October 16, 2014 9AM
Riverside, California


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Sally J. Rockey

Deputy Director, National Institute of Health


Dr. Sally Rockey, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director for Extramural Research (DDER), leads the NIH extramural research activities. Her role is to oversee the development and implementation of the critical policies and guidelines central to the successful conduct of NIH supported biomedical research.

Rockey has Ph.D. in Entomology from The Ohio State University, and has spent the majority of her career in the area of research administration and information technology. In 1986 she joined the US Department of Agriculture, and soon becoming the Deputy Administrator of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, overseeing the USDA extramural competitive grants program and served as the Agency’s Chief Information Officer. In 2005, Dr. Rockey moved to NIH as Deputy to her current position and became the DDER in 2008.

Rockey leads or is active on a number of Federal committees related to science, research administration, and electronic government. She works most closely with other Federal science and university administrators, small businesses, professional societies and the scientific communities here and around the world. She co-chairs the NSTC Committee on Science Research Business Models and serves as the Vice President of the Human Frontiers of Science Program, an international program for life science research support. In 2012 Dr. Rockey co-led a groundbreaking effort on the biomedical workforce. Rockey is a skilled public speaker, giving countless presentations on research administration, workforce and policy. She is the author of the widely read “Rock Talk” blog and has been recognized for her numerous professional accomplishments including receiving the Presidential Rank Award in 2004, and the Joseph F. Carrabino Award in 2013.