Advocacy Training Webinar to Take Place September 21
This fall, APA is partnering with the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) in a District Science Lobby Week to get interested scientists involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of the sciences of psychology, mind, brain, and behavior.
As part of this effort, the two organizations will be hosting a 1-hour webinar, titled “APA-FABBS Science Advocacy Training,” on September 21, 2012 from 3-4 p.m. EST.
Sorry, the title has a typo. I accidentally added a “wo” into the quote I just heard on NPR. My mistake, it should have read “the most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,” (NPR PSU Scandal presented on 7-12-2012).
I am sports agnostic myself. Paterno, shpaterno- never heard of him before this scandal broke out. So when I heard the story, I did not care about the main points of the piece as presented. It moved me, though, because it is a powerful example of what can happen when an organization does not practice the ethical principles taught by the field of I-O.
The Washington Post "Conversations" series posted a conversation this week discussing the Wal-Mart vs. Dukes case that has made headlines recently. Arguments in the case regarding discrimination against female workers at Wal-Mart began March 29. Marcia Greenberger of the National Women's Law Center and products liability defense attorney Matthew Cairns debated the case on The Washinton Post website here.
Questions discussed int he article revolve around numerous workplaces issues, such as the causes of differing pay between men and women:
"How is a fair average pay differential arrived at between men and women when women have shorter average length of employment because of a percentage that change to stay at home moms etc.? It seems like if one group by their own choice have different career statistics that would skew their average wage because of higher wages being related to longer length of service."
To read the answers given by Greenberger and Cairns, read the full story here.
Take Action by May 11: Open Call for SIOP Membership Interest in Review and Comment of ISO Standards on Assessment of People in Work and Organizational Settings
The ISO committee on Psychological Assessment has been developing new standards for international testing in two parts. The “Assessment Service Delivery – Procedures and methods to assess people in work and organizational settings – Part 1 (Requirements for Service Providers) and Part 2 (Requirements for the client)” are scheduled to be voted on for ratification this winter. NOTE: Assessment for the ISO standards has been fairly broadly defined to include selection tools, performance management tools, and organizational/employee surveys.