The HFES Forensics Professional Technical Group is pleased to announce the release of the newest addition to our Mock Trial Series, "Mock Trial: A Demonstration of Human Factors Professionals Testifying on a Children's Transportation Safety Product." Members and nonmembers may purchase the video (87 minutes on DVD or flash drive) at http://www.hfes.org/Order/PublicationDetailsByProductId?ProductId=172.
This video presents an enactment of human factors expert testimony in a case involving the use and possible misuse of a child's transportation safety product: a used car seat. The mock trial session presents human factors issues related to the use of the product, including packaging and instructions retention, expectations, user environment, and foreseeable use/misuse of the product. Human factors experts for the plaintiff and the defense each weigh in on the circumstances surrounding the injury, with examination and cross-examination from the respective attorneys.
In addition, and new to the mock trial series, an expert attorney commentator provides reactions and explains how the testimony will be used. The addition of this expert analysis will be particularly useful as an educational tool for the fields of law, human factors, industrial design, industrial engineering, and psychology.
The presentation features attorneys from the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Holland & Knight: Lynn Calkins, Esq., served as the commentator; Jessica Farmer, Esq., served as the judge; Cheryl Feeley, Esq., served as the plaintiff attorney; and Julia Milewski, Esq., served as the defense attorney. HFES President-Elect Valerie Rice served as the plaintiff's expert, and HFES member Stephanie Borzendowski served as the defense expert.
The mock trial was organized and chaired by HFES members Ilene Zackowitz and David Lenorovitz and was presented during the 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
This year's $10,000 Human Factors Prize will focus on human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) research on cybersecurity. The submission window is May 8 through June 2, 2017.
Submissions can report on HF/E research related to techniques, tools, or training to analyze and develop security measures to ensure safety in any domain and application area. Examples include, but are not limited to, aviation, transportation, oil and gas, power grid, nuclear, military operations, health, politics, and terrorism.
Manuscripts should provide a theoretical basis, a thorough background, a detailed description of the methods and results, and a discussion of the practical ramifications of the research. The paper also needs to show the HF/E link and impact. See the March Bulletin article for more detailed topic information.
All researchers are eligible to submit relevant work; membership in HFES is not required. Complete details about eligibility and submission requirements may be found here.
The winning submission, along with other acceptable submissions, will be published in Human Factors, and the authors are expected to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting to present their work.
Philip T. Kortum Appointed Methods Series Editor
Philip T. Kortum
Philip T. Kortum has been appointed as the next editor of the "Users' Guides to Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods" book series. Kortum succeeds Francis T. Durso, who conceived the series and under whose editorship six titles have been planned, the first of which has been published and is available for purchase: Usability Assessment authored by Kortum.
"We are very excited to have Phil taking over the method series," notes Scientific Publications Committee Chair William J. Horrey. "His industry and academic experience, not to mention his authorship of the inaugural book in the series, will bring valuable know-how and perspective to the series."
Kortum is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His primary interests are in the research and development of highly usable systems in the voting and mobile computing domains and in the characterization of measures of usability and usable systems. Prior to joining Rice University, Kortum worked for more than 15 years in the defense and telecommunications industries, where he researched and helped field award-winning user-centered systems. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings and holds 49 U.S. patents. He is a member of the Education & Training Committee and cocreator, with S. Camille Peres, of the Posters With Fellows sessions at the Annual Meeting. Kortum received his MS from Northeastern University and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.
Volunteers Still Needed to Help Define Human Factors/Ergonomics for Database of Occupational Titles
HFES is seeking 40 or more members to spend 90 minutes to complete 5 questionnaires (paper or online) to assist in revising the current description of the job title "Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists" in the O*NET database. (See 17-2112.01, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-2112.01.) O*NET is a free national database that defines occupational titles in the United States. It is used by human resources specialists to create position descriptions and assess who is qualified for specific openings, and by job seekers to craft résumés. Of all of the national databases, O*NET is the only one that describes human factors engineers and ergonomists. Therefore, it is important that the O*NET description accurately reflects what HF/E professionals do. For more details, see the March Bulletin article.
O*NET requires those who participate to have at least five years of experience. Volunteers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be confirmed via e-mail. In exchange for participating, the Research Triangle Institute will give participants $40 and a framed certificate of appreciation.
To volunteer, send the following details via e-mail to Lois Smith (email@example.com) by May 15, 2017:
If you have any questions, please contact Paul Green at 734/763-3795 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for 2017 Student Member and Chapter Award Applications
By Linsey Steege, Chair, Student Affairs Committee
HFES recognizes the accomplishments and service of student members and student chapters through the Student Member with Honors Award and the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. To apply, students or chapters must send a completed application and supporting materials (see below) to Student Affairs Chair Linsey Steege on or before June 30, 2017. Awards will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, during the student reception on Tuesday, October 10, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Highlights of the eligibility requirements for the awards appear below. Please refer to the Student Chapter page for complete details and to download the application packet and instructions.
Student Member With Honors
This designation honors students who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline and/or to HFES. To qualify, students must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
Student membership in HFES for at least six months prior to application
Classified as a graduate student, or class standing of junior or senior for an undergraduate
Minimum GPA of 3.75 for graduate students; minimum GPA of 3.50 for undergraduates
Successful completion of at least three HF/E-related courses with an A grade
Significant service to HFES
One letter of recommendation from a faculty member, which specifies and demonstrates the student's outstanding contributions.
The letter of endorsement from the faculty member is critical to the application. The letter should highlight the outstanding contributions of the student and indicate how those achievements meet the requirements for the student to be recognized as a Student Member with Honors by distinguishing the student from his or her peers.
In addition, at least two of the following three conditions must be met:
First or second author of an HF/E research paper published in an approved journal
Presenter of an HF/E-related lecture at a national or international conference
Evidence of significant contribution to an industry project
Meeting at least two of these three conditions is necessary but not sufficient for the award; the quality of the candidate's contributions in each of the areas will also be evaluated.
Student Chapter Award Levels
Chapters are recognized for their contributions and achievements (both the number and quality of activities) across a number of categories as listed below, with emphasis on demonstrated excellence in a specified number of areas. The levels of recognition are as follows:
GOLD requires activity in at least eight categories with excellence in at least five categories, and at least 50% of the student members being HFES Student Affiliate members.
SILVER requires activity in at least five categories with excellence in at least three categories, and at least 40% of the student members being HFES Student Affiliate members.
BRONZE requires activity in at least three categories with excellence in at least two categories, and at least 25% of the student members being HFES Student Affiliate members.
Chapters must clearly indicate the recognition level sought (Gold, Silver, or Bronze), provide supporting materials that document the various activities of the chapter in each category, and provide a letter of recommendation from the chapter adviser. We encourage chapters to submit other materials that will support the application, such as brochures, announcements, or images from events, videos, and/or Web sites. Please include all supporting material electronically as part of the application, and provide a short narrative that sufficiently details accomplishments in each activity category.
Submitting Your Application
The deadline for receiving applications for both the Student Member with Honors and the Student Chapter Award is June 30, 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date. Be sure to read the complete application details before making your submission. Compile the completed application materials into a single PDF file and send it by e-mail to the Student Affairs Chair Linsey Steege.
We look forward to receiving your applications.
HFES Online Career Center
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Don't rely on monster-sized job boards for finding the best candidates for your organization. Instead of having your inbox inundated with unrelated, irrelevant résumés, find highly qualified HF/E professionals with the skills and experience you're looking for at the HFES Online Career Center.
If you are an employer seeking full- or part-time staff or interns, HFES offers an online Career Center exclusive to the dynamic HF/E field. What better place to find the best professionals than right here in the Society?
For information about cost-sensitive posting, searching the résumé database, or complimentary internship posting, visit the HFES Online Career Center today.
HFES On-Site Career Center
Save the date! The On-Site Career Center will take place October 9–12, during the HFES Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.
The On-Site Career Center provides an outstanding opportunity for employers and job seekers to meet informally and in prearranged interviews.
Candidates looking for a job or seeking new career opportunities are encouraged to post their résumés and search for jobs in the Online Career Center. This service is for HFES members only.
Public Policy Matters
President Signs NASA Legislation Into Law
By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC
On March 21, President Trump signed the bipartisan National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 442), which sets policy and authorizes funding for programs and missions at NASA.
Among other things, the law mandates that NASA craft a Human Exploration Roadmap identifying knowledge gaps and milestones for future deep-space exploration. Lewis-Burke Associates, the Society's representatives in Washington, D.C., worked with the Government Relations Committee to include language in the law that requires NASA to consider risks "identified through research outcomes under the NASA Human Research Program's Behavioral Health Element," in the development of this roadmap. The law puts HF/E in an advantageous position to be incorporated into NASA's plans for long-duration missions and should help to raise the profile of the Society and its members within the agency as well as in Congress.
The president's signature marked the end of a long road for the legislation. The bill was originally drafted, considered, and passed by the Senate late last year after ongoing negotiations with the House of Representatives. Although the bill passed with unanimous support in the Senate, it failed to clear the House in the waning days of the 114th Congress. Upon the bill's reintroduction in January, Lewis-Burke worked with committee staff to ensure the Society's priorities remained in the legislation. The bill passed the House, the final hurdle before heading to the White House for the president's signature, on March 7.
Sources and Additional Information:
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 works to promote the federal research and policy goals of HFES and the HF/E community.
Call for Student Volunteers
Student members of HFES are invited to serve as volunteers for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX, October 9–13. Student volunteers perform many essential functions and help to ensure that the Annual Meeting runs smoothly.
Students applying to volunteer must register for the Annual Meeting by August 28.
All positions are for four hours of work, and volunteers will be reimbursed for half the student registration fee. Students applying to volunteer will receive early information regarding lodging at the student hotel. Refunds are processed after the meeting. Registration for the Annual Meeting will open in July.
To volunteer, please e-mail the following information to Director of Member Services Carlos de Falla:
your contact information (including your full name and e-mail address)
your first, second, and third choices from the list of key areas given below
your anticipated date of arrival at and departure from the meeting.
You may request assignments in specific areas, and every effort will be made to ensure you receive your first or second choice. Volunteer positions are limited to between 40 and 50 slots, and requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Help is needed in (but not limited to) the following key areas:
Workshops (Monday, October 9)
Ribbon desk (October 9–12)
On-Site Career Center (October 9–12)
Internet Café (October 9–12)
Technical Tours (October 10–12)
Assignments will be made and instructions sent four weeks prior to the meeting. A student volunteer room will be available at the headquarters hotel for checking assignments, networking with other students, and obtaining signatures for completed work.
Design Research Society Issues Call for Tracks
The Design Research Society (DRS) 2018 organizers are seeking track session proposals that will act as a "Catalyst for Change," the main theme of the conference that will take place June 25–28 in Limerick, Ireland.
DRS2018: "Design as a Catalyst for Change" will critically engage with key research questions: How can design research help explore the changing territorial contexts of design practice and/or policy? How can design, as a catalyst, shape the relationship between research and practice? How can design, and social, economic, and political change, shape each other?
The organizers welcome proposals for track sessions of full papers related to any area of design research. The aim of track sessions is to provide specific research themes for paper submissions. These sessions will be managed by subchairs as part of the general paper submission and final program.
Subchairs will be responsible for promoting their track to potential authors, identifying and allocating reviewers, curating conference sessions, and subediting their specific track section for the proceedings. Tracks will require a minimum of four accepted papers.
Proposals should consist of a title, proposed subchair/s for the session, a list of 2–3 key people who will assist in managing the track submissions, track context, an outline (up to 250 words), and a brief list of references (up to 5) to indicate the track scope.
Track session proposals should be submitted to
https://www.conftool.pro/drs2018/ by May 16, 2017.