The University Record, October 28, 1998

Life Sciences Commission report deferred

From the Office of the President

To ensure the most comprehensive report possible, the president’s Life Sciences Commission has been given more time to complete its work.

The decision was made following consultation between President Lee C. Bollinger, Provost Nancy Cantor, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Gilbert S. Omenn, and commission co-chairs Huda Akil and William Roush to enable the group to accommodate the great interest shown by the University community, review input from various individuals and units, and develop with sufficient care and rigor the scientific, educational and administrative aspects of the initiative that it proposes.

The commission, appointed by Bollinger in May, was originally asked to complete its final report by Nov. 1. In giving the group more time, Bollinger said: “I am pleased to learn of the progress that the Life Sciences Commission has made and of the extensive input that the commission has received from the campus community. It is important that we give the commission enough time to consider the input and the issues, which are broad and complex, and to develop a careful and effective proposal. Nancy Cantor, Gil Omenn and I look forward to receiving the Commission’s report in due time.”

Roush said that the commission had issued two campuswide solicitations for input and was gratified by the large and thoughtful response. “We have responses,” he noted, “from faculty and staff in most schools and in disciplines ranging from anatomy to internal medicine to music to zoology. We’re pleased to see this deep interest in the work of the commission among members of the University community.”

The commission may be contacted by e-mail (, fax (936-3529), or mail (Life Sciences Commission, c/o Office of the President, 2056 Fleming Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340).


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