Congress Passes FY 2019 Spending Bill

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On February 14, after months of negotiations and the longest government shutdown in history, Congress passed a compromise $333 billion, seven-bill fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations “minibus” package.  President Trump signed the bill into law on February 15. This is the third and final minibus passed by Congress for FY 2019, just 1 day shy of the expiration of a stop-gap measure that averted another government shutdown for major research agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The Department of Energy and Department of Defense received finalized FY 2019 under earlier minibus packages.

Current Themes and Future Directions for Entrepreneurship

M.K. Ward, Curtin University

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Entrepreneurship scholars have been open to new ways of conducting research and eager to explore how neurological topics may connect to more conventional entrepreneurship scholarship. Indeed, recent calls for papers indicate more papers connecting neuroscience and entrepreneurship are on the horizon (”Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice”, 2019). There have been several nonempirical publications and a handful of empirical papers written to explore ways of merging neurosciences with entrepreneurship. Thus, it appears that we are on the cusp of much more research in this area.

TIP International Practice Forum: Combating Worldwide Effects of Automation on Workforce Competency

Lynda Zugec Managing Director, The Workforce Consultants

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Have you ever wondered about the effects of automation in the workplace? In this issue of the Inter-national Practice Forum, we connected with Mary Ann, Tristan, and Hector at Chevron Products Com-pany to get a peek at how organizations are incorporating automation and how the potentially harmful and unanticipated results of it can be mitigated against.

TIP-Topics for Students First Time’s the Charm: Tips for Making the Most Out of Your First SIOP Annual Conference

Stefanie Gisler1, Bradley Gray1, Jenna-Lyn Roman2, & Ethan Rothstein1 Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY1, Georgia Institute of Technology2

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The majority (over 70% in typical years) of the SIOP annual conference attendees have attended at least one other SIOP conference. Those I-O professionals and students already know the ins and outs of the conference and are likely looking forward to learning about the newest advances in research and practice, as well as reconnecting with friends and colleagues in the near future. However, if this year’s conference in Washington, DC/National Harbor follows the trend from 2018, well over one-quarter of all attendees will be first timers. For them, an annual meeting of this size and scope can prove to be daunting.

Max. Classroom Capacity: Say My Name, Say My Name…

Loren J. Naidoo, California State University, Northridge

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In the spirit of self-improvement that my friend Marcus Dickson imprinted into the DNA of this column when he created it, I’d like to admit to a personal failing: I’m terrible at remembering peoples’ names. I’m the kind of awful person you meet at a party who forgets your name 3 seconds after you said it. I’ll remember everything else about our conversation but not your name. I took several cognitive psych classes as a student, so I know about different encoding strategies—I never remember to use them! It’s not something that I’m proud of, and it’s also a professional handicap, especially at the beginning of a new semester when you meet dozens of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed students in the classroom. So over the years I’ve developed some strategies for remembering students’ names that I’d like to share with you in the hopes that you find some of them useful. 

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