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Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research)

Article Date: April 10, 2010

Dr. Steven N. Liss, a microbiologist and the current Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Guelph, has been appointed Queen’s new Vice-Principal (Research) effective September 1.
“On behalf of the university community, I congratulate Dr. Liss and welcome him to Queen’s,” said Principal Daniel Woolf. “His impressive academic and administrative career, and his extensive involvement with government and industry partners will advance research and innovation at Queen’s.”

Dr. Liss is a Professor of Environmental Sciences at Guelph and holds adjunct professorships in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.

His interdisciplinary research encompasses environmental biotechnology and engineering, applied microbiology, wastewater and water management (municipal, industrial and agricultural applications), and fate of contaminants (pathogens, nutrients, and chemical) in engineered and natural environmental systems. He has led numerous strategic programs involving a range of collaborators, government and industry partners.

He has served on numerous provincial and national boards and participated on many peer review panels. Dr. Liss has published widely and supervised over 40 Masters and PhD students. He has a strong interest in international work, in particular in Central and South America, China and India.

He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in microbiology and immunology, and has a Masters and PhD in applied microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan.

“To join Queen’s as the Vice-Principal (Research), and as a member of the faculty, is a privilege and a significant opportunity I look forward to,” said Professor Liss. “I believe that progressive solutions and innovative plans can form the basis of strategies in the research enterprise to assist the University in addressing critical challenges and in leading in the creation of new opportunities, while preserving and enhancing institutional strengths and advantages. Queen’s is, and will continue to be, one of the best places to conduct research, advance knowledge, create, and innovate. I look forward to working with the Principal and the entire community in enhancing all areas of scholarly activity across the University.”

Dr. Liss succeeds Dr. Kerry Rowe whose second term as V-P (Research) concludes at the end of August. A search committee started its work to fill this position last October.

“I want to thank all committee members for their time and commitment to this process,” said Principal Woolf. “I would also like again to acknowledge the stellar contribution to Queen’s research of outgoing V-P Kerry Rowe, who has helped build an extraordinarily rich culture of scholarship for Dr. Liss to develop further.”