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2C - New Student Edition - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 5, 2001

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By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily News Editor
University President Lee Bollinger and
Provost Nancy Cantor announced Wednesday
their recommendation of Rosina Bierbaum, an
advisor to former President Clinton and the
acting director of the White House Office of
Science and Technology Policy, to lead the
School of Natural Resources and Environ-
ment.
Bierbaum will assume the position of dean
as the SNRE prepares to undergo major inter-
nal changes. The University announced a ten-
tative plan to merge the SNRE's
undergraduate program with the larger Col-
lege of Literature, Science and the Arts.
"A number of things are ... ripe for atten-
tion" Bierbaum said, citing the need to stabi-
lize graduate student funding and examine
core courses.
Bierbaum said she plans to speak with fac-
ulty and students about possible alterations in
the school. "I believe the first job of the
School is education, so I wanted to focus very
much on the students," she said.
SNRE Prof. David Allan, who chaired the
search committee for the new dean, said he
felt Bierbaum is fit to handle the changes fac-
ing SNRE. She has shown ."enthusiasm for
the challenges and suggestions of how we can
meet them,"he said.

Bierbaum said her experiences in the White
House in public policy will help in multiple
ways. As acting director of the OSTP, Bier-
baum had to reach across different govern-
ment agencies, an act she likened to dealing
with different departments within the Univer-
sity.
"She has a marvelous ability to cut through
to the essence of a problem," Allan said.
Bierbaum said part of b e
her experience lies in ' b live h
identifying problems and
assessing the timeliness of the .Sch
of a solution, taking into
account the impact it education.
might have on other
environmental issues.
This skill could be com-
municated to students and was lacking in her
own education, she said.
"I came out with the science but not nearly
the understanding of policy, law ... and tech-
nology that I think students ought to have,"
Bierbaum said.
Before serving as acting director of the
OSTP in January, Bierbaum was the associate
director for environment in the OSTP, which
she had held since 1998. She was the Clinton
Administration's senior scientific advisor on
environmental research and development in
many areas. Bierbaum is also the former
senior associate in the environment program

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of the Congressional Office of Technology
Assessment.
"In her roles as policy analyst and senior
science adviser in Washington, she has
worked tirelessly to advance sound environ-
mental policy based on scientific values,"
Bollinger said in a statement. "Her energy and
commitment will surely infect faculty and -
dents within the School and throughout e
University."
he first jo Bierbaum, Allan said,
j embodies leadership,
oi is scholarship and vision
- all characteristics the
search committee 'was
- Rosina Bierbaum looking for. Her experi-
ences, he added, during
the eight years of Clin-
ton's tenure are a unique asset to the position.
Allan also mentioned that Bierbaums
not only Worked with the top specialists a
number of environmental fields but is well-
known and well-respected among them.
Bierbaum's appointment "sends a message
to peopld who are interested in the environ-
ment and the School that we have a dynamic
new leader," Allan said.
Bierbawm's term is scheduled to begin Oct.
1, pending the approval of the University
Board of Regents. She will also be a fullI-
fessor of natural resources and environmnl
pclicy with tenure.

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Harvard's Dolan to
head Business school

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily News Reporter
Robert Dolan, a professor of busi-
ness administration at the Harvard
'University School of Business, has
been selected to head the University
of Michigan Business school, Uni-
versity of Michigan President Lee
Bollinger and Provost Nancy Cantor
announced this May.
"It is a great honor and thrill to be
the next Dean of the Business
School. I have been a long-time fan
of the School," Dolan said.
Dolan will assume the position
following approval
by the University
Board of Regents.
"Bob Dolan is
known for his own
personal scholarly
achievement and
dedication to
teaching students,
his support of aca-
demic values, and Wtan
his nurturing of
young faculty," Bollinger said in a
statement.
Dolan said he is committed to
cultivating a link between.acade-
mics and research, which .is also a
primary focus of the Business
School.
"I am very comfortable with the
'fit' between the School and
myself," Dolan said. "We are along
the same wavelength on what a
great business school should be
about."
Dolan also said he felt comfort-
able working with University facul-P
ty.
"The spirit of scholarship and
research excellence just comes
through and the University's history,
of effective collaboration across thei
different Schools within the Univer-
sity is ... a real asset for us in,
addressing the most important busi-r

ness problems of today," he said.
"Within the business school, I rea
liked the obvious commitment
special feelings that the faculty had
about the place."
'Dolan will be a tenured professor
of marketing and a Gilbert and Ruth
Whitaker Professor of Business
Administration.
* Dolan's appointment comes after
an eight-month search chaired by
Prof. Joel Slemrod. The search con-
sidered more than 100 candidates
*"I think he's an excellent match,"
Slemrod said. "He has a record of
outstanding scholarship."
Outgoing Dean B. Joseph White
will finish his second five-year term
and plans to work with Dolan in the
transition.
""I am extremely pleased and
excited about Bob Dolan's accepting
the appointment as our next dean"
White said. "I am confident he g1
provide us excellent leadership'
take the School to the next level of
achievement," he said in a state-
ment.
White opted not to seek a third
erm at the helm of the Business
School, choosing to take a leave of
absence and then return as a regular
merrber of the faculty...
Dolan, a specialist in product
pricing and policy, will be*
Barcelona, Spain, on a visiting pro-
fessorship until the end of June. He
would have served Harvard Busi-
ness School's Division of Research
as senior associate dean and director
beginning this summer.
Dolan has taught at Harvard since
1980. At Harvard, he was the chair
of the MBA program faculty from
1996-97, taught marketing to senior
executives in Harvard's Advanced
Management Program from 199
and chaired Harvard's marketing
area from 1986-94. Dolan taught at
the University of Chicago's business
school from 1976-80.

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G RASS.
Continued from Page 1C
"Carpe Diem." Seize every opportu-:
nity you can while you're at the
University. And as I enter my senior
year, I wish that I was back on the
sixth floor of Fisher House in Mary o
Markley (it's a girls hall now).
Life goes by quickly, especially
your four years in Ann Arbor. I'vet
gone from the high school life of
6th Fisher throwing ice cream cones
out the window to now, living an.
attic apartment down the street from
Border's, rooming with a Marxist.'
Who'd ever think that'd happen? Sot
don't get hung up that you're from
Winnetka, Ill. or were a member of
the state championship cheer team;
try to move beyond who you were
and where you came from.
It's a tough lesson I had to learn.,
Being in Ann Arbor and what you
do with yourself now is what's
important now. What you do, what
you encounter in your short college

years will change you. Some
embrace this. But some find it diffi-
cult to transition. And others never
get it.
If you truly have a passion
accounting, then use that passion
get into the B-School. If you have
an obsession for creative writing,
then pursue that. And if you have
zero clue what you want to do when
you are here, then explore and find
your place. It could just reshape
your life for the better.
Be true to yourself. You and your
fellow classmates will be better for
it.
Michael Grass is editorial page A
for of The Michigan Daily. If he
would have been in the 1998 fresh-
man face book, he would have said
he was from East Grand Rapids,
Mich., interested in journalism, his-
tory and screwing with his fellow
classmates'heads. He can be
reached via e-mail at
mgrass@umich. ed.

MSA
Continued from Page 1C
term. Nolan and Cash will be taking
over what Cash referred to as, "an
MSA on life support."
Last year was an unusually turbu-

assembly members such as vice
president Jim Secreto, but this year's
assembly is still left with the task of
repairing the damage.
MSA is directly or indirectly
involved in every student's life.
From funding student events to

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