The Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary (IPLS) in Des Moines has named two scientists to lead the organization. Bill Hopkins, a researcher at Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, has been named science director, and Jared Taglialatela, an assistant professor of biology at Kennesaw State University, has been named scientific program manager. The addition of the scientists will spur a reinvigoration of the cognitive and behavioral research at the primate research facility, IPLS officials said. The research facility has been working to fill a private funding and leadership void left when philanthropist Ted Townsend ended his financial support more than two years ago. "I am honored to be asked to oversee the research program of such a valuable and important population of great apes," said Hopkins, who has worked with chimpanzees and bonobos for nearly 30 years. Taglialatela said the sanctuary is "poised to usher in a new era in behavioral research with bonobos and chimpanzees," which can provide data for developing programs for children with language learning impairments. An open house to welcome Hopkins and Taglialatela will be held Jan. 31 at the facility, 4200 Evergreen Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.