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History of LANL IGPP(S)

  • IGPP established at LANL in 1980, with Paul Coleman as first director (Oct 1981)
  • Minigrant program starts in 1982, with 24 projects. Grows to 30+ projects in 1983.
  • SAGE course starts, in 1982
  • IGPP takes ownership of LANL's climate research activities in 1984 (Bob Malone/Sig Gerstl)
  • Paul Coleman resigns in 1986, returns to UCLA.
  • IGPP tasked to be more responsive to lab's research needs, and become more integrated into the lab.
  • Chick Keller appointed director in 1987.
  • Based on division input, defined focused research areas, of high laboratory interest.
  • Each focus had a ¼ time focus leader
  • In 1994, IGPP reassesses its role with visits to groups/divisions. Role reaffirmed.
  • Chick resigns as director in 2001.
  • Gary Geernaert appointed director in 2002
  • IGPP becomes an institutional center, and manages basic science strategies with divisions
  • In 2008, IGPP assigned to the Institutes Office, with responsibility to advance revolutionary research in support of a Laboratory goal to sustain research excellence in the long term.
  • Gary Geernaert joins DOE and Harald Dogliani serves as acting Director in 2010.
  • In 2010 IGPP Systemwide management office headquartered at UCLA formally terminated.  Many campus individual IGGP centers independently continued.
  • In 2012 Harald Dogliani becomes permanent Director.
  • IGPP explicitly identifies research on sensors/signatures and formally adds “S” for Signatures in its new title: IGGPS, Institute of Geophysics, Planetary Physics, and Signatures (2013).
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