98 THE ANATOMICAL RECORD (NEW ANAT.) NEWS FROM THE AAA Executive Director Olds to Head Krasnow Institute at George Mason University S ince 1995, Dr. James L. Olds has been the Executive Director of the American Association of Anatomists. When he first joined the AAA in this capacity, the Association was going from a situation in which a person was in this position part-time to one in which there was a full-time executive director. Dr. Olds was perfect for the AAA during this period of transition. His enthusiasm and energy resulted in many positive changes and new developments for the association. These included but were not limited to enlarging the AAA Newsletter, developing and administering a very effective web site, interfacing with the many offices at FASEB to represent and promote the interests of the AAA, and working in a most cooperative and helpful way with the elected officers of the AAA. Of particular importance, Dr. Olds worked with the AAA Program Co-Secretaries and with the overall FASEB program secretary to the ultimate benefit of our annual program. Dr. Olds also engineered the opportunity for three of our presidents (Gershon, Schoenwolf, and Carlson) to testify before Congress. Dr. Olds was born in California and educated at Amherst College (B.A. in chemistry, 1978) and at the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in neuroscience, 1987). After receiving his Ph.D. degree, he joined the Imaging Unit of the Laboratory of Adaptive Systems DIR BNP at the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke of the NIH. At the NIH, his research was directed toward understanding the mechanisms that permit neurons and neuronal assemblies to store and to recall events that collectively form what we call memories. His work also elucidated the essential role of protein kinase C in the molecular chain of events that lead to associative learning. In addition to his own research program, Dr. Olds Dr. James L. Olds served as the chief of the Imaging Unit (1987–1995), overseeing its day-to-day function. During his period at the Laboratory of Adaptive Systems, the Laboratory supported two postdoctoral fellows and eight graduate students. From 1989–1995, Dr. Olds served as the United States government’s project officer (COTR) for a 6 year contract to develop biologically based artificial neural networks. These networks are applied to the development of artificial intelligence systems in such diverse fields as handwriting recognition, differential diagnosis based on medical imaging, and land management from satellite imagery. Dr. Olds has been elected to offices including Counselor of the Michigan chapter of the Society of Neuroscience, member of the corporation of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and President of the Potomac chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. He also founded a Usenet news group, served as a member of the Computer Advisory Committee of MBL, was a member of a Special Editorial Board of The Biological Bulletin, and received an NIH award of merit. In recent years, Dr. Olds has served on the Advisory Committee for the NIH research festival, chaired the Steering Committee NIH Integrated Neuroscience Special Interest Group, and received an NINDS award given to employees who receive patents. In his position as executive director of the AAA, Dr. Olds served as our representative at many FASEB functions and served on the FASEB Ethics in Science Subcommittee. Dr. Olds is a member of the AAA, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Society for Neurochemistry, and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. Over the years, Dr. Olds has been invited to present his work literally around the world. He has presented talks at many locations in the United States and in Spain, Italy, the French West Indies, and Germany. His current research interests focus on the functional role of the mammalian neocortex, hippocampus, and cerebellum with special emphasis on how these highly ordered regions of the central nervous system interact to store and retrieve complex memories such as face recognition. He also continues his research on protein kinase C and the role it plays in cellular transformation with particular emphasis on changes associated with cellular events related to memory. Dr. Olds has published the results of his research in internationally recognized journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Brain Research, Behavioral Brain Research, Developmental Biology, Science, and other journals. He was also a guest editor for Neuroprotocols, Volume 5, which covered imaging biological changes in living cells. Effective July 1, 1998, Dr. Olds be- NEWS FROM THE AAA came the director of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The Krasnow Institute was founded by a bequest from Shelley Krasnow, an electrical engineer and philanthropist who, through his work and contributions to society, became highly regarded as a philosopher and humanist. The Institute’s mission sits squarely at the intersection of neurobiology, cognitive neurosciences, and computer sciences. One of its early accomplishments was a conference cosponsored with the Santa Fe Institute and THE ANATOMICAL RECORD (NEW ANAT.) 99 hosted at George Mason University entitled ‘‘The Mind, the Brain, and Complex Adaptive Systems.’’ The Institute continues its efforts to understand the human mind through studies concerned with neural networking, molecular neurobiology, behavior, and computer modeling. The American Association of Anatomists expresses its sincere appreciation to our friend, colleague, and collaborator, Jim Olds, for his outstanding service to our Association since 1995. During his tenure as executive director, our Association has made many important advances and improvements that will move us into the next century in a vigorous and progressive mode. While we are certainly sorry to lose Dr. Olds, we look forward to his continued participation in the AAA, and we wish him all the best and the greatest successes as Director of the Krasnow Institute. Duane E. Haines Secretary-Treasurer, AAA Chairman, Editorial Advisory Board r 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.