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Canada's last national science advisor is returning to the University of Waterloo to lead a new research initiative that will place UW among the world's best centres for nanotechnology. Arthur J.
Carty will serve as the first executive director of the new Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology.
Carty will provide both scientific and managerial leadership to the
fledgling institute. Priorities will include establishing a vision and
research directions, identifying funding opportunities, setting priorities for
the hiring of faculty and endowed chairs, developing cross-disciplinary
linkages internally and with external partners, and overseeing construction of
nanotechnology space within a $120-million quantum-nano centre.
"The University is pleased that Dr. Arthur Carty will return to oversee
the scientific and managerial aspects of this important new research
initiative," said David Johnston, president of the University of Waterloo.
"Our aspirations for the institute are great and we were determined to find
the right individual with a unique set of credentials. Dr. Carty is certainly
Carty will begin an initial two-year term on May 1. He will spend
90 percent of his time in those first two years on nanotechnology, reporting
to the deans of engineering and science who oversee the institute. He will
also spend a portion of his time as a special advisor to the president on
international science and technology policy and will be a research professor
in the department of chemistry.
"After 14 years in government, I am looking forward to returning to
Waterloo to meet a new challenge - that of building a unique world-class
institute dedicated to the emerging field of nanotechnology," said Carty.
"Waterloo is one of the most dynamic communities in Canada and with this
initiative, the University will be well positioned to serve as the wellspring
of innovation in this multidisciplinary enabling technology which will impact
profoundly across all areas of society and industry in the years ahead."
Carty has held senior science positions across Canada. He was national
science advisor to the government and prime minister of Canada from April 2004
until last month. Prior to that he spent a decade as president of the National
Research Council of Canada.
He is also a former president of the Canadian Society for Chemistry,
honorary fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and the Fields Institute
for Research in the Mathematical Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society
of Canada. He has more than 300 peer reviewed publications and five patents to
He has a doctorate in chemistry from Nottingham University and spent two
years at Memorial University. Over 27 years at UW, as a professor of
chemistry, Carty served as the first director of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre
for Graduate Work in Chemistry, chair of the chemistry department and dean of
research. The university's Arthur J. Carty Lecture Series, endowed by UW
colleague Frank Karasek, involves an annual lecture on science or science
policy of broad general interest.
Among his many awards are the Alcan Award and the Montreal Medal of the
Chemical Institute of Canada, the E.W.R. Steacie Award of the Canadian Society
for Chemistry, the Purvis Award of the Society of Chemical Industry, the Queen
Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal and the National Science Council of Taiwan
Professional Medal. He has received 12 honorary degrees from Canadian and
foreign universities, and is both an Officer of the Order of Canada and
Officier de l'Ordre national du Mérite of France.
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Dr. Terry McMahon, dean of science, (519)
888-4591; Dr. Adel Sedra, dean of engineering, (519) 888-4567 ext. 33347; Dr.
Arthur J. Carty, executive director of the Waterloo Institute of
Nanotechnology, (613) 237-5988; Michael Strickland, UW media relations, (519)
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