Community – Northwestern University Professorship

Supporting Education And Breakthrough Research At Northwestern University

The Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology and Toxicology at Northwestern University was established in 1995 in honor of its late Chairman of the Board, Mr. Joseph L. Mayberry.

The purpose of this Endowed Chair at this internationally recognized institution is to expand the knowledge of human physiology and of the effects of natural and synthetic chemicals on humans. It is hoped that by encouraging research and by developing better scientific methods to assess the risks and benefits of chemical products, there will be advances in both medicine and in understanding of human physiology.

The establishment of this professorship in the name of Joseph L. Mayberry is appropriate and consistent with his and his family’s commitment to the dry-cleaning industry and all those who work in it and are served by it, and consistent with a belief in informed and responsible use of chemical products.

Mayberry first recognized and organized the drycleaning industry’s response to unjustified regulation of the industry in the mid 1970’s. At the same time as being opposed to regulation based on inadequate or inaccurate scientific data, Mayberry loved the natural world and is remembered as saying time and time again that: ‘We all must preserve the environment for our children and grandchildren.’”

Current Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology
Dr. Kathleen Green is the Joseph L. Mayberry Professor of Pathology and Dermatology and is the Associate Chair of Research and Graduate Education in Pathology at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. Green’s past work facilitated the discovery of a new gene family, now called the “plakin” family.”

Her current research is directed toward understanding the role of “intercellular adhesive junctions,” the cellar “skeletal structures” and basic molecular workings of cells, particularly skin cells. This research contributes to our understanding of all cellular changes including : changes that occur from birth to adulthood, how wounds heal, and the mechanisms of cancer cells . By understanding the molecular structure of cells, particularly skin cells, it is hoped that research may find better ways to treat injuries, cancer, skin disorders and related forms of heart disease.

Past Recipients
Dr. Ryoichi Oyasu was selected by the medical faculty of Northwestern to be the first recipient of the Joseph L. Mayberry Professorship. A highly acclaimed medical researcher and an attending pathologist at Northwestern Memorial hospital as well as at the Veterans Administration Lakeside Medical Center, he has published more than 120 scientific research papers and authored or co-authored four books. During his tenure as the Mayberry Professor of Pathology, Dr Ryoichi Oyasu’s research was primarily on bladder and prostrate cancer mechanisms and their impact on potential treatments.

Community – Streets Supports Industry Education & Training

DLI ( IFI) School of Dry Cleaning Technology

Street’s believes that increasing cleaner knowledge of the art and science of cleaning is essential for the continued prosperity of the dry cleaning industry. In pursuit of that goal, Street’s is pleased to offer scholarships to eligible cleaners or cleaning employees to cover tuition costs for Drycleaning And Laundry Institute’s (formerly IFI) General Dry Cleaning Course, Drycleaning and Laundry Management Course or the One Week Spotting Course.

The courses are offered at DLI’s headquarters in Laurel, Maryland and are accredited through the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The three week General Dry Cleaning Course is taught in two sessions: A one-week Introduction to Dry Cleaning Course, designed for those new to the industry or with limited experience and a two-week Advanced Dry Cleaning Course.

Course topics covered include fabrics and fiber identification, stain removal, finishing, traditional solvent cleaning and wetcleaning, troubleshooting, care labeling, and customer service.

The courses have a “hands on” emphasis, which allows students to practice what they learn. Students use conventional and tensioning finishing equipment, hot and cold stain removal boards, a variety of different wetcleaning and dry cleaning machines, and other tools.

Street’s offers nine scholarships annually. Street’s has sponsored scholarships at the Institute since 1965. The awarding of the scholarships is solely at the discretion of Dli’s Directors.

For more information contact DLI: 1-800-638-2627, Visit The Drycleaning And Laundry Institute webpage or e-mail:

Community – Streets Supports Industry Educational Opportunities

International Drycleaners Congress Fellowship Program

“The mission of the International Drycleaners Congress (IDC) is to strengthen international understanding and good will in the textile care industry by providing opportunities for travel, exchange of information and communication for its worldwide members.”

In pursuit of this mission, Street’s is a proud sponsor of the IDC Fellowship Program. The program is designed to strengthen international understanding and goodwill amongst the younger generation of professional cleaners by introducing the next generation of industry members to new ideas, cultures and industry practices through national and international travel and study. IDC grants a $2,000 US stipend to assist the candidate with his or her travel costs. Past applicants have studied in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Qualifications Set By The IDC Board:

  • The candidate needs to be the son or daughter of a member of IDC, or his/her general manager.
  • The candidate needs to be less than 40 years old.
  • The candidate needs to speak English well enough to understand and communicate.

The awarding of the scholarships is solely at the discretion of IDC. All applications are judged on the basis of the above criteria, and the enthusiasm of the candidate for the project


The time commitment is a minimum of 2 weeks. Making an oral report to the delegates of that year’s IDC convention is a requirement, and registration for the entire convention is a necessity.

Application Information

Candidates meeting the criteria set forth by the IDC Board should send a letter of interest to the Fellowship Committee, c/o IDC Headquarters, 256 Sun Valley Rd. SE, Calgary, AB T2X 2T8, or fax to (403) 256-1580.

For more information visit IDC’s webpage.


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