Ian Brindle named as Brock’s new Vice-President, Research

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Ian Brindle named as Brock’s new Vice-President, Research

Feb. 9, 2010

Dr. Ian Brindle, a renowned Brock University scientist and scholar whose academic writing has appeared in more than 80 publications, was today named as Brock’s new Vice-President of Research.

Brindle, for years a driving force behind the increasing scope and stature of research at Brock, fills the vacancy left by Dr. Liette Vasseur, who is stepping down from the position to concentrate on her research work. She has an appointment as Professor of Biological Sciences, and will teach and continue to do research.

In making the announcement, University President Jack Lightstone said Brindle’s accomplishments and his reputation as a respected scientist make him an ideal leader for Brock’s growing role in Canadian research.

“Ian has been one of the architects in bringing Brock to where it is today in terms of research capacity and leadership,” said Lightstone, “so we are very pleased to have him accept the most senior role in research administration. We are also grateful for the effort Dr. Vasseur brought to the task during her time in the role.”

In taking up the new post, Brindle will leave his position of Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, to which he was appointed in 2001. The Faculty’s Associate Dean, Rick Cheel, has been appointed Interim Dean, and a decanal search will be initiated to fill the position.

Brindle, who had served as Associate Interim Vice President of Research in 2007-08, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry whose work has been recognized by the Research Excellence Award of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. He has also been instrumental in planning and developing the Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex, a $111-million facility currently under construction at Brock.

“I’m honoured to take on this challenge,” said Brindle, “especially as we proceed with the building of the Niagara Health and Bioscience Research Complex, which will expand opportunities for Brock researchers in the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences and Mathematics and Science. Our momentum in research and scholarship has continued to build over the last decade, and I look forward to helping our scholars enhance the reputation of Brock University during my time as Vice-President, Research.”

Brindle’s appointment takes effect immediately, and his term will run through June 30, 2011.

Backgrounder — Dr. Ian Brindle

On Feb. 9, 2010 Dr. Ian Brindle was appointed Vice-President, Research at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Brindle first came to Brock as a graduate student in 1968, returning as a Senior Demonstrator in 1974. He became an Assistant Professor in 1986, a full Professor in 1989, and in 2001 was appointed Dean. Along the way he was also interim Associate Vice-President, Research and International Development in 2007-09.

As a professor of chemistry, Brindle holds a Chancellor’s Chair in Research Excellence and is author of more than 80 publications in analytical chemistry. The University of Manchester awarded him the degree of Doctor of Science for belonging to that group of scientists who “have distinguished themselves as authorities in the field by their substantial and original contributions to the advancement of knowledge.” He also holds a BSc from Manchester and an MSc from Brock.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), his work on hydride-forming elements and his pioneering use of L-cysteine in the determination of these elements led to its being called the “Brindle Reagent”. The reagent is used worldwide.

With Roger McLaughlin, of Brock’s Department of Chemistry, he received a US patent for a device for atomic spectrometry. Known as the Multimode Sample Introduction System, the device improves laboratory performance in the analysis of water, wastewater, sludges and sediments for toxic elements such as arsenic and selenium. The device is used in laboratories across Ontario and in the US, the UK and Europe.

Brindle has also developed sensitive techniques for tracking the flow of contaminants into the Niagara River from chemical waste dumps in New York State.