September 13, 2012


SUBJECT:    Acting Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences and Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography during Upcoming Sabbatical

Effective October 1, 2012 and continuing through June 30, 2013, Professor Catherine Constable of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) will serve as the Acting Vice Chancellor Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences. Professor Constable's acting appointment was approved today by the UC Regents at their meeting in San Francisco. Professor Constable will report directly to the Chancellor.

A member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1991, Professor Constable's principal research interests focus on the Earth's magnetic field and its changes over a wide range of time-scales. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the European Geophysical Union, and the Royal Astronomical Society of the United Kingdom, which awarded her its Price Medal in 1997. Earlier this year she became a Research Awardee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Among her many service responsibilities to the campus, Professor Constable chaired the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's recent research directions strategic planning effort and was Associate Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences and Deputy Director of Research from 2009 to March 2012.

During his sabbatical leave, Vice Chancellor Tony Haymet will continue his research program, accept an excellence award Visiting Professorship of the Petersen Foundation in Kiel, Germany, and chair the World Economic Forum's Ocean Council. The World Economic Forum, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Pradeep K. Khosla