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August 11, 2016

Inside HFES

Newly Elected HFES Officers

Annual Meeting

Human Factors Mock Trial: HF Considerations Regarding a Children's Transportation Safety Product
By Alison Vredenburgh, Program Chair, Forensics Professional Group


Women's Professional Networking Lunch
By Beth Blickensderfer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Ashley Hughes, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center


 Session on Ergonomics of Task Design and Space Engineering
By Christopher Reid, Program Chair, Occupational Ergonomics Technical Group


Impact Modeler: Navy App Development Presentation and Discussion

Inside HFES

Guide to Forensic Human Factors Now on Amazon

Other News

Call for Papers: IST-HFM-154 Specialists' Meeting

 


 

Inside HFES

Newly Elected HFES Officers

HFES is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 election and congratulates the following newly elected officers and Executive Council members. Their terms will begin at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
 

President-Elect
Valerie J. Berg Rice, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
 

Secretary-Treasurer-Elect
Carolyn M. Sommerich, Ohio State University


At-Large Executive Council Members
Sara J. Czaja, University of Miami
Paul Green, University of Michigan

 


 

Annual Meeting

Human Factors Mock Trial: HF Considerations Regarding a Children's Transportation Safety Product

By Alison Vredenburgh, Program Chair, Forensics Professional Group


Have you ever wondered what kind of human factors issues might be addressed in civil litigation? Have you considered how your expertise as a human factors practitioner might be called upon to help settle a legal issue or lawsuit? Would you like to know how you might become qualified to serve in such a professional capacity?


On Thursday, September 22, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., the HFES Forensics Professional Group (FPG) will present a mock trial demonstration to help answer these and related questions. This special-format session, cochaired by Ilene Zackowitz and David Lenorovitz, will employ several FPG members playing roles as designated HF/E experts testifying about HF/E issues from the perspectives of the plaintiff (Valerie Rice) and defendant (Stephanie Borzendowski) involved in a hypothetical case involving HF design issues, product safety instructions, and some of the hazard/warnings aspects of a child's car safety seat.


Legal realism will be enhanced through the involvement of professional attorneys playing the roles of counsel for the plaintiff, Cheryl Feely, Esq.; for the defense, Julia Milewski, Esq.; the judge presiding over the case, Jessica Farmer, Esq.; and a trial commentator, Lynn Calkins, Esq.


Although no actual verdict will be reached in this exemplar case, attendees will be afforded an opportunity to gain a better insight into how HF/E professionals can become engaged in the trial process, what kinds of issues they may be called upon to address, and the types of legal rules and procedures they might need to follow in providing testimony intended to help the "triers-of-fact" (judge and/or jury) understand the relevant technical HF/E considerations in such a case.


Hope to see you there — you should find it very interesting and thought-provoking!

 


 

Annual Meeting

Women's Professional Networking Lunch

By Beth Blickensderfer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Ashley Hughes, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

 

Are you interested in expanding your network of women colleagues? Do you enjoy trading career stories, learning from other women, and making new friends? If so, please join us for the HFES Women's Professional Networking lunch on Thursday, September 22, 12:00–1:15 p.m. at Buca di Beppo, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW (across the street from the Washington Hilton).We expect a mix of HF/E professionals who work in academia, industry, and government, as well as HF/E students from PhD and master's programs. A short program during the lunch will engage attendees in discussions, highlight some recent accomplishments of women in HFES, and provide a special welcome from President-Elect Nancy J. Cooke.


Reserve your spot by clicking this link; $10 per person. Space is limited to 75 people. We have worked with HFES to offer a reduced rate lunch for those who RSVP. Please read the event details and respond so that we can include you in our head count and give you the reduced rate.


We look forward to hearing from you!



 

Annual Meeting

Session on Ergonomics of Task Design and Space Engineering

By Christopher Reid, Program Chair, Occupational Ergonomics Technical Group


Have you ever heard the old saying of "Show me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are?" Let's make that more relevant to our field of study by saying, "Show me your task, and I'll tell you how efficient and safe you are."


Work-related task design is directly related to how productive, robust, and injury-free a workforce will be in that environment. Although task design is very important to us Earth-bound inhabitants, imagine how imperative it must be when working in the unforgiving environment of Earth's orbit on a space shuttle and at the International Space Station.


I am pleased to cohost an invited address from Stephen Robinson, PhD, retired U.S. astronaut of four shuttle missions and three spacewalks. Robinson is chair of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at University of California, Davis.


Robinson will address the importance of human-systems integration relative to working both inside and outside of the ISS and space shuttles. This alternative-format session (OE3)on Wednesday, September 21, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. includes three traditional lecture presentations on task design preceding Robinson's address. We look forward to seeing you all there!

 


 

Annual Meeting

Impact Modeler: Navy App Development Presentation and Discussion

On Thursday from 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m., Christopher Moulton from Harmonia Holdings Group will present a tool called Impact Modeler, an app in development for the U.S. Navy to help those who are not experts in human-system integration (HSI) to understand the usability of almost any system at any point in the lifecycle, from concept to final product. For those who are experts in HSI, or any of its related fields (e.g., human factors, psychology, test and evaluation, safety), Impact Modeler aims to supplement and possibly improve an existing process.


Following a review of the app, audience members can provide open-ended feedback and discuss the tool. Bring your lunch and join Moulton and attendees in the Georgetown West room of the Washington Hilton.

 


 

Inside HFES

Guide to Forensic Human Factors Now on Amazon

Guide to Forensic Human Factors is a collection of the best forensic human factors science published in the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Divided into sections on slips and falls, transportation, consumer products, warnings, workplace issues, and practice issues, the book contains 160 individual papers. Each section is introduced by a chapter from a leading forensic human factors expert summarizing the findings in the papers within the section.

Previously available only on CD-ROM, the book has just been released in Kindle format on Amazon.com. The cost for members and nonmembers is $200. Members may still order the CD-ROM version for just $5 shipping/handling ($200 for nonmembers).

 


 

Other News

Call for Papers: IST-HFM-154 Specialists' Meeting

Papers are being accepted for the IST-HFM-154 Specialists' Meeting on Cyber Symbology to be held November 28–30, 2016, at the Wright Brothers Institute in Dayton, Ohio. This specialists' meeting seeks to solicit information about ongoing research regarding the use of symbology to intuitively represent various cyber entities. The meeting content is also intended to determine the most intuitive ways to use characteristics, dimensions, combinations, and modifications of the symbology to represent situations, contexts, and status in an effort to establish and test standard, meaningful, and intuitive methods of representing cyber operations for the NATO community.


The deadline for the submissions of abstracts is August 29 for U.S. authors and September 2 for authors in other countries. Contact Major Luc Detienne (luc.detienne@cso.nato.int) or Aysegul Apaydin (aysegul.apaydin@cso.nato.int) for more information.