George Mason University professor Dr. James L. Olds will be the new assistant director for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will begin his new position in October 2014.

Olds is a director and chief academic unit officer at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. His research career has focused on neuroscience. He previously served as CEO of the American Association of Anatomists.

Dr. Olds has also been active in science policy, serving for eight years as the chair of Sandia National Laboratory’s External Cognitive Science Board, as well advising initiatives at the White House and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“Dr. Olds has a strong record of academic leadership with an institution that has grown its global presence during his tenure,” said NSF Director France A. Córdova. “In addition to his leadership, his commitment to interdisciplinary research at Krasnow and his experience with developing scientific policy will be of great benefit to NSF and to the research community we serve.”


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