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sident Lee Bollinger will announce today
hat he has chosen Gilbert Omenn to become the
Jniversity's first executive vice president for med-
cal affairs, a position responsible for overseeing
Jniversity Hospitals and the School of Medicine.
Omenn will earn $500,000 a year for leading
he University as one of its seven vice presidents.
Bollinger earns $275,000 annually.1
"I just couldn't be more pleased with the fact+
hat Gil Omenn was the leader after an extensive
eih and that he has agreed to join us in this
tak e reins ofC'' Hospitals
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new position," Bollinger said.
Omenn's nomination is scheduled to be
announced this afternoon and brought before the
Board of Regents at its Sept. 18 meeting. Omenn,
who was the University of Washington's public
health dean, will begin work today, but will not
officially be hired until the regents' meeting.
Former interim University President Homer
Neal announced the creation of the high-power
position earlier this year. A search committee was
formed in February to look for the best candidates
to regulate a $1 billion annual budget. He will
serve as the Medical Center's Chief Executive
Officer and will report directly to Bollinger.
When asked about the position Monday,
Omenn would not confirm his appointment, but
said he was flattered to be considered.
"I think the University of Michigan is an out-
standing institution that is respected throughout
the nation Omenn said. " I am very pleased to
be considered for this position."
The 15-member advisory committee chose
Omenn from a pool of more than 200 candidates,
said Max Wicha, chair of the search committee.
"Omenn had the unique blend of qualifications
to be able to fill this position," said Wicha, who
serves as an internal medicine professor and
director of the hospitals' cancer center. "He has
very impressive medical credentials and extensive
financial experience. He has a clear vision for the
future of health care centers. His very keen intel-
lect makes him really well qualified."
Omenn earned his M.D. at Harvard University
and a Ph.D in genetics from the University of
Washington. He joined the medical staff at the
University of Washington in 1969 as a fellow in
medical genetics, and signed on with the faculty
in 1971. He has received awards from the
National Institute of Health Research (career
See OMENN, Page SA
LAYING DOWN THE LAW
The Washington Post
LONDON - The unprecedented
>utpouring of emotion over the death of
Diana, Princess of Wales, that has
,ngulfed Britain this week grew ever
ar er yesterday, prompting officials to
'0 te Saturday's funeral procession to
ccommodate what are now expected
o be some of the largest crowds the
ity has ever seen.
Diana's death in an automobile acci-
lent in Paris early Sunday morning has
rapidly become a
for a nation long
known for its
.U.S. News & World Report annual
list puts maize and blue at 23 overall,
seventh in academic reputation
By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan inched up one notch this year
to obtain the 23rd spot in the U.S. News and World Report
annual ranking of national undergraduate institutions.
While excitement traditionally accompanics the rankings,
members of the University community said they do not see
significance in the move from the 24th spot to the 23rd.
Vice President for University Relations Walter Harrison
said he doesn't think the one-rank improvement means "any-
acter, as tens of
thousands of peo-
ple continue to
stream toward the
royal palaces here
a to pay their
thing at all."
"The differences are so
fine at these excellent
schools that they don't tell
you very much," Harrison
This year, the University
shares the 23rd ranking
with three other institutions
- Carnegie Mellon
University, Tufts University
and the University of
California at Berkeley.
The maize and blue
ranked second among pub-
lic universities, behind the
University of Virginia and
tied with Berkeley -- the
only other public institu-
tions in the top 25.
The University of
Michigan attained a high
academic ranking of 3.8 on
a 4.0 scale- the same as
University. Although that
put Michigan at the No. 7
spot academically, Michigan
The U.S. News
1. Harvard University
1. Princeton University
3. Duke University
3. Yale University
5. Stanford University
6. Massachusetts Institute
7. Dartmouth College
7. University of
9. Brown University
9. California Institute of
9. Columbia University
9. Emory University
9. Northwestern Universjty.
21. University of Virginia
23. University of California-
23. University of Michigan
Source: U.S. News and Wold Report
ourn her loss.
;Officials charged with staging
aturday's funeral services at
inster Abbey, where British sov-
reigns have been crowned, have con-
inued to readjust their plans in the face
of estimates that as many as 2 million
eople might descend on central
In the face of mounting criticism that
he original processional route was too
short to handle the expected crowds,
officials at Buckingham Palace
announced yesterday a significant
ex ansion that will more than double
t length the cortege will cover as
Diana's coffin, carried on a gun car-
riage, is borne to Westminster for the
At the same time, the palace
announced that Prince Charles, Diana's
former husband and the heir to the
British throne, will return to London on
Friday, with his and Diana's two sons,
Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry,
l for a private viewing of the coffin.
* royal family, criticized by many of
the mourners in the streets of London
this week, also issued their first state-
ment since Diana's death, saying they
were "deeply touched" by the enor-
mous crowds paying their last respects
Palace officials originally planned a
funeral procession that was to begin at
St. James's Palace, where Diana's cof-
fin has rested in private in the Chapel
al, and wind its way along the Mall,
t rough the government areas of
Whitehall and past Parliament Square
to the abbey.
But with Saturday's crowd estimates
growing daily, the officials announced
this afternoon that Diana's body would
be moved late Friday from St. James's
Palace to Kensington Palace, which is
in Kensington Gardens at the western
end of Hyde Park. Diana resided at
Josington Palace, and in the past few
days it has become a public shrine of
flowers, notes, tears and mourners.
The new and expanded route
means Diana's coffin now will be
borne along the southern tier of Hyde
Park, skirting the elegant neighbor-
hood of Knightsbridge, and then
Students listen intently yesterday as University President Lee Bollinger teaches them about the First Amendment. He is teaching Political
Science 312, "Freedom of Speech and the Press," this semester. Bollinger also taught undergraduates when he was provost at Dartmouth
BO bgr ettoS 0the CIRSrol'.
By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
University President Lee Bollinger began
the new school year yesterday the same way
as many students - by waking up early for
an 8:30 a.m. class.
Bollinger, a former Law School dean and
professor, will take time out of his hectic
presidential schedule this term to teach
Political Science 312, titled "Freedom of
Speech and the Press."
"It is always a pleasure to be back in the
classroom," Bollinger said. "The first day is
always difficult because people are not used
to the usual routine, but l think it was a good
The 75-person class currently has a wait-
list of about 60 students, including LSA
junior Amy Parekh, who is hoping for an
"I still have to wait to get in on the wait-
list," Parekh said. "I'm number 32 on the
waitlist, and I just have that little ounce of
hope in me that I may get in."
The course, which meets for an hour and
a half every Monday and Wednesday, is
taught in the classic law school manner.
Bollinger promised his students that by the
end of the term, they will know as much
about the First Amendment as a law school
Bollinger's first class included a mock
scenario leading to a legal case. He random-
ly called on students to act as legal counsel
and offer hypothetical legal strategy for how
the case might be conducted.
"He used the Socratic method," said LSA
senior Sanjeeb Das. "It was fun"
Das said the mixture of course material
and the prestige of the instructor compelled
him to CRISP into the early morning course.
"I am a senior and I was not going to wake
up at 8:30 unless there was good reason,"
Das said. "This is a good reason."
See BOLLINGER, Page SA
was pulled down in the overall ranking by low scores in student
selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
New to the annual report is a separate list of the top 25 pub-
lic universities. Al Sanoff, managing editor of U.S. News'
America's Best Colleges issue, said he added the list because
nearly 80 percent of college students attend public institutions.
However, Harrison said the public rankings list is not use-
ful because most students choose public schools because of
cheaper in-state tuition and pay little attention to how they
compare to each other.
Despite their prestige, University officials said they cau-
tion everyone to pay little attention to the annual rankings.
See RANKINGS, Page 7A
Technology allows doctors to diagnose from afar
By Heather Wiggin
Daily Staff Reporter
Picture this: A chronically ill child in
a Southeast Asian village receives a
lifesaving diagnosis from renowned
University specialists. The doctors and
child never meet face to face, but
advances in computer tAhnology allow
the doctor to examine the patient.
At the College of Engineering, the
School of Information and the University
Medical Center, researchers are develop-
ing methods to break down distance bar-
riers and make face-to-face communica-
tion possible, using phone lines and high-
tech multimedia computers.
Such research efforts received a
boost after Intel Corp., a computer
manufacturing company, gave the
University a $6-million grant to
advance interactive and collaborative
computing. Intel chose 12 universities
to receive cutting edge computers, net-
working tools, servers and worksta-
School of Information Dean Daniel
Atkins said students around the world
can connect with University students
through computers to perform experi-
ments and collaborate on research.
"The point of this technology is to
allow teams of people to work together,
despite of different time and place,"
While the School of Information
bases much of its curriculum on the
Internet and computing networks,
University Hospitals also benefits from
the communication age.
The University Medical Center is
"going to build a high-end network of
machines," said Tim Pletcher, manager
of information technology.
"The overall goal is to allow
researchers and clinical practitioners to
share information and use this as infra-
structure in clinical areas," Pletcher said.
Pletcher said the collaboration of
information, done through video con-