Sleep scientist tapped to head NHTSA

Nov. 20, 2014

The White House has nominated Mark R. Rosekind, a scientist who specialized in human fatigue, to take over as chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to a story in The New York Times.  Rosekind is currently one of five members on NHTSA’s board of directors. He has been acting head of the independent safety agency since its last chief, David L. Strickland resigned last year.

Holding a PhD in psychology, Rosekind has focused his professional studies on the impact of fatigue, drugs and alcohol in human decision making.  He was instrumental in NHTSA’s 2013 recommendation to sharply lower blood-alcohol standards for drunken driving, according to The Times story.

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