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Top White Hose scientist to lead SNRE
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University President Lee Bollinger
and Provost Nancy Cantor announced
Wednesday their recommendation of
Rosina Bierbaum, an advisor to fonner
President Clinton and the acting director
of the White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy, to lead the
School of Natural Resources and Envi-
Bierbamn will assume the position of
an as the SNRE prepares to undergo
SNRE's undergraduate program with the
larger College of Literature, Science and
"A unber of things are ... ripe for
attention," Bierbaum said, citing the
need to stabilize graduate student fund-
ing and examine core courses.
Bierbaum said she plans to speak with
faculty and students about possible alter-
ations in the school. "I believe the first
job of the School is education, so I want-
ed to focus very much on the students,
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the search committee for the new dean,
said lie felt Bierbaum is fit to handle the
changes facing SNRE. She has shown
"enthusiasm for the challenges and sug-
gestions of how we can meet them," he
Bierbaum said her experiences in the
White House in public policy will help
in multiple ways. As acting director of
the OSTP, Bierbaum had to reach across
different government agencies, an act
she likened to dealing with different
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through to the essence of a problem,"
Bierbaum said part of her experience
lies in identifying problems and assess-
ing the timeliness of a solution, taking
into account the impact it might have on
other environmental issues. This skill
could be communicated to students and
was lacking in her own education, she
"I came out with the science but not
nearly the understanding of policy, law
By Whitney Elliott
DallySt e rter
With barely a foot in the door of the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, the University looked west on
Wedtesday, watching the University of California
Board of Regents stand down from their objection on
the use of race and sex in admissions and hiring
University Deputy General Counsel Liz Barry said
the University of California system has recognized a
problem since racial considerations were taken out of
their admissions and hiring policies.
"It's really been abominable what's happened there
in terms of higher education," Barry said.
See CALIFORNIA, Page 2
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 environmen-
tal research and development in many
areas. Bierbaum is also the former sen-
ior associate in the environment program
of the Congressional Office of Technol-
See BIERBAUM, Page 2
ways to fund
By Louie Melzllsh
Daily News Editor
Bad news arrived from Lansing on
Tuesday, May 15, when the members of
the state Consensus Revenue Estimating
Conference revised its projections for
fiscal year 2002.
Blaming a slowing economy, the
three participants in the conference,
state Treasurer Douglas Roberts, Senate
Fiscal Agency Director Gary Olson, and
House Fiscal Agency Director Mitch
Bean, projected a general find revenue
than they pro- "~,
jected in Janu- . "
ary and a 6.4 y.
pared to the - V
final fiscal year l rIt re
2000 revenue.' ' t
The revised projection will likely
force further cuts in appropriations for
the coming year, which became evident
late last month when the administration
of Republican Gov. John Engler with-
drew its support for the baseline funding
increase of 1.5 percent that it originally
proposed for Michigan's 15 public uni-
This has left legislators scrambling to
come up with new sources of revenue as
See HIGHER ED, Page 2
Steve Bear frolics on campus with his in-line skates. Spring is a popular time of year for skaters to
practice their tricks.
Finalists for police chief
position visit Ann Arbor
William Oates (right), a finalist in the race for the Ann
Arbor police chief post, talks with a community member.
The Daily takes a look at the arguments
for and against the possible expulsion of
David Jaye from the state Senate.
By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily News Editor
The Ann Arbor police chief search has narrowed
its number of candidates down to three, all of whom
visited the city last week to get acquainted with the
area and speak with search connittee members.
They also had a chance to meet members of the
Peter Falkenstein, an Ann Arbor resident, said he
was concerned that all three candidates were from
Daily Arts goes crazy with the latest
from R.E.M., Depeche Mode and the
Athletic Mic League.
"We don't have problems with large street gangs,
organized crime, car theft rings, massive drug
trade," Falkenstein said. "I would have hoped to see
some candidates from cities that typically have
needs and problems similar to Ann Arbor's."
But all three candidates said they were familiar
with the challenges of working in a city with a col-
lege campus, and while none had any specific plans
regarding the University, they spoke about working
with campuses in general.
Daniel Oates, executive officer for the south
See POLICE CHIEF, Page 2
Michigan softball defeats South Florida
to go on to the Women's College World
Series on Thursday.