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Olds to speak at MCG Hooding May 7

Dr. James L. Olds
Dr. James L. Olds

Dr. James L. Olds, Assistant Director for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) for the National Science Foundation, is the keynote speaker for the 2015 Hooding Ceremony of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.

More than 200 of Georgia’s newest physicians will participate in the ceremony, planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Augusta Convention Center on Reynolds Street.

BIO supports research that advances the frontiers of biological knowledge, increases our understanding of complex systems, and provides a theoretical basis for original research in many other scientific disciplines.

Olds served as Director and Chief Academic Unit Officer at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University for 15 years prior to his appointment at the NSF. The Decade of the Mind project, an international initiative to advance scientific understanding of how the mind and complex behaviors are related to the activity of the human brain, was begun under his leadership at Krasnow. That work helped shape President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative.

He is Chair of the Molecular Neuroscience Department and the Shelley Krasnow University Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University. From 2010-11, and from 2013-14, Olds was Chair of GMU’s Neuroscience Advisory Council. Since 2005, he has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Biological Bulletin, which is published by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Olds serves on numerous private and public boards and has played a central role in scientific public policy development at all levels, ranging from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the White House to advising heads of ministries internationally. He spent eight years as Chair of Sandia National Laboratory’s External Cognitive Science Board. In the non-profit world, Olds was Treasurer of Americans for Medical Progress.

Prior to his leadership role at Krasnow, Olds was the CEO for the American Association of Anatomists. He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in chemistry and his doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the field of neuroscience. His postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health led to advances in understanding the molecular basis of learning and memory, and he received the NIH Merit Award in 1993.

The hooding ceremony signifies a scholarly personal achievement. Graduated members (senior leaders, faculty, and special hooders) of the profession place the hood on the student as a symbol of their passage from student status to graduate status. The hoods of the Medical College of Georgia are worn proudly with silver, blue, and red as well as the color of medicine, green.

Graduation celebrations and hooding ceremonies

AUGUSTA, Ga. – More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in Georgia Regents University’s commencement exercises on May 8, at 2 p.m. at the James Brown Arena.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Jane Chen, a TED Senior Fellow and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that developed an innovative baby incubator solution designed to address infant mortality in developing countries.

Each of GRU’s nine colleges will hold year-end ceremonies as follows:

  • College of Science and Mathematics Graduation Reception, 10 a.m., May 8, Science Hall Atrium, Summerville Campus; Psychology Hooding Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., May 7, The Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad Street
  • Medical College of Georgia Hooding Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 7, The Augusta Convention Center, 2 10th St.
  • College of Nursing Convocation , 3 p.m., May 7, GRU Christenberry Fieldhouse
  • College of Education, 4:30 p.m., May 7, Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom
  • College of Allied Health Sciences Hooding and Honors Ceremony; 6 p.m., May 7, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.
  • Hull College of Business Graduation Reception, 6 p.m., May 7, Allgood Hall North Stairwell, Summerville Campus
  • College of Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony, 8 a.m., May 8, Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road
  • Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Graduation Celebration; 9 a.m., May 8, GRU Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom, Summerville Campus; ROTC Officer Commissioning Ceremony, 1 p.m., May 7, GRU Maxwell Theatre, Summerville Campus
  • College of Dental Medicine Hooding Ceremony, 10 a.m., May 8, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way

GRU’s Student Government Association will also hold an Undergraduate Ceremony at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, in the GRU Summerville Quad on the Summerville Campus.

For more information on graduation activities, call GRU’s Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 706-721-1411, or visit gru.edu/students/graduation/


Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  gru.edu