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Announcement - New Center for Study of Human Origins Opens in San Diego

UC San Diego , Salk Institute Celebrate Grand Opening of Virtual Center

A multidisciplinary group of researchers at UC San Diego, along with colleagues at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, have established a center to formally explore the origins of humanity and the many facets of what makes us human.

Called CARTA for the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny, the center stems from a 10 year effort coordinated by the UC San Diego Project for Explaining the Origin of Humans (which is the definition of “anthropogeny”).  That group, composed of experts from throughout the world, has organized multi-disciplinary meetings and symposia. Those efforts will now be converted into a larger and more public research program that also will facilitate graduate and undergraduate education.

CARTA is based on an effort that has already been underway for about 10 years. Its goals are essentially scholarly, and range from understanding more about human and primate genetics and evolution to advancing relevant knowledge in areas such as language, communication and cognition, and human society and culture.

Support for CARTA’s IT infrastructure and informatics is being provided by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (Chaitan Baru) and Calit2 (John Moreland). The G. Harold & Leila Y. Mathers Foundation, which has supported the symposia over the past ten years, has committed $3 million to launch the new center. Ms. Annette Merle-Smith, of Philadelphia, Penn., is also a major sponsor of the symposia.



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