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HF/E can help address many problems associated with the COVID Pandemic.  Please review our statements on the following and share with your social networks.                 1) HF/E Applied to COVID in Healthcare Organizations                 2) Addressing Fatigue, Stress and Burnout of Healthcare Workers                 3) Effective Communications                 4) HF/E for Disaster Respon
U-led Human Factors Consortium Improves Medical Device Design Rice University joins, brings expertise to consortium Mar. 30, 2020— A University of Utah-led consortium to improve the design of medical devices welcomes Rice University as its newest partner. The Human Factors MEdical DevIce Consortium (hfMEDIC) serves as a consulting resource for medical device manufacturers looking to improve usability and safety of their products. “For medical devices, it always comes down to: Is it usable or not?” says Frank Drews, professor of psychology and director of hfMEDIC. “And if something is not usable, well, you don't use it. That has a huge impact on ...
Call for Papers for International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI) Special Issue on HCI on the Modern Flight Deck There has been significant growth in the technology available to pilots on the modern aviation flight deck.  From information systems to automation to communication technology, pilots now have a range of high-tech systems at their fingertips.  This includes technology to help maintain situation awareness, provide support in complex decision-making, allow more efficient communications, and assist in flying the aircraft.   For example, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications on mobile devices now provide pilots with a broad ...
At HFES, we are committed to launching more content via new channels for our members and others interested in promoting and advancing the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems, products, tools, and environments of all kinds.  We are seeking volunteers to lead our latest member feature, the HFES Podcast Series .  The Podcaster will be the HFES storyteller and shape the show through their editorial decisions and personality.  The HFES Podcaster will lead a volunteer team to host specific segments on a variety of topics on a bi-weekly basis. We also are looking to establish ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC – March 17 In response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Lewis-Burke Associates has compiled an update regarding the federal response to the pandemic and impact on federal agencies relevant to Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Administration Updates White House Calls on Tech Community to Create New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset On March 16, the Allen Institute for AI, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Microsoft, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health released the  COVID-19 Open ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC On March 6, President Trump signed into law an emergency supplemental funding package worth roughly $8.3 billion to address the coronavirus crisis. This followed the bill’s passage in the Senate by a 96-1 vote and by the House on Wednesday by a 415-2 vote. This package, H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, includes nearly $7.8 billion in new funding , as well as a provision to expand telemedicine coverage through Medicare during the outbreak worth roughly $500 million . The Senate is expected to quickly take up the House-passed package, with a vote likely tomorrow, ...
Dear colleagues,  Earlier this week, we shared a message that the Executive Committee was monitoring the escalating global impact of COVID-19 and that the 2020 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care would be proceeding as planned. After much review, dialogue with key stakeholders and considerable evaluation of the evolving situation, the Executive Council has decided to cancel the Health Care Human Factors Symposium in the best interest of all involved.  This decision was not made lightly and was determined based on the concerns voiced by our attendees, the cancellation of other events within the United States, ...
The Council of Technical Groups will again offer opportunities for students to apply for funding to assist them in attending the 2020 Annual Meeting. Applications for these awards are due May 20 , 2020. The 64th Annual Meeting of HFES convenes October 5 - 9, 202 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel.   We invite eligible students to apply for one of these awards! The  Council of Technical Groups Travel Award for First Year Graduate Students  provides $599 for graduate students who are in the first year of their academic program (entered the program no earlier than Fall of 2019). Students must be members of HFES at the time of application. Applicants ...
We are pleased to announce that HFES has extended the proposal submission deadline to Tuesday, March 3, 2020 The 64th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from October 5 - 9, 2020. Save the date and make plans to attend this outstanding educational activity. Information regarding registration, tours, workshops, registration and more will be available late spring 2020.  We hope you will join us in Chicago in Octobe
Ergonomics in Design Special Issue Proposal: Human Readiness Levels (HRL) The HRL Scale is being developed as an adjunct to current Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scales widely used across government agencies and industry.  The Special Issue will be guest edited by Holly Handley, Judi See, and Mica Endsley. The HRL Special Issue will build on current industry wide efforts, and an HFES led ANSI standards program, to develop an HRL scale. The HRL scale provides organization and program management with an easy to understand rating of the level of maturity of the technology with respect to its readiness for human use. The goal of the HRL ...
Special editors: Eduardo Salas, Rice University; Eric Thomas, UT Health, UT Health-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety, McGovern Medical School; Joseph Keebler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Michael Rosen, Johns Hopkins University; Dean F. Sittig, UT Health School of Biomedical Informatics There has been an increasing trend of applying human factors and ergonomics principles to healthcare contexts. Understanding how healthcare personnel contribute and influence the larger system is paramount in order to improve the overall safety of that system. Relevant stakeholders have emphasized the need for furthering our understanding ...
Julia L. Wright, HFE WOMAN Awards Committee Chair Human Factors and Ergonomics Women’s Organization for Mentorship and Networking (HFE WOMAN) would like to announce the nomination period is now open for their 2020 awards. Nomination packets will be accepted through June 5, 2020. HFE WOMAN sponsors three awards each year, HFE WOMAN Woman of the Year and HFE WOMAN Mentor of the Year .  These awards are presented annually during the HFE WOMAN luncheon. Details on these awards can be found at http://hfwomensgroup.com/awards . The HFE WOMAN Woman of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contribution made by an individual woman (or team of women, ...
Call for Nominations for Society Awards Submission Deadline March 31, 2020 HFES Full Members and Fellows are invited to submit nominations for eight prestigious Society awards to be presented at the 64 th International Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois - October 5 – 8, 2020. Award nominations are invited for individuals whose contributions merit special recognition. The eight awards for which nominations are sought are: Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award Paul M. Fitts Education Award R. Lauer Safety Award Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award Oliver ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC After five months of contentious, painstaking negotiations, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the conference agreement for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) .  The House passed the final bill in a 377-48 vote on December 11 and the Senate passed the final bill in an 86-8 vote on December 17.  President Trump signed the NDAA into law on December 20 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The NDAA, which authorizes funding and policies at the Department of Defense (DOD), has been passed before the end of the fiscal year in a bipartisan manner for the last 58 years. However, with ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC Congress and President Trump reached a last-minute agreement in mid-December on a $1.37 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations spending package before current government funding expired on December 20.  Two Continuing Resolutions were needed to avoid a government shutdown and maintain FY 2019 funding levels for government agencies for the first three months of the fiscal year, but Congress and the Trump Administration finally reached an agreement on a final spending package for FY 2020. The spending package abides to the funding levels in the two year budget agreement reached in July with $738 billion for defense spending—an ...
As part of their on-going efforts to promote leadership among HFES members, the HFES Leadership Development Committee continues to endorse and encourage the   Emerging Leaders Program . As part of this professional development opportunity, selected individuals will interact with Executive Council members at their business meetings during the mid-year and annual meetings. This program provides valuable insights into the vision, structure, and formal workings of the Society.  This special opportunity will provide connections with members of the Executive Council and other HF/E leaders. Selected attendees will have the opportunity to be involved in all discussions, ...
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Testifies at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing Dr. Mica Endsley serves as an expert witness on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 accidents earlier this year Washington, DC (December 12, 2019) – Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Government Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Mica Endsley, testified yesterday on behalf of the Society during a U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing entitled “The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Federal Aviation Administration’s Oversight of the Aircraft’s Certification.” The hearing examined the Boeing 737 ...
Registration has opened for the  2020 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care convening March 8 - 11 , 2020 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Advantage pricing is in effect!  Register by January 31 and save.   Visit this link to register:   https://www.hcs2020.org/registe

Happy Thanksgiving from HFES

Happy Thanksgiving from HFES! The HFES office will be closed for the holiday Thursday, November 28 through Friday, November 29, 2019 If you have any questions, please email at info@hfes.org and we will be available to assist upon our return on Monday, December 2, 2019 . Our best wishes for a very happy and safe holida
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC   The Defense Innovation Board (DIB), an independent advisory committee tasked with considering how to improve the internal operations and culture of the Department of Defense (DOD), released a draft report of its long-anticipated recommendations for principles of artificial intelligence (AI) at DOD.  The Board’s principles and subsequent recommendations are generally aligned with and reflect the issues and recommendations highlighted in HFES’s public comments that were submitted for DIB’s consideration in September.   DIB states that achieving technological and military advantage over adversaries is central, but not ...