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David Wardlaw

David Wardlaw
Office: ER6034
Phone: 709-864-8246
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Post: Department of Chemistry
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X7 CANADA

Dr. David Wardlaw was born and raised in southern Ontario. He attended the University of Toronto where he obtained a B.Sc. in 1976 (chemical physics) and a PhD in 1982 (theoretical chemistry). He was a NSERC postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology from 1982 to 1984. In 1984, he was awarded a NSERC University Research Fellowship and accepted a position at Queen's University as an assistant professor. Dr. Wardlaw was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and to professor in 1994. He served as Head of Chemistry at Queen's 2002-2006. In July 2006 he was appointed to a five-year term as Dean of Science at the University of Western Ontario. He has held short-term visiting scientist positions at the Argonne National Laboratories in Chicago, at Emory University in Atlanta, and at the National Research Council in Ottawa.

During his academic career, Dr. Wardlaw has made significant contributions in research, teaching and academic leadership. His areas of research specialization are chemical physics, chemical reaction dynamics, and computational chemistry and he has published over 65 refereed articles in these areas. He also has a track-record of initiatives and achievement in improving the teaching and learning environment at universities, with a focus on improving the student learning experience. As an academic leader, he has been recognized for his balanced approach to the development of both the teaching and research missions of the academy. Dr. Wardlaw is also committed to engaging K-12 students in project-based science. In this regard, he has been associated with Youth Science Canada (YSC) since 1999, serving as the YSC National Judge-in-Chief for the Canada-Wide Science Fairs 2004-10, and has served as chair of the Board of Youth Science Ontario 2005-11.