April 28, 2016

Inside HFES

HFES Nominations: A Call for Active Participation
By S. Camille Peres, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee; and Robert G. Radwin, Immediate Past Chair


Nomination Ballots Due May 19

Call for Cochair of HFES International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care
By Carolyn M. Sommerich, Chair, Education Division


Sign Up to Join a Proposed New Technical Group on Children's Issues
By Michael S. Wogalter


2016 Human Factors Prize Call for Submissions

Seeking Your Input: Should Human Factors/Ergonomics Join Replication Efforts?
By Patricia R. DeLucia, Editor, Human Factors


Deadline Extended for Product Design Award

Enter YouTube Video Contest By June 1

Annual Meeting

Call for Student Volunteers

Member Milestones

National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission Honors Pascale Carayon

Meshkati Named Ernest Amory Codman Award Lectureship Honoree

Other News

Relaunched NAE Online Ethics Center Now Includes Ethics in the Sciences

VAST Challenge Call for Submissions

New HSI Industry Standard Kicking Off

 
April 7, 2016

Public Policy Matters

Updates By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


HFES Advocates for Human Factors–Related Research in FY 2017 Appropriations

HFES Advocates for Human Factors in FAA Reauthorization Legislation

Government Relations Update: HFES Thanks Senate HELP Committee for Improving Health IT Act

Member Milestones

In Memoriam: Marc L. Resnick

Inside HFES

Call for 2016 Student Member and Chapter Award Applications
By Linsey Steege, Chair, Student Affairs Committee


Deadline Extended: HFES Design, Innovation, and Safety Awards

Webinar on Maintaining Agility in the HF/E Job Marketplace Coming April 20

Register Now For Health-Care Symposium FDA Workshop

Other News

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Call For Experts

SAFE Symposium Call for Submissions
 

 
 

Inside HFES

HFES Nominations: A Call for Active Participation

By S. Camille Peres, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee; and Robert G. Radwin, Immediate Past Chair


Have you ever wondered what the heck the Executive Council is? Do you see the nomination and ballots go out every year and wonder, "What do those people do anyway?" Well, here's your chance to learn more.


The Executive Council is a group of people who are focused on providing strategic leadership and service to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. The Council is formally composed of 12 people: the President, Immediate Past President, and President-Elect; the Secretary-Treasurer (ST), the immediate past ST, and the ST-Elect; and six At-Large Council members. Additionally, the chairs of each Division attend Council meetings, as they communicate between the committees and the Council. (For more information on the HFES organizational structure, check out the org chart.) Finally, the HFES executive director, communications director, and director of member services attend meetings to inform the Council of the status and health of the Society and its membership and to facilitate accomplishing the goals of the Council and committees.


Council members are expected to attend two in-person, two-day meetings per year, one of which is at the Annual Meeting and the other, a midyear meeting, which usually is held in conjunction with the HFES Health-Care Symposium. Travel and hotel accommodations are fully reimbursed for the midyear meeting, and hotel accommodations are complimentary for the nights of the Council meeting held at the Annual Meeting. Between these meetings, Council members participate in teleconferences, with the maximum frequency being one two-hour meeting per month.


Although much of the work of the Council is behind the scenes, many find it very rewarding because it focuses on the future—the future of our science, the future of the translation of our science, and the future of the Society overall. If you've ever thought, "Why don't 'they' do something about this?" or "Why did 'they' do that?" this is your chance to get involved and find out the answers to those questions!


The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society call for nominations has been announced, and ballots must be received by May 19 in order to be counted. This is an opportunity for full Members of HFES to get involved, either as a nominator or as a nominee. (If you are unsure of your membership category or that of a potential nominee, please log in to your HFES account and check the online Membership Directory.) Nominations are open for President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, and two at-large Council members. This is your opportunity to contribute to the Society leadership.


We strongly encourage you to consider becoming active in HFES governance, particularly if you have already been involved in TG or committee leadership, arranging technical sessions, and other Society functions. We ask members to actively solicit nominations among those members who would be outstanding candidates and represent the membership's best interests on the Council. We aim for—and we expect—the ballot to reflect the diversity of individual differences and varying professional interests among the Society membership.


Nominees are selected based on the number of nomination ballots received for an individual; the more nominations for a given candidate, the better the chance of appearing on the election ballot. Please verify that your nominees are aware of your nomination and that they will agree to serve if nominated.


Nominators typically contact other members whom they think would support their choice and ask them to send in their ballot in support of their candidate. And yes, self-nominations are perfectly acceptable; we expect all nominators to ask their candidate to self-nominate, so the candidate's intention to run for an office is known by the Nominations and Elections Committee chair. This year we request that all nominees have at least three nominations, including self-nominations. Only Full Members and Fellows of the Society in good standing are eligible to be nominated.


Find out what the Executive Council is all about and contribute to the Society leadership by nominating someone (even yourself) today.
 

 
 

Inside HFES

Nomination Ballots Due May 19

HFES full voting Members are encouraged to submit nomination ballots for the 2016 election of HFES officers and at-large members of the HFES Executive Council by May 19. Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

  • President-elect

  • Secretary-Treasurer-elect

  • Two Council members-at-large

Individuals selected for these positions will begin their service at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting and will serve three-year terms, with the President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer-Elect serving as President and Secretary-Treasurer in 2018 and Past President and Past Secretary-Treasurer in 2019.


As noted in the article by Camille Peres and Robert Radwin, please verify that your nominees are aware of your nomination and that they will agree to serve if nominated. Nominees must be full voting Members of HFES. The Nominations and Elections Committee is requesting that each nominee receive at least three nominations, including the self-nomination of the nominee her- or himself.


You may return your ballot via e-mail (vote@hfes.org) or by mail or fax. If you fax your ballot, be sure to use the attached cover sheet, which includes a space for printing or typing your name and signing the ballot. Ballots returned by postal mail must have your printed name and signature on the back of the envelope.
 

Thank you for participating in this year's nominations!
 

 
 

Inside HFES

Call for Cochair of HFES International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care

By Carolyn M. Sommerich, Chair, Education Division


HFES is looking for individuals who are interested in cochairing the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, with the potential to become the chair.

 

The symposium takes place each spring, with planning activities occurring year-round.

The new cochair will work closely with current Chair Anthony Andre. The cochair's responsibilities will include the following:

  • Managing track chairs to ensure track programs are created

  • Encouraging submissions

  • Assisting with keynote speaker selection

  • Assisting with workshop selection and coordination

  • Helping to manage the symposium schedule

  • Promoting the symposium

  • Interfacing with HFES and conference planning staff

  • Assisting with opening plenary session.

Interested candidates must be Full Members of HFES and have the time to devote significant volunteer hours during the year.


If interested, please send an email describing the knowledge, skills, and experience that might qualify you for this position, along with your current résumé or CV to Lynn Strother (lynn@hfes.org) by May 16.
 

 

Inside HFES 

Sign Up to Join a Proposed New Technical Group on Children's Issues

By Michael S. Wogalter


Work has begun on starting a new TG on the human factors/ergonomics of children's issues. The preliminary scope is HF/E issues associated with children and their caretakers in various settings, such as home, school, and recreation.


The formation of a children's issues TG was discussed in a 2015 Annual Meeting panel session and before the Council of Technical Groups (COTG) at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Discussion by those present was very positive, but there are a few procedures that are needed to initiate the process.


One initial requirement is to collect a list of at least 150 persons who would be interested in joining the new TG if it were formed, half of whom do not have to be HFES members. To date, slightly more than 100 names have been gathered. If you have not already signed up and would be interested in this TG, please e-mail me at WogalterM@gmail.com and include your membership status.


If you know someone who is not an HFES member who might like to join and participate in this TG, please suggest that he or she send me an indication of interest by e-mail. Alternatively, you can send me the names and e-mail addresses of people you think might be interested and I will contact them directly. Read more about this proposed TG in the February 2015 HFES Bulletin.

 

Mike Wogalter is a professor emeritus in psychology from North Carolina State University who now resides in south Florida. He is a Fellow of HFES and IEA.
 

 
 

Inside HFES

2016 Human Factors Prize Call for Submissions

The submission window for the 2016 Human Factors Prize opens on May 1. The prize recognizes excellence in human factors/ergonomics research through an annual competition in which authors are invited to submit papers on a specific topic for that year.


The topic for the 2016 Human Factors Prize is HF/E research related to big data. HFES seeks articles that describe research about human factors issues pertaining to big data or the use of big data to solve HF/E problems. Big data refers to the use of extremely large databases to analyze and develop computational models and to identify trends, patterns, and associations in the world.


The prize carries a $10,000 cash award and publication of the winning paper in Human Factors. The award will be formally conferred at a special session at the HFES International Annual Meeting, where the recipient will present his or her work.


Please read the Information for Authors regarding the correct format and style. Beginning May 1, you may upload your submission.
 

 

Inside HFES                                    

Seeking Your Input: Should Human Factors/Ergonomics Join Replication Efforts?

By Patricia R. DeLucia, Editor, Human Factors

There has been considerable discussion regarding the lack of replication of research results in the social sciences. We seek your input. What is your view about replications in HF/E? Daniel Kahneman raised serious concerns about the credibility of social priming results and urged a series of systematic replication studies to validate the effects (Yong, 2012). The Open Science Collaboration (2015) conducted replications of 100 published psychology studies. The original results were replicated in less than half of the studies.


Concern about replication has led some journal editors to publish registered replication reports in which a detailed methodological plan is submitted and vetted by reviewers. Once the plan is approved, the results are published regardless of the outcome. Some journals are encouraging authors to publish articles with greater transparency, and to share data (Center for Open Science, 2015).


What role should HF/E play in this discussion? For example, should Human Factors publish replication studies? If so, which studies are most critical to replicate? Should registered replication reports be adopted? One study showed that replication appears to be common in the human factors literature (Jones et al., 2010); is replication a concern to HF/E?


Please feel free to e-mail me at psychology.hfeditor@ttu.edu.


References
Center for Open Science. (2015). Open Science Framework: Features of Registered Reports Across Journals. Retrieved from https://osf.io/8mpji/wiki/2. Journal Comparison/


Open Science Collaboration. (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349, aac4716. http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aac4716


Jones, K., Derby, P., & Schmidlin, E. (2010). An investigation of the prevalence of replication research in human factors. Human Factors, 52, 586–595. doi:0.1177/0018720810384394


Yong, E. (2012, October 3). Nobel laureate challenges psychologists to clean up their act. Retrieved from http://www.nature.com/news/nobel-laureate-challenges-psychologists-to-clean-up-their-act-1.11535
 

 
 

Inside HFES

Deadline Extended for Product Design Award

The nomination deadline for the 15th Annual Stanley Caplan User-Centered Product Design Award has been extended to May 6. Win $1,000, a trophy, and the recognition of your peers! The HFES Product Design Technical Group (PDTG) invites you to submit a nomination for the award, which emphasizes both product design and the methods used to specify and achieve the design.


No entry fee or other payment is required, and nominations will be accepted from individuals nominating others or nominating themselves. Award candidates do not have to be a member of HFES or the PDTG. All product designers, product teams, and human factors professionals are invited to participate. Nominations should be submitted electronically to Dianne McMullin.


The winning product/system will be recognized at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on September 20, and the awardees will be asked to present a talk on the product and methodology. Awardees will also be expected to submit a paper to Ergonomics in Design within two months after the meeting. For examples and complete details about submitting a product for consideration, visit the PDTG Web site at http://pdtg-hfes.blogspot.com.
 

 
 

Inside HFES

Enter YouTube Video Contest By June 1

Submissions to the YouTube video contest, aimed at inspiring and educating others about HF/E, are due by June 1. Videos of up to 2 minutes are invited that capture the distinct value of HF/E by answering the question, "How does human factors/ergonomics help people?" Three winning videos will be shown at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in September. The winning submitters will also receive the following cash awards:

  • First Place: $3,000

  • Second Place: $2,000

  • Third Place: $1,000

To enter, upload completed videos to Dropbox or another file-sharing service and share the file with Karen Jacobs (hfesoutreach@gmail.com). Entries must be uploaded and shared by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, June 1. If you submit a video, you agree to allow it to be posted on the HFES Web site, HFES YouTube channel, and other HFES-sponsored events.
 

Complete details may be found in the January Bulletin. Contact Lois Smith (lois@hfes.org) for a release form to use in obtaining permission from people who appear in the video. These permission forms must be submitted with your entry.
 

This contest is open to the public. Winners will be informed in July.
 

 
 

Annual Meeting

Call for Student Volunteers

Full-time student members of HFES are invited to serve as volunteers for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, September 19–23. Student volunteers perform many essential functions and help to ensure that the Annual Meeting runs smoothly.


Students applying to volunteer must register for the Annual Meeting by August 8.


More than 90% of the positions are for four hours of work, and volunteers in this group will be reimbursed for half the student registration fee. Students assigned to eight hours of volunteer work will receive reimbursement of the full fee. Students applying to volunteer will receive early information regarding lodging at the student hotel. Refunds are processed after the meeting. Registration for the Annual Meeting will open in June.


To volunteer, please e-mail the following information to Director of Member Services Carlos de Falla:

  • your contact information (including your full name and e-mail address)

  • your first, second, and third choices from the list of key areas given below

  • your anticipated date of arrival at and departure from the meeting.

You may request assignments in specific areas, and every effort will be made to ensure you receive your first or second choice. Volunteer positions are limited to between 40 and 50 slots, and requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Help is needed in (but not limited to) the following key areas:

  • Workshops (Monday, September 19)

  • Ribbon desk (September 19–21)

  • On-Site Career Center (September 19–22)

  • Internet Café (September 19–22)

  • Technical Tours (September 21–22)

Assignments will be made and instructions sent four weeks prior to the meeting. A student volunteer room will be available at the headquarters hotel for checking assignments, networking with other students, and obtaining signatures for completed work.
 

 
 

Member Milestones

National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission Honors Pascale Carayon

HFES Fellow Pascale Carayon has been awarded the 2015 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Individual Achievement Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission for her passion and far-reaching impact on patient care. Carayon, who is the Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has advanced the field of patient safety and quality using human factors concepts and methods and the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) model that grew out of that human factors work. Carayon is also recognized for mentoring new leaders in this arena, both nationally and internationally. In addition, she is currently serving on the HFES Executive Council. She may be reached at pcarayon@wisc.edu.
 

 
 

Member Milestones

Meshkati Named Ernest Amory Codman Award Lectureship Honoree

HFES Fellow Najmedin Meshkati has been selected as the 2016 Ernest Amory Codman Award Lectureship honoree, which recognizes an individual whose work focuses on leadership areas applied to health care and that supports The Joint Commission's mission of continuously improving the safety and quality of care. Meshkati is a professor of engineering and international relations at the University of Southern California. He was a Jefferson Science Fellow and a senior science and engineering adviser, as well as an Office of Science and Technology adviser to the Secretary of State in the U.S. State Department.
 

Meshkati's work has been dedicated to solving high-risk problems in the field of complex technological systems, including nuclear power plants. He may be reached at meshkati@usc.edu.
 

 
 

Other News

Relaunched NAE Online Ethics Center Now Includes Ethics in the Sciences

The National Academy of Engineering recently relaunched the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (OEC). Previously focused primarily on ethics issues in engineering and research, the redesigned Web site has expanded to encompass ethics issues in the sciences.
 

The mission of the site is to provide engineers, scientists, faculty, and students with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant issues that arise in scientific and engineering practice and from developments in science and engineering.


The new site features case studies, educational activities, and bibliographies, among other materials, categorized by resource type, topic, and field.
 

 
 

Other News

VAST Challenge Call for Submissions

The Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Challenge is an annual contest with the goal of advancing the field of visual analytics through competition. The VAST Challenge is designed to help researchers understand how their software would be used in a novel analytic task and to determine whether their data transformations, visualizations, and interactions would be beneficial for particular analytic tasks.


One of this year's challenges deals with visual analytics and human-computer interaction and requires the design of an innovative interactive visual interface that enables a facility's security investigators to conduct real-time analysis of streaming data.


The submission deadline is July 12, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time. More information can be found here.
 

 
 

Other News

New HSI Industry Standard Kicking Off

The SAE G-45 Human Systems Integration Committee has recently been given the opportunity to develop a Department of Defense HSI standard to be used in contract procurement activities. The committee seeks interested participants to help mold this industry standard into an effective tool that will result in the successful integration of our discipline into government programs. Participants are needed who are experienced in one or more of the following domains: habitability, force protection and survivability, manpower, personnel, training, environment, safety and occupational health, and human factors engineering.


The kickoff meeting for this project is scheduled for May 17–18, 2016, in the Washington, DC area. To participate, contact Steve Merriman, G-45 Committee Chair, at scmerriman@tx.rr.com or 972/344-1103, or Terri Hall, G-45 Vice Chair, at Terri.l.hall@lmco.com or 770/494-5458.
 

 
 

Public Policy Matters

HFES Advocates for Human Factors–Related Research in FY 2017 Appropriations

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


On March 15, HFES President William Marras and Executive Director Lynn Strother submitted outside witness testimonies on behalf of HFES advocating for robust funding levels for human factors research in fiscal year (FY) 2017. The testimonies were submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense; Commerce, Justice, and Science; and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development to inform policy makers of the importance of human factors research and the benefits of continued federal investment in scientific research across federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation.


In the testimony submitted to the Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, HFES leaders made specific requests for funding levels in research, engineering, and development within the Federal Aviation Administration to reflect the requests made in President Obama's FY 2017 budget request. Investment in these programs would further research and development in the following human factors programs: air traffic control and technical operations human factors, flight deck maintenance and system-integration human factors, and NextGen air-ground integration human factors.


A similar request was submitted to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense in support of increased funding levels for the Army Human Factors Engineering Technology research program and the Navy Personnel, Training, Simulation, and Human Factors program. These programs are dedicated to the preservation of U.S. national security and the safety and well-being of American citizens. A positive response to these testimonies could lead to significant advancements in the field of human factors.



Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, D.C.-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals work to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.
 

 
 

Public Policy Matters

HFES Advocates for Human Factors in FAA Reauthorization Legislation

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


On March 8, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation introduced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. The legislation would set policy and directives for FAA through fiscal year (FY) 2017 and includes significant HFES-advocated language related to human factors. Notably, the bill includes a provision that would codify a definition of human factors into law – an ongoing priority for Lewis-Burke and HFES.


In 2013, the HFES Government Relations Committee and Lewis-Burke created an internal FAA Working Group to collaborate on policy ideas and analyze previous FAA authorization legislation. Based on interactions with officials at FAA, congressional staff, and the Society's knowledge of human factors–related aviation issues, HFES developed several policy recommendations for inclusion in future authorization legislation. Chief among these recommendations was the provision mandating the FAA to establish a singular definition of human factors, which the FAA would apply in all future activities involving human factors considerations.


These efforts culminated with a meeting between Lewis-Burke and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee staff responsible for writing the reauthorization legislation. Through this meeting and continued communications, HFES was able to successfully advocate for the inclusion of the comprehensive definition of human factors and influence human factors–related policies in other areas of the legislation.


The current FAA authorization was originally set to expire at the end of FY 2015. Since then, Congress has passed short-term extensions allowing time for the House and Senate to consider different philosophical approaches to how the FAA should operate in the future – an example being a controversial proposal in the House to privatize the air traffic control system. Because of this and other issues, House leaders chose to redraft their legislation, necessitating at least another extension of the current authorization.


Given the bipartisan nature of the Senate bill, its chances of passing the chamber and ultimately having significant portions included in a compromise with the House remain very high. Lewis-Burke and the HFES Government Relations Subcommittee on Aviation will continue to advocate for inclusion of the human factors definition in the final compromise legislation.



Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, D.C.-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals work to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.
 

 
 

Public Policy Matters

Government Relations Update: HFES Thanks Senate HELP Committee for Improving Health IT Act

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


On March 10, HFES President William Marras and Government Relations Committee Chair Mica Endsley sent a letter of appreciation on behalf of the Society to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray. Copies of the letter were also sent to the other members of the HELP Committee to thank them for their unanimous support of the Improving Health Information Technology Act and for passing the bill through the committee. This bill would take a comprehensive approach to address the challenges of health IT and offers significant opportunity for human factors involvement. For example, the bill specifically targets issues such as patient access to electronic health information and the use of health IT to improve patient care, emphasizing the importance of human factors in the health-care space.
 

More specifically, the bill includes language that would require experts from the human factors field to be involved in the development of reporting criteria for the Health IT Rating Program. This addition would allow for significant involvement from HFES members moving forward and establish precedence for the incorporation of human factors research into the health IT space. In addition, the ultimate passage of this bill would increase visibility for the Society and its public policy priorities at the federal level.


Marras and Endsley also offered HFES as a resource to the committee as it continues to grapple with health IT-related issues. HFES government relations will work with the Senate HELP Committee to ensure the continued inclusion of human factors in future bills and to advocate for the Improving Health IT Act as it comes up for consideration on the Senate floor and in the House.



Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, D.C.-based government relations and consulting firm, represents the public policy interests of scientific societies and institutions of higher education. Lewis-Burke's staff of about 20 government relations professionals work to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.
 

 
 

Member Milestones

In Memoriam: Marc L. Resnick

                                           Marc L. Resnick
 

Marc L. Resnick passed away on February 17, 2016. Marc was a professor at Bentley University and a long-time member of HFES. He served on the Executive Council and was an originator and staunch supporter of User Experience (UX) Day at the Annual Meeting. His HFES service also included the Technical Program Committee and a number of TG roles, most recently as program chair for the Internet TG.


As editor of the EID Blog, Marc brilliantly commented on a wide range of topics, many gleaned from the popular media, and provided his take on how HF/E research and practice might inform those topics.


Following is a tribute from the UX Day team.

"Our fearless leader." To those of us who served, or are currently serving, on the UX Day Planning Committee, those are often the first words that come to mind when we think of Marc Resnick. In nearly every conversation, Marc was eager to share his "great new idea" and seemed to be one step ahead of the rest of us. Wherever he went, he seemed to carry a tangible energy – he could even wake up the sleepy room of an early-morning talk. Marc had an ability to get people excited about things. If you were already excited about something, he'd get you even more excited. He encouraged "crazy ideas," was immensely supportive of his peers and students, but above all, Marc was kind and caring.


Marc also loved to tell the story about how UX Day was started. About five years ago, he founded User Experience Day at the HFES Annual Meeting. He created a UX-centered schedule that has been held on the Wednesday of the Meeting, which includes talks, team activities, mentoring, leadership development, and networking. UX Day became a success and drastically increased the visibility of UX at HFES. Each year, interest in UX Day continues to grow, and as a result, we've continued to add new roles to the Planning Committee. What started as a one-man show now has tiered committees to distribute the work more manageably for all the volunteers. However, Marc always wanted UX Day to be "bigger and better than last year," so his high expectations for his volunteers never faltered. Marc challenged all of us, but he never forgot to show his appreciation and promised us an invaluable experience. Marc has delivered, and because of that, we will all carry a piece of his wisdom with us forever. To celebrate Marc's legacy, we are naming this year's UX Day in his honor, and permanently renaming UX Day's Best Paper Award to commemorate his role in HFES, the UX community, and beyond.


Lara Cheng, Executive Chair, UX Day
On behalf of current and former UX Day Planning Committee Members

 

 
 

Inside HFES

Call for 2016 Student Member and Chapter Award Applications

By Linsey Steege, Chair, Student Affairs Committee


The Student Affairs Committee is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of and service to the Society by our students and student chapters through the Student Member with Honors Award and the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. To apply for these awards, students or chapters must send a completed application and supporting materials (see below) to Student Affairs Chair Linsey Steege on or before July 1, 2016. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC during the student reception, to be held on Tuesday, September 20, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
 

The following are highlights of the eligibility requirements for the awards. Please refer to the Student Chapter Web page for complete details and to download the application packet and instructions.


Student Member With Honors
This designation honors students who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline and/or to HFES. To qualify, students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student membership in HFES for at least six months prior to application

  • Classified as a graduate student, or class standing of junior or senior for an undergraduate

  • Minimum GPA of 3.75 for graduate students; minimum GPA of 3.50 for undergraduates

  • Successful completion of at least three HF/E-related courses with an A grade

  • Significant HF/E-related service to HFES

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member, which specifies and demonstrates the outstanding contributions made by the student.

The letter of endorsement from the faculty member is critical to the application. The letter should highlight the outstanding contributions of the student and indicate how those achievements meet the requirements for the student to be recognized as a Student Member with Honors by distinguishing the student from his or her peers.


In addition, at least two of the following three conditions must be met:

  • First or second author of an HF/E research paper published in an approved journal

  • Presenter of an HF/E-related lecture at a national or international conference

  • Evidence of significant contribution to an industry project

Meeting at least two of these three conditions is necessary but not sufficient for the award; the quality of the candidate's contributions in each of the areas will also be evaluated.
 

Student Chapter Award Levels
Chapters are recognized for their contributions and achievements (both the number and quality of activities) across a number of categories as listed below, with emphasis on demonstrated excellence in a specified number of areas. The levels of recognition are as follows:

  • GOLD requires activity in at least eight categories with excellence in at least five categories, and at least 50% of the student members being HFES Student Affiliate members.

  • SILVER requires activity in at least five categories with excellence in at least three categories, and at least 40% of the student members being HFES Student Affiliate members.

  • BRONZE requires activity in at least three categories with excellence in at least two categories, and at least 25% of the student members being HFES Student Affiliate members.

Chapters must clearly indicate the recognition level sought (Gold, Silver, or Bronze), provide supporting materials that document the various activities of the chapter in each category, and provide a letter of recommendation from the chapter adviser. We encourage chapters to submit other materials that will support the application, such as brochures, announcements, or images from events, videos, and Web sites. Please include all supporting material electronically as part of the application, and provide a short narrative that sufficiently details your accomplishments in each activity category.


Submitting Your Application
The deadline for receiving applications for both the Student Member with Honors and the Student Chapter Award is July 1, 2016. No applications will be accepted after this date. Be sure to read the complete application details before making your submission. Compile the completed application materials into a single PDF file and send it by e-mail to the Student Affairs Chair Linsey Steege.


We look forward to receiving your applications.
 

 
 

Inside HFES

Deadline Extended: HFES Design, Innovation, and Safety Awards

The deadline has been extended to May 16 for three HFES awards:

  • Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award

  • Jack Kraft Innovator Award

  • A.R. Lauer Safety Award

Nominators for these awards must be a Full Member or Fellow of HFES, but candidates are not required to be HFES members. For the Williams and Lauer Awards, the nomination must include in a single pdf file:

  • The candidate's résumé or curriculum vitae

  • A nominating letter describing the candidate's qualifications for the award

  • At least two but no more than three letters of support from individuals who know the candidate well enough to assess his or her candidacy in terms of the award criteria

In addition, for the Williams Award, other evidence of the success of the design are accepted, including testimonials, and papers or reports substantiating the design's success.


For a complete description of the criteria, please go to Awards Web page.


Awards should be submitted to Lynn Strother, HFES Director (lynn@hfes.org), who will distribute them to the appropriate awards committee chairs.
 

 
 

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Webinar on Maintaining Agility in the HF/E Job Marketplace Coming April 20

J. Christopher Brill, Christopher A. Monk, and Justin F. Morgan will discuss how to maintain agility in the job marketplace. The 90-minute webinar begins at 9:00 a.m. Pacific, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 11:00 a.m., Central, and 12:00 noon Eastern on Wednesday, April 20.


Many human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) professionals switch career paths to find the best "fit" or to seek new challenges. The presenters will discuss their personal journeys while offering advice for how to keep oneself marketable. The collective experience of the presenters includes positions in industry, government, and academia, and all three presenters will reflect on their experiences as both interviewers and job applicants. The discussion will begin by focusing on graduate students who will soon enter the HF/E workforce and then address how established professionals who want to transition from one HF/E career path or specialty to can do so. Chris Brill will host and facilitate the discussion. Webinar attendees will have opportunities to ask questions.


Registration for members is free.
 

 
 

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Register Now For Health-Care Symposium FDA Workshop

Twenty more spaces have been made available for Improving the Safety and Effectiveness of Medical Devices Through Human Factors Considerations: An Interactive Workshop with the FDA's CDRH Human Factors Premarket Evaluation Team, a half-day pre-symposium workshop that takes place on Wednesday, April 13, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the 2016 Health-Care Symposium. The workshop will provide a platform for exchange of information between industry professionals and the FDA's Human Factors Premarket Evaluation.


Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees must register for the full symposium to attend. If you wish to add the workshop to your existing registration, contact registration@meetingplanners.com to provide payment details.
 

 
 

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The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Call For Experts

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine are looking for experts to serve on "Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application within the Weather Enterprise," a new study aimed at improving the nation's weather readiness. The task is to develop a framework for generating and applying social and behavioral science research within the context of meteorology, weather forecasting, and weather preparedness and response. The Academies' Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Board on Environmental Change and Society, and Board on Human-Systems Integration are conducting the study.


Expertise is needed in human factors and product design, weather forecasting, meteorological research, communication research, decision making, risk perception, assessment and communication, behavioral economics, disaster and risk management and response, meteorology education and work force development, weather institutions and policy, and other realms.


The study's full statement of task, other details, and the nomination form can be found here. Nominations may also be submitted by sending an e-mail to Heather Breiner. For more information about the study, please contact Alison Macalady. Nominations are due April 13, 2016.
 

 
 

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SAFE Symposium Call for Submissions

Submissions of papers, panels, briefings, demonstrations, and workshops are invited for the SAFE Association's 54th Annual Symposium, which will take place October 31–November 2, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio.


Composed of government, military, industrial, and academic interests, SAFE represents aviation, space, land, and marine safety disciplines for the protection of users worldwide. The Symposium is composed of industry exhibits, technical paper and panel sessions, workshops, lectures, and product demonstrations over a three-day period.


The submission deadline is July 25, 2016. For more information, click here.