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Out-of-sight, Out-of-mind: Bringing Overlooked Research to the Forefront


by SIOP Administrative Office

2017 Annual IOOB Conference to Take Place February 9-11 at Rice University

The 2017 Industrial Organizational and Organizational Behavior (IOOB) Graduate Student Conference  will be held February 9-11, 2017 at the Jones School of Business on the Rice University campus.

The Rice Industrial/Organizational Psychology Association, which is hosting the event, is now accepting conference submissions. The submissions deadline is October 31.

Submission Deadline October 31! Submit here.

This conference is an opportunity for seasoned and developing professionals, current students, and others interested in I-O psychology and organizational behavior to engage with each other.

The theme for this year’s event, “Out-of-sight, Out-of-mind: Bringing Overlooked Research to the Forefront,” developed from a speaker series at Rice built on a concept called “unconventional wisdom,” explained Christy Nittrouer, a PhD student at Rice and an organizer of this year’s IOOB conference.

“Specifically, this is an idea that it takes radical thinking to solve intimidating and complex problems,” she explained. “A mantra on a Rice website explains that at Rice we believe nothing is impossible. There is no disease that cannot be cured. There is no injustice that cannot be rectified. There is no environment beyond saving. There is no ‘what if’ that cannot become ‘what is.’ When thinking about a theme for our conference, we wanted to draw attention to under-researched topics, methods, ways of thinking, and ways of doing research, and provide a place for researchers and practitioners to come together, collaborate, improve ideas, and potentially generate creative solutions.”

The IOOB student committee collaboratively came up with the idea as they were thinking about how to merge research with the mission of Rice University and what makes Rice unique.

“In the vein of unconventional wisdom, there are new research areas, or risky methods that haven’t been tried, or untested ways of conducting research that sometimes are shunned in service of the known, the sure thing,” Nittrouer explained. “As researchers, and especially as students, we wanted a conference theme that rewarded new ideas and out-of-the-box thinking, and rewarded people for trying something new, and thinking about a problem in a new way, even if we are all bound to make some mistakes while doing so.”

The group has a very impressive line up of speakers, with SIOP Fellow Mikki Hebl giving the opening keynote on Friday at 9am and past SIOP president Jose Cortina flying in to give the closing keynote on Saturday at 11am.

Other guest speakers include Murray Barrick (Mays Business, Texas A&M), Fred Oswald (Rice), Juan Madera (UH), Whitney Botsford Morgan (UH-Downtown), Sarah Singletary Walker (UH), and Kelley Slack (NASA).

The conference opens with a happy hour/mixer with students and faculty at Valhalla on Thursday from 6-7pm and a mix of student talks and invited faculty talks and panels on Friday (methods-focused roundtable with faculty members), and an applied roundtable (with practitioners).

“We will also be organizing a happy hour at the Sewall Art Gallery on Friday evening and then a dinner in midtown thereafter,” Nittrouer added. “Saturday’s lunch will also be catered with a networking hour after Dr. Cortina’s talk—hopefully, it stands to be one for the books!”

Registration fee: $30 (covers a dinner, two breakfasts, two lunches, and coffee breaks).
Check the 2017 IOOB Website for updates as the conference approaches.

Nittrouer added that as students on the current planning committee, they wanted a safe space for students to present their work, and especially their ideas, and in return to experience constructive, developmental, and encouraging feedback.

“Students should attend because the program of events and confirmed speakers who have graciously volunteered their time is absolutely outstanding,” she adeed. “We also have three networking events planned.”

Questions about submissions or the IOOB conference in general can be directed to Christy Nittrouer.