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Genetic Discrimination

By Dennis Published: November 26, 2009

In HR News of a legal variety, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) just became effective. The GINA prohibits employment discrimination based upon genetic information about an applicant or employee or a member of his or her family. GINA also makes it unlawful for employers to disclose genetic information about applicants or employees; and employers must keep genetic information confidential and in a separate medical file.

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74% or Adults Read a Newspaper - Could It Be True?

By Dennis Published: November 25, 2009

According to the Akron Beacon Journal:

"A national study says 74 percent of all adults in the United States nearly 171 million people read a newspaper or its online component during the past week."

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Personal Rant - Why I am Glad I live in NEO

By Dennis Published: November 24, 2009

I just got back from New York City and now I am glad again to live in Northeast Ohio. I was walking around the Upper West Side, looking for Meg Ryan, when I came across an open house for an apartment for rent or lease. So, I decided to check it out.

Long story short, it was a one bedroom in a basement that would have rented for at most $500 a month in Northeast Ohio. Rent in New York City - $3,000 a month. Almost 10 times what I would pay.

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Personal Rant You are All Wrong About Jobs, or the Lack of Jobs, Being the Reason People Do Not Live in NEO

By Dennis Published: November 23, 2009

My past rant generated a number of opinions from commentators expressing the view that jobs, or the lack of jobs, are the reason that people do not live in Northeast Ohio. Personally, I agree with you. However, I am going to play devil's advocate and argue that jobs are not a cause but an effect.

Basically, the old viewpoint was that most of you were right. That is, people went were they could find jobs, or they did 50 or 100 years ago.

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A Random Rant on Testing

By Dennis Published: November 22, 2009

In order to give this rant some context - it was in response to an exchange regarding testing, and possible faking of responses, in public sector employment testing. Thus, leading to my complete change of topic and rant:

Educated - by whom? One of my great fears regarding testing, is that the problem is getting worse rather than better. Due to standardized testing pressures in the schools, from 1st grade on, or even before, school children are now being taught by their teachers that tests are bad, unfair, do not assess knowledge, and are otherwise full of testing tricks. The situation does not get better when students get to college, in Introduction to Psychology classes, students are taught about the evils of testing including the inherent biases against most cultures. The government can point to SIOP members and argue that there is no consensus that ability tests are really valid and free of bias, even if one could argue there is as much consensus as there is in the medical community regarding drugs or surgeries.

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Colloquium at University of Akron

By Dennis Published: November 14, 2009

The Psychology Archives at the University of Akron will continue its fall colloquium series by welcoming psychologist Dr. Florence L. Denmark, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Student Union 312. Denmark's lecture, 'The History of Women In Psychology and the Development of the Psychology of Women,' is free and open to the public.

Denmark is an internationally recognized scholar, researcher and policy maker. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in social psychology and has five honorary degrees. Denmark's most significant research and extensive publications have emphasized women's leadership and leadership styles, the interaction of status and gender, aging women in cross-cultural perspective and the history of women in psychology.

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