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July 21, 2016

Annual Meeting

Norman R. Augustine to Present Keynote Address

Posters With Fellows Session

Join Us for User Experience Day 2016
By Jo R. Jardina, Newsletter Editor, UX Day 2016 Executive Team


First-Year Student Travel Honorarium Program
By Larry Hettinger, Chair, Council of Technical Groups


COTG Announces 2016 Student Author Presentation Support Award
By Larry Hettinger, Chair, Council of Technical Groups

Member Milestones

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Honor Nancy J. Cooke

Other News

Resilience Week 2016 Registration Discount

 
July 7, 2016

Annual Meeting

Past President's Forum Features National Academy of Engineering President Dan Mote

Welcome to Washington, DC!
By Steve Marlin, Meeting Planner


Early-Career Professionals Committee Events

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


Plan to Attend Student Career and Professional Development Day
By Linsey Steege, Chair, Student Affairs Committee


Call for NEM Action Plans
By Joseph Keebler, Chair, National Ergonomics Month Subcommittee

 

Guerrilla Usability Challenge on UX Day to Memorialize Marc Resnick
By Jo R. Jardina, Newsletter Editor, UX Day 2016 Executive Team

 

Students: Share a Room and Save

Inside HFES

2016 Election of Officers

Public Policy Matters

Government Relations Update: Senate CST Committee Hearing on the FAST Act
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


HFES Responds to National Institute for General Medical Sciences RFI
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

Other News

2016 Puget Sound Annual Symposium

 
 

Annual Meeting

Norman R. Augustine to Present Keynote Address

       Norman R. Augustine
 

HFES is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2016 Annual Meeting will be Norman R. Augustine, past chair of the National Academy of Engineering and retired chair and chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. His keynote address is entitled "Caution: This Machine Operated by Humans."


Problems most often occur at interfaces. This is true of technological systems, organization charts, human interactions, and much more. The relationship between humans and machines was an exception to this phenomenon for some 200,000 years, largely because machines were so primitive. But with the recent explosion of machine capabilities, particularly those based on advanced software, the limit of utility is increasingly found to reside at the interface between humans and their machines. Only when humans can interact with machines in purely human terms will this restrictive, costly, even exasperating, circumstance be eliminated.


Engineers seemingly expect the average person to know that for such a seemingly straightforward task as turning on their computer, they should know to click on start. Further, computers are now being given the dangerous authority to change what you intended to write to what they thought you intended to right. Much remains to be done.


About Norman R. Augustine

Norman R. Augustine was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a BSE in aeronautical engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE. In 1958, he joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in California, where he worked as a research engineer, program manager, and chief engineer. Beginning in 1965, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as assistant director of Defense Research and Engineering. He joined LTV Missiles and Space Company in 1970, serving as Vice President, Advanced Programs and Marketing. In 1973, he returned to the government as Assistant Secretary of the Army and, in 1975, became Under Secretary of the Army, and later Acting Secretary of the Army.


Joining Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977 as Vice President of Technical Operations, he was elected as CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1988, having previously been president and COO. He served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the formation of that company in 1995 and became CEO later that year. He retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin in 1997, at which time he became a lecturer with the rank of professor on the faculty of Princeton University, where he served until 1999.

 


 

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Posters With Fellows Session

On Wednesday, September 21, 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 some of the best experts HFES has to offer in a low-key, intellectual setting. Fellows will present posters describing cutting-edge research from their current work, retrospectives of important work they have conducted over their careers, and descriptions of challenging new frontiers they think need to be addressed. Participants include:

  • Thomas J. Armstrong, University of Michigan

  • Ann M. Bisantz, University at Buffalo, SUNY

  • Deborah A. Boehm-Davis, George Mason University

  • Gloria L. Calhoun, U. S. Air Force

  • Stanley H. Caplan, Usability Associates

  • Nancy J. Cooke, Arizona State University

  • Kermit G. Davis, University of Cincinnati

  • Valerie J. Gawron, MITRE Corp.

  • Douglas J. Gillan, North Carolina State University

  • Daniel Gopher, Technion-IIT

  • Wayne D. Gray, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Joel S. Greenstein, Clemson University

  • M. Susan Hallbeck, Mayo Clinic

  • Peter A. Hancock, University of Central Florida

  • Robert Hoffman, Institute for Human & Machine Cognition

  • Edmond W. Israelski, Abbvie

  • Brian M. Kleiner, Virginia Tech

  • John D. Lee, University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Arnold M. Lund, Amazon Lab126

  • Thomas B. Malone, Carlow International Inc.

  • William S. Marras, Ohio State University

  • Kathleen L. Mosier, San Francisco State University

  • Y. Ian Noy, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

  • Robert W. Proctor, Purdue University

  • Ronald G. Shapiro, Consultant

  • Matthew B. Weinger, Vanderbilt University

  • 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 the important research issues of our discipline.
 

 
 

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Join Us for User Experience Day 2016

By Jo R. Jardina, Newsletter Editor, UX Day 2016 Executive Team
 

The fifth annual User Experience Day in honor of UX Day founding member and fearless leader Marc Resnick, who passed away on February 17, has an exciting line-up of professional activities, sessions, and social events! This year's UX Day takes place on Wednesday, September 21and features a full day of events designed for UX professionals.


The full schedule is as follows:
 

  • 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. — Keynote Address: Faith McCreary, PhD, principal engineer at Intel Corporation, will present "When the Walls Have Ears: Designing for Privacy in the Age of Smart." This session is sponsored by State Farm.

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon — Guerilla Usability Challenge: The Challenge starts on Monday, September 19. During the Wednesday session, the competing teams will present their results and designs to the judges.

  • 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. — Mentor-Mentee Luncheon: During this luncheon, UX professionals will offer insights on UX careers. This session is sponsored by State Farm.

  • 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. — Marc Resnick Best Paper Competition: The five best papers submitted to the Internet and Computer Systems Technical Groups will be presented. The winner receives $1,000.

  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — UX Day Leadership Development Workshop: This invitation-only workshop will bring together gifted early-career UX professionals with some current UX leaders for an interactive professional development workshop sponsored by State Farm.

  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — UX Day 2017 Planning Meeting: UX Day doesn't happen without the assistance of helpful meeting-goers! If you would like to help with UX Day 2017, please attend this session.

  • Following the Planning Meeting — UX Day Happy Hour: Join the UX Day crew for a fun happy hour at a location to be announced. Come meet the winners of the Guerilla Usability Challenge and relax, socialize, and network.

For more up-to-date information, please visit our Web site.
 

 
 

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First-Year Student Travel Honorarium Program

By Larry Hettinger, 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, nonpresenting students who would not normally attend the meeting due to limited resources. The program will encourage 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, 2016. 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 2015, Spring 2016, or Fall 2016);

  • 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, 2016, to Larry Hettinger via e-mail (Lawrence.hettinger@libertymutual.com). 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 Larry Hettinger (Lawrence.hettinger@libertymutual.com) by November 13.
 

 
 

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COTG Announces 2016 Student Author Presentation Support Award

By Larry Hettinger, 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.


The COTG will award 10 student authors up to $599 each to participate in the 2016 Annual Meeting.


Eligibility and Application
To be eligible for the award, applicants must

  • have a paper or poster accepted for the 2016 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 1, 2016, to COTG Chair Larry Hettinger (Lawrence.hettinger@libertymutual.com).


Award Process
SAPSA awardees will be selected by August 15, 2016. All awards will be made directly to student presenters. HFES will disburse funds via check. All funds must be used to support the student author's participation in the Annual Meeting.
 

 
 

Member Milestones

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Honor Nancy J. Cooke

            Nancy J. Cooke
 

HFES congratulates President-Elect Nancy J. Cooke on her induction into the National Associates of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS). The Council of the National Academy of Sciences initiated the National Associates program in 2001 in recognition of extraordinary contributions through pro bono service. The NAS president designates individuals for this special lifetime honor under guidelines established by the Academies' Governing Board.


Among her other accomplishments, Nancy chaired a study for NAS that produced the report, Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science, which in 2015 was the third-most downloaded report out of more than 200.
 

 
 

Other News

Resilience Week 2016 Registration Discount

Resilience Week 2016, which takes place August 16–18 in Chicago, Illinois, offers a $50 registration discount for HFES members.
 

The event includes IEEE symposia dedicated to promising research in resilient systems that will protect cyber-physical infrastructures from unexpected and malicious threats. Visit the Resilience Week Web site for information regarding registration, the schedule of events, speakers, and special sessions.
 

 
 

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Past President's Forum Features National Academy of Engineering President Dan Mote

                   Dan Mote
 

On Thursday, September 22, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon, learn directly from President of the National Academy of Engineering Dan Mote about the NAE's Grand Challenges for the 21st Century, which identify 14 major issues confronting our future. The NAE Grand Challenges have been embraced widely across research, educational, and professional communities as a way to structure our thinking, direct our resources, and devote our energies going forward.


In this conversational session, Immediate Past HFES President Andrew S. Imada will pose questions to President Mote about the thinking that went into the Grand Challenges, progress being made, and, most importantly, how HF/E can contribute to addressing these issues. As HFES President S. William Marras has suggested, the Grand Challenges could be an important platform from which we can realize our Society's vision to be more relevant and to make a significant contribution to the world.


We encourage you to come and learn about these issues and consider this paradigm for guiding future efforts in our field.
 

 
 

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Welcome to Washington, DC!

By Steve Marlin, Meeting Planner
 

Washington, DC, is one of the most beautiful cities in America. Located along the banks of the Potomac River, it is a political entity neither city nor state, and the oversight of the District is by the U.S. Congress. Founded in 1791, the District was formed with land ceded to the government by Maryland and Virginia.


Besides being the center of all three branches of the U.S. government, Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall and throughout the District and the surrounding areas. There are many sites to visit—more than can fit in this short article—but they include the Smithsonian museums, Arlington National Cemetery, White House, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and monuments to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, and soldiers of World War II and the Vietnam War.


The District's parkland comprises about 20% of the city's total area and includes Rock Creek Park, which is a short distance from the Washington Hilton. Temperatures during the Annual Meeting range from a high of about 75°F to a low of about 60°F.


The Washington Hilton, a member of the Historic Hotels of America, is just a few blocks from the Metro Dupont Circle and Red Lines. The hotel has recently undergone extensive renovations and is close to restaurants and nightlife. Our special group rate is $259/night.


Washington is served by three airports and Union Station. The closest airport is Reagan National, about 15 minutes from the hotel. Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington Airport are about 45 minutes away, depending on traffic. Transportation is available via the Washington Flyer, taxi, or Uber. There are no hotel shuttles to the airports. Union Station is a short cab ride from the hotel.


We look forward to seeing everyone in DC!
 

 
 

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Early-Career Professionals Committee Events

Members of the Early-Career Professionals (ECP) Committee are excited to announce that the group will be hosting two events at this year's Annual Meeting.


As in years past, they will be hosting an evening reception on Wednesday, September 21, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. The reception will feature speakers from industry, academia, and government discussing challenges and successes and offering advice to ECPs entering the work force. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.


New this year, the ECP Committee will organize a luncheon, which will also take place on Wednesday, from 12:00–1:30 p.m. There, ECPs will have the opportunity to dine and converse with established academic, industry, and government professionals. This more-intimate setting will allow more time for conversation and provide for excellent networking.


Space for the luncheon is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in attending either as a participant or as an established professional, please contact either David Cades (dcades@exponent.com) or Tyler Shaw (tshaw4@gmu.edu).


The Early-Career Professionals program aims to support people who are within the first seven or so years out of school. If you have any questions about whether or not you are eligible to participate, please contact David or Tyler. They are also looking for folks who want to join the Early-Career Professionals Committee, so please reach out if you are interested.
 

 
 

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Reserve Your Seat for Mentor-Mentee Luncheons

By Haydee M. Cuevas, Coordinator


In the Society's continuing commitment to supporting 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 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 20–22. Complimentary lunch will be provided to attendees.


Celebrating its 12th year, this luncheon series has provided mentoring opportunities to almost 900 HFES members. Previous participants have represented a "who's who" of 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. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and a waiting list will be established in case of cancellations. RSVP to me at haydee.maria.cuevas@gmail.com by September 9. When responding, please indicate the specific day you wish to attend (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday), your affiliation (e.g., university name), field of interest (e.g., aviation, HCI, usability, systems engineering), and projected career path (academia, industry, consulting, government, etc.).


To ensure the success of this initiative, we also need involvement from our most respected and established professionals. Contact me (haydee.maria.cuevas@gmail.com) for more information about participating. If you or your organization would like to provide sponsorship support for the Tuesday or Thursday luncheons, please contact Lois Smith (lois@hfes.org).
 

 
 

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Plan to Attend Student Career and Professional Development Day

By Linsey Steege, Chair, Student Affairs Committee


Monday, September 19, will be packed with helpful information targeted at today's students and tomorrow's HF/E professionals. Student Career and Professional Development Day at the HFES Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for students to focus on career preparation. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.


The themes of this year's Career Day are professional relationships and collaboration; specifically, mentoring, networking, and teaching. The first two panels on mentoring and networking will feature recent graduates and successful professionals from academia, industry, and government agencies. The second panel will be integrated with the second half of the afternoon workshop on "Teaching Insights and Success." There is no charge for attendance at Student Career and Professional Development Day.


The current schedule for 2016 Student Career Day is as follows:


10:30–11:45 a.m.
Session 1: Mentors and Mentees
Chair: Farzan Sasangohar, Texas A&M University
The relationship between an academic or professional mentor and a mentee is a complicated, special, and extremely important one to understand and nurture. During this session, a panel of speakers from all stages of their academic or professional careers will discuss the importance of mentorship, from the perspectives of both mentors and mentees.


1:30–2:45 p.m.
Session 2: Building a Better Network Through Speed Networking
Chair: Bridget Lewis, George Mason University
Speed networking is an increasingly popular activity that is a way to enhance the networking experience at professional events. Whether you have a position to fill, are trying to find a job, are looking to collaborate, or just want to meet new people in the HF/E community, speed networking during Career Day will be a fun and simple way to enlarge your professional network. During this session we will offer tips for successful networking and then engage the audience in speed networking.


3:30–5:00 p.m.
Session 3: Teaching Excellence and Fostering Industry — Academic Collaborations (a joint session with the workshop, "Teaching Insights and Success in Academia")
This session will focus on techniques to develop collaborations between academia and industry, including industry grants and direct research. Presenters include academics and those in industry with successful experiences in such collaborations. The session will also address best practices and lessons learned for achieving excellence in teaching. HFES Fitts Education Award winners will lead small-group discussions about their general teaching tips and how to maintain a passion for teaching throughout your career.


Please plan to attend these special events on Monday devoted to students.
 

 
 

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Call for NEM Action Plans

By Joseph Keebler, Chair, National Ergonomics Month Subcommittee

Before you know it, we will be in Washington, DC, for the 2016 Annual Meeting and the 13th anniversary of National Ergonomics Month (NEM). We invite chapters and individuals to submit action plans related to outreach in their communities.


Plans can consist of any outreach activities, including workshops, volunteer work, community service, educational modules, community activities such as scavenger hunts, or any other activities or materials that aid in informing lay audiences — young and old — about the human factors/ergonomics field and its contributions to the general public. We have had some excellent submissions over the years.


The action plans will be evaluated, and the top plans will be awarded Gold, Silver, or Bronze designations. To participate in the 2016 contest, please include the following information in a Microsoft Word document and e-mail it as an attachment to me at joekeebler@gmail.com by August 15:

  • Title of the action plan.

  • Proposer name(s), address, e-mail address, and daytime phone number.

  • Names of other professionals and/or students participating in organizing or implementing the action plan.

  • Whether the entry is on behalf of an HFES local or student chapter (and if the latter, the chapter name).

  • Brief description of the action plan. What activities are planned?

  • Timeline for the action plan. When will it be implemented?

  • Goal(s) of the action plan. What does it seek to accomplish?

  • What audience(s) does the action plan target (e.g., community, students, corporations, government)?

Last year's Best Action Plan winners are invited to present their outcomes at the NEM EXPO, which takes place on Monday, September 19, from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m.
 

 
 

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Guerrilla Usability Challenge on UX Day to Memorialize Marc Resnick

By Jo R. Jardina, Newsletter Editor, UX Day 2016 Executive Team


Each Annual Meeting has seen a new and improved User Experience (UX) Day, and this year's — the fifth annual event — is no exception. The UX Day Executive Team is proud to host the Guerrilla Usability Challenge on Monday, September 19, in honor of UX Day founding member and fearless leader, Marc Resnick, who passed away on February 17. Guerrilla usability testing involves quick-and-dirty testing methods, often in public settings within a short, strict time frame.


The UX Day Guerrilla Usability Challenge will pit teams of Annual Meeting attendees against each other in a 48-hour design contest. Teams will use at least two types of usability methods (e.g., heuristic evaluation, card sorting, informal usability testing, surveys) to create and test at least one iteration of a mobile interface.


Details of the Guerrilla Usability Challenge will be provided to teams, who will present their findings during the UX Day Guerrilla Usability Challenge session on Wednesday, September 21. Winners will be announced during the UX Day happy hour that evening.

Please contact Bridget Lewis (blewis10@gmail.com) with questions.
 

 
 

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Students: Share a Room and Save

Student Volunteer Cochairs Thomas Gable and Sarah Williams have set up a student roommate-matching service for the Annual Meeting. If you need to find a roommate, please complete this survey: http://goo.gl/forms/yylULb0zPxbKD8mh1.
 

You can view the responses of others after completing the survey, and you are responsible for contacting those who match your preferences and for making your own lodging arrangements. Please e-mail both Student Volunteer Cochairs, Thomas Gable (thomas.gable@gatech.edu) and Sarah Williams (sarahwilliams@knights.ucf.edu), with questions.
 

Also, an HFES 2016 Conference Student Attendees Facebook group for Annual Meeting student attendees has been created to relay information, share travel tips, provide updates about social events at the meeting, and address any issues or questions that you may have.
 

 
 

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2016 Election of Officers

The election of HFES officers for 2016 is open. Competing for office in this year's election are:
 

President-elect (one position)

  • Paul R. Havig II

  • Valerie J. Berg Rice

  • Joel S. Warm

Secretary-Treasurer-elect (one position)

  • Ellen Bass

  • Emily Patterson

  • Carolyn M. Sommerich

Executive Council Member at-Large (two positions)

  • Sara J. Czaja

  • Karen Feigh

  • Paul Green

  • Waldemar Karwowski

  • Joachim Meyer

  • Christopher R. Reid

The election closes on July 20 at noon PDT.


If you are a voting member of HFES and have not received either an e-ballot link or a paper ballot, please call the HFES office at 310/394-1811 or send an email to vote@hfes.org.
 

 
 

Public Policy Matters

Government Relations Update: Senate CST Committee Hearing on the FAST Act

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


On June 8, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled "Implementation of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act." The act authorizes $305 billion in sustained federal investments in surface transportation and infrastructure between fiscal years 2016 and 2020. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx testified before the committee to provide members with a six-month progress report and to address concerns regarding implementation and perceived shortcomings of the bill.


Secretary Foxx noted in his opening remarks that the five key program areas the Department of Transportation (DOT) will focus on moving forward are safety, project delivery, an innovative finance bureau, freight, and research and innovation deployment. DOT also plans to provide $377.5 million in grants over the next five years for transportation research at universities under the University Transportation Center (UTC) Program.


Committee Chairman Senator John Thune (R-SD), Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) were among the members who expressed great concern over the recent Takata airbag recall. They urged Secretary Foxx to take immediate action to ensure that vehicles containing defective airbags, or those that manufacturers know will fail in the future, cannot be sold without manufacturers first making the customer aware of the deficiency and potential safety risk. In response, Secretary Foxx noted that he does not have legal jurisdiction to require disclosure if the part is not defective at the time of the sale, but he will work closely with the committee moving forward to resolve the issue.


Although several members also raised concerns about transportation issues in their home states, the committee was appreciative of the progress made by DOT over the past six months and was eager to work closely with Secretary Foxx moving forward. This investment provides a valuable opportunity for HFES to take advantage of the committee's enthusiasm to increase awareness of human factors research in surface transportation and infrastructure and to position the Society as a resource to policy makers in the future.


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

 
 

Public Policy Matters

HFES Responds to National Institute for General Medical Sciences RFI

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

 

On June 17, HFES submitted comments to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) in response to a recent Request for Information (RFI) addressing "Approaches for Supporting Team Science in the Biomedical Research Field." The Society explains the instrumental role of human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) in the development of safe and effective technologies and highlights two particular areas in which HF/E intersects with team science: membership on science teams and scholarly work on team effectiveness. The Society's response to the RFI emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of human factors and the unique position of HF/E professionals occupy, which enables them to contribute to such a collaborative field and to maximize the effectiveness of scientific research teams.


HFES has demonstrated its presence in the health-care community through the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and via the Health Care Technical Group, which bring together human factors professionals for the purpose of encouraging interdisciplinary communication to solve pertinent health-care issues. The Society's response successfully illustrates the contributions of human factors to the health-care sphere and should put HFES in a position to be a valuable resource in team science moving forward.


These comments are part of the Society's ongoing effort to emphasize the importance of team science in federal policies, programs, and decision making. On May 31, HFES cosponsored a briefing in which HFES President-Elect Nancy Cooke (professor and program chair of human-systems engineering, Arizona State University), Missy Cummings (associate professor and director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University), and Robin Murphy (Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University) spoke about the valuable role of human factors in team science and autonomous systems.


The briefing was very well attended by House and Senate staff and was a great opportunity to bring attention to the work being done by members of the Society.

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

 
 

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2016 Puget Sound Annual Symposium

The 2016 Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Symposium will take place at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, on September 15, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The keynote speaker for the event is John Nance, an ABC analyst, professional speaker, author, and consultant. He is an internationally recognized advocate for air safety, one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and a pioneer in patient safety.
 

TED-type presentations at the symposium include organization of future "office" work space, advanced manufacturing, and success stories in industry.


Registration is $160 through August 18 and $210 after that date. Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included. For more information, visit the PSHFES Web page: www.pshfes.org.