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Celebrating its 16th year with well over 1,000 past participants, the Mentor-Mentee Luncheon program continues at HFES 2020.  Please bring your own lunch/breakfast since we are virtual this year.  We are proud to continue the tradition of this unique opportunity for HFES members which allows you to develop your professional network, establish mentoring relationships, and get insights from leaders in the field.  The program is based on small groups in an intimate and informal setting so that students, early career professionals, and those in career transition can interact with accomplished members of our society at a personal level.  S essions Will be Held ...
University laboratories conducting work in HF/E research and application are invited to participate in the University Lab Showcase at the virtual HFES 64 th   International Annual Meeting.  The aim of this showcase is to demonstrate the variety of HF/E educational and research programs, not to describe specific research projects. University lab posters will be available to meeting participants on-demand in the virtual poster hall throughout the meeting Monday through Friday (October 5 – 9, 2020). University lab posters may be static PDF files or you may upload a short poster presentation as an MP4 file.  Recorded submissions may not exceed five ...
Background In preparation for the IEA2021 meeting we are working in collaboration with ​ Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society to publish a special issue focused on Human-Systems Integration in Healthcare. This will be a unique opportunity to present your extended work in an issue that will be dedicated to the challenge of designing systems for the healthcare complex ecosystem. Topics The special issue will present new and advanced knowledge in all areas of human factors including cognitive, physical, and organizational aspects and their application in healthcare. We encourage submissions of research that studies ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC HFES has signed on to a letter , along with more than 70 organizations, endorsing calls by Congress for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to address systemic racism in science and academia.  The letter, sent by the American Physiological Society (APS) on September 1, supports a July 29 request from House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) to NASEM President Marcia McNutt to establish a committee to assess the impact of systemic racism in academia, specifically focusing on the underrepresented minority populations in the STEM fields.  APS’s letter ...
As the Chair of the 64th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, it is my pleasure to invite you to join me at HFES 2020! This also happens to be our first virtual Annual Meeting. Several months ago, as COVID-19 first appeared, we had to anticipate what the world might look like in October at the time of the Annual Meeting. Foremost, we worried for the health of those who might attend the in-person meeting in Chicago. We also considered potential legal limits on meeting sizes (the Annual Meeting is a big event!) and the possible ramifications of the financial health of the Society in the event of a last-minute cancellation. ...
Special editors: Holly A. H. Handley, Old Dominion University; Judi See, Sandia National Laboratories; and Mica Endsley, SA Technologies While Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) have been widely effective and are generally understood across major government agencies and industry, they do not address issues of human-system integration (HSI).  Unfortunately, the design of the user interface for a technology or system, training and other HSI considerations are often left until late in a program. The Human Readiness Levels (HRLs) have been developed as an adjunct to the TRLs.  The HRL scale provides organization and program management with an easy to understand ...

2020 Election is Open

A communication with a link to the 2020 election ballot  was sent to all eligible voting members of the Society on Friday, July 24.  If you are a Full or Emeritus member of HFES and have not received this communication,  please check your spam folder or contact info@hfes.org. In this year's election, members will have the opporutnity to help select the next President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, and two At-Large Members of Council (i.e., you may vote for up to two individuals for At-Large Council but cannot assign both votes to the same At-Large candidate).   Paper ballots are available to anyone with any barrier to voting online.   The election closes ...
The IEA K.U. Smith Student Award honors deserving students responsible for contributions to human factors/ergonomics (HF/E). Awards will be presented during the IEA 2021 Triennial Congress in Vancouver, Canada. The Award winners each will receive a cash award of US $3,000.  A travel stipend also may be awarded.   Any student enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution worldwide is eligible. A student wishing to apply for the award should submit the following documents via email (see contact information below): (1) A full copy of a paper that the student has authored, which documents an HF/E contribution. The student should be first author on a coauthored ...
Dear Training TG Members, The HFES Training Technical Group is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the 2020 Training TG Student Grant Award.  The recipient of the best proposal will be awarded $750 to help cover expenses including, but not limited to, research materials or equipment, research participant payments, and registration to the virtual HFES annual meeting.  To be eligible for consideration, students are asked to submit the following materials to Andy Dattel ( Andy.Dattel@erau.edu ) no later than 11:59pm EDT, Friday, July 31, 2020. Required  materials include:  Cover letter (Include name, current mailing and email addresses, names ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 ruling striking down President Trump’s 2017 attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.  DACA is a program, established by the Obama Administration in 2012, that protects nearly 650,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from deportation.  The Supreme Court’s majority argued that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not comply with the Administrative Procedure Act by not giving a proper justification for its decision.  The majority stated in its argument that DHS failed to provide sufficient justification to rescind ...
A video collaboration between AIHA and HFES examining the ergonomics of working (and schooling) from home.    View the YouTube page here
By Lewis-Burke Associates On June 22, President Trump issued “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.”  The proclamation is an extension and expansion of previous presidential proclamations restricting immigration.  While the proclamation impacts visas important to higher education and research (H-1B, H-4, and some J-1 visas), it does not impact the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, as was initially feared.  The proclamation suspends, through December 31, 2020, the entry of certain individuals who are outside the United States and do not have in their possession, as ...
Dear HFES members and other friends and colleagues: We realize that many of you have been eager to learn whether we will meet in Chicago this October for our 64 th   Annual Meeting.  and apologize for only now communicating on this matter; however, there were so many important variables that had to be investigated, discussed, and evaluated.  Among these are the safety of our meeting attendees, the reasonableness of assembling more than 1,600 of our members, exhibitors, guest speakers, and others in enclosed spaces during this time of ongoing health concerns due to COVID-19, the associated financial implications including the potential of substantive ...
The protests of the last several days have highlighted for many the ongoing, deep-seated racism that black and brown people, including members of our own HF/E community, face each day.  HFES stands firm in the fight against racism. However, our beliefs may not always reflect biases we carry without our knowledge. In this moment, it behooves us all to look within ourselves to identify any bias we may carry as a result of having lived in a biased society. We owe it to our members, to the scientific and academic communities, to our Society's next generation, and to the public to continuously improve and not be silent. We will create opportunity for continuous ...
If you have submitted nominations for this year's election, please accept our sincere thanks for participating. If you have not, then please give thought to nominating a deserving potential candidate or even consider self-nominating.  Here's why: Participating as a member of the HFES Executive Council provides many professional and personal benefits for those who volunteer. Chief among them is that being part of the Executive Council provides a great opportunity to enhance one’s leadership skills. It also provides members with another ‘team’ to work with outside of their employment, giving them a chance to learn new skills or enhance current skill sets. Moreover, ...
By Lewis-Burke Associates HFES submitted written testimony to multiple congressional Appropriations Subcommittees in March calling for robust investment in science and technology at federal agencies to strengthen HF/E expertise and processes in critical sectors.  HFES submits testimony to Congress in support of its appropriations priorities each fiscal year.  Congress considers testimony from HFES and other advocates as it considers funding in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Appropriations process.  HFES’s FY 2021 priorities include: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) ...
The MAGIC of Semantic IxD |Register Today| Do you know how much cognitive load your design ideas will place on the user even before you sketch out the first screen? If the cognitive load of your UX design is too high, users will find your product difficult and unpleasant to use. It's possible to measure cognitive load in a usability lab, but by then it is too late and too expensive to fix the underlying problems. The solution? You need to know how much cognitive load your users will face and mitigate it at the beginning of your design projects. In other words, a technique to minimize cognitive load should guide your design practice from ...
This student paper competition is co-sponsored by Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits and the ASTM Exo Technology Center of Excellence.  This award is given to encourage students to develop, present, and publish high quality research papers in the area of exo technologies, which include exoskeletons, exosuits, and related wearable technologies. The 2020 theme is, Designing Safe Exoskeletons and Exosuits .  Students are encouraged to identify relevant standards and discuss strategies to test and demonstrate the safety of these devices. More information: https://www.etcoe.org/student-competition/f48-student-paper-award Awards  A cash prize will ...
The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation resulted in HFES leadership making the difficult decision to cancel the Health Care Human Factors Symposium that was to convene in Toronto in March.  We are pleased we are able to modify our plans and can deliver a virtual healthcare human factors symposium centered around the same workshops, tracks and sessions as the planned in-person symposium. All lecture and poster presenters will have the opportunity to present during this four-day virtual event .   Five workshops will be offered on May 18.  All originally accepted oral and poster presenters are welcome to contribute a paper to the proceedings that will be ...
Due to the current world crisis and changes at universities, the deadline to apply for the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award has been extended to 30 June 2020.  Take the time now to write up that project you worked on and submit to the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE). This annual FPE award and is given to the student (or group of students) for an Ergonomics project that demonstrates the major practice areas of Ergonomics:  Analysis, Design, and Integration.  The award is open, world wide, to students (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Ergonomics and Ergonomics-related programs.  Students who have completed their graduate degrees in the past year are ...