Christina Ravelo appointed director of IGPP
By Tim Stephens
Christina Ravelo, professor of ocean sciences,
has been named director of the Santa Cruz branch of the Institute
of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP). Ravelo's five-year
appointment begins September 1, 2005.
"Professor Ravelo's extensive experience
in promoting interdisciplinary research and education across
the array of fields served by IGPP, along with her broad knowledge
of how the campus and UC system function, make her the ideal
person to serve as leader and advocate for IGPP in the coming
years," said Stephen Thorsett, interim dean of the Division
of Physical and Biological Sciences, in announcing the appointment.
The IGPP, a multicampus research unit, established
a Santa Cruz branch in 2000 led by founding director Thorne
Lay, professor of Earth sciences. The institute supports a wide
range of basic research on the origin, structure, and evolution
of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe. It includes
four interdisciplinary research centers at UCSC: the Center
for the Origin, Dynamics, and Evolution of Planets (CODEP),
the Center for the Dynamics and Evolution of the Land-Sea Interface
(CDELSI), the Center for the Study of Imaging and Dynamics of
the Earth (CSIDE), and the Center for Remote Sensing (CRS).
As director of CDELSI for the past two years,
Ravelo successfully spearheaded a National Science Foundation
"Major Research Instrumentation" proposal to build
a new common-access facility for isotope analysis. She also
played a leading role in designing a new interdisciplinary graduate
research and training program in coastal environmental change
and ocean health.
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