SANTA MONICA, CA—The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society elected five Fellows and presented several awards on September 28, 2010, during the Opening Plenary Session of the 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.
Newly elected Fellows are David John Cochran, professor, Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Gary Klein, principal scientist, Klein Associates Division of ARA; David M. Rempel, professor, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley; Emilie M. Roth, owner and principal scientist, Roth Cognitive Engineering; and Carol Stuart-Buttle, consultant, Stuart-Buttle Ergonomics.
Recipients of the Jerome H. Ely Human Factors Article Award were Christopher D. Wickens, Alion Science Corporation; Stephen Rice and David Heller, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Shaun Hutchins, Alion Science Corporation; and Jamie Hughes and Krisstal Clayton, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, for their paper, “False Alerts in the Air Traffic Control Conflict Alerting System: Is There a ‘Cry Wolf’ Effect?” (Volume 51, Number 4, August 2009). This study sought to determine whether a high incidence of midair-conflict “false-alarm” alerts depresses performance in response to true alerts.
Gunilla Bradley, professor emerita, Department of Electronic, Computer, and Software Systems, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, was honored with the Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award. Bradley has been a leading scholar in examining the influences of workplace computerization and the spread of information and communication technology into everyday living for close to 40 years.
The Paul M. Fitts Education Award was presented to Wendy A. Rogers, professor of psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, in recognition of nearly two decades of sustained, exceptional effort and success in the education of human factors and ergonomics specialists.
Richard van der Horst, of TNO in the Netherlands, received the A. R. Lauer Safety Award in recognition of more than 35 years of significant contributions to surface transportation safety. Van der Horst, a senior research consultant for human factors in traffic safety, has made broad contributions in research and practice work that have impacted both the empirical knowledge base and the policy domains of transportation safety.
The recipient of the Alphonse Chapanis Best Student Paper Award was Christopher McClernon for his paper, “Stress Training Enhances Pilot Performance During a Stressful Flying Task.” The award committee received 21 submissions and narrowed the field to three based on oral presentations the day before the winner was announced.
The Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award was presented to David A. Kieras, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for work extending the utility of several computational models of human performance to new areas of research and system design. Principal examples of this work are the EPIC cognitive architecture and the GOMS modeling framework.
Markus A. Feufel, Katherine D. Lippa, and Helen Altman Klein, Wright State University, received the Best Ergonomics in Design Article Award for “Calling 911: Emergency Medical Services in Need of Human Factors.” (Volume 17, Number 2, Spring 2009). The article conjures a vivid picture as it takes the reader through an emergency medical services run from the time of the 911 call to arriving at a hospital. The HF/E design opportunities and gaps in research and knowledge are identified throughout the journey.
Retired US Air Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger received the Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award in recognition of excellence in outreach to the general public, government organizations, and professional organizations.
HFES President Kathleen Mosier presented the Arnold M. Small President’s Distinguished Service Award to Betty M. Sanders, Humanomics, Inc., in recognition of her career-long contributions, which have brought honor to the profession and the Society. Sanders has served as president, an at-large Executive Council member, and chair of numerous committees and task forces.
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