Harold R. (Hal) Booher died on May 18, 2018. Hal was a Fellow of HFES, a prolific author, and an esteemed long-time contributor to our society and its members.
In 1960, Hal received a BA in mathematics and physics from Depauw University and, concurrently, a BS in electrical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He earned his MS in experimental psychology from The George Washington University in 1967 and his PhD in human factors from The Catholic University in 1973.
Hal's first job after college was with the U.S. Patent Office as a patent examiner, followed by work as a patent advisor with Naval Ordnance Systems Command in Washington, DC. In 1969, he moved to Naval Air Systems Command as a human factors officer until 1974, followed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He joined the Navy Personnel R&D Center in San Diego in 1976 and became head of Human Factors Department at Systems Exploration Inc. (SEI) in 1978. In 1980, I had the distinct pleasure and honor to work with Hal at SEI. His wisdom and guidance toward high-quality human factors work greatly influenced my subsequent human factors career.
In the 1980s, Hal moved into the nuclear human factors domain first as a manager at NUS Corp in Maryland and then as the Branch Chief for the Human Factors Directorate at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Bethesda until 1986. That year, he became Director of Manprint, Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, serving until his retirement from U.S. Government service in 1995. After retirement, he served as an independent consultant and continued his prolific writing into 2018. Hal authored more than 300 technical reports and presentations, more than 60 publications and, 25+ high-level committee memberships. Hal was editor and author of the books "MANPRINT, An Approach to Systems Integration" and editor of "The Handbook of Human-Systems Integration" in 2003.
Hal received numerous awards, including the HFES Jack Kraft award, in 2015. He served HFES as an Executive Council Member, Chair of Public Interest Committee, Associate Editor of Ergonomics in Design, reviewer of numerous publications, awards judge, and monthly column on Congressional Public Interest in the HFES Bulletin.
In recent years, Hal wrote many scholarly works on theology, within the context of science and philosophy. He never stopped inquiring, analyzing, and writing. His human factors career was conducted as a service to countless others, and he never retired from participation in human factors or theological studies. All who knew him were inspired by him, learned from him, and were charmed by his unending ability to smile, laugh, and be both brilliant and humble at the same time.
Hal is survived by his wife Anne; children Catherine, Alice, Susanna, and John; eight grandchildren; and three siblings.
The eighth symposium once again offers a forum for all stakeholders in the health care domain to learn about the latest research and application in health care human factors and network with professionals across the spectrum.
On Thursday, October 4, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., join HFES president Valerie Rice and panelists Tamara Griffith, U.S. Army Research Lab; Amanda Klinger, The Educator's School Safety Network; and Phelan Wyrick, U.S. Department of Justice for "Preventing Violence in Schools: Does the Human Factors/Ergonomics Profession Have a Role?"This plenary will address school violence by identifying issues and potential solutions, with a focus on how the profession of human factors/ergonomics might play a role in addressing this important societal issue.
Tamara Griffith has nearly 25 years of experience working for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army. She conducts research into the use of game technology for learning and training as a chief engineer for the U.S. Army Research Lab, Human Research & Engineering Directorate, Advanced Training & Simulation Division, Advanced Modeling & Simulation Branch. She is the program manager and technical lead for the development of the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-specific Environment (EDGE) Multi-Player Environment, which leverages commercial technology to replicate tactical and first-responder environments.
Amanda Klinger is Director of Operations for the national nonprofit organization The Educators' School Safety Network and has past experience as both an attorney and an educator. She began her practice in North Carolina, representing clients in civil and criminal proceedings. She also worked in the juvenile justice system as an advocate for youths charged with crimes, and as a parent attorney in abuse, neglect, and dependency proceedings. Klinger brings a practitioner's perspective to the critical legal issues involved in school crisis response, cyberbullying, and the use of technology during crisis events. Along with Amy Klinger, Amanda Klinger coauthored articles in law enforcement and educational journals and has been featured in numerous national media in response to school-based crisis events.
Phelan Wyrick, PhD, is director of the Crime and Crime Prevention Research Division at the National Institute of Justice in the U.S. Department of Justice. He leads a team of social scientists who develop and oversee research and evaluation projects related to violence prevention, school safety, firearms violence, gangs, terrorism, human trafficking, hate crime, and white-collar crime. He is director of NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, with more than 90 active research and evaluation projects funded at over $240 million. Since joining the Department in 1998, he has held multiple leadership positions with responsibility for developing federal research, programs, and policy.
Michael E. Wiklund
Michael E. Wiklund will present the 2018 Arnold M. Small Lecture in Safety on Wednesday, October 3, at 2:00 p.m.
A force field consists of opposing forces that push against each other and potentially move a boundary plane. In other words, there is a tug-of-war. Metaphorically speaking, these contests persist in many domains with regard to product and system safety. In many cases, the boundary layer is government regulation and industry standards.
Wiklund’s lecture will elaborate on the safety force field that exists in the medical device industry as well as how it applies to other industries. His work in human factors has focused on helping medical device manufacturers meet or exceed regulator’s expectations and standards for the application of human factors engineering (HFE) to ensure product and system safety and effectiveness.
Based on decades of accumulated experience, he will comment on the relatively weak forces that enabled sluggish adoption of HFE practices in the early 2000s and how stronger forces (governmental and commercial) have moved the “boundary layer” in the past 5 years, resulting in today’s HFE renaissance in the medical industry.
Wiklund will also comment on the recent shift in the view of medical error being cited as the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Michael Wiklund serves as general manager of the human factors engineering (HFE) practice at UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Previously, he founded Wiklund Research & Design, a human factors consulting firm that UL acquired in 2012. He has more than 30 years of experience in human factors engineering, much of which has focused on medical technology development, optimizing hardware and software user interfaces as well as user documentation.
He is a Certified Human Factors Specialist and Licensed Professional Engineer. He is author, coauthor, or editor of several books on human factors, including Usability Testing of Medical Devices, Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design, and Medical Device Use Error – Root Cause Analysis. He is one of the primary authors of today's most pertinent standards and guidelines on human factors engineering of medical devices: AAMI HE75 and IEC 62366. In additional to leading UL's human factors engineering practice, he is a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University, where he teaches graduate courses on HFE, including applying HFE in medical technology development.
Plan to Attend Student Career and Professional Development Day
By Farzan Sasangohar, Student Affairs Committee Cochair
Building on its recent success, this year the Student Affairs Committee will continue hosting the Student Career and Professional Development Day on the first day of Annual Meeting, Monday, October 1. This all-day event will feature several interactive sessions aimed at helping students navigate a variety of career-related topics. This year, panelists include early- and mid-career industry professionals and academicians who will share their postgraduation experiences with the student members.
As of August 23, the schedule for the 2018 Student Career Day is as follows:
Session 1: Transitioning From Student to Professional
Chair: Taylor Kunkes, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Students will have a chance to hear from recent graduates on their experiences transitioning from their program to working in the "real world" and professionals in academia and industry. Panelists include:
Rebeca Berg, Yale New Haven Health
Ashley Hughes, University of Illinois
Michael Jenkins, Charles River Analytics
Session 2: Build Your Network Through Speed Networking Bingo
Co-Chairs: Carolina Rodriguez-Paras, Texas A&M University and Taylor Kunkes, University of Buffalo
The popular speed networking session will be offered again, with new improvements. This time, students and professionals will play bingo while building their network, which will be a fun and simple way to meet HF/E professionals and expand your professional network. Panelists include:
Kathryn Tippey, Design Science
Farzan Sasangohar, Texas A&M University
Rebeca Berg, Yale New Haven Health
Ashley Hughes, University of Illinois
Michael Jenkins, Charles River Analytics
Session 3: Human Factors in Practice: Past and Future Directions
Chair: Sean Kortschot, University of Toronto
Students will have an opportunity to hear human factors practitioners discuss how the role of human factors has changed in the workplace over time and future directions for the field moving forward. Panelists include:
Last year, a well-attended special mentoring program was organized and facilitated by Haydee Cuevas. We are happy to announce that this year Cuevas is organizing a similar event that includes complimentary lunch for Career Day attendees. The session will begin with a brief introduction on mentoring, including its benefits and types of mentoring relationships.
Then the fun begins! The session will follow the format of The Dating Game, which aired on television during the 1960s and 1970s. A mentee will present mentoring-related questions to three prospective mentors, who are hidden from view. At the end of the questioning period, the mentee will choose one of the three mentors. Each mentor-mentee pair will receive a gift card to a local restaurant to continue their dialogue during the meeting week.
EID Editor Candidates Sought
Are you interested in leading the talented team of volunteers and staff who ensure that Ergonomics in Design (EID) remains the premiere HFES publication for the dissemination of applied HF/E work to practitioners? Would you like to be part of the Society's vital outreach efforts? The HFES Scientific Communications and Publications Division invites letters of interest from volunteers to be the editor of EID for a three-year term beginning January 2019.
The editor is responsible for the quality of the publication's content, with the objective of covering a wide variety of balanced and timely topics relevant to HF/E practitioners. The editor works with associate editors and department editors to monitor the quality and timeliness of reviews; invites or develops articles; evaluates the submissions and their reviews; makes final accept/reject decisions; and collaborates with associate editors to ensure a steady stream of submissions.
Currently, EID receives 30–40 articles per year, and it is hoped this number can be increased through the efforts of the editor and editorial board. The editor receives an annual honorarium and is reimbursed for some expenses. Oversight of administrative and editorial production is provided by the HFES Communications Department in collaboration with the SAGE staff, managing the peer-review process and production.
To apply, please send a letter of interest and CV to Communications Director Lois Smith by September 10, 2018, for forwarding to the Publications Committee. The committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Council at its October meeting. The incoming editor will be asked to join the editorial board in November 2018 and will assume responsibilities of the editorship on January 2, 2019.
Feel free to contact Lois Smith (310/394-1811) or Scientific Publications Division Chair William Horrey if you have questions about the processes, scheduling, or other details of the job. We look forward to receiving your letter of interest.
Add Your Voice. Cast Your Vote
Eligible members have the unique opportunity and privilege to determine the future leadership of the Society by participating in this year’s election of officers and at-large Executive Council members. These leaders will help to accomplish our strategic goals and keep the Society on a trajectory for continued growth and success.
If you are a Full Member or Fellow and have not yet voted, please check your e-mail for the link to vote online, or your mail for a ballot to complete and return to HFES. Election ballots are due on or before August 23, but don’t wait until the last minute, just in case you encounter any problems.
To vote online, be sure to use your HFES user name and your member ID number as the password. Forgot your username and ID? Contact Member Services.
2018 Election of Officers
Don’t wait until the last minute to cast your ballot in the 2018 HFES election!
Voting in the 2018 Executive Council Election closes on Thursday, August 23, but don’t wait until that day to vote. We have had some glitches with our voter list—which we can fix—but if you try to vote that day, staff won’t be able to help you.
Use this link to vote, and log in by using your HFES user name and member number as your password.
Be sure to have a voice in the future leadership of HFES!
Space Still Available for HF/E Science Advocacy Session
Understanding the U.S. government policy-making process, its impact on the HF/E profession, and how to be an effective advocate can be daunting. More discouraging is the myth that engaging policymakers is beyond the reach of individuals outside the Beltway – especially in the current political environment. Fortunately, there are many tools and avenues that researchers and practitioners alike can use to advance evidence-based decision making while boosting awareness around HF/E issues.
Join HFES Interim Executive Director Julie Freeman and HFES’s Government Relations consultants from Lewis-Burke Associates on Tuesday, October 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for a discussion highlighting the Society’s work advancing priorities related to HF/E, navigating the policy process, and how you can support the Society’s policy agenda in Washington, D.C.
Seating is very limited, so please reserve your spot with Lois Smith by September 4. There will be time after the morning session to pick up some lunch to bring along.
New to HFES and the Annual Meeting?
HFES invites all new members and first-time attendees to a special half-hour session right before the Opening Reception on Monday, October 1.
HFES has many resources to help you grow in your career, but one of the best ones is the connections you make at the Annual Meeting. This special event will give you a head start on developing connections with other attendees and members of the Executive Council.
We will also be holding a raffle to give away a free registration at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Bring your business cards and plan to be there. We will send more details in September.
Also, the "Thriving at the HFES Annual Meeting" webinar provides information, tips, and strategies to help you navigate and flourish at the HFES Annual Meeting. Whether HFES 2018 is your first meeting or you want to "amp up" your participation, hear experienced Annual Meeting panelists discuss these topics and more:
The culture of the HFES Annual Meeting
How to network at the Opening Reception and beyond
National Ergonomics Month activities
What you can learn from the Opening Plenary Session
Strategies and perspectives on selecting which sessions to attend
Participation in technical group meetings
How to achieve success at the career center
Student-specific activities and resources
Post-Annual Meeting follow-up
View the webinar recording and slides. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!
Students: Apply to Attend the UX Day Leadership Development Workshop
By Moni Gmitro, UX Day Leadership Development Committee
We are seeking top emerging student leaders in HFES who have an interest in UX to participate in our Leadership Development Workshop as part of the UX Day activities at this year's HFES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Participants who are selected for this learning and networking opportunity will work on a UX challenge with an HFES professional who will serve as the student's mentor. The goal of this activity is to transfer valuable industry experience from a seasoned practitioner to future industry leaders, while establishing a valuable long-term networking relationship that is intended to persist beyond the event.
Students should demonstrate the following criteria:
A strong dedication to and participation in their student chapter, local chapter, or national chapter.
A reputation of a sound academic record.
A proclivity for insightful research and creative inquiry.
A passion for applying human factors principles to create and evaluate high quality user experiences.
To qualify, the student applicant must be enrolled in an academic program during the fall 2018 semester when the Annual Meeting occurs. Additionally, the student is financially responsible for registering and attending the Annual Meeting; there is no discount or travel assistance associated with this opportunity.
The application can be found here. It requires basic contact information; a summary of societal, academic, research, and applied activities; a brief statement of interest; and contact information for a reference who is a member of the Society. We will ask the reference to provide a brief evaluation and letter of recommendation.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aviation Psychology Symposium Call for Proposals
Proposals for posters, papers, symposium and panel sessions, and workshops are sought for the 20th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, which will be held in Dayton, Ohio, May 7–10, 2019.
Any topic related to the field of aviation psychology is welcomed. Topics on human performance problems and opportunities within aviation systems and design solutions that best utilize human capabilities for creating safe and efficient aviation systems are all appropriate. Students are encouraged to participate in the Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Competition.
The deadline for proposal submissions is October 5, 2018. Visit http://aviation-psychology.org for more information.
National Academies Releases Postworkshop Report on Neuroforensics and Emerging Neurotechnologies
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC
On July 6, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, in collaboration with the Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL), released the proceedings from a March 6 workshop titled “Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies.” The public workshop brought together stakeholders from the scientific and legal communities to explore how advances in neuroscience and neurotechnologies may support and impact the judicial system.
As the scientific community’s understanding of the human brain and the use of neuroimaging technologies have expanded, there has been increased interest in how neuroscience can be used in legal proceedings to support law enforcement and the court system. Hank Greely, a member of the workshop’s planning committee and professor of law, noted that “the law is interested in both bodies and minds… why they did those things, what they were thinking about at the time, and what their intent was. Neuroscience provides possible new lines of evidence to illuminate these inner aspects of behaviors.”
The proceedings noted that emerging imaging technologies may provide for the capabilities to reveal mental states, determine self-control, and predict future behavior that can help to detect deception and lies, criminal intent, mental competency, and pain - all of which may be useful for evidence in legal proceedings. However, workshop attendees representing the scientific community emphasized in the proceedings that, because of a number of issues, it is still too early to use neuroimaging as a reliable method for assessing many of these factors in a court of law.
The workshop also featured a discussion on how to develop a legal framework to establish criteria for the reliability and admissibility of evidence derived from neuroscience and neurotechnologies.
Although issues pertaining to human factors and ergonomics were not featured in the workshop’s discussion, the proceedings reflect an increasing interest in neuroscience, a field of interest to the HF/e community, and how emerging neurotechnologies may impact the broader society.
Sources and Additional Information:
The full proceedings for the “Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies” workshop, including, the March 6 workshop agenda and list of attendees, can be found here.
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, DC-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.
Election Reminder and Update
Eligible members are encouraged to vote in the current election of officers and At-Large Executive Council members. The election closes on August 23. Vote online using your HFES Web site user name and member ID number (not your login password).
If you are a Full Member, Fellow, or Emeritus Member or Fellow and have encountered problems while voting online, please contact Stefanie Alexander in Member Services for assistance (email@example.com, 310/394-1811).
Annual Meeting Hot Topics
In addition to the Featured Events noted in previous issues of the HFES Bulletin, below is just a sample of the timely topics that will be covered in the HFES 2018 technical program:
Consumer protection and slips/trips/falls
Cyber attacks and defense
Driver distraction and autonomous vehicles
Mobile health applications
Patient-centered human factors/ergonomics
Pilot performance, space, and unmanned aircraft systems
Trust in automation
User experience and user-centered design
Virtual reality and environments
Workplace safety and ergonomics
For the full lineup of sessions, browse the preliminary program. It’s not necessary to log in to search for speakers and topics.
Register by August 27 to benefit from early-bird discounts.
Spread the word! Help HFES reach audiences that need the latest in human factors/ergonomics research and practice by encouraging them to attend the Annual Meeting. Nonmembers who register for the full meeting will automatically become members and further benefit from access to HFES journals and conference proceedings, among other services. The Twitter hashtag is #HFES2018.
Practitioner Track at HFES 2018
The following sessions make up the new Practitioner Track for the Philadelphia meeting. Feel free to reach out to colleagues who might find these of interest.
Tuesday, October 2, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Practitioner Track Keynote by Charles Mauro
“Human Factors Engineering Innovations in the Age of Apple v. Samsung: How HF/E Practice Can Add Major Value to the Intellectual Property Assets of Corporations and Academic Institutions”
Tuesday, October 2, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Cognitive Considerations for Health Care Practitioners and Consumers
Student Forum; Cosponsored by Health Care
Tuesday, October 2, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Assistance Systems: Design and Redesign
Tuesday, October 2, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Practitioners Session – Occupational Ergonomics
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Human Factors and Video Game Research
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Falls and Premises Liability
Forensics Professional; Cosponsored by Safety
Wednesday, October 3, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Me and My VE, Part 5: Applications in Human Factors Research and Practice
Wednesday, October 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Effects of Prolonged Use of Mixed-Reality Systems in Occupational Settings
Friday, October 5, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Showcase Your Creativity in the HFES 2018 Silent Auction
Do you paint or draw? Sculpt? Sew? Craft? If you do, HFES invites you to submit your creation for the Silent Auction. Proceeds from the auction will help to support travel to next year’s Annual Meeting for students and others who have never attended.
The Silent Auction will take place during the Opening Reception on Monday, October 1. Please send the following details to Lois Smith no later than August 31:
Name and contact information
Title of the work being donated
Description of the work, including dimensions, weight, etc.
Photo of the work
Preferred method for getting the work to Philadelphia
Contact Lois with any questions (310/394-1811).