Season's Greetings and
Best Wishes for the New Year!
December 2017 vol 1.1
We are grateful to everyone who has helped support IHO’s programs through annual gifts to our operating fund, direct support of our research, investment in our long-term success through endowment gifts and bequests, or participation in one of our wonderful international tour programs. It is the broad support from many sources that enables IHO researchers to push forward on the fundamental question about our origin—How did we become human?
While we continue to have the backing of ASU for our faculty and facilities, our research, training, and outreach programs rely more than ever on the generosity of donors whose passion for human origins creates the strong “public-private partnership” we enjoy with the university.
Please consider the opportunities that your end-of-the-year gift will provide for future research and discovery and join the quest for our origins by supporting IHO with your generous charitable gift. Please give securely online at iho.asu.edu/support-iho.
Articles highlighting news, partnerships, and research
Anthropology Program Top Ranked
Each year, the National Science Foundation surveys U.S. institutions of higher learning on separately accounted for research expenditures. In the just-released Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey for 2016, ASU’s anthropology program ranked number one!
In addition, the anthropology program was ranked number one in the United States and number four in the world by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). IHO scientists are the core faculty in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change’s (SHESC) evolutionary anthropology program and bring the highest level of research and teaching to the school’s excellent reputation. IHO is honored to be a part of this recognition for excellence, along with our colleagues in SHESC.
Image: IHO Research Associate Chris Campisano leads a group of students in the field in Hadar, Ethiopia. Image credit: Benjamin Reed.
2017 Year-end Research Review
Each year, IHO publishes a year-end research review, which is mailed to friends and supporters. We hope that you have received this annual look at the engaging research and global reach of IHO's efforts to understanding how we "became human" in your postal mail box.
If you have not received a copy or would like a printed copy, please email Julie Russ at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address, and we will be happy to mail one out to you.
To read the 2017 year-end highlights online, click here.
Image: IHO Research Affiliate Sarah Mathew in the field with Turkana community members.
Primates and Paleoanthropology—A once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Are you ready for a real adventure that is more than just viewing wild animals from a platform or landrover? This is the trip for you!
Follow long-time chimpanzee researcher Ian Gilby through the forest at arguably the world’s most famous chimpanzee research site—the Gombe Stream Research Center, founded by Jane Goodall in 1965.
Then, experience the quintessential African animal reserve at the Ngorongoro Crater and visit Olduvai Gorge—one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. End the trip in Rwanda in search of gorillas at the famed Dian Fossey reserve and trek to find endangered golden monkeys.
You won't find a trip of this depth and immersion in understanding our closest primate cousins offered anywhere else. We have a limit on the number of travelers for this adventure—Do not miss this opportunity!
Thursday, February 15, 2018
5:30 to 8:00 pm
Marsten Theater, ISTB4, ASU Tempe Campus
IHO Research Affiliate Kevin Langergraber was a featured researcher in the film, Rise of the Warrior Apes, which won the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival award for Best Animal Behavior Film. IHO will screen the film at the ASU Marsten Theater with a talk by Langergraber about his research at the Ngogo Chimpanzee Project in Kibale National Park, Uganda, before the screening.
Year in the Field: Joel Bray Joel Bray is an IHO-affiliated graduate student studying chimpanzee behavior at the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania. Bray is being advised by Ian Gilby, who is the codirector of the Gombe Research Database. Follow his year in the field on IHO's Instagram @human_origins_asu.
First humans in Australia: A journey of discovery Newsweek.com The first humans arrived in Australia some 15,000 years ago. New evidence of this was detailedin the journal Nature with a related "Nature: News & Views" piece by IHO Associate Director Curtis Marean—both covered by Newsweek.com. Newsweek quoted Marean reminding us that Australia "could reveal many other secrets" about human colonization and its impact on the environment. "From that launch pad," he writes, "perhaps some of them envisaged other lands across the water that they could not see . . . to embark on a journey of discovery."
Arizona State University ranks ninth out of 719 universities in the U.S. for research expenditures for institutions of higher education without a medical school, up one spot from last year, in the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development rankings. This year's rankings puts ASU ahead of CalTech, Carnegie Mellon, and Princeton for institutions without a medical school.
For the sixth time, the ASU Foundation for A New American University was awarded the top rating by Charity Navigator, one of the nation’s leading independent nonprofit evaluator. Charity Navigator’s four-star rating, the highest possible, is reserved for exceptional organizations that exceed industry standards and outperform most charities. It is based on rigorous analysis of each group’s financial health, accountability and transparency, and results reporting.
An investment in the Institute of Human Origins helps to fund student scholarships, support research in laboratories and field sites, and meet the growing needs of our researchers and students. Please help us continue the search!