Marshall to pilot virtual reality bias training

first_img“Bias is nothing more than recognition or relating to patterns that are familiar to you,” Govahi said. “Our job with this exercise is [to] put you in touch with the patterns that you are familiar with. Then you’re the judge of what aspect or component of your perception and future behavior you’re going to change.” “The scenario is going to reject every single [candidate], just to show you someone else’s biases,” Govahi said.   “Simulating an experience comes down to really hijacking all of the senses to really create a sense of presence in the brain,” McCarty said. “This sense of presence is where memories can be formed, experiences can be had and emotions can be provoked . . . We were going fully into the deep end.” “If I sit you down and say, ‘Let’s talk about your unconscious bias,’ it’s already in the conscious level, so it’s a waste of time,” Govahi said. “So I have to come up with a back door … it seemed natural to look at virtual reality as a way to explore unconscious bias.” Govahi said the VR experience is not meant to test users for a right or wrong answer. Suleman said the experience has been designed to invite open conversation without making students defensive about the implicit biases they may have. In every scenario, the candidate the student selects ultimately will not be picked for the job. In the final portion of the exercise, students sit in the selected candidate’s car while he or she is rejected over the phone. “When things like this happen to you, you don’t necessarily want to have a discussion about it,” Suleman said. “But when you are invested with someone and watch it happen, you have the ability to talk about why you think it’s wrong.” After students select the candidate they believe is best for the job, two “higher-ups” take on the task of further evaluating the selected candidate. The student will observe the conversation, which will be tailored to include biased comments — for example, criticizing an applicant’s tattoos. As part of USC’s 2019 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion week, Marshall hosted an event Wednesday called “Exploring Unconscious Bias — A Virtual Reality Exercise.” Presented by Team Building | VR, a VR training and development program, the event detailed a new bias training program that Marshall hopes to pilot this summer in its Experiential Learning Center. center_img McCarty and Suleman spoke of other ways virtual reality is used in order to create social change. The United Nations’ Virtual Reality program, use immersive storytelling to encourage empathy and positive social change. Unconscious bias in the hiring process is alive and well, a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. The report showed that since 1990, white job applicants receive 36 percent more callbacks than black applicants and 24 percent more than Latinx applicants. The Marshall School of Business is hoping to change that — with the help of virtual reality. Miles Suleman, chief operating officer of Team Building | VR, said one of the goals of the VR experience is to evoke emotion from users. Assistant Marshall Dean Gita Govahi said VR is essential in educating people about their unconscious biases because it makes the subject less “threatening.” The program that the company is currently developing with the center puts users in a scenario in which they are responsible for choosing the best candidate for a job. The exercise will begin with students reading and ranking five applications. Then, students put on the VR headset to complete a 20-minute hiring process, including video interviews with the candidates, who will be played by actors. The presenters said retention levels can be as high as 80 percent one year after a VR experience. Rob McCarty, CEO of Team Building | VR, said the technology is ideal for education and training because it allows users to fail and try again without real-life repercussions. “Having the emotional connection to why [unconscious bias] is wrong and having that near first-hand experience is a very good tool for driving behavior,” Suleman said. “What we wanted to do is create a narrative that created [emotional] investment for the student in the exercise.” USC alumni Miles Suleman (left) and Rob McCarty (right) work for Team Building | VR, a company that uses virtual reality to train and educate employees and students. (Julia Rosher/Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Late penalty-kick goal lifts Syracuse women’s soccer over Rhode Island

first_imgSyracuse and Rhode Island were on the verge of heading to overtime tied at zero, despite SU having dominated play.Then, in the 89th minute, a Rhode Island player brought down an Orange forward in the box and SU’s Jessica Vigna converted on the ensuing penalty kick.Behind a strong performance from the defense and goalie Courtney Brosnan, the last-minute gift on the penalty shot was all Syracuse (5-1-1) needed to break through and steal a 1-0 road win.The Orange outshot the Rams 12-6 (1-3-2) and held an advantage in shots on goal with four to Rhode Island’s three.Along with smothering the Rhode Island attack, SU’s defense looked dangerous on offense with defender Taylor Bennett continuing to put shots on net via free kicks and Vigna and Maddie Iozzi creating several chances off corner kicks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 8, 2016 at 10:18 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Clippers set all-time heat record from deep in loss at Golden State

first_img“Myself and Gallo, we’re shooters and the offense is predicated on us getting good looks and being able to take ’em and expand the court and get open 3s,” Harris added. “So that’s something that’s a focus for us, really.”It wasn’t only the proficient forward tandem hitting shots Sunday, of course.Avery Bradley (2 for 3), Patrick Beverley (2 for 3), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (1 for 1), Lou Williams (1 for 1) and Mike Scott (1 for 2) all got in on the splash bash. And yet, the Clippers came up short against the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors, who have a few noted shooters on their squad as well.“I didn’t think we moved the ball as well in the second half,” said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who nonetheless very much enjoyed the opening half, when he said the “the ball was moving so well, they couldn’t guard you.”MONSTER MINUTESMontrezl Harrell scored his 2,000th point in Sunday’s loss, an especially noteworthy milestone because of the limited amount of minutes it took him to reach it — just 3,551 in his career.The Clippers’ hard-charging forward/center joined a exclusive list of active players who previously scored 2,000 points in so few minutes, a roster that also features Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid and Donovan Mitchell, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Harrell finished with 13 points in 25 minutes on Sunday. For the season, he’s averaging career-highs: 15.3 points in 25.3 minutes per game. Harris was 6 for 7 from behind the arc and Danilo Gallinari went 5 for 5.“Before any game, I’m prepared to have a good night,” said Harris, who finished with 32 points, marking the 15th time in his career — and third time this month — that he’s eclipsed 30 points. After Sunday’s 129-127 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Clippers forward Tobias Harris joked with reporters in Oakland that he knew he and his teammates were going to have a spectacular shooting night.“Oh, I definitely felt it, right before the game,” Harris said with a chuckle.Once the game began, the Clippers definitely were feeling it: They shot 78.3 percent (18 for 23) from 3-point range, an NBA record for a team with 15-plus makes or 20-plus attempts in a single game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Their 18 makes from deep — including an NBA-record 13 on 14 tries in the first half — tied a franchise record for second-most in a game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ibisevic: We returned Necessary Confidence with the Victory against Gibraltar

first_imgAfter the victory of the national team of BiH in yesterday’s match against Gibraltar as part of the qualifications for the World Cup that will be played next year in Russia, and double scorer Vedad Ibisevic said that our players returned their confidence.“Last night we had a task to play this match as good as possible. We did our best, we played well and the most important thing is that we did what we needed to do. This was an important match, and especially when we remember the match in Greece. Tonight we returned our necessary self-confidence,” said Ibisevic.Besides attacker of Hertha, Avdija Vrsajevic, Edin Visca and Ermin Bicakcic scored for our national team as well.(Source: read more

Columbus Junction pork plant reopens after outbreak

first_imgCOLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) – One Iowa pork plant at the center of a major coronavirus outbreak reopened Tuesday.Tyson Foods resumed limited operations at its pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, where more than 200 workers have become infected and at least two have died.The plant, which has about 1,400 employees, had been shut down for two weeks after reporting the outbreak. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent more than 1,000 tests to the area last week.Tyson declined to release the number of employees who tested positive. But the Louisa County health department said last week that 148 infections were tied to the plant. In recent days, the governor’s office has reported more than 100 additional cases.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps ripped up the form book to grab a deserve share of the points against Waterford tonight.Waterford were probably red hot favourites going into the game at the RSC having won their last eight games.BUT it was Harps who broke the deadlock after 23 minutes minutes thorugh Matt Harkin. The breakthrough came when Paul McVeigh cross from the right to allow Harkin to steal in with a fine header past the stranded Packie Holden.However Harps lead was short-lived as the home side equalised after jut five minutes through Peter Ehite.Both sides cancelled eachother out in the second and Harps had to hold on for the last 20 minutes after Aaron O’Hagan was show a red card.Peter Hutton will be delighted to have grabbed a share of the spoils considering Waterford’s record of late.  HARPS DRAW WITH HOT FAVOURITES TO SHARE POINTS was last modified: July 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpswaterfordlast_img read more