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May 17, 2016

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Last Call for Nomination Ballots

HFES Promotes HF/E at USA Science and Engineering Festival
By Melissa Scheldrup, MA, and Gary Orr, Chair, Public Outreach Committee


Human Factors Progress Report
By Patricia R. DeLucia, Editor


2016 Student Member and Chapter Award Applications Reminder
By Linsey Steege, Chair, Student Affairs Committee


Submit Your YouTube Video by June 1

Annual Meeting

2016 Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

RSVP for Human Factors/Ergonomics Women's Networking Event
By Beth Blickensderfer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and Ashley Hughes, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Public Policy Matters

Government Relations Update: Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Legislation
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


HFES Highlights Importance of NSF Funding at Capitol Hill Exhibition
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


HFES Signs on to Friends of NIOSH Letter in Support of FY 2017 Funding
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

Other News

Managing Fatigue 2017 Call for Abstracts

 
 

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Last Call for Nomination Ballots

HFES full voting Members are encouraged to participate in this year's process for nominating HFES officers, which is essential for the vitality of HFES. Nominations for the following positions are due by May 19:

President-elect
Secretary-Treasurer-elect
Two Council members-at-large 

 
 

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HFES Promotes HF/E at USA Science and Engineering Festival

By Melissa Scheldrup, MA, and Gary Orr, Chair, Public Outreach Committee


HFES was proud to be one of more than 3,000 exhibitors at the 4th Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) in Washington, D.C., the weekend of April 15–17, 2016. USASEF is the largest national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) event in the country. The festival aims to invigorate the interest of the nation's youth in STEM by presenting opportunities for organizations like HFES to demonstrate their fields in entertaining and educational ways. About 365,000 people attended the festival, and festival officials estimated about 10,000 people walked by the HFES booth. Most of the attendees were families with children between the ages of 8 and 18.
 

Imagine sharing HF/E with more than 600 people, and you'll get a sense of the fun we had at the HFES booth. We were excited to be able to highlight our science through fun, interactive activities.

HFES booth staff at the 4th USA Science and Engineering Festival. From left to right:
Booth Volunteers Daniel Roberts, George Buzzell, Rashad Bazemore, Amanda Harwood

 





Kids (and a lot of adults) waited in line to compete for the best time in our assembly task. They assembled a structure using a set of cool parts from Fat Brain Toys™. The task demonstrated the role of instructions in performance. While they waited, we discussed the effects of human perception on how we perceive and understand the world around us by demonstrating the STROOP effect and various optical illusions. We distributed hundreds of HFES brochures and National Ergonomics Month–branded squishy brains to spread the word about the science and the Society. We extolled the value of HF/E to the next generation of designers and engineers.


The popularity of the HFES booth was a direct result of the enthusiasm and expertise of the volunteers from the George Mason University Student Chapter and the Potomac Chapter. Special thanks go to the Public Outreach Committee members who worked for months to plan the exhibit and bring it to fruition: Melissa Scheldrup (George Mason University), Andy Dattel (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Gretchen Macht (University of Rhode Island), Liz Lazzara (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), and Outreach Division Chair Karen Jacobs (Boston University).


We extend a big thank-you to the exhibit supporters:

Finally, we are very thankful for the funding from the HFES Executive Council and the advice and unwavering support from staff members Lois Smith and Carlos de Falla.


The USA Science and Engineering Festival has satellite events across the country. We hope our booth is the kernel for an outreach exhibit that can be used at other venues. If an event is being held in your area, please plan to attend; better yet, plan to host the HFES booth!



Melissa Scheldrup is in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University. Gary Orr works for the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
 

 
 

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Human Factors Progress Report

By Patricia R. DeLucia, Editor
 

When I began my tenure as editor in chief, my goal was to continue the upward trajectory of the journal, building on the efforts of previous editors. My focus was to solicit and publish the highest-quality scientific papers and make the submission and review process more efficient for authors, Associate Editors, and reviewers. Many tasks were undertaken toward these aims; a few are highlighted here.


Review Turnaround
A particularly important change was an increased emphasis on triaging manuscripts that were not suitable for Human Factors. As a result, reviewers can focus primarily on evaluating the science and innovation in the manuscripts rather than on fit or on editorial issues such as grammar and organization. The diligent efforts of an outstanding editorial board have resulted in the continued growth and excellence of the journal. New submissions have been increasing and turnaround times have been decreasing. The journal continues to be highly selective.


As shown in the table, in 2015, the journal received 316 new manuscripts (and 184 revised manuscripts). The rejection rate was 94.7% for newly submitted papers and 69.3% for new and revised papers. The average time from submission to first decision was 37 days for new submissions. Importantly, 79% of all submitted manuscripts were returned in 60 days or fewer. The average time from acceptance to publication was 2 months. The 2-year impact factor increased from 1.290 in 2013 to 1.694 in 2014.
 

  2013 2014 2015
New submissions 269 292 316
Rejection rate for new submissions 93.5% 96.4% 94.7%
Rejection rate for new and revised submissions 59.6% 70.3% 69.3%
Average time from submission to first decision 68 days 43 days 37 days
Average time from acceptance to publication 8.5 months 9.0 months 2.0 months
Manuscripts returned in 60 days or fewer 60% 77% 79%
Impact factor 1.290 1.694 N/A

We also formalized a student review program, in which advanced graduate students can develop professional experience by submitting an independent review under the supervision of their adviser who is assigned to review the paper. These students are entered into the review system and can see all other reviews on the submission.


New and Ongoing Features
A new invited feature was introduced. "At the Forefront of Human Factors/Ergonomics" presents brief mini-reviews written by leading scholars in the field. These articles provide readers with concise, focused, expert reviews of emerging areas in HF/E with clear implications for both theory and practice. Five such reviews have been published: by the late Raja Parasuraman, Christopher Wickens, Robert Proctor, Eduardo Salas, and David Strayer. More are on the way. This feature has been widely successful, and the resulting articles rank highly among the most-accessed papers in Human Factors.


We continue the Human Factors Prize, which provides $10,000 cash award and publication of the winning paper in Human Factors. The Prize recognizes excellence in human factors/ergonomics research through an annual competition in which authors are invited to submit papers on a specific topic for that year. This year's topic is Big Data/Analytics, and submissions must be received by June 3 to be considered. Details may be found here.


Invitation to Submit
We encourage you to submit your highest-quality work to Human Factors and to encourage your colleagues to do the same. View the Information for Authors, and submit online here. We also encourage you to review papers for the journal or propose a special issue. Feel free to contact HFES Communications Director Lois Smith if you have questions about submitting, reviewing, or proposing a special issue.


This is an exciting time for the journal. With the combined efforts of our members and editorial board, the journal can continue to reach new heights.
 

 
 

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2016 Student Member and Chapter Award Applications Reminder

By Linsey Steege, Chair, Student Affairs Committee


The Student Affairs Committee is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of and service to the Society by our students and student chapters through the Student Member with Honors Award and the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. To apply for these awards, students or chapters must send a completed application and supporting materials to Student Affairs Chair Linsey Steege on or before July 1, 2016. See the April Bulletin article for full details.
 

 
 

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Submit Your YouTube Video by June 1

The deadline for submissions to the YouTube video contest aimed at inspiring and educating others about HF/E is June 1. Submissions of 2-minute videos that capture the distinct value of HF/E by answering the question, "How does human factors/ergonomics help people?" are welcome. Three winning videos will be shown at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in September. The winning submitters will also receive the following 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 June 1. If you submit a video, you agree to allow it to be posted on the HFES Web site, HFES YouTube channel, and other HFES-sponsored events.
 

Complete details may be found in the January Bulletin. Contact Lois Smith (lois@hfes.org) for a release form to use in obtaining permission from people who appear in the video.


This contest is open to the public. Winners will be informed in July.
 

 
 

Annual Meeting

2016 Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you want to promote your organization to more than 1,200 HF/E professionals? Reserve online now to book an exhibit booth, tabletop, sponsorship, or ad at the 2016 HFES Annual Meeting.
 

New sponsorships for 2016:

  • $5,000 Annual Meeting Program App sponsorship

  • $1,000 Supporting Sponsorships

Other sponsorships include:

  • Internet CafĂ©

  • Registration Bags

  • Badge Lanyards

  • User Experience Day programs

  • Technical Group Topical Tracks in the program

  • Early-Career Professionals Reception and Networking Luncheon

  • Student Lounge

  • Mentor-Mentee Luncheons

We hope that you will consider joining the list of distinguished organizations that have supported the HFES Annual Meetings. See you in Washington, DC!
 

 
 

Annual Meeting

RSVP for Human Factors/Ergonomics Women's Networking Event

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


Are you interested in expanding your network of female colleagues? Do you enjoy trading career stories, learning from other women, and making new friends?


A group of women dedicated to networking and women's mentorship have met informally for lunch at the past three HFES Annual Meetings. The purpose of the event is to provide an informal setting for natural collaborations and networks to form among HF/E professionals, early-career professionals, and students. Attendees are typically a mix of HF/E professionals who work in academia, industry, and government, alongside HF/E students from master's and doctorate programs.


Our desire is to open our group to a larger number of women. Please complete this brief survey by June 1 to let us know of your interest.


We look forward to hearing from you!
 

 
 

Public Policy Matters

Government Relations Update: Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Legislation

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


On April 19, following several weeks of debate and a flurry of last-minute amendments, the Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 by an overwhelming majority (95–3). As reported in the HFES Bulletin update on April 7, the bill includes a provision that would codify a definition of human factors into law — an ongoing priority for HFES government relations.


The current FAA authorization expires on July 15, 2016. It is unclear whether the House will respond with its own version, after a failed attempt at a reauthorization bill earlier this year included a controversial provision privatizing the air traffic control system. If the House does not offer a version, it is likely the chamber will consider the Senate-passed bill. HFES will continue to work to ensure that the human factors definition and other HF-related provisions are adopted into the final agreement and are signed into law.



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 Highlights Importance of NSF Funding at Capitol Hill Exhibition

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

 

Former Congressman Rush Holt (left) with
Alex Kirlik (right)

 

On April 26, HFES member Alex Kirlik, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, represented the Society at the annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception in Washington, D.C. The HFES booth presented an interactive flight simulator that demonstrated the science behind human interaction with electronic systems.
 

The exhibition was an opportunity for HFES and CNSF members to display and discuss National Science Foundation-funded research directly with congressional policy makers and federal agency officials. These discussions were intended to highlight the importance of continued federal investment in NSF and basic scientific research. Participation in the annual event further elevated the Society's profile within the science community and increased visibility of HF/E research among important decision makers.


CNSF, an alliance of more than 140 organizations, advocates to increase investments in NSF research and education programs. During the reception, Kirlik spoke with influential members of the scientific community, including Amber Story, deputy director of NSF's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences; Eric Hammond, NSF Congressional Affairs; and former Congressman Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Participation in this event is a valuable opportunity to increase awareness of HFES and the importance of human factors research in all facets of society and federal public policy.



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 Signs on to Friends of NIOSH Letter in Support of FY 2017 Funding

By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC


On April 28, the Friends of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) coalition sent a letter to urge leaders of both the House and Senate Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittees to appropriate at least $399.121 million for NIOSH in fiscal year (FY) 2017. HFES signed on to this letter, which strongly opposes elimination of the NIOSH-supported Education Research Centers and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program, as well as cuts to the National Occupational Research Agenda that was proposed in the president's FY 2017 budget request. HFES regularly engages with Friends of NIOSH to support HFES members and their interests in these programs.


Friends of NIOSH is a coalition of industry, professional, scientific, labor, and educational organizations concerned with decreasing and preventing work-related injury and illness.



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.
 

 
 

Other News

Managing Fatigue 2017 Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are invited for the 10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue in San Diego, California, March 20–23, 2017. The conference theme is "Managing Fatigue to Improve Safety, Wellness, and Effectiveness," and the event is cosponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.


The main emphasis of the conference is on fatigue in transportation, with natural resources, mining, health care, and the military also represented. The abstract submission deadline is September 1, 2016. For more information, click here.