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Freeman Named Director of Environmental Studies at Bowdoin

Story posted February 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- A. Myrick Freeman, Bowdoin's William D. Shipman Professor of Economics, has been named director of the Environmental Studies Program for the Spring semester. The announcement was made by Dean for Academic Affairs Charles R. Beitz.

"During the next several months, the environmental studies faculty will be carrying out a review of the environmental studies curriculum and devising a new, interdisciplinary introductory course," said Beitz. "Rick Freeman understands the Environmental Studies Program and its aspirations as well as anyone in the College. We're particularly lucky to have his leadership at this critical time."

Freeman, who joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1965, is known for his work in the areas of applied welfare economics, benefit-cost analysis, and risk management as applied to environmental and resource management issues. His courses include: "Chemicals in the Environment - Risks, Costs, and Policy" and "Economics of Environmental Quality and Resources." Freeman is a graduate of Cornell University. He earned his master's degree and doctorate at the University of Washington.

Associate Professor of Geology Edward P. Laine, director of the Environmental Studies program for the last 10 years, left the directorship to begin a sabbatical, during which he will participate in a portion of the Ocean Drilling Project, an effort that monitors changes in water masses in the westernmost North Atlantic ocean.

"Ed's contributions to the Environmental Studies Program have been enormous," said Beitz. "He has certainly earned this sabbatical, and we wish him well with his research." Laine will continue to teach courses in the environmental studies program when he returns from his sabbatic leave.

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