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Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 13:23:35 -0400
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Top White House science adviser named dean
of U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment.

ANN ARBOR---Rosina M. Bierbaum, acting director of the Office of Science 
and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, has been 
recommended as the new dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural 
Resources and Environment (SNRE).  U-M President Lee C. Bollinger and 
Provost Nancy Cantor made the announcement today (May 16).

Her appointment will be effective Oct. 1, pending approval by the U-M Board 
of Regents.  Bierbaum also will be appointed as professor of natural 
resources and environmental policy, with tenure.

Bierbaum has been acting director of the Office of Science and Technology 
Policy (OSTP) since Jan. 20 of this year.  She previously served as the 
associate director for environment in the OSTP (July 1998-2001).  As 
associate director, Bierbaum was the Administration's senior scientific 
adviser on environmental research and development on a wide range of 
issues, including global change, endocrine disrupters, air and water 
quality, endangered species, biodiversity, ecosystem management, 
environmental monitoring and cleanup, and energy research and development.

"Dr. Bierbaum's experience working with environmental science and policy at 
the national level will be of enormous value to the School," Cantor said in 
announcing the appointment.  "She has a remarkably broad command of the 
environmental landscape.  Her intelligence and expertise are perfectly 
suited to the interdisciplinary scholarly and educational profile of 
SNRE.  Dr. Bierbaum will lead the School superbly in expanding 
collaborative activity, both on our campus and nationally and internationally."

"We are delighted that Dr. Bierbaum has accepted this deanship," said 
Bollinger.  "In her roles as policy analyst and senior science adviser in 
Washington, she has worked tirelessly to advance sound environmental policy 
based on scientific values.  Her energy and commitment will surely infect 
faculty and students within the School and throughout the University."

Bierbaum worked closely with the President's National Science and 
Technology Council and co-chaired its Committee on Environmental and 
Natural Resources.  She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the 
Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program at the Department 
of Defense, and serves as the OSTP liaison to the National Ocean Research 
Leadership Council.  She was the head of the U.S. delegation to several 
plenary meetings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1996-2001).

"Coming home to the academic world as dean of SNRE and faculty member at 
this world-class university is indeed an honor and privilege," Bierbaum 
said.  "For two decades, I left scholarly life to work at the interface of 
science and policy as a translator, assessor, and user of knowledge.  I 
learned a great deal about how science can serve society.  Now I would like 
to help educate the next generation of environmental scientists, managers, 
and policymakers."

Before moving to the OSTP, Bierbaum worked for the Congressional Office of 
Technology Assessment where she was ultimately named senior associate in 
the Environment Program.  Bierbaum has published widely in professional 
journals and continues to lecture frequently on natural resources 
management and global change.  Among her publications are recent articles 
in "Ecological Applications" and "Natural Resources and Environment" and 
the 1993 two-volume report, "Preparing for an Uncertain Climate," which 
outlines a sustainable development strategy for the United States.

Bierbaum is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of 
Science and serves on the Government-University-Industry Research 
Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences.  Her awards include the 
Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Protection Award (1999) and the 
Waldo E. Smith Medal (2000) from the American Geophysical Union in 
recognition of her extraordinary service to geophysics.

Bierbaum received a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in English from Boston 
College, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolution from the State University of 
New York, Stony Brook in 1985.

"Rosina Bierbaum is a superb choice to be the next dean of SNRE," said J. 
David Allan, professor of conservation biology and chair of the search 
advisory committee.  "Dr. Bierbaum combines an unusually broad grasp of 
environmental science issues with a deep understanding of how science 
issues translate into policy options.  She brings enormous expertise and 

In welcoming the incoming dean, Barry Rabe, interim dean and professor of 
environmental policy, said, "Dr. Bierbaum has first-hand knowledge of the 
challenges inherent in developing environmental policy for the nation and 
the world.  She contributes wisdom from the trenches as well as scholarship 
to help our faculty and students grapple with these issues."

The study of natural resources and environmental issues has been a part of 
the University of Michigan since the 1850s.  When the School of Forestry 
and Conservation was renamed the School of Natural Resources in 1950, it 
was the first in the world to expand its focus beyond forestry and 
traditional resource management.

With the addition of "Environment" to its title in 1992, SNRE has expanded 
initiatives in areas such as global climate change, spatial analysis, 
terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and landscape ecology and design.  Its 
research centers and programs include the Center for Sustainable Systems 
(CSS), Environmental Justice Program, Ecosystem Management Initiative, and 
Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP).

Through research and education, the School aims to train effective leaders, 
develop policies, and teach the skills necessary to manage and conserve the 
earth's resources on a sustainable basis.

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