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HFES Bulletin

November 2015
Volume 58, Number 11

Inside HFES

HFES Honors Fellows and Awardees

In this article, HFES acknowledges distinguished members who were recognized on Tuesday, October 27, during the Opening Plenary Session at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

Congratulations to the newly elected Fellows, who were honored for their outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, and service to the Society.

From left: Ellen J. Bass, Presenter Mica Endsley, Catherine Burns
Ellen J. Bass, Professor, Drexel University
Catherine Burns, Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo


The Society also congratulates the following recipients of HFES awards:

From left: Presenter Frank Durso, Brian Kidwell
Receiving the Jerome H. Ely Human Factors Article Award are the late Raja Parasuraman, and Brian Kidwell, Ryan Olmstead, Ming-Kuan Lin, Ryan Jankord, and Pamela Greenwood for their paper, "Interactive Effects of the COMT Gene and Training on Individual Differences in Supervisory Control of Unmanned Vehicles." This paper stood out due to its truly novel contributions to the field. Neuroergonomics is a significant departure from past human factors research. This multidisciplinary group of authors demonstrated the role of a specific genotype in accounting for individual differences in how quickly participants could learn a complex supervisory control task and their eventual level of performance. The implications of this work for future selection and training programs are potentially revolutionary.

Jan Dul
The Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award, which honors a non-U.S. citizen for outstanding contributions to the human factors/ergonomics field, was presented to Jan Dul for contributions to the field that have been unique, far-ranging, and impactful. Dul specializes in the interaction between people and the technological and social-organizational environment. He has consulted with more than 50 companies to educate them on how properly designed and managed work environments can facilitate employee performance and well being.

Patricia DeLucia
Recognizing exceptional contributions to the education and training of human factors specialists, the Paul M. Fitts Education Award went to Patricia DeLucia of Texas Tech University. The award subcommittee stated that DeLucia's "influence on human factors education is pervasive. DeLucia kept the Human Factors program alive at Texas Tech after the only faculty member in the program left and remade the program into one that trains students for a five-year BA/MA degree, a terminal MA, and a PhD. Pat made sure that the program includes both basic and applied science and that students are trained to be excellent researchers.

From left: Pascale Carayon, Presenter Valerie Gawron
Pascale Carayon of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, received the A. R. Lauer Safety Award. She directs that university's Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement. Carayon developed the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety, a program that tackles the societal problem of medical error. The model has contributed to significant improvements in drug administration and electronic health records, and it has demonstrated how high nursing workload contributes to complications and mortality of ICU patients.

From left: Presenter M. Susan Hallbeck, Nancy Larson
The Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award was presented to Nancy Larson for her design of the Ergonomic Job Analysis System at 3M. This system, which is grounded in HF/E principles, has proven effective at reducing the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses and has broadened the popular understanding of the capabilities of HF/E as a means of improving production performance.

From left: Christina A. Yee, Presenter Haydee Cuevas
The Alphonse Chapanis Best Student Paper Award provides a monetary award of $2,000 and a certificate to the student or students who present the most outstanding student paper at the Annual Meeting. Christina A. Yee and Homayoon Kazerooni received the 2015 award for "A Neck Support for Alleviating Occupational Neck Pain."

Raja Parasuraman
The late Raja Parasuraman is the posthumous recipient of the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award, which recognizes a person for significant efforts to extend or diversify the applications of HF/E principles and methods to new areas of endeavor. Parasuraman's vision and creativity both extended and diversified the HF/E field. He linked the fields of neuroscience and ergonomics, creating the emerging field of neuroergonomics to enhance the understanding of brain function and behavior. This resulted in newly created departments and programs in neuroergonomics at universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

From left: Erin Chiou, John D. Lee, Kathleen Larson (not pictured: Vindhya Venkatraman, Yaqiong Li, and Madeleine Gibson)
The Best Ergonomics in Design Article Award is "Contextual Design of a Motivated Medication Management Device" by Erin Chiou, Vindhya Venkatraman, Kathleen Larson, Yaqiong Li, Madeleine Gibson, and John D. Lee. The judges commended the authors' frank discussion of design limitations and areas for future consideration. One judge predicted that this article will be key in future developments in individual medication management.

From left: Haydee Cuveas, Michelle Robertson
Recognizing service and excellence in outreach to the general public, government agencies, and professional organizations, the Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award was presented to Haydee Cuevas for her constant devotion to promoting the awareness of the HF/E profession. Cuevas developed and personally funded a series of extremely well-received and effective mentor-mentee luncheons and sessions, which have been attended by more than 700 people. She has promoted awareness of the profession through her leadership in National Ergonomics Month activities, which have increased the field's visibility through an outreach competition among student chapters.

Michael W. Smith
"Resilient Practices in Maintaining Safety of Health Information Technologies" by Michael W. Smith, Joan S. Ash, Dean F. Sittig, and Hardeep Singh received the Best Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Article Award. The article illustrates a hallmark of outstanding work in cognitive engineering and decision making. Even though it is grounded in a particular domain – in this case health care – the insights it generates have theoretical relevance and practical impact across domains.

From left: Richard J. Holden, Presenter Nancy J. Cooke
The William C. Howell Young Investigator Award was presented to Richard J. Holden, who received a joint PhD in industrial engineering and psychology in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has already made significant scientific contributions in the areas of patient-centered health informatics. He has a remarkable publishing record, with 35 peer-reviewed articles (24 of them as first author) and 34 book chapters and proceedings articles.

From left: Presenter Brian Kleiner, Sandra K. Garrett
The Bentzi Karsh Early-Career Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions to HFES through professional service and outreach activities as a student and early-career professional. The 2015 recipient, Sandra K. Garrett, is the personification of the special individual for whom this award was created. She has repeatedly demonstrated her keen ability to effect lasting and impactful change and has served as a role model to both encourage and inspire current and future students and early-career professionals.

From left: Najmedin Meshkati, Presenter Andy Imada
The Arnold M. Small President's Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual for career-long contributions to the Society and the discipline. This year's award was presented to Najmedin Meshkati. For the past 25 years, Professor Meshkati has been teaching and conducting research tirelessly on risk reduction and reliability enhancement of complex technological systems, including some of the most dangerous and high-profile cases in which human factors/
ergonomics has played a role. He has worked in and visited disaster sites in Chernobyl, Fukushima, Bhopal, and Texas City. He has raised the profile of HF/E as a profession. Besides his scholarly publications, he has published op-eds, granted interviews, and contributed to major national and international newspapers, magazines, and news outlets. This effort to express the HF/E point of view to mainstream publication outlets around the world is what sets him apart. He has been willing to share his opinion about the known science and translated it to public policy, corporate social responsibility, and foreign policy. He embodies the spirit of the HFES future vision.

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