Professional Vitae – Olsen


Harvard Medical School

1979—1980 Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California, Irvine

1979 Ph.D. (Biological Sciences)

Chatham College

1974 B.S. with Honors, (Majors: Biology and Psychology)

Current Position


Founder, Managing Director

George Mason University

Affiliate Professor of Neuroscience, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Previous Positions

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U)

May 2010—January 2011 Vice President, International Programs

National Science Foundation (NSF)

January 19, 2009—May 3, 2010 Senior Advisor to the Chief Human Capital Officer

August 2005—January 2009 Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer (Senate Confirmation)

Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Executive Office of the President

August 2002—August 2005 Associate Director for Science (Senate Confirmation Aug. 2002)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

May, 1999—April 2002 Chief Scientist

July 7, 2000—March 10, 2002 Acting Associate Administrator
Office of Biological and Physical Research

National Science Foundation

December 1997—May 1999 Senior Staff Associate
Office of Integrative Activities

Office of US Senator Conrad Burns

January 1996—October, 1996 Brookings Institution LEGIS Fellow

October 1996—November 1997 NSF detailee

National Science Foundation

October 1995—January 1996 Special Assistant Neuroscience Office of the Assistant Director for Biological Sciences

October 1993—October 1995 Acting Deputy Division Director Integrative Biology and Neuroscience

December 1991—October 1993 Leader, Neuroscience Cluster Integrative Biology and Neuroscience

1988—1994 Director Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Program

1984—1986 Associate Director Psychobiology/Integrative Neural Systems Programs, Behavioral and Neural Sciences Division

The George Washington University

1989—1992 Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Microbiology

State University of New York Stony Brook

1985—1989 Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

1982—1985 Res. Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

1980—1983 Research Scientist Long Island Research Institute