A bit of personal news

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I’ve just accepted a position as Assistant Professor-Molecular Genetics of Human Evolution in the Anthropology department at the University of Kansas. KU has a very long tradition of producing top-notch anthropological geneticists, and I’m honored to be joining the department as a teacher and researcher.

I’m deeply grateful to my mentors, particularly Deborah Bolnick, Geoff Hayes, Dennis O’Rourke, Rika Kaestle and Beth and Rudy Raff, who provided so much guidance to me throughout the whole process. I’m also grateful for the wise perspectives and support from my dear friends Lyn Christian, Lisa Twight, Jeff Rabhan, my fabulous labmates, and my family (especially Colin).

Mentoring is everything in science.
Mentoring is everything

And now that the job season is over for me, I’m looking forward to having more time for writing here–we’ve got lots of science to talk about. Onward!

16 thoughts on “A bit of personal news

  1. gewisn January 26, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    Please be sure to leave a forwarding address for your shill checks.

  2. jeffollerton January 27, 2015 / 2:05 am

    Well done, many congratulations. Just out of interest, did the subject of blogging come up at interview? Do you think it was a benefit to getting the position? I know that this is a subject that taxes early career researchers and a growing number are starting to blog because they think “it’s the thing to do”. I’d be interested to know whether you thought it had helped.

    • Jennifer Raff January 28, 2015 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you. Actually, yes it did come up. I don’t know if was a benefit, but I don’t think it hurt at all- the committee members were all very aware of this blog and I got the sense that they were supportive.

  3. drscottnelson2014 January 27, 2015 / 7:54 am

    Please post your first paycheck from KU, along with hours worked, and of all your “shill checks” so everyone sees how rich you get off of all your work!


    • Jennifer Raff January 27, 2015 / 7:59 am

      Thanks :). I’ve seriously thought about posting my 2014 W2 to show that one commenter a while back exactly what shoes I’m able to afford (spoiler alert: not nice ones), but eh. She’d probably just claim that my Pharma $$$ is off the books. #conspiracy

  4. JerryA January 27, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Congratulations Professor Raff!

  5. JohnS January 27, 2015 / 10:13 am

    Congratulations to KU for nabbing you!!! Lucky them – and you!

    • Jennifer Raff January 28, 2015 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks!!! I sure feel lucky to have a faculty position at last.

  6. John Hawks January 27, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Nice going, a great hire for KU. Congratulations!

  7. Randy Wright January 28, 2015 / 10:31 am

    Congratulations, Jennifer. I have your blog bookmarked and I do a weekly drive-by to check what’s happening. I supoose I could get alerts in my inbox, but I prefer my own rituals.

    I’m assuming the Texas e-mail addy will be operational for a while. I’ve been readying some material to say off-line (all good, I promise, but I often attract trollish sorts, and things sometimes get heated, as they did with the Solutrean silliness) that I hope will form the basis for some powerful discussions in the future.

    Your site is an invaluable resource offering clarity and illumination that is particularly rare these days.

    • Jennifer Raff January 28, 2015 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks, Randy! I’ve got my email at least through the summer, I believe. Looking forward to hearing from you. I really appreciate the kind words 🙂

  8. Mok January 30, 2015 / 9:22 am


  9. Mark Gallagher January 31, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Congratulations. I hope your good work will continue at KU without interference from the Governor and his budget ax.

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