Thanks to the IFNH (New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health).
Professor Jinchuan Xing, who joined Department of Genetics as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers in January 2012, was elected as the newest CHES member. Dr. Xing is a human/primate geneticist and received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2005. After spending an additional year at LSU as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Xing moved to University of Utah as a postdoctoral fellow and studied human population genetics and natural selection until 2011. Dr. Xing’s long-term research interest is to understand the mechanisms and consequences of human genomic variation and he has extensive experience in analyzing genomic data in this context. His previous projects involve elucidating human population history and genetic adaptation at both global and regional scale, with or without disease implication. Dr. Xing’s current projects include studying genetic/phenotypic adaptation in a Mongolian population living on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, and investigating the human evolutionary history in South Asia.
Learn more about Dr. Xing visiting his CHES member page.
The Primatology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation Field School, established by Jack Harris in 2007, is jointly operated by the National Museums of Kenya, the Kenya Wildlife Service, and Rutgers University. Professor Ryne Palombit has taken over as the new Director of the field school following up Dr. Harris's retirement. Undergraduate and graduate students from Rutgers, other U.S. schools, and from around the world participate each year, studying wildlife behavior and ecology across the length of Kenya, from the thorn-scrub woodland of the Laikipia plateau to the riverine forests of the Tana River.
In 2007, CHES faculty members in the Evolutionary Anthropology graduate program achieved a national ranking of seventh in Academic Analytic’s Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. This measure of faculty productivity is based on a comparison of the number of publications, citations of these publications, grants, and awards for faculty in anthropology doctoral programs at 375 U.S. institutions. Within Rutgers, CHES’s evolutionary anthropology faculty was one of only three social and behavioral science programs ranked in the top 10 of their discipline nationally.