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February 18, 2016

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Early-Bird Rate for Health-Care Symposium Ends March 30

Register for ErgoX

Awards Nominations Due March 31
 

February 9, 2016

Inside HFES

Stephen B. Wilcox Appointed Ergonomics in Design Editor in Chief

Bay Area Chapter Restarted
By David Rempel, Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley


Training Technical Group Research Awards
By Linda Pierce, TTG Awards Chair


Registration and Program Now Available for Health-Care Symposium

ErgoX Program and Online Registration Now Available

YouTube Video Contest – Updated February 25

HFES Financial Audit Report

Annual Meeting

HFES Academic Career Panel
By Edmond Ramly

Other News

IEA Council Meeting
By Kathleen Mosier, Chair, IEA Representatives Committee


Deadline for FPE Student Award
By Robert Smillie, Foundation for Professional Ergonomics


OERC Issues Request for Proposals

Member Milestones

In Memoriam: Lawrence (Larry) Reed
 

 
 

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Early-Bird Rate for Health-Care Symposium Ends March 30

Enjoy savings of $100 when you register for the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Shaping the Future.


Presentations include the following:

  • Understanding, Designing, and Evaluating Real-World Clinical Health IT Solutions

  • Advanced UX Research Methods

  • Multidisciplinary Approach to Critical Care Design

  • Complex World of Home Health Care

  • Design and Usability of Medical Equipment

  • Meet the New CDRH Human Factors Premarket Evaluation Team

  • How Many Lives Could We Save by Spending $1 Billion More on HF/E?

  • Hand-Offs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

  • mHealth Student Design Competition

Sign up for the presymposium workshop, "Improving the Safety and Effectiveness of Medical Devices Through Human Factors Considerations: An Interactive Workshop with the FDA's CDRH/ODE Human Factors PreMarket Evaluation Team." A separate registration fee applies, and attendees must also register for the full symposium.


Book your room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The symposium rate of $235/night expires on March 23. HFES encourages you to book your accommodations at the beautiful Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. When you stay at our headquarters hotel, you gain not only the convenience of being in the property where all sessions and events are held but also the knowledge that you have helped HFES to keep meeting registration fees as low as possible. By committing to a certain number of sleeping rooms, HFES is not charged for meeting space. The catch is that we need to meet 80% of our room commitment or pay a steep attrition penalty. Either paying for space or paying a penalty causes meeting registration fees to rise more than they normally would as a function of normal increases in the cost of doing business. We know you have a choice in accommodations, and we hope that when you are making that choice, you will consider the value of your stay to HFES.


Plan some time to relax in the San Diego area by visiting local venues and eateries.


Reserve a sponsorship, ad, or exhibit to promote awareness of your organization.

 


 

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Register for ErgoX

ErgoX is the Society's newest event is aimed at front-line safety, health, and ergonomics managers. Register today and join us on June 6–8 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County near Disneyland!


A discounted registration rate is available when 5 or more individuals from the same organization attend ErgoX. Download, complete, and submit the form available on the registration details page.


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 Hyatt Regency Orange County.


Program
Keynoter Richard Hawk, a world-renowned expert on making safety fun, will share what he's learned from working with hundreds of leaders in all kinds of industries and will include examples and ideas for ergonomics professionals. Other featured presentations include

  • Two June 6 workshops from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., on ergonomics certification and on tools of the trade.

  • Wednesday Keynote: "Lost in Translation? Not Here! Lessons Learned from Liberty Mutual's Approach to Ergonomics Knowledge Translation" by Y. Ian Noy, PhD, CPE.

  • World-renowned experts talking about successful ergonomics interventions, return on investment, vibration ergonomics, the sit-versus-stand debate, wellness in the workplace, and return-to-work best practices.

Exhibit, sponsorship, and advertising are available. Please contact Lois Smith (lois@hfes.org) for details.


To learn more about ErgoX, visit the ErgoX Web page. If you have questions or need any additional information, please call HFES at 310/394-1811.

 


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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 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


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 or before 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.

 


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Stephen B. Wilcox Appointed Ergonomics in Design Editor in Chief

          Stephen B. Wilcox
 

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is proud to announce the appointment of Steve Wilcox to the position of editor in chief of Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications (EID). He is principal and founder of Design Science, a research and user-interface design consultancy. He began his term on January 1, 2016.


Wilcox holds a BS in psychology and anthropology from Tulane University, a PhD in experimental psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and a Certificate in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been working in product development for more than 30 years, a period during which he has developed several of the methodologies that are now in widespread use for fitting products to people. Within product design, his recent areas of focus have been medical device design and inclusive design.


"I'm committed to making EID as good as it can possibly be," Wilcox says. "My goal is for it to be read by every design professional who is concerned with the ease of use and safety of the objects being designed."


EID is a peer-reviewed publication of original articles that serves the needs of practicing HF/E professionals who are concerned with the usability of products, systems, tools, and environments. It provides up-to-date demonstrations of the importance of HF/E principles in design and implementation. For more information, contact HFES Communications Director Lois Smith (lois@hfes.org, 310/384-1811).
 

 
 

Inside HFES

Bay Area Chapter Restarted

By David Rempel, Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley


After several dormant years, the San Francisco Bay Area HFES Chapter restarted with a meeting on December 18, 2015. Forty-one attended the event in person and online. The Chapter will meet quarterly and have an all-day meeting once a year.


The Chapter President is Meg Honan, who works at Genentech. Outreach Director Dan Nathan-Roberts is a new faculty member at San José State University. To be added to the chapter mailing list, please complete the form at http://goo.gl/forms/yv1JRpe8uJ. For further information, contact Dan at Dan.Nathan-Roberts@SJSU.edu.
 

 
 

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Training Technical Group Research Awards

By Linda Pierce, TTG Awards Chair


The Training Technical Group (TTG) is pleased to announce two student research awards that will be selected for presentation at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Award winners will be recognized during the TTG Annual Business Meeting.


Student Research Grant
The first award is a research grant for $750. The purpose of this grant is to support HFES student members in conducting training-related independent research in their graduate education. A short proposal narrative (no longer than three double-spaced pages) along with a letter of support from the student's adviser will be required. The Request for Proposals for this grant will be available by May 1, and proposals will be due by June 30.


Best Student Paper
The second award is $250 for the best student paper submitted to the TTG for presentation at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting. All student papers accepted by the TTG will be reviewed for the award. The papers will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Unique human factors contribution to current/future issues in training

  • Original or creative approach to investigating the research question(s) addressed

  • Reasonable and appropriate methodology given the objectives of the work

  • Strong conclusions and/or recommendations for future research

Please feel free to share this information with students and/or colleagues who may not be a TTG member but are working in the training domain. For additional information, contact Linda Pierce at linda.pierce@faa.gov.
 

 
 

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Registration and Program Now Available for Health-Care Symposium

The preliminary program is online for the 2016 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Shaping the Future.


The program features presentations in the following tracks:

  • Clinical and Consumer Health-Care IT

  • Health-Care Environments

  • Medical and Drug-Delivery Devices

  • Patient Safety Research and Initiatives

Some of the hot issues covered in the program include EHR usability evaluation, training, hand-offs, e-health systems and tools, and home health care.


Register today! Early-bird discounts end March 30.


The pre-symposium workshop has just been finalized: "Improving the Safety and Effectiveness of Medical Devices Through Human Factors Considerations: An Interactive Workshop with the FDA's CDRH/ODE Human Factors PreMarket Evaluation Team." A separate registration fee applies.


Reserve a sponsorship, ad, or exhibit to promote awareness of your organization.


Book your room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The discounted symposium rate of $235/night expires on March 23.


HFES encourages you to book your accommodations at the beautiful Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. When you stay at our headquarters hotel, you gain not only the convenience of being in the property where all sessions and events are held but also the knowledge that you have helped HFES to keep meeting registration fees as low as possible. By committing to a certain number of sleeping rooms, HFES is not charged for meeting space. The catch is that we need to meet 80% of our room commitment or pay a steep attrition penalty. Either paying for space or paying a penalty causes meeting registration fees to rise more than they normally would as a function of normal increases in the cost of doing business. We know you have a choice in accommodations, and we hope that when you are making that choice, you will consider the value of your stay to HFES. Thanks so much, and see you at the symposium!
 

 
 

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ErgoX Program and Online Registration Now Available

ErgoX is the Society's newest event is aimed at front-line safety, health, and ergonomics managers. ErgoX is an interactive conference that offers practical, usable, and impactful solutions to workplace issues in a wide range of office and industrial settings. This year's ErgoX Platinum Sponsor is the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.


At ErgoX, world-class leaders in the ergonomics field will translate the latest scientific findings and best practices into effective practitioner-based information, procedures, tools, and approaches that can improve on-the-job work safety and wellness outcomes.


Join us on June 6–8 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County near Disneyland and register today!


NEW THIS YEAR: A discounted registration rate is available when 5 or more individuals from the same organization attend ErgoX. Download, complete, and submit the form available on the registration details page.


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

  • Potential solutions to pressing ergonomics problems

  • Basic ergonomics knowledge about risk factors

  • An understanding of ergonomics evaluation and identification of solutions

  • Knowledge on where to find expert advice

Book your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.


Program
The event will kick off with a keynote presentation by Richard Hawk, a world-renowned expert on making safety fun, who uses stories, props, songs, and innovative interactions. Hawk will share what he's learned from working with hundreds of leaders in all kinds of industries and will include examples and ideas for ergonomics professionals.


Two workshops offer additional learning opportunities (separate registration fee applies). Both workshops take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6:


Workshop 1: Preparing for the Gold Standard in Ergonomics Certification, presented by Mark Heidebrecht, MSE, EP-C, CHFP, and Sam Bradbury, MAOM, ATC, EP-C, CPE.


Workshop 2: eXamining Your Ergonomic Issues: Tools of the Trade, presented by Susan Kotowski, PhD, CPE, and Sheree Gibson, PE, CPE.


Other featured presentations include

  • Wednesday Keynote: "Lost in Translation? Not Here! Lessons Learned from Liberty Mutual's Approach to Ergonomics Knowledge Translation" by Y. Ian Noy, PhD, CPE

  • World-renowned experts talking about successful ergonomics interventions, return on investment, vibration ergonomics, the sit-versus-stand debate, wellness in the workplace, and return-to-work best practices.

For more details on the program, view the schedule of events.


To learn more about ErgoX, visit the ErgoX Web page. If you have questions or need any additional information, please call HFES at 310/394-1811.
 

 
 

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YouTube Video Contest

Update: The submission deadline has been extended to June 1.


HFES is pleased to announce a YouTube video contest to inspire and educate others about HF/E. We invite submissions of 2-minute videos that capture the distinct value of HF/E by answering the question, "How does human factors/ergonomics help people?" HF/E must be clearly identified, and inclusion of the submitter's experience in the field is encouraged.


A team of judges from the HFES Outreach Division, volunteers, and HFES staff will select the three winning videos, which will be shown at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in September. The winning submitters will also receive cash awards:

  • First place: $3,000

  • Second place: $2,000

  • Third place: $1,000

To enter, upload completed videos to Dropbox or another file-sharing service and share the file with Karen Jacobs (hfesoutreach@gmail.com). Entries must be uploaded and shared by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, February 29. No exceptions. Submission of a video indicates that you agree to allow it to be posted on the HFES Web site, HFES YouTube channel, and displayed at other HFES-sponsored events.


This contest is open to the public. Winners will be informed in July. See the January Bulletin article for more information.

 


 

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HFES Financial Audit Report

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 2014 audited financial report, received by Secretary-Treasurer Robert G. Radwin in December 2015, 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, 2014, 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 $32,866 at January 1, 2014; at December 31, 2014, the balance was $33,597.


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, 2014, 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, 2014

Assets

Cash on deposit

Checking/savings

         $260,836

Total cash on deposit

         $260,836

Investments

Charles Schwab, at market value

          $654,030

Vanguard STAR Fund, at market value

          $189,281

Total investments

          $843,311

Total assets

      $1,104,147

Liabilities and Fund Balance

Liabilities

Reserve for current payable

             $12,000

Other current liabilities

                    $832

Due to TG    

                $3,635

Payroll liabilities

                $1,203

IEA donations

                   $997

Total liabilities

            $18,667

Fund balance

      $1,085,480

Total liabilities and fund balance

      $1,104,147

Statement of Changes in Fund Balance – Cash Basis for the 12 Months Ended December 31, 2014

Balance - January 1, 2014

       $1,094,886

Add: Excess of revenues over expenses

              ($9,406)

Balance - December 31, 2013

       $1,085,480

Statement of Revenues and Expenses – Cash Basis for the 12 Months Ended December 31, 2014

Revenues

Individual memberships 

         $624,240

Sustaining memberships

               $4,236

Publications

         $389,616

HFES Institute

            $10,592

Annual Meeting

         $331,731

Other meeting 

         $244,779

Placement

            $32,988

Net unrealized gain on investments

            $13,541

Miscellaneous 

               $3,896

Total revenues

     $1,655,619

Expenses

Publication Expense:

HFES Bulletin

                  $879

Human Factors Journal

           $42,445

Directory and Yearbook

           $12,502

Ergonomics in Design

              $3,493

Books

              $2,053

Marketing

              $1,241

Other publication expense

                  $290

Salary and administrative costs

        $316,238

Total publication expense

        $379,141

Member Services:

Mailings expenses

             $8,197

ANSI dues

          $21,835

Committee and other (Note 4)

       $221,676

Annual Meeting

       $111,260

Other Meeting

       $253,096

Computer, web site, & related expenses

          $37,082

Interorganizational

          $18,865

Salary and administrative costs

       $362,743

Total Member Services

   $1,034,754

General and Administrative Expense:

Salary and administrative costs

     $251,130

Total General and Administrative Expense

     $251,130
 

 

Total Expenses

 $1,665,025

 

Excess of revenue over expenses

       ($9,406)


Note 1 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

This summary of significant accounting policies of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (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 nonprofit 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 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, 2014. This represents $12,000 for miscellaneous payables.
 

Note 4 – Committee and Other

 

Online elections

        $2,549

ISO committee 

     $21,983

IEA representative

        $3,000

Awards

        $4,063

Government relations

  $132,500

Outreach advisory

        $1,295

Student affairs

        $5,941

Miscellaneous

        $5,473

Executive council

     $44,872

Total

  $221,676


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 4 03 (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 2014, the company contributed $53,011 to the plan.
 

Note 6 – Investments
The organization has the following funds with the Vanguard Group and Charles Schwab:

 

       Cost

Fair Market Value

7,195.906 Shares of Vanguard Star Fund

  $153,066

        $189,281

Charles Schwab

  $653,452

        $654,030


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 2014, 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).

 


 

Annual Meeting

HFES Academic Career Panel

By Edmond Ramly


An academic career can be an attractive way for HF/E researchers to develop an autonomous research program and train the next generation. To support students considering this avenue, the HFES Student Affairs Committee organized an interactive career panel at the Annual Meeting. This article summarizes the "Academic Jobs and Interviews" session, which was chaired by Linsey Steege (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and featured four panelists: Richard Holden (Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis), Dan Nathan-Roberts (San Jose State University), Sara Lu Riggs (Clemson University), and Nicole Werner (University of Wisconsin-Madison). These five assistant professors shared their experiences in successfully navigating a shifting academic job market in a multidisciplinary field. The discussion emphasized flexibility, networking, and preparation.


Flexibility
The panelists reported that search committees may spend somewhere between 30 and 200 seconds screening each application for an academic position. Candidates have to make it very easy to see why they are the best fit for the position, the department, and the university. They need to be willing to tailor their CV, cover letter, and statements for each application.


A background in a different discipline from the open position can be presented in terms of potentially providing unique contributions and adding value. Recent HF/E graduates are finding positions in a variety of departments and programs from not only engineering and psychology but also such disciplines as medicine, nursing, information sciences, and computing. The panelists encouraged students to be open-minded and look for positions outside the "typical" HF/E disciplines.


Networking
Throughout the session, the panelists made references to the importance of networking to form relationships, identify potential job openings, and successfully apply for a position. A technically excellent application can be overlooked or lost in the pile if no one at the department knows it is coming and can advocate for the applicant. For programs in different disciplines, it may be particularly important to have a connection who is willing to advocate for the candidate's application and educate his or her colleagues about the value of HF/E. The panelists suggested that students and new graduates ask colleagues and mentors to introduce them to their colleagues at conferences; seek out collaborations outside their institutions; step outside of their comfort zone and connect with others in the field, even outside their specific area of research; and most important, follow up.


Networking can also pay off as candidates begin to prepare materials for their applications. If asked, someone a candidate met over lunch may be willing to share a teaching statement or review one the candidate has prepared. Finally, collegially engaging with others in the field early and often will prepare candidates for the nontechnical aspects of campus visits.


Preparation
For new hires, the panelists noted that the tenure clock starts ticking on day one, whether or not they have experience getting grants funded, publishing as first author in top journals, and teaching their own courses. New faculty members need to be ready to hit the ground running and have a highly productive first year. A postdoctoral position may help expand one's skill set and publication record, teaching portfolio, and network. But even if one does not feel ready, opportunities to go straight for faculty positions can arise in one's network earlier, and one may have to be flexible to leverage them.


Throughout a student's graduate studies and job search, it is important to strive for an application that will result in campus visits that will lead to a job. The process of preparing for applications and interviewing should start early. Students should take advantage of opportunities to review other candidates' materials and job talks when they apply for open positions on their campus, even if their work is not directly in the students' field.


Panelists pointed out that if students are offered the opportunity to meet with job candidates or be a student member of a search committee, they should take it. Students need to use their network widely and wisely to get samples of application materials and get feedback on their own. They also need to be prepared at every stage not only by having iteratively reviewed and refined application materials, but also by doing their homework and researching their future colleagues and their departments. Students are ultimately responsible for finding and obtaining the faculty position where they can make the best contributions.

 


 

Other News

IEA Council Meeting

By Kathleen Mosier, Chair, IEA Representatives Committee


The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Council met on August 8–9, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia, in conjunction with the annual conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. HFES was represented by Kathleen Mosier, chair of the HFES IEA Representatives Committee, as well as committee member David Rempel and delegate Michelle Robertson. HFES President Andy Imada attended in his capacity as IEA past president.


Elections for IEA officers were held; the new president is Yushi Fujita, and vice president/treasurer is Jose Orlando Gomes. HFES member Kathleen Mosier was elected vice president/secretary general and will be working at the top level of IEA for the next three years. The new HFES representatives to IEA are Waldemar Karwowski and David Rempel.


Several HFES members were honored at this council meeting and conference. Eduardo Salas, Peneope Sanderson, and Maury Nussbaum were inducted as IEA Fellows. Peter Hancock and Gavriel Salvendy each received the IEA/Elsevier John Wilson Award for Applied Ergonomics. Peter Hancock also received the IEA Triennial Award for Ergonomics Development. HFES 2015 Distinguished International Colleague Jan Dul received the IEA Triennial Award for Distinguished Service. The IEA Triennial President's Award was given to HFES member Halimahtun Khalid. Additionally, Bob Muffett won the 2015 IEA Liberty Mutual Medal for his paper on the management of personal safety risk for lever operation in mechanical railway signal boxes. Congratulations to all of the well-deserving awardees!


Two IEA Council agenda items are of particular interest to HFES members:

  • Representatives from around the world are interested in certification issues. A subcommittee was formed to facilitate collaboration among regional certification boards and provide information to other interested ergonomics societies. IEA would like to establish a loosely coupled network of worldwide certification programs so that HF/E professionals can work together to maximize our exposure and contribution to the society on global scale.

  • The IEA Web site has been updated and improved. We are looking to revamp the "Good Practices" section and are seeking HF/E success stories from member societies. If you have a research or successful implementation project, please submit it for potential inclusion on this new page. We want to highlight good HF/E practices and document their impact on health, safety, work environment, comfort, efficiency, and effectiveness. This would provide direct publicity and exposure for HFES members on the IEA Web site. Please send submissions directly to kmosier@sfsu.edu or vpsg@iea.cc.

Lastly, the IEA executives would like to wish all federated society members a happy and healthy 2016!

 


 

Other News

Deadline for FPE Student Award

By Robert Smillie, Foundation for Professional Ergonomics


The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professionalism in ergonomics, has announced the 2016 deadline for the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. The award was created in honor of Dieter Jahns, a lifelong advocate of the practice of ergonomics and a leader in ergonomics certification. The submission deadline for the 2016 award is May 31. Notification will be sent by July 31.


The annual award is given to a student (or group of students) whose project demonstrates the major practice areas of ergonomics: analysis, design, and evaluation. The award advances professionalism in ergonomics by recognizing educational activities that demonstrate how professional ergonomists serve to make people's lives at work and at home healthier, safer, more productive, and more satisfying. The award is open to master's and doctoral students in ergonomics and ergonomics-related programs. Students who have completed their graduate degrees within one year of submitting are also eligible.


The award and cash prize of $500 will be presented during the HFES Annual Meeting, September 19–23, 2016, in Washington, DC. Winners do not have to attend the meeting to receive the award.


As this is a practitioner award, the student (or students) should describe and document a research or intervention project that exhibits the following:

  • The major practice areas of ergonomics: analysis, design, and evaluation

  • Direct, practical application

  • Final design recommendations or a description of how the resulting information can be applied to design.

Submissions can be made individually or as a group. They should provide adequate descriptions, illustrations or photos, and details that address the judging criteria. Entries will be judged by the FPE Board of Directors. Please go to www.ergofoundation.org for complete details on criteria and format.

 


 

Other News

OERC Issues Request for Proposals

The Office Ergonomics Research Committee (OERC) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for 2016. All research proposals must be submitted to OERC on or before June 30, 2016. Visit the OERC Web site for full details.

 


 

Member Milestones

In Memoriam: Lawrence (Larry) Reed

             Lawrence Reed

HFES member Lawrence (Larry) Reed passed away December 7, 2015, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife, Erna del Carmen Reed, two daughters, and four grandchildren.


Larry served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and earned a BS in clinical psychology/biology from the University of Alabama, an MA from the University of Kentucky in clinical psychology, and a PhD in experimental psychology from The Ohio State University. While attending the University of Kentucky, he served as a psychology intern with VA Hospitals in Lexington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. Larry worked for the Aerospace Medical Laboratory at Wright–Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 1961 until his retirement in 1990.


Larry authored numerous scientific and applied research publications and received many awards, including scientific achievement awards and the Department of the Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award and Medal. He held the State of Ohio Board of Psychology License and was a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, and the Wright Writers group in Huber Heights. He also held a clinical position in a medical setting in which he helped individuals with eating disorders.