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Dr. Peter Tiidus appointed acting dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Science
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Dr. Peter Tiidus, professor and chair of Laurier’s kinesiology and physical education department, has been named acting dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Science.
“I am pleased to welcome Peter to his role,” says Dr. Leo Groarke, acting vice-president: academic. “He is well-placed to step into his new portfolio and I expect him to continue the impressive development of the Faculty of Science.”
Tiidus will serve as acting dean from March 1, 2009 until July 1, 2010. He takes over from dean of science Dr. Deb MacLatchy, who will begin her five-year term as vice-president: academic and provost on March 1.
"I am very honoured and excited about the opportunity to work with the science departments and programs in the continued development of science at Laurier,” says Tiidus. “I hope in some small way to be able to build on the initiatives of my predecessors, Art Szabo and Deb MacLatchy, both of whom will serve as my role models during my time as acting dean of science."
Tiidus’ research on the physiology of exercise-induced muscle damage and repair has been published in numerous scientific journals. His teaching focuses on exercise physiology and nutrition.
“Peter has been a very engaged member of the Laurier community as a researcher, chair and committed member of the Board of Governors, Senate and innumerable university committees,” adds Groarke.
The university is initiating a search for a permanent dean of science and hopes to have the position in place by July 1, 2010.