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Exhibiting I-O


by SIOP Administrative Office

Members Represent SIOP to Coalition for National Science Funding

On April 29, SIOP members Steve Zaccaro and Tara Behrend represented SIOP at the annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception in Washington, DC.

The Exhibition is an opportunity for CNSF members to display and discuss National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research directly with policymakers and federal agency officials, highlighting the importance of continued federal investment in NSF and basic scientific research.

The SIOP booth presented ongoing research conducted by Zacarro and SIOP members Leslie DeChurch and Ruth Kanfer that focuses on innovative communication and leadership patterns for multiteam systems (MTSs). Behrend supported this presentation by explaining the importance and impact of I-O psychology research and applications.

The booth was well-attended and the research generated great interest among attendees.  As a whole, the experience helped SIOP elevate the profile of the Society and I-O research within the scientific community and to key decision makers in Washington.

CNSF is an alliance of more than 140 organizations that support the goal of increasing the national investment in NSF research and education programs. SIOP joined CNSF in the fall of 2014 per a recommendation from Dr. Amber Story, Deputy Division Director of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at NSF. Dr. Story spoke with Drs. Zaccaro and Behrend at the event and expressed her appreciation for the Society’s willingness to advocate for social and behavioral science research at NSF.

The booth was also visited by Dr. Fay Lomax Cook, assistant director for NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), who oversees the agency’s social science research portfolio and sponsors many projects that support SIOP researchers and practitioners. Dr. Cook was very interested in multiteam systems and appreciated SBE representation at the event. Other visitors to the SIOP booth included a representative from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) headquarters, staff from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) office, Representative Jerry McNerny (D-CA), and many others within the science community.

Participation in the CNSF Exhibition complements SIOP’s ongoing NSF outreach strategy, which has included submitting written testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, advocating for NSF funding, as well as continuous efforts to build and maintain relationships with congressional and federal agency officials.

Through SIOP’s government relations activities, like the CNSF Exhibition, the Society is able to highlight the value of I-O research to federal agency program managers and policymakers, and promote SIOP as a prominent and credible stakeholder in the science community’s government relations priorities.

For more information about SIOP’s advocacy efforts, visit the Government Relations page!