HFES Full Members, Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows are invited to participate in the officer and Executive Council nominations process. Please download a ballot for your use in nominating HFES members for the positions of:
Rear Admiral Moises DelToro III (right) presents
Steven Casey with an engraved glass plaque as
a token of the Navy’s appreciation.
HFES Fellow and former Executive Council member Steven Casey gave the invited address to a full house at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. on April 10, 2018, at the 55th Anniversary Commemoration of the loss of the USS Thresher. The newest and most advanced nuclear-attack submarine in the world, the Thresher was lost with 129 aboard while undergoing sea trials in 8,400 ft. of water 220 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts. Her loss resulted in the creation of the Navy’s comprehensive submarine safety program known as SUBSAFE.
Steve’s talk was entitled “Design-Induced Human Error in the Real World” and highlighted a number of informative technological disasters and James Reason’s “Swiss Cheese Model” of accident causation.
Potential CDC Fellowship Opportunities
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Division of Safety Research (DSR), Protective Technology Branch (PTB), located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has potential fellowship opportunities for assisting in development of virtual simulation environments, instrumentation interfaces, and equipment test procedures for the PTB Vehicle Safety Lab and Virtual Reality Lab. The two labs host projects that study occupational driver safety, construction safety, and robotics safety, among others. This position requires academic or work experience in biomedical engineering or other engineering fields that involve computer programming and instrumentation. The position also requires a demonstrated ability to work as a productive team member, conduct experiments with teams, and clearly communicate testing results.
The NIOSH Morgantown facility is a national leader in occupational safety research to prevent job-related injuries. The Division of Safety Research serves as the focal point for the Institute’s occupational traumatic injury prevention and safety research programs. Both U.S. citizens and Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Salary ranges for these positions are $41,365–$73,375 depending on education and experience and the type of fellowship.
For more details regarding this fellowship opportunity, feel free to contact Hongwei Hsiao, Chief, Protective Technology Branch, at email@example.com or 304-285-5981.
Nominations and Elections — Demystifying the Executive Council
By Christopher R. Reid, Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee
Can you hear that? That’s the sound of keyboards typing and printers printing the nomination ballots for the upcoming election of officers and At-Large Executive Council (EC) members. You may be wondering, what is life like on the Council?
As an HFES member in grad school, I used to hear stories of this mythical Executive Council, but I only ever saw the president from time to time. I used to conjure up images in my head, and with fellow students (Padawan learners), that the EC was like the Jedi Council from Star Wars - essentially, a group of elite academics and practitioners (resembling a cross between wise characters from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter movies) who sat in a room at the top of a tower in a circle conducting meetings and making national and international decisions to save the world. And if you’re thinking that I imagined that they all walked around in robes and had lightsabers…yes…yes, I did!
It’s been nearly thirteen years since those grad school days, and it’s been an amazing journey for me since then. Members of HFES were there for me in school, helping me connect with lifelong mentors, friends, and associates who helped me through the grueling dissertation process. It was the HFES family that I turned to for my first job, when the world was trying to make it through the recession of 2009 and 2010.
Two career jumps later and much more gray-haired, I’ve come to find that many of those same members of the HFES family who helped me through my career were also past or current EC members. By listening to their stories and watching their careers, I came to realize that it was time for me to start giving back to the home that raised me. I wanted to give back to HFES opportunities to strengthen its capabilities and ensure it is sustained beyond my time in office. I also wanted to share the lessons learned from my perspective in my unique bubble as a practitioner and give voice to those lessons learned so that we can increase the value of HFES for our membership.
How Does the Nominations and Elections Process Work?
Every year, Full Members, Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows have the privilege of nominating candidates for the EC positions of President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, and two At-Large Members. Eligible members can nominate themselves or other members, provided the members being nominated agree to have their names put on the ballot. Ballots will be sent to members to Full and Emeritus members next week. You can find what these three positions entail in the HFES Bylaws under “Article II – Officers” in order to better understand what duties you will need to execute if elected.
These elected positions – along with Division Chairs, the Executive Director, Communications Director, Director of Member Services – form the leadership that keeps the cogs turning for the HFES machine. This includes the activities that we’re all familiar with, such the Annual Meeting, Health Care Symposium, ErgoX Symposium, and our journals, proceedings, and other publications. It also includes some of the lesser-known activities, such as paying the bills; keeping members informed through communications; external outreach with government, standards organizations, and other societies; educating our students and communities; anticipating and aiding with membership needs; and setting strategic goals for future resource investments. It’s through these tireless volunteers and staff that HFES continues to stay agile, adaptive, and contributing to the betterment of not only its membership but also the global society.
Our passion in the EC is palpable during our meetings, and we each leave a piece of our individual lives, our desires…our essence for HFES on the table every time we part. Ultimately, though, it’s these individual contributions that inspire that same passion of HFES onto the next member who wishes to run for office.
Having gone through the election process myself, I can say it can be stressful putting your nomination package together and running. Was it all worth it? I’d say this. Since joining the EC, I’ve been able to get a better understanding of the inner functions of HFES and the mechanisms that connect them to industry, government, and academia to enhance societal problem identification and solving. I’ve made new relationships and career connections with those on the EC who I never met before and deepened those I already knew.
So this article represents our EC call… our challenge to each of you. Take a moment to reflect on your life and career and ask yourself, what can you give back to HFES as a member of the EC? What problems will you help solve? What opportunities will you help create? What lessons have you learned that will help you guide this great ship on our journey into the future?
By the way, that earlier part about the EC being a bunch of sage Jedi sitting at a round table was real! There weren’t any Jedi robes or lightsaber involved though…total letdown. I guess that’s one thing demystified.
Congress Passes, and President Trump Signs, $1.3 Trillion Appropriations Bill
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC
On March 23, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 was passed with broad bipartisan support with a vote of 256-167 in the House and 65-32 in the Senate. The $1.3 trillion comprehensive appropriations bill will fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2018. Congress rejected many of the cuts proposed by the Trump Administration in its FY 2018 budget request and provided increases to federal investments in many of the research, education, and health care programs important to research institutions.
The bill rejects the significant cuts to federal agencies proposed in the president’s FY 2018 budget request. For example, the bill would fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.7 billion (a 3.9% increase over FY 2017), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $37.1 billion (an 8.8% increase), the Department of Transportation at $86.1 billion (an 11.6% increase), and the Department of Defense’s Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation account at $88.3 billion (up by 22.1%). With this bill, Congress sent a strong message of its funding priorities and how they sharply contrast with the Trump Administration’s proposals.
Following the passage of the bill, program managers at federal research agencies have determined funding allocations for programs and projects based on final appropriations and have begun to proceed with renewals, new opportunities, and award announcements. With less than five months left in the fiscal year, federal research agencies are preparing to release many funding solicitations. HFES members who are looking to obtain research funding should be proactive in reaching out to contacts and leveraging relationships with federal program officers, in order to respond quickly to future funding opportunities.
Meanwhile, Congress has directed its attention to allocating appropriations for FY 2019, following the Trump Administration’s release of the FY 2019 president’s budget request on February 12. While that budget request builds on the previous year’s emphasis on defense and national security at the expense of nondefense federal agencies and programs, Congress will ultimately decide funding levels for FY 2019.
Congress is currently holding hearings on the president’s FY 2019 budget request, and the House of Representatives has begun to release and mark up appropriations bills. Congress is expected to again reject the proposed cuts to research and student aid programs proposed by the Trump Administration.
Sources and Additional Information:
A comprehensive analysis of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 is available here.
A comprehensive analysis of the President’s FY 2019 Budget Request is available here.
An updated analysis of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) FY 2019 Budget Request is available here.
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a leading Washington, DC-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.
We Are Looking for YOU − And a Handful of Your Colleagues!
By Beth Blickensderfer, Chair, Education Division
If you are ready to give back to your HF/E community, we are looking for a chair and a handful of members to lead the Webinars Committee.
The committee’s goal is to identify 4–6 topics and speakers each year. Webinars are 60 minutes in length, which includes an introduction and a question-and-answer segment. A committee member moderates or identifies a member to moderate each session.
HFES staff manage the logistics of gathering details, promoting the webinar, organizing practice and live sessions, monitoring the webinars as they happen, and archiving the recordings and presentation slides for downloading.
The contribution of your time allows your fellow members to stay informed about the latest HF/E research and practice and brings Society recognition to you and your colleagues.
Please send a letter of interest to be the chair or committee member to Education Division Chair Beth Blickensderfer (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 15.
2018 Student Career and Professional Development Day
Held annually since 2003, Student Career and Professional Development Day offers guidance to students regarding their education and career paths. The Career Day program, to be held October 1 in Philadelphia, was organized by the HFES Student Chapters at the University of Toronto; University at Buffalo, SUNY; and Texas A&M University. Further details will be available in June.
Session 1: Transitioning From Student to Professional
Chair: Taylor Kunkes, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Students will hear from recent graduates on their experiences transitioning from their program to working in the real world as professionals in academia and industry. The session opens with each of the panelists discussing his or her experiences in making this transition and what they look for in recent graduates beginning their early careers. They will offer recommendations and advice. A Q&A session follows.
Session 2: Build Your Network Through Speed Networking Bingo
Cochairs: Carolina Rodriguez-Paras, Texas A&M University, and Taylor Kunkes, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Following on the success of the 2016 and 2017 speed networking sessions, this year, students and professionals will play bingo. Bingo speed networking is a simple, fun way to meet HF/E professionals and expand professional networks. This session will provide tips for successful networking.
Session 3: Human Factors in Practice: Past and Future Directions
Chair: Sean Kortschot, University of Toronto
Students will hear HF/E practitioners discuss how the role of human factors has changed in the workplace over time, and future directions for the field moving forward. The session opens with each panelists discussing his or her role in his/her respective company and how those roles have changed since they started with the company. Then the panelists will relate how they think HF/E will change in their respective fields with increased reliance on software and automation.
Increase Your Organization's Visibility With Annual Meeting Promotions and Save 10%
Reserving an an exhibit booth, tabletop, sponsorship, or ad at the 2018 HFES Annual Meeting is a cost-effective way to highlight the value of your services and products. Make your reservation by May 7 and receive a 10% discount!
User Experience Day programs (contact Courtney Johnson)
Technical Group Topical Tracks in the program
Early-Career Professionals Reception and Networking Luncheon
General support via Supporting Sponsorships
Exhibit and tabletop space in the Exhibit Hall gives you face time with attendees. Educational institutions benefit from reduced fees. Exhibitors also qualify for reduced advertising rates.
Advertising in the Annual Meeting program book and via inserts in registration bags gets your message to attendees.
Acknowledgment of your promotions, which also support the Annual Meeting, is included in the program, on signs, and on the Web site.
See you in Philadelphia!
Students: Participate in the 2018 Women in Robotics Workshop
The fourth annual Women in Robotics Workshop at the 2018 Robotics: Science and Systems conference (R:SS) will take place Friday, June 29, 2018, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The workshop will feature two poster sessions in which junior female researchers (grad students and post-docs) will present their research to workshop attendees and the R:SS community.
Submissions are due May 13. A research abstract (no more than 500 words) and the name and contact information of a referee must be provided. Apply here. Participants selected for presentation will be asked to submit a draft poster of their work. Travel awards will be provided to a limited number of selected poster presenters. For more information, visit the workshop Web site.
K. U. Smith Student Award to be Presented to Adam Schwartz
The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) K. U. Smith Student Award was launched in 1997, providing a tangible means by which the IEA can encourage the development of the discipline, foster scholarship, and recognize worthy achievements. The purpose of the award is to honor a deserving student responsible for an application of or contribution to ergonomics. This award is given every three years; Any student-authored paper in the last three years was eligible for this award.
The winning paper was authored by Adam Schwartz, who has a Master of Science degree from Human Factors and Ergonomics, College of Design, University of Minnesota (advised by Professor Kathleen Harder, PhD) and is a Doctoral Candidate (advised by Professor Susan Gerberich, PhD) in the Occupational Injury Prevention Research Program, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. His research is funded by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center, through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. His paper, Intra-Rater and Inter-Rater Reliability for the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) Tool, will be presented and the award received at the 20th Congress of the IEA in Florence, Italy, in August.