The leadership of the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) is delighted to announce that Linda Nelson has joined us as our new Management Services Officer, effective August 8, 2011. Ms. Nelson will serve as manager of fiscal, administrative and operational resources for CARTA, and as a key adviser to its leadership. Ms. Nelson brings to the position 24 years of professional administrative experience. Originally from North Dakota, she relocated to San Diego in late 1991 and joined the University of California, San Diego shortly thereafter. Ms. Nelson previously held executive administrative support and program management positions in the Department of Biology/Cancer Center (1992-99), the Office of Graduate Studies & Research (1999-2003), Structural Engineering (2003-2007), and most currently in the Department of Medicine/Division of Gastroenterology (2007-2011). She brings a wealth of experience in supporting people and programs, event/conference planning and coordination, and management of educational programs and sponsored projects. Of particular note, Ms. Nelson worked part-time during 1998-1999 with the original precursor of CARTA, the La Jolla Group for Explaining the Origin of Humans (LOH), and helped to organize the very first symposia and listservs of the group. The CARTA leadership is delighted to have Ms. Nelson working with us once again.