2017 July

JULY 25, 2017

Inside HFES

2017 Election of Officers

Annual Meeting

First-Year Student Travel Honorarium Program
By Ann Bisantz, Chair, Council of Technical Groups

Student Author Presentation Support Award
By Ann Bisantz, Chair, Council of Technical Groups

Gamification Plenary To Be Presented by James Gee

Arnold M. Small Lecture in Safety: "Child Trafficking Risk Indicators and the Human Factors of Prevention"

Find the Right Match at the On-Site Career Center

Promote Your Organization with a Sponsorship, Exhibit, or Ad

Reserve Your University Lab Poster Space by September 1

Other News

Limited-Time Offer: 50% Off BCPE Exam Fee for HFES Members!
By Rachel R. Michael, President, BCPE

Member Milestones

In Memoriam: Robert L. Wears

JULY 6, 2017

Annual Meeting

Welcome to Austin
By Steve Marlin, Meeting Planner

Posters With Fellows Session

Reserve Your Seat for the Mentor-Mentee Luncheons
By Haydee M. Cuevas, Coordinator

Inside HFES

Human Factors Impact Factor Nears 2.0 for 2016

Public Policy Matters

Updates by Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

HFES Submits Comments to the Department of Justice on Forensic Science

National Academies Report Evaluates Contributions by Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences


Inside HFES

2017 Election of Officers

The election of HFES officers for 2017 is open. Competing for office in this year's election are the following members:

President-Elect (one position)

Secretary-Treasurer-Elect (one position)

Executive Council Members At-Large (two positions)

The election closes on August 18 at noon PDT.

Voting is open to all HFES full Members and Fellows in good standing. (If you are an affiliate, transitional associate, or student member, you are not eligible to vote.) For those voting members who have not opted out of voting online and for whom we have valid e-mail addresses, a link for voting was sent on Tuesday, July 18. For all others, ballots are being sent via the U.S. Postal Service.

If you have not received your ballot by Tuesday, July 25, please call the HFES office at 310/394-1811 or send an e-mail to vote@hfes.org.


Annual Meeting

First-Year Student Travel Honorarium Program

By Ann Bisantz, Chair, Council of Technical Groups

The HFES First-Year Student Travel Honorarium Program is intended to help support students entering HF/E academic programs to travel to the Annual Meeting. The honorarium requires matching funds and is designed to support first-year students who are not presenting their work at the meeting and who would not normally attend due to limited resources. The program encourages awardees to seek networking opportunities, attend TG business meetings and technical sessions, and interact with professionals.

This year, 10 awards of $500 will be provided, and the recipients' registration fees will be waived. The selection will be made by lottery from eligible applications. Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2017. All application materials must be provided as a single package by the deadline to be eligible for the lottery. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Requirements for Award Eligibility

An applicant for the honorarium must

  • be a full-time student who is newly enrolled at the time of the HFES Annual Meeting (need to be first enrolled into program in Fall 2016, Spring 2017, or Fall 2017);

  • be a student member of HFES or apply for student membership at the time of submission; and

  • have matching funds of up to $500 from an adviser or another source (e.g., a person or organization that pays for 50% of documented expenses up to a total of $500).

Application Information

Only five applications can be submitted from a single educational program within a single institution (for example, five from an engineering program and five from a psychology program at the same university). Students who wish to apply for a travel honorarium must submit the following information along with the application:

  1. A simple statement indicating that you are an HFES Student Affiliate member (or will apply prior to submission) and are enrolled in a human factors/ergonomics educational program, and stating the source of the matching funds.

  2. A letter of recommendation from your academic adviser verifying your enrollment, need for funding, and source of matching funds, and confirming that the application is one of a maximum of five submitted from your program.

Send the application and all completed enclosures, no later than August 15, 2017, to Ann Bisantz via e-mail (bisantz@buffalo.edu). All required documents should be included in a single application submission, including the adviser's letter. If any part of the application is missing, including the adviser's letter, the application will be incomplete and not eligible for the lottery.

Due to time constraints, any application designated as being ineligible cannot be resubmitted, so please make sure all requirements are provided at the time of submission. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the lottery on or shortly after August 29.

Award Process
All awards will be made directly to the student. After the Annual Meeting, all awardees will be required to provide a short report of the opportunities that they took advantage of during the meeting as well as how the funds were spent. The short report must be e-mailed to Ann Bisantz (bisantz@buffalo.edu) by November 15.


Annual Meeting

Student Author Presentation Support Award

By Ann Bisantz, Chair, Council of Technical Groups

The Council of Technical Groups (COTG) is again offering the Student Author Presentation Support Award (SAPSA), which is intended to facilitate student author participation in the Annual Meeting, including presenting in technical group sessions, networking with professionals, and attending TG business meetings. The program focuses on students in financial need who have a paper accepted for a poster or lecture presentation at the meeting.

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for the award, applicants must

  • have a paper or poster accepted for the 2017 Annual Meeting

  • be a full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) at the time of the Annual Meeting

  • be an HFES Student Affiliate Member

Students who wish to apply for the award must complete the application and submit it along with the following enclosures:

  1. CV or résumé (maximum of two pages)

  2. Proposed budget for the meeting (e.g., transportation and lodging expenses)

  3. One-page essay identifying reasons for seeking the award and an explanation of how attendance at the Annual Meeting will enhance your academic experience

  4. Proof of paper or poster acceptance by a TG

  5. Letter of recommendation for the award from your academic adviser (up to one page)

  6. Complete the award application packet.

Send the application, along with all completed enclosures, no later than August 15, 2017,to COTG Chair Ann Bisantz (bisantz@buffalo.edu).

Award Process
SAPSA awardees will be selected by August 30, 2017. All awards will be made directly to student presenters. HFES will disburse funds via check in U.S. dollars. All funds must be used to support the student author's participation in the Annual Meeting.


Annual Meeting

Gamification Plenary To Be Presented by James Gee

             James Paul Gee

On Friday, October 13, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., join James Paul Gee as he presents "Beyond Gamification: From Here to Affinity." The term gamification has caused much confusion and consternation. Some people now regularly confuse game-based learning (using a game as part of learning) and gamification in its original sense of applying some aspects of games to real-world activities. Further, gamification too often comes to be more about selling than learning.

Gee will argue that one can think about gamification in a new and quite different way, not in terms of organizing individual learning but in organizing collective passion and distributing teaching and learning across multiple affinity spaces. He will argue, as well, that this approach is crucial today in our multiply imperiled world and in the face of the failure of institutions to speak to society's very real problems.

James Paul Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies and a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the author of many books and articles on linguistics, literacy, digital media, and games. He wrote the influential book What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2003, 2nd ed. 2007). His most recent book is Teaching, Learning, Literacy in Our High-Risk High-Tech World: A Framework for Becoming Human(2017).


Annual Meeting

Arnold M. Small Lecture in Safety: "Child Trafficking Risk Indicators and the Human Factors of Prevention"

Victoria M. Walker

Javier Rodriguez

This year's Arnold M. Small Lecture in Safety, to take place Wednesday, October 11, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., features Victoria M. Walker, outreach manager at the Texas Regional Office – Austin, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Along with law enforcement officer Javier Rodriguez, Walker will address the risks and prevalence of child sex trafficking. She will discuss relevant technologies used to prevent child sex trafficking and systems in need of improvement to advance strengths and capabilities in the prevention of child sex trafficking. Human factors solutions to advance prevention technologies will be discussed.

Victoria Walker received her BA in criminal justice with an emphasis in victim studies from Sam Houston State University. In 2011, she became a forensic interviewer through the National Children's Advocacy Center. To date, she has conducted more than 550 forensic interviews of children. Walker spent the next several years supporting children and families throughout child abuse investigations as a forensic interviewer, advocate, and community educator. She believes education is a critical part of protecting children and uses her experience to educate students, parents, and other professionals.

Sergeant Javier Rodriguez is assigned to the Texas Office of Attorney General's Child Exploitation Unit, where he is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He is responsible for conducting proactive and reactive investigations of persons involved in child exploitation. Rodriguez started his law enforcement career at the Brewster County Sheriff's Office in 2005. In 2008, he began working for the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was promoted to Agent with the Texas DPS Criminal Investigations Division in 2013.


Annual Meeting

Find the Right Match at the On-Site Career Center

Employers and job seekers can benefit from participating in the HFES On-Site Career Centerto meet informally and in prearranged interviews during the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. The On-Site Career Center will be open at the following times:

  • Monday, October 9, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 10–11, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Organizations with an active job posting in the Online Career Center during the Annual Meeting may reserve interview booths, tables, or both at the On-Site Career Center. Download a reservation form or contact us at 310/394-1811 or careercenter@hfes.org.

Employers are encouraged to post job openings in the Online Career Center before the start of the Annual Meeting so the posting is current during the On-Site Career Center interview times. This will provide candidates time to search the database and give employers time to review résumés and schedule meetings with potential candidates. HFES assists with the scheduling of interviews at the On-Site Career Center, but final scheduling remains the sole responsibility of the prospective employer.

Candidates looking for a job or seeking new career opportunities are encouraged to post their résumés and search for jobs in the Online Career Center. Résumé posting and job searching are for HFES members only.

If you plan to be available for interviews at the Annual Meeting, bring along copies of your résumé and visit the On-Site Career Center page to see a listing of employers conducting interviews during the Annual Meeting. Check back often, as this list will be updated frequently.


Annual Meeting

Promote Your Organization with a Sponsorship, Exhibit, or Ad

Reserving an an exhibit booth, tabletop, sponsorship, or ad at the 2017 HFES Annual Meeting is a cost-effective way to highlight the value of your services and products.

Whether your organization is in industry, academia, government, the military, or consulting, these sponsorship opportunities are an excellent way to raise the visibility of your organization among the 1,200 attendees who are expected in Austin, Texas, this year.

Exhibit and tabletop space in the Exhibit Hall gives you face time with attendees. Educational institutions benefit from reduced fees. Exhibitors also qualify for reduced advertising rates.

Advertising in the Annual Meeting program book and via inserts in registration bags gets your message to attendees.

Acknowledgment of your promotions, which also support the Annual Meeting, is included in the program, on signs, and on the Web site.


Annual Meeting

Reserve Your University Lab Poster Space by September 1

HFES invites posters from university laboratories that are conducting work in HF/E research and application. The aim of this showcase is to demonstrate the variety of HF/E educational and research programs, not to describe specific research projects.

To reserve space to display your university's HF/E lab at the Annual Meeting, send a request to Susan Marschner (susan@hfes.org) by September 1 and include the following information:

  • Date and time (session) requested

  • Name of lab and university

  • Name, phone number, and e-mail address of person responsible for the poster

  • Brief description of the lab

Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation and instructions for displaying your lab poster will be sent via e-mail. See the June Bulletin article for more details.


Other News

Limited-Time Offer: 50% Off BCPE Exam Fee for HFES Members!

By Rachel R. Michael, President, BCPE

BCPE is offering HFES members a one-time discount of 50% on the BCPE certification exam fee (a $175 savings) in honor of the 20+ years of BCPE's valued relationship with HFES.

BCPE (www.bcpe.org) provides the gold standard of HF/E certification, recognized nationally and internationally.

If you're interested in differentiating yourself as a certified professional, now is the time! The new exam is electronically administered and can be taken at convenient sites around the world.

Terms: This one-time offer is good for all approved certification applications from HFES members (or student members) in good standing, received by November 30, 2017, and applies to exams taken in the spring or fall of 2018. To qualify for this offer, please include "HFES 2018" in the Professional Organizations field on your application. Contact Paul Green if you need more information.


Member Milestones

In Memoriam: Robert L. Wears

            Robert L. Wears

On Sunday, July 16, HFES member Robert L. Wears passed away in Jacksonville, Florida, at the age of 70. He is survived by his father, his wife, his son and daughter, and six grandchildren.

A professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Wears was a leading expert in patient safety, focusing on human factors, the study of team dynamics during emergency department shift changes, and the impact of information technology on safety and quality in health-care organizations. He was also was an early innovator in the use of computer software in support of emergency medical care.

A prolific writer, his written works include more than 400 papers, books, and book chapters related to patient safety, the development of resilient health care, and emergency medicine. He sat on the editorial boards of 10 major medical and patient safety journals and was a reviewer for 38 more.
Visit http://www.rhrfh.com/dr-robert-l-wears/ for more details about Wears' life and accomplishments as well as information regarding contributions to his memorial and the sharing of condolences.


Annual Meeting

Welcome to Austin!

By Steve Marlin, Meeting Planner

Austin is the state capital of Texas. Known for its eclectic live music scene centered on country, blues, and rock, Austin considers itself the live music capital of the world. The city is surrounded by numerous parks and lakes, popular for hiking, biking, and swimming, including Lady Bird Lake, which is named after a former first lady.

Home to the University of Texas (hook 'em horns!), Austin has the vibe of a young, energetic city, with a median age of 36 among its 1.9 million residents in the metropolitan area. Austin is rated as the #1 best place to live by US News and World Report based on quality of life, job markets, and other criteria.

The JW Marriott brings a definitive upscale experience to Austin. Located in the heart of downtown, the hotel boasts the largest hotel rooms in the city. Each room has wireless Internet, a 48" TV, and plug-in ports for the latest technology.

Austin is served by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, located 9 miles from downtown, about a 20-minute drive depending on the time of day.Transportation is available via Super Shuttle for $12 each way, as well as taxi and Uber service. There are no hotel shuttles to the airport.

Hope to see you all in Austin!


Annual Meeting

Posters With Fellows Session

On Wednesday, October 11, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., plan to join Chair Philip T. Kortum and Cochair S. Camille Peres at the Posters With Fellows session for an opportunity to interact with distinguished HFES members in a low-key setting. Fellows will present posters describing cutting-edge research from their current work, retrospectives of important past work, and descriptions of challenging new frontiers. Participants include:

  • James P. Bliss, Old Dominion University

  • Gloria L. Calhoun, U.S. Air Force

  • Sheryl L. Chappell, Federal Aviation Administration

  • Nancy J. Cooke, Arizona State University

  • Kermit G. Davis, University of Cincinnati

  • Valerie J. Gawron, MITRE Corp.

  • Douglas J. Gillan, North Carolina State University

  • Wayne D. Gray, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Paul Allan Green, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

  • Joel S. Greenstein, Clemson University

  • M. Susan Hallbeck, Mayo Clinic

  • Peter A. Hancock, University of Central Florida

  • Karen Jacobs, Boston University

  • David B. Kaber, North Carolina State University

  • Waldemar Karwowski, University of Central Florida

  • Brian M. Kleiner, Virginia Tech

  • John D. Lee, University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • William S. Marras, Ohio State University

  • Kathleen L. Mosier, San Francisco State University

  • Robert W. Proctor, Purdue University

  • Wendy A. Rogers, University of Illinois, Urbana

  • Harvey S. Smallman, Pacific Science & Engineering Group

  • Tonya L. Smith-Jackson, North Carolina A&T University

  • Kim-Phuong L. Vu, California State University, Long Beach

  • Christopher D. Wickens, Alion Science & Technology

Don't miss this unique opportunity for students and professionals alike to talk one-on-one with the thought leaders of our profession about important research issues of our discipline.


Annual Meeting

Reserve Your Seat for the Mentor-Mentee Luncheons

By Haydee M. Cuevas, Coordinator

In the Society's continuing commitment to support mentoring as a vital and valuable professional service, a series of mentor-mentee luncheons will be held during the Annual Meeting to assist students, early-career professionals, and those in career transition to develop mentoring relationships with established professionals in the field. The luncheons will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 10–12. Complimentary lunch will be provided to attendees.

Celebrating its 13th year, this luncheon series has provided mentoring opportunities for more than 900 HFES members. Previous participants have included some of the Society's most distinguished members, with representatives from top companies and universities. We expect many such professionals to join us this year, with different ones participating each day. The theme for Wednesday's luncheon will be user experience, targeting students and professionals interested in design and usability.

To keep the luncheons intimate and informal, attendance will be limited to 20 students or new professionals and 5 mentors per session. To reserve your place, complete the online registration form at: Mentor-Mentee Luncheon HFES 2017. Be sure to select the Menteeoption. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and a waiting list will be established in case of cancellations.

To ensure the success of this initiative, we also need involvement from highly regarded professionals in the HF/E field. Please complete the online registration form at: Mentor-Mentee Luncheon HFES 2017. Select the Mentor option. If you or your organization would like to provide sponsorship support for the Tuesday or Thursday luncheons, please contact Lois Smith.


Inside HFES

Human Factors Impact Factor Nears 2.0 for 2016

Journal Impact Factor rankings for last year have just been released, and the score for Human Factors came in at 1.990, up from 1.370 for 2015. This ranking places the journal 3rd among 16 journals in the Ergonomics category and 29th of 80 journals in Applied Psychology. Human Factors maintains a cited half-life of more than 10 years.

Though controversial and, in some views, an imperfect indicator of actual journal impact, the Journal Impact Factor is an influential metric in educational institutions, used in determining where researchers choose – or even are required – to submit their work for publication. The journal's ranking since 2000 is shown below.






































Editor in Chief Pat DeLucia commented, "Human Factors has been a high-quality and high-impact journal since its launch in the late 1950s, and receiving a Clarivate Impact Factor rating that breaks a new record for us is very gratifying. Identifying the reasons for this significant jump in our ranking is hard to pinpoint, but our success in improving our time to publication and taking other actions to make Human Factors an attractive publication vehicle – along with the efforts of an exceptional editorial board – are likely to have made a difference."


Public Policy Matters

HFES Submits Comments to the Department of Justice on Forensic Science

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

On June 9, HFES signed on to a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in response to a request for comments from the Department of Justice regarding the National Commission on Forensic Science and for recommendations to ensure the accuracy of forensic science techniques. HFES, along with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, noted the value of an advisory body in identifying technical gaps in current investigative science and advocated for an independent Federal Advisory Committee to consult with Congress, the Attorney General, and federal labs to maintain the integrity of forensic science.

Additionally, the letter noted that this independent advisory committee should be charged with developing a comprehensive review of existing forensic science methods to determine those based on sound, concrete science and those that could be unreliable or produce invalid results. Workshops, conferences, and other collaborative meetings are also recommended for all those involved in the prosecutorial processes.

This letter is a valuable opportunity to ensure that HF/E and the expertise of HFES members are utilized in the evaluation of forensic science and positions the Society to be a resource for Congress and federal agencies moving forward.

Sources and additional information:

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 works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.


Public Policy Matters

National Academies Report Evaluates Contributions by Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

On June 9, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released The Value of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences to National Priorities: A Report for the National Science Foundation. This report is a key step in elevating the social sciences within the scientific community and could result in increased interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the National Science Foundation (NSF) and across federal agencies.

The report evaluates the societal contributions of the social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences and whether the federal government should continue to fund SBE research through NSF. The committee overseeing the report was tasked with identifying SBE priorities for NSF SBE funding and concluded that the social and behavioral sciences play a critical role in advancing health, prosperity, and scientific progress through increased understanding of the human aspects of the natural world.

The report also notes the lack of a comprehensive strategic plan guiding SBE research at the agency, and formulates four recommendations to maximize the contributions of the social sciences in addressing issues of national concern:

NSF should

  • develop a comprehensive, transparent strategic plan identifying priority areas and the resources necessary to advance SBE research at the agency;

  • continue funding existing SBE research teams and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration;

  • support training for the next generation of social scientists; and

  • increase efforts to communicate the value of SBE in advancing the NSF mission and encourage increased communication across the social sciences community writ large.

Additionally, the NAS report outlines the contributions of the social sciences not only to NSF but also to health, prosperity and welfare, national defense, scientific progress and innovation, other federal agency missions, and industry and business.

Sources and additional information:

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 works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.