Joaquin Ruiz

Joaquin Ruiz
Vice President of Innovation
Dean of the College of Science
Thomas R. Brown Chair and Director of Biosphere 2
Professor of Geosciences

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Joaquin Ruiz received his B.S. (1977) in Geology and Chemistry from the University of Miami and his M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) in Geology from the University of Michigan. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Miami from 1982 to 1983. In 1983, he joined the University of Arizona Geosciences Department as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and Professor in 1993. He served as head of the Department of Geosciences from 1995 to 2000. He has been Dean of the College of Science since 2000, Executive Dean of the Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science from 2009-2018, and Vice President for Innovation since 2013. He is also the Thomas R. Brown Chair and Director of Biosphere 2. Dr. Ruiz served as President of the Geological Society of America (2010-2011). He is also a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, and a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Chemical Society, the Geochemical Society, and the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and was named a National Researcher by the Mexican government in 2010, when he was recognized for his outstanding scientificcontributions and efforts to enhance Mexico's scientific and technological capacity through collaborations with the UA and research institutions in Mexico. In 2018, the Mexican Secretary of State named Dr. Ruiz one of forty distinguished Mexican citizens living abroad who have brought bring distinction to the country. He has served as Secretary of the Volcanology Section ofthe American Geophysical Union, Councillor of the Geological Society of America, and as a NationalScience Foundation Panel Member for the Instrumentation and Facilities Program and the Centers forExcellence in Science and Technology Program. He has served as Associate Editor of the American Journalof ScienceGeologyRevista, and Geofísica International of the Institute of Geology, UNAM. As a scientistwith equal abilities in chemistry and in geology, Dr. Ruiz addresses many first-order problems in the EarthSciences, such as the development of new isotope systems for studying ore deposits and the tectonicprocesses involved in the growth and evolution of Mexico. His research team addresses problems rangingfrom the origins of life to present-day climate change. change.

Op Ed Pieces

Immigration Law Jeopardizes University Collaboration
Science, July 30, 2010

The faculty and students that comprise an educational community, whether on a single university campus or across international borders, represent a social model built upon diversity of culture, ethnicity, and ideas.

Tumamoc Hill and Tucson: We Need Each Other
The Arizona Daily Star, July 18, 2010

July 20, 1960, was the magic day when the University of Arizona bought Tumamoc Hill from the U.S. Forest Service. On this 50th anniversary of the UA's ownership of Tumamoc Hill, we have much to celebrate and much yet to accomplish.

Universities Need Support
The Arizona Republic, May 17, 2010

Public universities are like the canary in the coal mine. As public universities go, so will our way of life.

Research Universities Enrich State
The Arizona Daily Star, August 12, 2009

The budget for the University of Arizona - considered one of the 25 best research universities in the nation - was cut by the Legislature this year by $76 million. In discussions with legislators, the question often arises: Why does Arizona need research universities?

Arizona Needs to Work Hard to Keep Lead in Science
The Arizona Republic, April 11, 2009

With the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown, Arizona must diversify its economy, and it's in a very strong position to do that in one particular area: science. Arizona is already a global leader, but it needs to build on that strength, not retreat.

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