The VENI project of Susan Niessen focuses on the use of algorithms in selection procedures. Niessen: "When we want to select someone for a job or study, we collect various types of information about this candidate, such as psychological tests, interviews and a CV. We often combine this information in our heads and then make a decision. But we can also use very simple algorithms that we can design ourselves. I am going to investigate how professionals apply algorithms like this and I am interested in knowing whether these algorithms lead to a better and fairer selection."
Niessen hopes that the knowledge she gains in her VENI project will help for example HR advisers to make choices. "For me, the project is successful when we have a better understanding of why and when algorithms help with a better and fairer selection and when professionals can actually put these insights into practice."
Optimists are physically and mentally healthier than pessimists. They are also happier. Why is it that some people are optimistic and others are not? This question is central to the VENI project of Charlotte Vrijen. Vrijen: "I will specifically look at the role of parents, at how optimism is transferred from parents to children and which mechanisms play a role in this. I expect that optimistic parents transfer certain genes that contribute to their children becoming optimistic, but that the positive environment created by optimistic parents plays a role as well." In the long term, Vrijen hopes that the knowledge generated by her VENI project will help to promote resilience in families.
What is actually the most optimal for your child's development: staying home, or going to childcare? In this video, educational scientist Katrien Helmerhorst (University of Groningen) explains the answer. In addition, she provides tips to help in...
Matthijs Warrens has been promoted to adjunct professor at the UG. In his current research he investigates the school careers of students in primary and secondary education.
President of the Board of the University Jouke de Vries and Professor Arie Dijkstra will both give a speech during the Bevrijdingsfestival (Liberation Day festival) in Groningen.
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