Dean of Science Appointed :
Dr. David M. Wardlaw to arrive from Queen's

Dr. Peter Brown in his laboratory

New Dean to begin 5-year term on July 1, 2006

By Mitchell Zimmer

It's official, come July 1 Western will have a new Dean of Science. The announcement was made on the morning of March 27 by the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Fred Longstaffe.

In a memorandum sent across campus Dr. Longstaffe stated, "It is my pleasure to inform you that Dr. David Wardlaw has accepted a 5-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Science, beginning July 1, 2006. Dr. Wardlaw’s appointment was advanced at the recommendation of the Senate Decanal Selection Committee, and has now received the formal endorsement of the President and Western’s Board of Governors through the Board’s Senior Operations Committee."

Dr. Longstaffe went on to say, "Dr. Wardlaw comes to Western from Queen’s University, where he has been a member of the Department of Chemistry since 1984 and the Department’s Head since 2002. He holds both undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto and is known as a distinguished researcher, teacher, and academic leader. He is currently Chair of Sci-Tech Ontario, a non-profit organization supporting and celebrating Ontario’s young scientists, National Judge-in-Chief for Canada-Wide Science Fairs, and Chair of the National Judging Advisory Committee of the Youth Science Foundation Canada."

Dr. Wardlaw's research in theoretical chemical reaction dynamics is currently focused on developing simplified statistical models to describe the basic features of the dissociation of diatomic ions in an intense laser field.