James Olds, Ph.D., is Assistant Director of the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Olds is a molecular neuroscience professor at George Mason University and serves as director and chief academic unit officer at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at GMU. He sits on the board of several public and private organizations, and has heavily contributed to scientific public policy making. One of Olds’ global projects, called the Decade of the Mind, sought to advance studies on how the human brain works and helped inspire President Barack Obama’s own BRAIN Initiative, NSF says. Olds took up chemistry at Amherst College and earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.