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Maury Siskel maurysis at peoplepc.com
Thu Nov 19 18:11:23 CST 2009

His comments reminded me of The Test to Identify Your Best Friend -- 
take your significant other and your dog out to the car and place them 
both in the trunk. Return an hour later, open the trunk, and see who's 
the happiest to see you

Cary Renquist wrote:

>The NRC dating service? - Fedline - The Federal Times Blog - federal
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>The NRC dating service?
>November 17th, 2009 | HR Management Uncategorized | Posted by Steve
>LoseySteve Steve Losey Name: Steve Losey
>It seems like everybody's got a new idea for attracting new talent to
>the federal government these days. But Jim McDermott, chief human
>capital officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, thinks he's found
>a foolproof way to convince young engineers to come to his agency: Find
>them dates.
>"There are incentives, and then there are incentives," McDermott told a
>crowd of human resources officials at the HCMF Conference in Arlington,
>Va., earlier today. "When we're hiring, we say, 'Is there a significant
>other in the picture?' If there's no significant other, I tell them, 'We
>can help.' "
>McDermott said his unorthodox recruitment pitch works because while
>nuclear engineers may know how to split atoms, they're not quite so
>adept on the dating front:
>"Now, engineers study a lot in college," McDermott said. "They neglect
>very important extracurricular activities. My girls went to school with
>engineers, [and] they said, 'Dad, they don't know how to dance, they
>don't know how to dress, they don't even know how to talk.' "
>Engineers may not necessarily become better dancers by taking a job at
>NRC, but McDermott said they can meet other single engineers (who
>probably won't roll their eyes at Star Trek or lectures on reactor
>cooling systems). McDermott said NRC's dating scheme - which he jokingly
>called "NRC Harmony," after the eHarmony online dating service - has so
>far resulted in about eight or nine weddings.
>McDermott's comments made me think of the sitcom Big Bang Theory, which
>features hopelessly nerdy theoretical physicists and their often-failed
>efforts to find romance. McDermott said he's seen bits of the show,
>which hit close to home: "I thought I was watching something on the
>Cary Renquist
>cary.renquist at ezag.com

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