School of Natural Resources and Environment

News and Research Digest

Angela Lewis & Michelle Strunge

As a student in Professor Burt Barnes's Forest Ecology class, Rob Steiner '97 remembers trekking into the woods in the middle of winter during five-hour Friday labs.

"I will never forget the hands-on experience and understanding the complexity of the ecosystems surrounding Ann Arbor," the SNRE Environmental Policy and Planning graduate said.  

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan is one of nine research universities in a new international effort, funded by a $12 million award from the National Science Foundation, to build better cities of the future.

The University of Minnesota-led project brings together scientists, industry leaders and policy partners committed to creating cities that are highly functional, that promote the health of residents and the environment, and that have that intangible vibe, called livability, that makes cities desirable places to live and work.

SNRE Professor Rosina Bierbaum, a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), has been featured on the White House webpage. Professor Bierbaum commented on the President's Clean Power Plan, applauding the market-based approach and powerful signal to the rest of the world to take a stance on climate change. In her role on PCAST, Professor Bierbaum contributes to reports advising President Obama on a wide range of issues, including climate change, drug innovation, agriculture, and STEM education.