Argentinian Quaternary Geologist Jorge Rabassa to Return to ISGS in 2015

Jorge Rabassa has been awarded a Visiting Professorship to the UIUC campusThe Illinois State Geological Survey and Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have received confirmation from the Center for Advanced Study (CAS) George A. Miller Programs Committee at UIUC that Jorge Rabassa has been awarded a Visiting Professorship to the UIUC campus in September and October 2015. Rabassa, a world-renowned Quaternary geologist in Argentina, is presently Director at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)—Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas (CADIC) and a professor of geology at the Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego. During his visit, Rabassa will lead a workshop for faculty, staff, and students on the ancient Mesozoic-aged landscapes of southern Illinois and southernmost South America. The workshop will build on his most recent book, Gondwana Landscapes in Southern South America. In addition, he will present a series of lectures and presentations, both scientific and topical in nature, to various groups on campus and in the community, and will conduct fieldwork and lead field trips in southern Illinois.

Andrew Stumpf and Christopher Stohr were instrumental in writing a successful proposal for Rabassa’s visiting professorship, and letters of support were provided by Robert Darmody, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at UIUC, and David Mickelson, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Rabassa and Stumpf first met in 2006 when Rabassa visited the UIUC campus as an International Visiting Scholar. That same year, Stumpf attended Rabassa’s field course on the Quaternary geology and geomorphology of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in Argentina ( Collaboration between Rabassa and the ISGS has continued since. The ISGS is seeking contributions from cross-disciplinary departments or units on campus to support a CAS/MillerComm Lectureship for Rabassa.