2017 February

FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Inside HFES

Awards Nominations Due March 31

Submit Replication Study Summaries for the Human Factors Special Issue by February 28

HFES Financial Audit Report

HFES Meetings

Save Your Seat at the Health-Care Symposium

Register for ErgoX

New Children's Issues TG Invites Proposals

Attend the Southeastern Human Factors Applied Research Conference
By Daphne E. Whitmer, Federico Scholcover, Laura A. Matalenas, Jesse J. Farnsworth, and Anne C. McLaughlin

Public Policy Matters

Mary "Missy" Cummings Selected for DOT Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

HFES Signs on to Letters Regarding Trump Administration Travel Ban
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

Member Milestones

Caroline Cao Awarded Fulbright Scholar Fellowship

Other News

Registration Is Open for International Symposium on Human Mental Workload

Attend the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses National Conference


Inside HFES

Awards Nominations Due March 31

HFES Full Members and Fellows are invited to submit nominations for eight Society awards, which will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Nominations are invited for individuals whose contributions merit special recognition. The eight awards for which nominees are sought are as follows:

  • Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award

  • Paul M. Fitts Education Award

  • A. R. Lauer Safety Award

  • Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award

  • Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award

  • Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award

  • William C. Howell Young Investigator Award

  • Bentzi Karsh Early-Career Service Award

Nominees are not required to be HFES members, but only members may submit nominations. Submissions are due on March 31. To nominate,

  • submit the candidate's résumé or curriculum vitae, a nominating letter, and at least two but not 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's criteria;

  • compile all materials into a single PDF file; and

  • submit packages via e-mail to Lynn Strother.

For more information on the scope and criteria for HFES awards, please view the HFES Awards Web page.

Inside HFES 

Submit Replication Study Summaries for the Human Factors Special Issue by February 28

The Human Factors call for papers in response to its replication initiative ends on February 28. Submissions should be a brief summary of the study to be replicated (probably no longer than two pages). This summary should include the following information:

  1. Name and author(s) of the study that has been selected for replication. The study can have been published in any reputable journal, and is not confined to Human Factors

  2. Why the study is worthy of replication. The reasons should be one or more of the following:

    1. The study forms the basis of an important theory, model, intervention or other significant finding in the HF/E literature

    2. The study is controversial in some way

    3. The study is highly cited or often viewed (please provide numbers)

  3. Who will do the replication, and whether the researchers will be from a single lab or multiple labs (multiple labs encouraged)

  4. Whether the original author will be included in the research group (encouraged)

  5. Anticipated number of participants and power calculations/expectations (large numbers of participants encouraged)

Submissions should be sent directly to Judy Edworthy, Replications Associate Editor (jedworthy@plymouth.ac.uk). See the January Bulletin article for more information.

Inside HFES                   

HFES Financial Audit Report

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 2015 audited financial report, received by Secretary-Treasurer S. Camille Peres in December 2016, was prepared by Castillo & West Accountancy Corporation. The firm audited the following statement of assets and liabilities – cash basis – of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (a nonprofit organization) at December 31, 2015, and the related statements of revenues and expenses – cash basis, and of changes in fund balance – cash basis, for the 12 months then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's management. The firm's responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on its audit.

In addition to the regular Society funds, the firm reviewed the Alphonse Chapanis Award funds. These funds had a balance of $33,597 at January 1, 2015; at December 31, 2015, the balance was $32,967.

The firm conducted its audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that the firm plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures selected depend on the auditor's judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity's preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity's internal control. Accordingly, the firm expresses no such opinion.

An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. The firm believes that the audit evidence obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for its opinion.

In the firm's opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the assets, liabilities, and fund balances of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, as of December 31, 2015, and its revenue, expenses, and the changes in its fund balances for the 12 months then ended, in conformity with the basis of accounting described in Note 1.

Statement of Assets and Liabilities – Cash Basis, December 31, 2015


Cash on deposit



Total cash on deposit



Charles Schwab, at market value


Vanguard STAR Fund, at market value


Total investments


Total assets


Liabilities and Fund Balance


Reserve for current payable


Other current liabilities


Due to TG    


Payroll liabilities


IEA donations


Total liabilities


Fund balance


Total liabilities and fund balance


Statement of Changes in Fund Balance – Cash Basis for the 12 Months Ended December 31, 2015

Balance - January 1, 2015


Less: Excess of expenses over revenues


Balance - December 31, 2015


Statement of Changes in Fund Balance – Cash Basis for the 12 Months Ended December 31, 2015


Individual memberships 


Mailing lists




Technical Standards


Annual Meeting


Other meeting 


Career Center




Total revenues



Publication Expense:

HFES Bulletin


Human Factors Journal


Directory and Yearbook


Ergonomics in Design






Other publication expense


Salary and administrative costs


Total publication expense


Member Services:

Mailings expenses


ANSI dues


Committee and other


Computer, web site, & related expenses




Salary and administrative costs


Total Member Services


Meetings Expense:

Annual Meeting


Other meeting


Salary and administrative cost


Total Meetings Expense


Total Expenses


Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Unrealized Gains (Losses) on Securities


Total Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)


Excess of expenses over revenue


Note 1 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

This summary of significant accounting policies of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Inc. (the organization) is presented to assist in understanding the organization's financial statements. The financial statements and notes are representations of the organization, which is responsible for their integrity and objectivity.

Activity. The organization is a non-profit entity. The organization is an interdisciplinary organization of professional workers concerned with the role of humans in complex systems, the design of equipment and facilities for human use, and the development of environments for comfort and safety. The membership is composed of psychologists, engineers, physiologists, and other scientists from the United States and around the world.

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Inc. promotes research and the application of human factors in the design, development, use, and evaluation of machines, systems, environments, and devices.

Basis of accounting. The organization's policy is to prepare its financial statements on the cash basis of accounting; consequently, certain revenues are recognized when received rather than when earned, and certain expenses and purchases of assets are recognized when cash is disbursed rather than when the obligation is incurred.

Note 2 – Property and Equipment

It is the organization's policy to expense all capital assets purchased throughout the year.

Note 3 – Reserve for Current Payable

This represents a segregation of surplus for bills due at December 31, 2015. This represents $12,000 for miscellaneous payables.

Note 4 – Committee and Other

Online elections


ISO committee 


IEA representative




Government relations


Outreach advisory


Student affairs




Executive council




Note 5 – Pension Plan

The organization has a Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan using Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund [TIAA-CREF] Annuities that meet the requirements of section 403 (b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Benefits are provided by individually insured contracts issued by TIAA-CREF to each participant. The guaranteed rate basis for premiums applied to TIAA Retirement Annuity contracts is in accordance with the terms of the participant's individual annuity contract.

The plan is a defined contribution plan, which covers all full-time employees with two years of service. The plan calls for contributions of 10% of compensation for participants for the first three years in the plan and 12.5% of compensation thereafter, except for employees earning in excess of $100,000, then contribution is capped at 10% of compensation.

For 2015, the organization contributed $54,851 to the plan.

Note 6 – Investments

The organization has the following Mutual Fund with the Vanguard Group and Charles Schwab:



Fair Market Value

8,114.922 Shares of Vanguard Star Fund



Charles Schwab



Note 7 – Income Tax Status
The organization is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. However, income from certain activities not directly related to the organization's tax-exempt purpose is subject to taxation as unrelated business income. For 2015, the organization had no tax on unrelated business income. In addition, the organization qualifies for the charitable contribution deduction under Section 170 (b)(1)(A) and has been classified as an organization other than a private foundation under Section 509 (a)(2).

Note 8 – Evaluation of Subsequent Events
The organization has evaluated subsequent events through December 30, 2016, the date which the financial statements were available to be issued.


HFES Meetings

Save Your Seat at the Health-Care Symposium

With more than 350 attendees already signed up, now's a good time to register for the March 5–8 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care in New Orleans.

Reserve your room at the Sheraton New Orleans before February 17 to take advantage of the HFES rate of $229/night for single or double occupancy. Please note that Saturday, March 4, is sold out.

More than 180 presentations will be featured, and pre- and post-Symposium workshops offer additional opportunities for learning and networking.

The keynote speaker is Rafael Grossmann, surgeon and noted health-care futurist and the first person to use Google Glass in surgery. Dr. Grossmann will present on both the opportunities and challenges of advanced technology in the operating room.

There are many social events attached to the symposium, including the opening reception, poster receptions, and a special, offsite fundraising party on the evening of March 7 featuring the Mark Stone Band and benefiting the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic.


HFES Meetings

Register for ErgoX

ErgoX 2017 takes place June 19–21 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside, Tampa, Florida. The Society's newest event is aimed at front-line safety, health, and ergonomics managers. Register today.

HFES invites you to forward this information to clients, colleagues, or anyone who needs

  • potential solutions to pressing ergonomics problems and identification of solutions

  • basic ergonomics knowledge about risk factors

  • an understanding of ergonomics evaluation

  • knowledge on where to find expert advice

Book your hotel room at the Marriott Tampa Waterside.


Keynoter Alan Hedge, who has more than 30 years of ergonomics design and usability consulting experience, will discuss "prescient ergonomics," a new strategy that amplifies the capabilities of the ergonomist by using ergonomic expert-system software for periodic ergonomic wellness checkups that screen for early detection of injury and other ergonomic risks. Other featured presentations include

  • Ergo Tools and Tips for the EHS Professional, an all-day workshop on June 19 presented by Susan Kotowski and Sheree Gibson

  • Liberty Mutual Keynote Presentation: Slips, Trips, and Same-Level Falls at Work: Latest Epidemiology and Approaches in Prevention by Santosh K. Verma

  • World-renowned experts talking about successful ergonomics interventions, system-focused designs, ergonomics of order fulfillment and stocking in the retail industry, the sit-versus-stand debate, ergonomics interventions for extreme work environments, and the role of exoskeletons in materials handling.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.

To learn more about ErgoX 2017, visit the ErgoX Web page. If you have questions or need any additional information, please contact Lois Smith at lois@hfes.org or 310/394-1811.


HFES Meetings

New Children's Issues TG Invites Proposals

The Children's Issues Technical Group invites proposal submissions for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Proposals relating to HF/E issues affecting children up to 18 years of age are welcome. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Child development

  • Child safety

  • Hazards/safety in environments where children live, play, and visit (i.e., home, school, vehicle, recreational, online)

  • Injury prevention

  • Children's motivation, behavior, and physical and cognitive abilities and limitations

  • Product design and usability

  • Caregiver behavior, including child supervision practices, caregiver workload, and decision making

If you have any questions, please e-mail Program Chair Carol Pollack-Nelson at pollacknel@comcast.net.

HFES Meetings      

Attend the Southeastern Human Factors Applied Research Conference

By Daphne E. Whitmer, Federico Scholcover, Laura A. Matalenas, Jesse J. Farnsworth, and Anne C. McLaughlin

The HFES Student Chapter at North Carolina State University (NC State) is proud to announce the first annual Southeastern Human Factors Applied Research Conference (SHARC). The goals of this conference are two-fold. First, we aim to bring together universities in the southeastern region for networking and collaboration opportunities. Second, we hope to highlight the diversity and quality of human factors work by the graduate students in the region while giving them opportunities to interact with career professionals. SHARC will enable students from this region to achieve closer professional connections in their communities.

More than 50 poster presentations from undergraduate and graduate students in the southeastern region have been accepted. Poster topics include cybersecurity, robotics, spatial abilities, safety, driving performance, and many more!

Several distinguished speakers are scheduled to address SHARC attendees. The keynote speaker is Nancy Currie-Gregg, a principal engineer and astronaut at NASA Engineering and Safety Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Additional speakers from diverse fields will be on hand to talk about their experiences in industrial human factors careers. More information about these speakers can be found here.

SHARC will take place on Saturday April 1, 2017, in Raleigh, North Carolina at the recently constructed James B. Hunt Library at NC State. Registration is $40. Companies interested in sponsoring SHARC 2017 or in recruiting as part of the career center are encouraged to visit the Web site.

The HFES Student Chapter at NC State is collaborating with students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Clemson University, Old Dominion University, Georgia Tech, and the University of Central Florida. Student chapter members look forward to collaborating with other student chapters that are interested.

For more information visit the SHARC Web site or e-mail Federico Scholcover at fscholc@ncsu.edu.

Public Policy Matters 

Mary "Missy" Cummings Selected for DOT Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

     Mary "Missy" Cummings

On January 11, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the inaugural members of the Federal Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT). HFES member Mary "Missy" Cummings was selected to serve on the committee. She began her service on January 16, 2017, with the first ACAT meeting.

HFES nominated Cummings in early November and would like to congratulate her on her recent appointment. The 25-member committee, composed of a mixture of industry representatives and academics, will advise the incoming Secretary of Transportation on "some of the most pressing and relevant matters facing transportation today, including the development and deployment of automated vehicles, and determining the needs of the Department as it continues with its relevant research, policy, and regulations."

Cummings, who is director of the Humans & Autonomy Laboratory and professor of robotics at Duke University, has been an active member of HFES, serving on the Government Relations Committee's subcommittee on transportation and the Human Factors editorial board. She has also participated in the Society's Annual Meeting proposal review process. Missy has extensive experience in connected transportation, human safety in automated systems, and the role of human factors in automation and robotics. She will be a valuable member of this new committee.

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 Signs on to Letters Regarding Trump Administration Travel Ban

HFES President Nancy Cooke has signed on to two letters on behalf of the Society expressing concern about the "Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States" issued by the Trump Administration on January 27. One letter is from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to which 164 scientific organizations have added their names. The other is a joint statement by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and the American Society of Civil Engineers; it has been circulated to all major engineering societies in the United States.

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

Caroline Cao Awarded Fulbright Scholar Fellowship

                Caroline Cao

HFES member Caroline Cao has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar fellowship to spend a semester working with the International University of Vietnam National Universities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Cao, a Wright State University biomedical, industrial, and human factors engineering professor who works in minimally invasive surgery, is among the roughly 1,200 U.S. citizens who will teach abroad during the 2016–2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which awards fellowships on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in the recipients' respective fields.


Other News

Registration Is Open for International Symposium on Human Mental Workload

The 1st International Symposium on Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications (H-WORKLOAD 2017) will be held in Dublin on June 28–30, 2017, at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. Registration for the event is now open, and more information can be found on the Symposium's Web page.


Other News

Attend the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses National Conference

It's the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses' (AAOHN) 75th anniversary, and the association is celebrating with an event in New Orleans on April 24–27. With over 90 professional development and educational sessions, leading-edge keynote speakers, and plenty of time to network with like-minded peers, the AAOHN 2017 National Conference is packed with opportunities to advance careers and enhance practices. Attendees can earn up to 37 hours of CNE.

In addition, the AAOHN Global Summit, which only happens every three years, will take place at the same location on April 23–24. Get relevant education, meet other OHNs with a global focus, and top off the Summit with a tour and presentations at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Attendees will earn up to 9 hours of CNE.

Contact AAOHN (info@aaohn.org) with any questions.