Remembering Muawia Barazangi at the 2022 Kaufman INSTOC Symposium

By: Patrick Gillespie

Muawia BarazangiFormer students, colleagues and friends gathered Friday, October 7 to celebrate the career and scientific accomplishments of Muawia Barazangi, who passed away March 30, 2022.

The Cornell University Institute for the Study of the Continents (INSTOC) hosted the 2022 Kaufman INSTOC Symposium at the Cornell Law School Auditorium, followed by a reception in Snee Hall Atrium.

Larry Brown Ph.D. ‘76, the Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a co-organizer of the symposium, welcomed those in attendance and shared his memories of Professor Barazangi. Guests sharing their stories included Nimat Barazangi Ph.D. ’88; Klaus Jacob (Columbia University); Nobl Barazangi ’94 spoke in person, followed by online attendees Driss Bensari (Morocco); Mustapha Meghraoui (Institut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg, France); Abdelkrim (Karim) Aoudia (International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy); and John Coyne M.S. ’88 (International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria), his wife Elissavet Pontikakis, and daughter Kassanthra Coyne.

More in-person tributes followed from Yosef Al Shoffe (Freeville, NY); Eric Sandvol (University of Missouri); Graham Brew Ph.D. ’01 (Dynamic Graphics); Alex Calvert Ph.D. ’99 (Total); Michael Hamburger Ph.D. ‘82 (Indiana University); Eric Fielding Ph.D. ’89 (Jet Propulsion Lab); Jack Caldwell Ph.D. ’78 (Geospace Technologies); Paco Gomez Ph.D. ’99 (University of Missouri); and Weldon Beauchamp Ph.D. ’98 (New Mexico School for the Arts).

A final round of online attendees remembering Professor Barazangi included Lynn Sykes (Columbia University); Simon Klemperer Ph.D. ’85 (Stanford University); Dogan Seber Ph.D. ’95 (Nuclear Regulatory Commission); Whyjay Zheng Ph.D. ’20 (University of California, Berkeley); Paul Morgan M.S. ’20 (University of Washington); and Elianna Nossa Ph.D. ’16 (George Mason University)..

Closing remarks were made by Professor and INSTOC Director Matt Pritchard, who encourages everyone to watch Muawia’s talk about his career to the Snee Graduate Organization in 2018:

It’s not too late to contribute to the Muawia Barazangi INSTOC fund: "In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to Cornell University’s Institute for the Study of the Continents, which Muawia helped found and guided through much of his career. Contributions can be made via this link. Please indicate that this in honor or memory of Muawia Barazangi, and type “INSTOC” in the “other designations/special instructions” box."  You can also send a check by mail, if you prefer, to Cornell EAS, 2160 Snee Hall, 112 Hollister Drive, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Plans are underway for the 2023 INSTOC Symposium on the Cornell Andes Project to honor the careers of Rick Allmendinger, Terry Jordan and Suzanne Kay.  We hope that you are available to attend: the planned dates are Saturday/Sunday, June 3-4, 2023.  More details will be available by the end of the year.  Remote viewing of the presentations will be available.

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