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Oswald Chairs Board on Human Systems Integration for National Academies

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Dr. Frederick L. Oswald, longstanding member and former president of SIOP (2017-18), has been named chair of the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He assumed his duties on Jan. 1, 2020. BOHSI deals with a wide range of issues relevant to I-O psychology. Current projects address making recommendations on facility staffing requirements of the Veterans Health Administration, working with the U.S. Air Force on human capital management, and reviewing ways to improve patient care by reducing clinician burnout.

“It is a real privilege to have worked with my BOHSI colleagues on a range of important and interesting issues, and now to be the chair is quite the honor and responsibility,” Oswald said. “Human factors psychology and expertise features strongly within BOHSI—but organizational psychology is also critical to every issue on the table, and I hope SIOP will be interested in increasing its involvement.”

Oswald is a professor and Herbert S. Autrey Chair of Social Sciences in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His research and publications focus on developing, implementing, and statistically evaluating psychological measures in personnel selection and college admissions contexts.

“My years of fortunate involvement in SIOP has allowed me to work with and listen to a wide range of I-O psychologists. This helps me communicate the many ways that SIOP might importantly inform the National Academies,” he said. “Although own research deals with personnel selection and testing, there are so many other areas of IO psychology that are relevant to BOHSI, such as training, teams, recruitment, diversity, and management and culture. In general, it is my role as BOHSI chair to bring the best objective science available to inform a variety of complex issues facing the world and workforce. I-O psychology, human factors, and other scientific disciplines are usefully brought to bear on these issues, and therefore I hope SIOP will become a strong supporter of BOHSI.”

Announcing the New Disability Inclusion and Accessibility Committee

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We are thrilled to announce SIOP’s new Disability Inclusion and Accessibility Committee (DIAC). This ad-hoc committee seeks to help SIOP become a barrier-free Society by raising awareness of issues of disability and disability identity in the workforce and helping improve the experiences of all SIOP members, I-O students, and other people with disabilities in the workforce through science and practice.  Given its mandate, the committee is composed of scientists and practitioners, US and international members, people with a lived experience of a disability and allies, and people at different career stages.

The American Psychological Association invites applications for its 2020-2021 policy fellowships.

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The American Psychological Association invites applications for its 2020-2021 policy fellowships.
 
Each year, APA places three psychologists in congressional offices and a federal agency in Washington, D.C. These APA policy fellowships provide a unique opportunity to bring valuable and much-needed psychological perspectives to federal policymaking institutions. For more information, visit https://on.apa.org/APAFellowships2020.
 
Completed applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship year are due by Jan. 5, 2020.

The SciTS2020 Program Committee is pleased to announce its open call for abstracts for the 2020 Conference in Durham, North Carolina!

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The SciTS2020 Program Committee is pleased to announce its open call for abstracts for the 2020 Conference in Durham, North Carolina! This year’s conference will be hosted by Duke University and the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute, and will be held June 1-4, 2020 at the Durham Convention Center in historic and vibrant Downtown Durham.  

The SciTS2020 event marks the 11th year of the conference! Building off of over a decade of establishing the Science of Team Science, the 2020 conference will focus on highlighting and pursuing excellence in studyingdoing, and teaching Team Science. 

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