Thursday, November 01, 2007

Jon Krosnick Testifies Before Congress

I was channel-surfing with my TV remote last night, when I came across a televised Congressional hearing on C-SPAN. One of the witnesses was Stanford professor Jon Krosnick, with whom I overlapped a year in the social psych graduate program at Michigan, and with whom I've stayed in touch over the years in regard to issues of survey methodology.

It was in that methodologist's capacity that Jon helped with NASA’s National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service (NAOMS), and he was testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology. What NASA probably brings to most people's minds is space travel, but the hearing had to do with pilots and safety in commercial aviation (as best I could tell). I guess airlines fall within the "Aeronautics" portion of NASA's title.

Here's a picture of Jon testifying, which I "borrowed" from the Committee's website (the original picture was very small, so this enlarged version is pretty fuzzy).

The most interesting part of the hearing, to me, came when Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), holder of a Ph.D. in political science from Duke, mentioned during his time for questioning that he had taken a social psychology methods workshop from Jon, while the latter was on the faculty at Ohio State.

A transcript of Jon's testimony is available here.