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For Immediate Release
June 2, 2012

Philip Rubin appointed to new roles at the White House

NEW HAVEN — Philip Rubin, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories who is currently serving as the Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), has been appointed to a new position. Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of OSTP, has indicated that Rubin will be performing the duties of the Associate Director for Science at OSTP, taking over for Dr. Carl Wieman, who stepped down from that position on June 2. As part of his new role, Rubin will take over as Co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Science. The other Co-chairs of the Committee on Science are Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Dr. Subra Suresh, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Rubin, whose new title will be Principal Assistant Director for Science at OSTP, will continue to lead the Federal neuroscience initiative and will also keep his position as the Assistant Director for SBE at OSTP.

Prior to his move to Washington, D.C., Rubin, who is on leave as the Chief Executive Officer at Haskins Laboratories, also was as an adjunct professor in the Department of Surgery, Otolaryngology, at the Yale University School of Medicine, and a research affiliate in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, and is currently on leave from both. From 2005 through 2011 Rubin served as Chair of the National Academies/National Research Council (NRC) Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, which focuses on the intersection of cognitive science and public policy. From 2000 through 2003 Rubin was the Director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the NSF.

Rubin received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, an elected member of the Psychonomic Society and Sigma Xi, and a member of a number of other professional societies.  He is also an Associate Fellow of Yale University’s Trumbull College. In 2010 Rubin received the American Psychological Association’s Meritorious Research Service Commendation. He is married to Joette Katz, Connecticut’s Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.

Haskins Laboratories was founded in 1935 by the late Dr. Caryl P. Haskins. This independent research institute has been in New Haven, Connecticut since 1970 when it formalized affiliations with Yale University and the University of Connecticut. The Laboratories’ primary research focus is on the science of the spoken and written word.

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