ARGONNE, Ill. — Argonne National Laboratory Director Robert Rosner has appointed Renee Carder as the Deputy to the Lab Director. Carder has served as the University of Chicago’s Assistant Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives and Executive Director of the university’s office at Argonne since 2004. She will begin her new duties effective April 16, 2007.
“Renee is uniquely qualified for this position which will direct laboratory-wide policy development, provide daily oversight of the support functions within the Office of the Director and manage programmatic and operational reviews,” said Rosner. “Her strong scientific expertise and knowledge of programmatic and operational systems will contribute greatly to the strategic mission of the laboratory.”
In her role as Assistant Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Chicago, Carder was responsible for guiding the development and growth of science programs that leverage the scientific and technological strengths of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Her work focused on identifying, developing and managing initiatives in areas as diverse as environmental science, structural biology, and nanoscience. Simultaneously, Carder worked to establish innovative approaches for the management of scientific collaborations, developing policies and organizational arrangements that encourage the establishment and use of supportive infrastructure.
Carder also directed the University of Chicago office at Argonne. She was responsible for overseeing the review of laboratory scientific and engineering programs as well as operations with regard to strategic objectives, staff development, financial management, team management, and communication to ensure the effective and efficient deployment of staff and resources. In addition, Carder served as the Secretary to the UChicago Argonne, LLC Board of Governors for Argonne as well as the principal liaison for the Department of Energy Argonne Site Office.
Carder completed her doctoral degree in neurobiology, anatomy, and cell science at the University of Pittsburgh, and has since held research positions at the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins University, and most recently in the Department of Neurology at the University of Chicago. In addition to her scientific work, Carder has also served as Assistant Vice President for Program Development and Associate Director of Research Funding in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago.