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
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
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
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