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November 16, 2004

Neurobiologist James Olds Appointed Editor of The Biological Bulletin
Publication is Among America's Oldest Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals

WOODS HOLE, MA—After a search led by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) President John Dowling, the MBL has appointed James L. Olds as editor-in-chief of The Biological Bulletin, the MBL’s 100+ year-old general biology journal. Olds is the director of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and has had close MBL ties since 1978. He will serve a five-year, renewable term at the Bulletin.

“Dr. Olds brings a wealth of experience in administration, scientific research, and publishing to his editorship,” says William T. Speck, MBL director and CEO. After graduating from Amherst College and obtaining his Ph.D. in neurosciences from the University of Michigan, Olds served as a staff fellow, project officer, and later senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He was Executive Director of the American Association of Anatomists from 1995 to 1998, where he oversaw the management of that society's journal, The Anatomical Record. He was appointed director of the Krasnow Institute in 1998.

Olds’s long association with the MBL began after college, when he participated in the "Year in Science Program." He was elected to the MBL Corporation in 1991 and served on a special editorial board of the Bulletin in 1992. He was also a member of the MBL’s computer advisory committee from 1991 through 2002.

An expert in the role nerve cells, or neurons, play in learning and memory, Olds's research is directed toward understanding and simulating the machinery that permits neurons and neuronal assemblies to store and recall memories, both under normal and diseased conditions. He uses cutting-edge computerized equipment to image and simulate the cells and aims to eventually develop techniques that will reveal the three-dimensional structure and maps of memory function in both animal and human brains in near real-time.

“We are delighted that Dr. Olds has agreed to be our tenth editor,” says Speck. “We searched extensively to find the right blend of scientist and editor, and Olds seems perfect for the job.”


The Biological Bulletin publishes outstanding experimental research on the full range of biological topics and organisms, from the fields of Neurobiology, Behavior, Physiology, Ecology, Evolution, Development and Reproduction, Cell Biology, Biomechanics, Symbiosis, and Systematics. Published since 1897, the Bulletin is one of America's oldest peer-reviewed scientific journals.