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For Immediate Release
March 5, 2012

Philip Rubin starts new positions at the White House and NSF

NEW HAVEN — Philip Rubin, Ph.D., of Fairfield, Connecticut, formerly the Chief Executive Officer and a senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories, has taken leave from the Laboratories to take on two new responsibilities. He has been named as the Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also will be serving as a Senior Advisor in the National Science Foundation’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences directorate.

Rubin's responsibilities will include helping to implement a new congressionally encouraged neuroscience initiative across a number of agencies that, according to the congressional conference report, is intended to "...help focus and enhance Federal efforts toward: developing future clinical treatments for traumatic and acquired brain injuries; better understanding cognition and learning, and applying that understanding to improving education and learning; and improving our understanding of and developing better therapies for Alzheimer's disease, childhood developmental disorders and other neurological conditions."

Kenneth R. Pugh, President and Director of Research at Haskins Laboratories, commented, "Over the years Dr. Philip Rubin has provided outstanding leadership and vision at Haskins Laboratories. He is a dear friend and a mentor to me and others and I am confident that he will do extraordinary things in his important new roles at the White House OSTP and NSF."

Prior to his recent move to Washington, DC, Rubin also served 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. From 2006 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, and chaired the NRC Committee on Field Evaluation of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences-Based Methods and Tools for Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences. From 2000 through 2003 Rubin served as the Director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the National Science Foundation and was the first chair of the Human and Social Dynamics priority area.

Rubin is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science, an elected member of the Psychonomic Society and Sigma Xi, and a member of a number of other societies, including the Society for Neuroscience. In 2010 Rubin received APA’s Meritorious Research Service Commendation. A graduate of Brandeis University and the University of Connecticut, 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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