July 2012

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Register Today for "Environmental Sustainability at Work"



Edward Lawler, Keynote Speaker

SIOP’s 2012 Leading Edge Consortium, to take place October 19 and 20 in New Orleans, is devoted to advancing research and enhancing the practice of environmental sustainability in work settings through employees. Registration is now open on the SIOP LEC page!

Organizations are increasingly concluding that environmental sustainability is central to their missions. As organizations transform to minimize, mitigate, and neutralize their environmental impact, I-O psychology is uniquely positioned to aid in these efforts.


This meeting will bring together an interdisciplinary team of experts and keynote speakers from industry, psychological research, the environmental sciences, and consulting. Sessions will address both interdisciplinary aspects and how I-O science and practice can contribute, the business case for environmental sustainability, and how sustainability can become a competitive advantage, as well as specific issues relevant to I-O practitioners. 


To learn more about this event and get the current list of speakers, bios, hotel and CE credit information, visit the LEC page!


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2012 Conference DVDs Now Available

Re-experience some of the most popular sessions from the 2012 SIOP conference. DVD recordings are now available for purchase. The 2012 SIOP Conference Recordings DVD-ROM includes:

  • 20 select presentations available
  • Audio synchronized with the speaker’s slide presentations
  • MP3 audio fi les for your MP3 player, to listen on the go!
  • Files that are Mac and PC compatible

To order the conference DVD for the SIOP member price of $144.00, click here. You can also order online and find previous conference recordings.

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Conference Presentations Now on my.SIOP 


Did you know you can access more than 40 PowerPoint and PDF presentations from the 2012 SIOP Annual Conference in the my.SIOP community library? This long-awaited capability provides a single spot for members to find your presentations and for potential collaborators to connect via my.SIOP.

Share your conference presentation with fellow members. If you presented at this year's conference, please take a few minutes to upload your 2012 SIOP presentation(s) to the my.SIOP Community Library using the instructions here.

You can also peruse the library and download presentations that interest you. The number of presentations in the library is growing daily, and they are categorized by content area for easy reference. This great new member resource puts presentations at your fingertips, enabling you to reference and discuss those sessions with other members and in my.SIOP groups, much like you would at the conference! Here are some ideas to get you started:

How can I discuss the topic or presentation with others? A few thoughts:

  • Start a discussion about the topic in a related my.SIOP Group – you might find collaborators for a session next year!
  • Write a Blog post from your my.SIOP profile page – others can comment on your thoughts about a topic, presentation, or your overall SIOP experience. 
  • Contact presenters directly by email through their profiles on my.SIOP. 
  • Post a thematic question in the my.SIOP Community Forums

How can I facilitate discussion as a Group Moderator? Some ways to get started: 

  • Post a new item in “My News” announcing the availability of conference presentations.
  • Start a Blog post in a my.SIOP Group describing a relevant experience you had at the conference.
  • Start a discussion in a Group Forum highlighting conference symposia, panel discussions, posters, or round tables you attended.

If you have any questions, contact the SIOP Electronic Communications Committee for help at

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Help SIOP and FABBS Create an App!

Ron Landis, Illinois Institute of Technology
Michele Gelfand, University of Maryland
Seth Kaplan, George Mason University

As part of SIOP’s relationship with the Federation of Associations in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), we are developing content to be included as part of an iPhone/iPad app. The nature of this app is to communicate some of the most strongly supported results in our literature.

Specifically we need your help to generate one-sentence statements that summarize empirically proven phenomena. For instance, specific, difficult goals lead to better task performance than easy, or “do your best,” goals. Additionally, for each of these one-sentence statements, we want to provide one or two classic or definitive citations (e.g., Locke & Latham, 1990 for the goal setting example.) Finally, we would also like to provide an appropriate web link for those interested in getting further information.

We are drawing on the collective expertise of SIOP members to generate as many of these statements of phenomena as possible. For practical reasons, we will not likely be able to include all of the statements that are generated. Our goal is to identify 12-15 of these statements/phenomena that can be included in the initial version of the app. Additional statements will be held in reserve and may appear in future versions.

To submit your ideas, please send your email to

Be sure your email includes: (1) a one-sentence statement that summarizes an empirically proven phenomenon from the I-O literature, (2) one or two classic references related to the phenomenon, and (3) a related web link (if possible).

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SIOP Represents I-O at APA

It’s time to make plans to attend the 2012 APA Convention to be held in sunny Orlando, Florida from August 2-5, 2012 and participate in some of SIOP’s 26 hours of programming!

The 120th APA Convention will feature internationally known presenters on diverse psychological topics and programs highlighting the latest research findings. The annual convention is the largest gathering of psychologists and psychology students in the world, each year attracting 12,000-15,000 attendees from all areas of specialization in psychology and from research, practice, education, and policy.

SIOP will have a strong showing at the convention with 26 hours of programming, selected to appeal to both SIOP researchers and practitioners. Some of the session highlights include invited addresses from the 2012-2013 SIOP President Doug Reynolds, as well as from Tammy Allen, Kim Smith-Jentsch, and Mo Wang. Two of SIOP's current APA council representatives, Debbie Major and John Scott, will have a special session on SIOP's role in APA. SIOP will also continue the tradition of cosponsoring a joint social hour with APA Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics.

You can download a PDF of SIOP’s full programming here. To view programming for all of the APA divisions, visit the convention programming page here.

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I-O Delivers APA Senate Defense Testimony 

SIOP member Bill Strickland, President of the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), delivered APA’s oral testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on June 6th. Strickland is an industrial-organizational psychologist with particular expertise in military personnel recruitment, selection, and training. APA's Science GRO requested and was given a slot to testify before the Subcommittee again this year, focusing on the Department of Defense (DoD) research portfolio for Fiscal Year 2013. Strickland urged the Senate to reverse another round of Administration cuts to the DoD Science and Technology budget. In the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request, the overall level of fundamental and applied DoD research in military laboratories would decrease, and some psychological research programs would take a substantial hit. APA encouraged the Subcommittee to support human-centered research vital to sustaining warfighter superiority, in line with recommendations of both the National Academies and the Defense Science Board. 

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