grade at St. John the Baptist School, received the Seagate First Year Award and the First Place Award in the Engineering Category, and tied for the First Place Food Science Award from the Minnesota Section. His science fair project was on “Brittle–Ductile Transition of a Sugar Snap Cookie.” He was also selected to present his paper at the Minnesota Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, sponsored by the Minnesota National Academy of Science. He presented his paper in October 2002 and placed in the top 10%. In 2001, he had presented his 7th-grade science fair paper at the IFT Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

The Nutmeg Section of IFT celebrated its 35th anniversary at Manero’s Restaurant in Greenwich, Conn., November 20, 2002.

Assistant Editor