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New Director for CITA

New Director for Canada's National Astrophysics Research Institute - Norm Murray, expert in active galactic nuclei, takes reins at a bigger CITA

Toronto, ON, July 1 -- The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, a nationally-supported research center hosted by the University of Toronto, took new leadership this year as Norm Murray took over as Director of the Institute from outgoing Director Dick Bond. The change in directorship comes as CITA has been undergoing a dramatic expansion in researchers and facilities.

CITA was founded in 1985 with primary missions of fostering interaction within the Canadian theoretical astrophysics community and to serve as an international center of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. The Institute is hosted at the University of Toronto.

The new director, Norman W. Murray, recieved his Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley, and has been a professor at the Institute since 1993. His recent work has centred on understanding the highly energetic outflows from massive black holes in the centre of some galaxies, and the dynamics of planetary systems.

``As anyone familiar with CITA will tell you, Dick Bond was the driving force behind CITA's phenomenal growth and concomitant scientific impact over the last decade,'' said Murray. ``In following him as Director, I will strive to foster CITA's well known research intensive yet friendly atmosphere, so that we continue to attract the world's finest research fellows. Experience has shown that, if we can attract the best, exciting and world class research will follow.''

Previous Director Dick Bond, who led CITA since 1996, remains a University Professor at the Institute, as well as continuing as Director of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research Cosmology and Gravity Program. ``The Institute has had enormous growth over the past ten years, and I'm confidant that Norm [Murray] will build on our successes while taking the Institute in exciting new directions in the future.''


About the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) is a world-class, nationally supported, research center for studies in theoretical astrophysics and related subjects hosted by the University of Toronto. The primary missions of CITA are to foster interaction within the Canadian theoretical astrophysics community and to serve as an international center of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. CITA receives research support from a collaborative special project grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). More information about CITA and the work of its researchers is available at http://www.cita.utoronto.ca.

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More information about this topic, or CITA in general, can be arranged through the CITA administrator, Nina Ladocha, at Tel: 416 978 8800; Fax: 416 978 3921; email: citadmin@cita.utoronto.ca. More information about CITA and the work of its researchers is also available online at http://www.cita.utoronto.ca.


[Passing of the Torch]
Outgoing CITA Director Dick Bond, centre-right, hands the torch over to new Director Norm Murray, centre-left, at a party to celebrate the occasion.
Published: July 01, 2006