Linda Nazar elected to Royal Society of Canada

Friday, September 9, 2011

Two Waterloo professors elected to Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada honour

As published in the Daily Bulletin, September 9, 2011.

Two Waterloo faculty members are among 78 people chosen this year for Canada’s highest academic honour. They have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, the national organization announced this week.

The newly elected Fellows have diverse backgrounds and disciplines,” an RSC news release said. “They have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

Photo of Linda Nazar

The new Fellows from Waterloo are Linda Nazar (right) of the department of chemistry and Douglas Stinson of the school of computer science.

According to citations published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the occasion: “A scholar of international stature in solid state electrochemistry, Linda Faye Nazar has distinguished herself as a leading authority on advanced materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion. Her seminal research on Li-ion and Li-sulfur batteries has been described as ‘ground breaking and transformational’.

Photo of Douglas StinsonDouglas Robert Stinson (left) is an internationally renowned researcher in the fields of cryptography, combinatorics and then interaction. He is a pioneer in combinatorial cryptography and the author of over 300 research publications.

Roderick A. Macdonald, president of the RSC, said that "Once again, the Society has received hundreds of excellent nominations, and in 2011 the fellowship has been enriched by these 78 outstanding individuals.”

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scholars, artists and scientists. “As Canada's National Academy,” its web site explains, “the Royal Society of Canada exists to recognize academic excellence and outstanding contributions to Canadian intellectual culture, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada. The Society's three academies collectively consist of nearly 2,000 Fellows, men and women who are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences, in the arts and in the humanities.

Photo of Keith Hipel

"This year's new Fellows will be inducted to the RSC during the Induction and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, November 26, at the Ottawa Convention Centre."

The national society also announced this year’s winners of a dozen medals and awards, including the Sir John William Dawson Medal, this year given to Keith Hipel (right) of Waterloo’s department of systems design engineering, who was named a Fellow of the RSC in 1998.

Hipel, the RSC said, is globally renowned for his unique interdisciplinary research in systems engineering on the development of conflict resolution, multiple criteria decision analysis, time series analysis and other decision-making methodologies for addressing challenging system of systems problems lying at the confluence of society, science, technology and the environment.

The news release said the RSC “will prominently recognize" this year's new Fellows and award winners in the Report on Business section of the Globe and Mail today.