American Institutes for Research Experts Available to Discuss President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. – Education and health policy experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) are available to the media to discuss the implications of President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address to the nation on Wednesday, January 27, 2010.

AIR, a nonpartisan not-for-profit behavior and social science research organization based in Washington, D.C., has a staff with extensive expertise in a broad range of education and health policy issues, including:

  • Gary Phillips, an AIR vice president and chief research scientist. Phillips, who served as the acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education from 1999 to 2002, is nationally known for his expertise in education assessments and international comparisons of student performance.
  • Marilyn Moon, an AIR vice president and director of the Health Program. She is a nationally recognized health economist and expert on Medicare and Medicaid issues, aging and health care financing.
  • Tracy Gray, director of AIR’s National Center for Technology Innovation. She is a nationally recognized expert on education and technology implementation, particularly learning opportunities for students with disabilities.

To interview any of AIR’s experts, contact Larry McQuillan at (202) 403-5119 or via email:

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit

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