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values diversity. Before coming to Brown,
I was at UC-Berkeley, which is very simi-
lar to Michigan in academic excellence,
research, teaching and attempting to cel-
ebrate diversity and tolerance. Sometimes
when I had a bad day dealing with issues
in my office at Berkeley, I would take a
break and walk through an area filled
with students when classes were chang-
ing. I would see kids laughing and feel
their energy, and I could almost see and
hear the future. That's the feeling I get in
a large public university that I will be able
to replicate at Michigan."
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Friday Night Live!
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Q. So the students may spot you on the
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Q. With your background in medicine
and life sciences, what are your ideas
about the medical school's role in com-
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Q. Do you have any ties to Michigan?
"No one close, but as a lifelong aca-
demician, you can't help but run into
people that were trained at Michigan and
are now leading faculty members across
the country. I have gotten hundreds of
emails from people I had no idea had a
Michigan connection. They all tell me
how special it is and how much I am
going to enjoy the environment. It makes
me even more excited"
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"Absolutely! I do not plan to spend my
life cloistered in Fleming, the administra-
tion building. I would like to oftentimes
meet people in their offices and attend
meetings outside the building. When I'm
out, if someone recognizes me along the
way, I am happy to say hi."
and being a major academic university.
All the athletic programs operate at a
level of integrity, sportsmanship that I am
proud of; we have to balance the focus
on athletics with the focus on academic
Q. There was a lot of coverage recently
in the Jewish press on the boycott of
Israeli academic institutions by the
American Studies Association. The
boycott was rejected by many universi-
ty presidents, including U-M. Can you
comment on the Boycott, Divestment
and Sanctions (BDS) movement as it
relates to institutions of higher educa-
"This is something that was discussed
at great length at Brown and our posi-
tion was similar to President Coleman's
and Provost Pollack's. I think it's the
wrong thing to do — whether you agree
or disagree with the politics and deci-
sions made in any country. The beauty of
academics is supposed to be intellectual
freedom and if people don't talk to one
another, there will never be progress
on these problems. It's an absolute no
brainer that academic boycotts are coun-
terproductive to social progress.
"Speaking of Israel, I just spent a
weeklong educational trip there with
an organization sponsored by the
American Jewish Committee called
Project Interchange that connects lead-
ers worldwide with Israel. We toured the
country and met with leaders of Hebrew
University and Tel Aviv University and
both Israeli and Palestinian leaders,
including the Palestinian PM"
"Medicine touches the community
quite directly but in a way that's different
than the rest of the campus. In addition
to doing research, it takes care of sick
people — and people get sick across all
spectrums of society — and it's a way
for the university to reach out to the
full economic strata. A community that
surrounds an academic medical center
grows to appreciate and love the institu-
tion for the care that they get. University
of Michigan hospital is amongst the best
in the nation and attracts people not just
in Ann Arbor, but in the Detroit area and
all over the country"
Q. Your children are grown, what do
they do and will any of them be mov-
ing to Ann Arbor with you?
Q. Michigan has very enthusiastic
sports fans. What role do you see
sports playing in the university as a
"What I took away from my religious
education when I was younger is a sense
of community, ethics, culture, history and
an awareness of the positive roles that
religion can play in people's lives. That
has stayed with me. There is a Hillel on
the Brown campus and I have been invit-
ed and attended dinners there and given
talks. I have a warm place in my heart for
Hillel and the Jewish community, and I
look forward to being considered a part
of that community as well as a part of the
broader community in Ann Arbor"
"Sports are wonderful for the culture
and energy of the campus. They provide
excitement for the current students and
keep the alumni connected to the uni-
versity. Michigan should be enormously
proud of a very long tradition of really
excellent teams that represent the univer-
sity well. Michigan gets it right in terms
of the balance between big-time athletics
"My youngest is a junior in college;
I have a son who is a Ph.D. student in
molecular biology, a daughter who is a
pediatric resident and my oldest is work-
ing in New York City. None will live in
Ann Arbor, but they will be visiting as
Ann Arbor will become home base for
Q. You were born and raised in
Brooklyn and grew up in a Jewish
home. How does Judaism guide your
life and career?