The University Record, October 8, 2001

New SNRE dean will give Wege lecture

By Judy Steeh
News and Information Services

Rosina M. Bierbaum, new dean of the School of Natural Resources, will deliver a major address on the critical environmental challenges facing this country and the world community. Her talk, “Environmental Challenges for the 21st Century: A Matter of Degrees,” will be given at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in Room 1800, Chemistry Bldg. All students, faculty, staff and interested citizens are cordially invited to attend.

Following her talk, a panel of three deans—Rebecca M. Blank (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy), Stephen W. Director (College of Engineering), and Douglas S. Kelbaugh (A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning)—will briefly respond to the challenges identified by Bierbaum.

Bierbaum, who comes to the University from Washington, D.C., where she was acting director of the Office of Science, Technology and Policy, brings an insider’s knowledge of the policies and politics that will shape the world we pass on to our children and grandchildren. Global climate change, air and water quality, endangered species and biodiversity, ecosystem management, endocrine disruptors, natural hazards, and energy research and development are just some of the major national and international environmental issues she has dealt with during her tenure as senior scientific advisor to two presidents.

Birnbaum’s talk is the first annual Peter M. Wege Lecture. This lecture series, hosted by the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS), will bring a nationally recognized expert in the area of sustainability to speak at the U-M each year. The series is funded by Peter M. Wege and the Wege Foundation, long-time supporters of the effort to develop and disseminate educational materials on pollution prevention and sustainable systems.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception to welcome Birnbaum to the campus will follow, at 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Chemistry atrium.