Public Policy Briefs

Federal and Legislative Update for the Behavioral Sciences

Solarz Moves to IoM

After 5 years of service as one of APA's principal science policy advocates, Andrea Solarz, PhD, is leaving APA to assume a position as Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine (IoM). IoM was chartered in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to examine policy matters pertaining to the health of the public.

In her new position, Dr. Solarz will be directing a study on 'Genetics, Health, and Behavior: Science in Perspective' in the Division of Biobehavioral Sciences and Mental Disorders. The study will assess the scientific basis for the influence of genetics on human health and behavior.

While at APA, Dr. Solarz acted as APA's policy liaison to the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She also handled prevention research, directed the Congressional Fellowship Program, and worked to establish the new Bailey Congressional Fellowship.

For the past 3-1/2 years, Dr. Solarz served as Assistant Director for Science Policy in the Public Policy Office. Before joining APA, she was an APA Congressional Fellow and an analyst at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment.

New Research Director at NSF's SBE Directorate

William P. Butz became the new Director of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) August 20. Mr. Butz replaced Allan Kornberg, PhD, who returned to Duke University after 2 years at NSF.

Previously, Butz was Associate Director for Demographic Programs at the U.S. Bureau of the Census. He received a BA in economics from Indiana University.

Mr. Butz is responsible for directing the research programs in NSF's Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, which is headed by Cora Marrett, PhD.

New Social Psychology Program Officer at NSF

Steve Breckler, PhD, replaced Leslie Zebrowitz, PhD, as the NSF Program Officer for Social Psychology in early August. Before joining NSF, Dr. Breckler was with the Department of Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of APA and Divisions 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics) and 8 (Social Psychology) and is a Fellow of Division 1 (General Psychology).

Dr. Breckler, who received his PhD in social psychology from Ohio State University, is a rotator at NSF.

Greenwood Replaced at OSTP

President Clinton has nominated Ernest Moniz, PhD, to be Associate Director for Science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). M.R.C. Greenwood, PhD, held this post until May 1. Dr. Moniz heads the MIT Department of Physics and helped organize the OSTP January Forum that resulted in the publication of 'Science in the National Interest,' which set out the broad science and technology policy goals of the Clinton administration.

Although not yet confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Moniz is expected to have no problems being approved and is spending several days a week in Washington at OSTP. Dr. Moniz received a BS in physics from Boston College and a PhD from Stanford University.

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