On October 30, 2017, I became the HFES interim executive director; on October 31, 2018, I will conclude that assignment. The next day, November 1, HFES operations will be managed by SmithBucklin, and Steve Kemp will become the HFES executive director, with no “interim” attached to his title.
My year as interim executive director has given me the opportunity to learn about a field that impacts almost all areas of our lives. I have been impressed by the commitment of the Society’s leaders and volunteers, who work to accomplish HFES’s strategic goals. In fact, I have been impressed by the sheer number of dedicated volunteers. Recently, our CPA, while preparing our tax return, asked me how many people volunteer for the Society. I could count only the leaders on the organization chart, and I knew that was just the tip of the iceberg. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of HFES programs and are essential to its work.
Also essential during the past year were the five staff members: Carlos DeFalla, Lois Smith, Stefanie Alexander, Susan Marschner, and Steve Stafford. Through a time of uncertainty, they continued to serve members by contributing their time and talents to the publications, the Web site, and the meetings. And they continued to do so with grace and professionalism.
While the work continued on HFES programs, the Search Committee conducted a very thorough process to find an association management company (AMC) that would maintain the level of service and quality of programs that members have come to expect. The Executive Council agreed that SmithBucklin is the AMC that can honor HFES traditions while moving the Society forward in a sound direction.
And so, HFES will soon enter into another transition. For the last three months, staff and the Transition Task Force—composed of Kermit Davis, Chris Reid, and Susan Hallbeck—have worked with SmithBucklin staff to transfer knowledge about HFES operations and culture. Beginning on October 29, there will be new voices answering your phone calls, but be assured that what will not change is HFES staff and leaders’ commitment to member service.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve HFES.
JCEDM Invites Submissions on Human-Machine Teaming
By Amy R. Pritchett, Editor in Chief, and Jan Maarten Schraagen, Editor in Chief-Elect
JCEDM invites submissions for a new special issue that targets integrative approaches to the design and implementation of human-machine teaming. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), machines offer the capability to act as intelligent teammates that can collaborate and cooperate with their human counterparts.
It is important to draw a distinction between human-machine interaction and human-machine teaming, in terms of not only how the relationship between human and machine is conceptualized but also the way that questions relating to allocation of function need to be reframed to support human-machine teams. For example, it may be argued that in order to act as a true team member, the machine would need to facilitate coordination, understand and work toward shared goals, and repair or prevent breakdowns in team coordination.
Issues raised include whether, how, and when a machine might take over certain functions from the human as well as whether, how, and when the AI might handover functions to the human (perhaps when the situation lies outside the AI’s realm of experience). Other issues raised include the need for the AI to be explorable, explainable, observable, directable, negotiable, and controllable. Equally, for the AI to make sense of human actions, it needs to better understand operator intent and the tacit knowledge that humans might bring to their performance. Questions also arise from a training perspective, with respect to training needs of both the human and the machine teammates.
For this issue, we are seeking papers that help to define the agenda for future research into human-machine teaming. This could involve roadmaps and position papers, but we believe that many of these issues are already being subjected to study in laboratories or in prototype systems. Thus, we encourage submissions that take an integrative approach to topics that promise to further the interests of designers, evaluators, policymakers, and humans who use intelligent technology at work.
We are interested in papers that
consider novel ways of teaming humans and automation,
address ways to better integrate cognitive engineering into the design of human-machine teams,
describe new approaches to selecting or training humans to work with AI,
point to potential outcomes of the increasing complexity of automation,
address ways of addressing the challenges of explainable AI,
describe approaches to human-machine dialogue design that focus on development and maintenance of common ground, and
present case studies of cognitive engineering in applied human-automation relations that progress our understanding from “interaction” to ”teaming.”
Following the broader mission of JCEDM, submissions will be evaluated relative to several criteria: contribution to a target domain (Does the research tackle a real problem, no matter how messy, and value ecological and task validity in its research methods?); contribution to other domains (Does the research contribute to understanding the human contribution to complex work domains, and demonstrate rigorous, repeatable methods in one domain that others can apply to other domains?); and contribution to theory underlying work in complex environments (Does the research demonstrate a reasonable understanding of all the relevant aspects of human performance, and identify gaps requiring further research?). There is no numerical formula for weighting these three contributions when evaluating submissions – each paper is urged to articulate its specific contributions to the research, design, and operational community.
The submission deadline is December 1, 2018. Please direct any inquiries to special issue editor Jan Maarten Schraagen at email@example.com. Prior to submitting your work, be sure to consult the JCEDM information for authors. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central.
HFES Launches Science Policy Fellowship Program
Caroline Cao, Wright State University; Carisa Harris-Adamson, University of California, San Francisco; and Holly Handley, Old Dominion University, have been named the 2018–2019 Science Policy Fellows for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Together with the Government Relations Committee and Lewis-Burke Associates, HFES’s government relations firm, the Science Policy Fellows will develop policy statements and perform outreach to government decision makers on Capitol Hill and within government agencies.
According to Mica Endsley, chair of the Government Relations Committee, “The Science Policy Fellowship program is a key mechanism for HFES to grow a cadre of members with expertise in working effectively with government agencies and Congress to improve the inclusion of human factors and ergonomics in government programs.”
Caroline explained why she wanted to become involved in this new program. “My personal and professional goal is to be an agent of change. Learning about the process of science policy making, and participating in the process through advocacy, outreach, and building relationships with decision makers, is one way to achieve my change objective, which is to enhance the visibility of HFE in STEMMS (science, technology, engineering, math, medicine, and social science)."
The first step for the Fellows was training. They met with representatives of Lewis-Burke in Philadelphia to gain more understanding of public affairs, advocacy, and the issues of importance to HFES. “Lewis-Burke’s training and guidance in this area provided a strong foundation for this important program,” said Mica. “The Science Policy Fellows will use this training to work on customized messages and policy statements and will meet with congressional representatives to deliver those messages.”
“The training was a great refresher on how the budgeting cycles for the U.S. government work, and how we can be involved to influence lawmakers by providing them with factual information to support science-based initiatives,” said Holly.
Carissa agreed. “The Science Policy Fellowship meeting was an excellent introduction to becoming an advocate for HFES in Washington.”
The Science Policy Fellowship is a three-year program. Fellows will participate in the Government Affairs Committee, help write policy statements, and travel once a year to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators and regulators.
The new Fellows share Carissa’s enthusiasm for their work. As she said, “I look forward to getting more engaged with and effective at communicating with decision makers who can bring HF/E experts into critical conversations.”
JCEDM Special Issue Addresses the Role of Evidence-Based Medicine in Health Care Decision Making
The September special issue of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making explores the competing perspectives on evidence-based medicine, best practices, and the quality movement in health care. The papers look into the appeal of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and how some fear that clinicians may be nudged to follow simple decision rules rather than actively solve problems and apply their clinical judgment. Thought leaders in EBM and naturalistic decision making (NDM) discuss the challenges of implementing EBM, the promise, and potential unintended negative consequences.
Special Issue Editors Laura Militello and Michael Weiner explain that the intent of this special issue is to “stimulate further discussion, increase collaboration across
disciplines, and spur innovation in supporting clinical decision making for both
clinicians and patients.”
The issue opens with an article by Paul Falzer of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. In his article, “Naturalistic Decision Making and the Practice of Healthcare,” Falzer makes the case that a better understanding of how clinicians make decisions in the dynamic clinical setting amid interruptions, distractions, and uncertainty can help designers and policymakers avoid reducing complex medical situations to simple algorithms. Falzer provides historical background for the “best practices regimen” and an in-depth discussion of decision making in this context.
The issue also contains commentary on Falzer’s article from multidisciplinary experts, revealing that that the understanding of the term “evidence-based medicine” varies within different communities. R. Bryan Haynes counters Falzer’s opinion suggesting that “the target is painted on the wrong back. EBM doesn’t typically use the term ‘best practices’ and, from the beginning, has seen the clinical application of evidence from research as requiring the clinician’s experience, expertise, and judgment; the patients’ individual circumstances; and the patients’ preferences and rights.”
Some, such as Robert Hamm and Zsolt Nagykaldi, support and build on Falzer’s case for the value of NDM in improving applications of EBM: “We encourage these [human factors, cognitive engineering, and NDM] researchers to partner with primary care practitioners and researchers to find ways to improve procedures for delivering the best care to patients, for supporting patients in attaining their health goals, and for restoring physician ‘joy in practice.’”
Other experts question whether there is any evidence indicating that NDM would contribute. Matlock and Glasgow caution, “one might interpret the author’s argument to suggest that NDM improves quality by continuing to support proficient experts to ignore patient preferences and drive up health care costs – an argument that is not only not helpful, but potentially harmful.”
Editor in Chief Amy Pritchett and incoming EIC Jan Maarten Schraagen invite submissions to JCEDM examining how people engage in cognitive work in real-world settings and how that work can be supported through the design of technologies, operating concepts and operating procedures, decision-making strategies, teams and organizations, and training protocols. View the information for authors, and submit your work online.
Listen to the Recent HFES Town Hall
Last month, the HFES Transition Task Force held a Town Hall with HFES past presidents, division chairs, and committee chairs to discuss the upcoming transition to the Society’s new association management firm, SmithBucklin. Listen to HFES President, Kermit Davis, Chris Reid, and Susan Hallbeck as they answer questions about the process, transition, and next steps for the Society. Follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page for the recording.
HFES Honors New Fellows and Award Winners at the Annual Meeting
On Tuesday, October 2, at the opening plenary, HFES recognized a number of individuals for distinguished contributions to HFES and to the human factors/ergonomics profession.
Four individuals were recognized as Fellows, pictured below. Election to Fellow status is an honor conferred by distinguished colleagues to full members of the Society in recognition of outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, service to the Society, and other meritorious accomplishments.
Caroline Cao, Wright State
Sean Gallagher, Auburn University
Barry Goettl, Air Force Research
Philip Kortum, Rice University
The Society also congratulated the following winners of HFES Awards:
Deborah Boehm-Davis, Facebook Reality Labs, received the Arnold M. Small President’s Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes individuals whose career-long contributions have brought honor to the profession and the Society. Prior to joining Facebook Reality Labs, Boehm-Davis spent 23 years at George Mason University, serving as a professor, Psychology Department chair, vice provost for research and graduate studies, and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Science. She has won a number of research grants, coauthored books and journal articles, and made presentations to a variety of audiences. She has assumed leadership positions in both the American Psychological Association and HFES, serving as HFES President from 1993 to 1994. Recently she headed the search committee to find an association management company to manage HFES operations.
Robert Proctor, Purdue University, received the Paul M. Fitts Education Award. This award recognizes a person for exceptional contributions to the education and training of human factors specialists. Proctor has been the major adviser to more than 30 PhD students, with 5 earning early-career awards. He has served on 180 thesis committees and has influenced students whom he did not directly mentor through his textbooks.
Deborah Boehm-Davis (left) and Valerie J. Berg Rice (right)
The Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award was presented to Errol Hoffmann, Department at University of Melbourne, Australia, (not pictured). This award honors a non-U.S. citizen for distinguished contributions to the HF/E field. Hoffmann pioneered research in modeling human motor control and for later work on control display compatibility and motor vehicle safety.
Valerie J. Berg Rice, Army Research Center, was this year's Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award recipient. This award recognizes a person for extending the discipline of human factors into new areas of endeavor. Rice has spent her entire career helping HF/E move into new domains of practice. Her work with the Army has been (and is) ahead of the times, forward-looking, unprecedented, and often unconventional within the field of HF/E.
The A. R. Lauer Safety Award went to Michael Wiklund, Human Factors Research and Design, Life and Health Sciences, UL. This award recognizes a person for contributions to the broad area of safety. Wiklund has worked for over three decades, enhancing safety in nuclear power, consumer products, and medical devices. His seminal work has been critical to developing standards in medical devices design and testing them.
Valerie J. Berg Rice
Michael Wiklund and Valerie J. Berg Rice
Anthony D. Andre, Interface Analysis Associates, received the Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award, which recognizes an individual for significant activities that broaden awareness of the existence of the HF/E profession and the benefits it brings to humankind. Andre has made broad contributions to the field. His outreach with ErgoX and the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care are only two examples of Andre’s outreach to industry and of his passion in spreading the word about HF/E.
The William C. Howell Young Investigator Award was presented to Matthew Bolton, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. This award recognizes a person for demonstrating outstanding contributions to HFES through professional scientific contributions as a young investigator. Bolton is a successful, innovative, and committed scholar whose research on the use of modeling to evaluate human-automation interaction has the potential to profoundly impact the way in which human interactive systems are designed.
The 2018 Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award went to Ila Elson, Abbott Laboratories. This award recognizes outstanding human factors contributions to the design of an operational system. Elson is subject matter expert in human factors principles and methodologies, especially regarding their application to the development of products in the highly regulated medical device industry. Throughout her career, Elson has applied psychological principles and human factors data and methods to the design of products and programs across different industries.
Anthony D. Andre
Rupa Valdez, University of Virginia, (not pictured) received the Bentzi Karsh Early Career Service Award, which recognizes a person for demonstrating outstanding contributions to HFES through professional service and outreach activities as a student and early career professional. Valdez has demonstrated amazing commitment to HFES and to outreach while also making extraordinary contributions to research and teaching.
HFES also presented five journal awards on October 2 in Philadelphia.
Baron Summers and David Azari
Alphonse Chapanis Student Paper Award recipients were David Azari, Brady Miller, Brian Le, Jacob Greenberg, Caprice Greenberg, Carla Pugh, Yu Hen Hu and Robert Radwin for “Can Surgical Performance for Varying Experience Be Measured From Hand Motions?” This paper was one of the three finalist papers presented before the judging committee in Philadelphia.
Joachim Meyer and Thomas Sheridan received the Jerome H. Ely Human Factors Article Award for “The Intricacies of User Adjustments of Alerting Thresholds.”
The Best Ergonomics in Design Article Award was presented to Fiona F. Tran, Antony Hilliard, and Greg Jamieson for “Keeping the Lights On Across the Continent.”
Katherine Hamilton, Vincent Mancuso, Susan Mohammed, Rachel Tesler, and Michael McNeese won the Best Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Article Award for “Skilled and Unaware: The Interactive Effects of Team Cognition, Team Metacognition, and Task Confidence on Team Performance.”
The Human Factors Prize, which recognizes excellence in human factors/ergonomics research, was awarded to Adam Braly, Benjamin Nuernberger, and So Young Kim for their paper, “Augmented Reality Improves Procedural Work on an International Space Station Science Instrument.”
President Trump Signs FY 2019 Defense and Labor-HHS-Education Conference Agreement
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC
On September 28, President Trump signed into law the conference agreement for the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019. This followed Congress’ passage of the bill by a 361–61 vote in the House on September 26 and a 93–7 vote in the Senate on September 18.
Appropriators from the House and Senate previously spent several weeks working out the differences between the chambers’ initial versions of the bill. This two-bill package, also known as a minibus, combines the Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bills and includes a continuing resolution (CR) for the seven appropriations bills that have yet to be completed. The CR would fund the remaining appropriations bills at fiscal year (FY) 2018 levels through December 7, 2018, postponing funding decisions for controversial spending measures, such as a southern border wall, until after the November midterm elections.
President Trump has now signed 5 of the 12 appropriations bills into law, which is a major accomplishment. The outcome of the election will affect whether the FY 2019 appropriations process is finalized during a lame-duck session of Congress in December or by the 116th Congress next year.
The bill, H.R. 6157, is an $857 billion spending package that would fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services (HHS). The bill includes multiple provisions that benefit the research community, including substantial increased funding for research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD) and continued support for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and student aid programs at the Department of Education (ED).
Department of Defense
Department of Health and Human Services
The conference agreement includes $674.4 billion for DOD, of which $96.1 billion will go to research, development, test, and evaluation.
The conference agreement provides across-the-board increases for basic research accounts within each service and for defense-wide. Overall, DOD’s basic research account will be funded at $2.5 billion, or 8.0% above FY 2018 enacted levels.
Department of Education
The conference agreement includes an increase of $2 billion (5.4%) for NIH, which brings the agency to $39.1 billion in FY 2019.
The agreement would fund AHRQ at $338 million, a $4 million increase (1.2%) above the FY 2018 enacted level.
The conference agreement provides ED with $71.5 billion, $581 million more than FY 2018. Notable increases include a $100 increase in the maximum Pell Grant award, which rises to $6,195 under the bill. The TRIO and GEAR UP programs will increase by $50 million and $10 million, respectively, for totals of $1.06 billion and $360 million.
The agreement authorizes ED to reimburse institutions of higher education for the cost of servicing Federal Perkins Loans.
Sources and additional information:
A comprehensive analysis of the conference agreement is available here.
The joint explanatory statement is available here.
The defense summary is available here.
The L-HHS-ED summary 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.
HFES Appoints New Executive Director
Steven C. Kemp
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is pleased to announce that the Executive Council has appointed Steven C. Kemp as executive director, effective November 1, 2018. A Certified Association Executive, Steve is an employee of the Society’s incoming association management company, SmithBucklin, and brings to HFES extensive knowledge and experience in association management and health care and scientific practice industries. Steve was recommended to the Executive Council by the HFES Transition Task Force following a comprehensive interview process.
Recently, he sat down with HFES to discuss his background, where he sees opportunities for HFES to grow, and what he is most looking forward to as the incoming executive director.
How long have you been in association management? Can you tell us more about your background?
I have spent my entire professional career in the nonprofit sector and have been with SmithBucklin for almost 20 years. During my tenure here, I have worked exclusively with scientific and health care organizations and look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience from organizations such as the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS), International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics (ISSX), and the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM) to your organization and field.
What do you enjoy most about working in the association and nonprofit sectors?
Volunteer leadership for every association is made up of people with different backgrounds, experiences, styles, and opinions. I enjoy the experience of bringing all these people together as a team, working with the board of directors and volunteers to advance not only the organization but also their industry as a whole. It is such a unique experience to see these individuals come together to develop an organization’s mission and foster relationships within their respective industries. The professional communities that flourish among volunteers and members are remarkable to witness and support.
What are you hoping to achieve in your first 90 days as HFES’s executive director?
Currently, I am reading and learning as much as I can about the HF/E industry, HFES, and its ongoing programs and services. I also look to gain more insight from scholarly work on the origins of the HF/E profession, review the history of the Society, and learn how both have evolved in order to gain perspective on how to help guide HFES.
I will meet with volunteer leaders, including division chairs, committee chairs, and others, to learn more about their roles—both in HFES and professionally—the issues they face, and what my team and I can do to best support them moving forward.
I also look to advance HFES’s governance and efficiencies by fostering collaboration among HFES volunteer leadership more throughout the year. We are currently setting up an online platform for the Executive Council to remain focused on governance year-round, which will allow for more touchpoints and aid HFES’s volunteer leadership to be as informed and strategic as possible.
What are you most looking forward to about working with HFES?
I am really looking forward to supporting the organization’s strategic initiatives and helping the Society’s volunteer leadership plan for the future. HFES is at a pivotal point as it looks to the future, and with a sound governance structure and guidance from an entire team of professionals, we can only grow and expand the current success of the organization. By helping to facilitate discussions among the Executive Council and volunteers about the organization’s goals and objectives, I intend to be a dedicated steward of the Society.
In addition, I’m looking forward to helping bridge connections among HFES, practitioners, and the general public and working with key stakeholders in the industry to expand awareness of the importance of human factors/ergonomics. Another goal will be to raise the visibility of the HF/E profession in the academic sector by increasing awareness with students at all levels to convey the message that this profession is a viable career path.
What was your biggest takeaway from attending the HFES 2018 International Annual Meeting last week in Philadelphia?
My biggest takeaway was seeing the strength of the HFES community. In Philadelphia, so many different individuals across the spectrum of industries and technical groups came together to discuss the impact of HF/E and the future of our industry and reconnect with colleagues they may not have seen since last year’s meeting. From the collaborative town hall meetings to networking events and session discussions, the attendees’ excitement about being at the 2018 International Annual Meeting was palpable and great to witness.
What is one thing we would not know about you that is not on your resume?
Not many people know this, but skiing is a passion of mine. Thanks to you out there who are behind the science and design of my ski boots!
HFES Issues Policy Statement on Autonomous Vehicle Safety
The Society has just released “HFES Policy Statement on Autonomous and Semiautonomous Vehicles.” It was developed by the Government Relations Committee and approved by the Executive Council on September 30, 2018.
As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress press for removing safety regulations in order to fast-track the introduction of highly automated vehicles, human factors/ergonomics experts recommend requiring important testing and driver support.
The HFES policy statement contains 12 recommendations in four categories to guide regulators when considering the introduction of autonomous vehicles:
Automated vehicles require careful testing before deployment on public roads.
Automated vehicles should support the needs of human drivers and other users.
Automated vehicles should be safe and understandable.
Automated vehicles should be accompanied by detailed training for drivers.
Before Congress passes pending legislation that will remove important safety regulations and allow companies to sell hundreds of thousands of autonomous cars, HFES urges lawmakers to include these critical requirements to protect the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians across America.
Nominations for HFES Fellows Are Invited
The Fellows Selection Committee invites nominations for Fellows to be elected in 2019. "Fellow" is a special class of Society membership, as established in the Bylaws, Article I, Section 4. Individuals may apply for Fellow status on their own behalf, or they may submit a nomination on behalf of another.
Election to Fellow status is an honor that recognizes outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, service to the Society, and other meritorious accomplishments. Any Full Member of the Society in good standing (except members of the Fellows Selection Committee) may apply or nominate by completing the application forms for Fellow.
Please note that major changes have been made to the professional contribution and HFES service requirements for election to Fellow status, effective for the 2019 Fellows selection process. The intent of this change is to better accommodate the breadth and diversity of professional achievements that are valued by HFES.
The professional contributions criteria have been revised to better reflect the diversity of professional activities of HFES members. The application no longer requires the applicant to specify a primary specialty area for professional contribution. Instead, applicants should provide a description of the candidate’s exceptional achievements without consideration of specialty area.
Example of types of activities where the candidate might make exceptional contributions are still provided (Education, Research, Applications & Practice, Management & Supervision, and Outreach & Advocacy), but these are listed as examples only. The candidates may describe distinguishing achievements that exemplify one or more of these activities and/or other activities outside this set, so long as they demonstrate contributions that are exceptional, and “accrue benefit to the human factors and ergonomics profession as well as to a particular user/client community.”
A core value of HFES Fellowship is to be actively involved in service to the Society. In this spirit, candidates for Fellow should distinguish themselves in their service to HFES as well as in their professional contribution. There are many opportunities to participate in service to HFES, including taking a leadership position in a local chapter, serving on a committee or task force (e.g., award subcommittees), being an officer of a Technical Group, and serving as editor, Editorial Board member, or reviewer for Society publications.
The HFES service requirements section of the Fellow nomination package has been revised to increase the HFES service requirement from three to five years, and to provide clearer guidance in documenting HFES service achievements to demonstrate sustained substantial HFES service contribution.
The Fellow Nomination Package — including instructions, nomination and recommendation forms, and supporting information — may be obtained from the Fellows application page. Because major updates have been made to the Fellow application requirements, be sure to review the nomination package carefully. The deadline for receipt of the completed package (nomination form, recommendation form, candidate's vitae or résumé, and supporting documentation) is February 1, 2019.
Two HFES Webinars Announced
HFES is pleased to announce two fall webinars.
On Monday, October 22, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, join Carol Stuart-Buttle, Kermit G. Davis, Jack Dennerlein, and moderator Andy Dattel for The Real Reasons You Want Sit/Stand Workstations in Your Office. This webinar is free for anyone who registers to attend.
Jack Dennerlein, Northeastern University, will discuss numerous studies that indicate that sit/stand workstations may provide other benefits that can improve overall well-being for the desk-bound worker.
Kermit Davis, University of Cincinnati, will cover recent work that has shown that changes throughout the day can significantly decrease discomfort without impacting productivity. Interventions that encourage micro-breaks and changes in postures (e.g., software reminders with sit-stands) may be more influential than a sit-stand table.
Carol Stuart-Buttle, Stuart-Buttle Ergonomics, will discuss realities in the office. Introducing sit/stand equipment into an office is not always straightforward. The pros and cons of different styles of sit/stand equipment will be presented, along with the suboptimal user approaches to workstation setup if the user has not had training. Some approaches for temporary ADA accommodation also will be discussed.
Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FW0PFCP3QbK4UpPG415Wxw.
Publish and Cherish: Preparing for a Career in Academia, an HFES-member only webinar hosted by the Education Technical Group will take place on Wednesday, November 7, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Join presenters Deborah Boehm-Davis, Facebook Reality Labs; Patricia DeLucia, Rice University; Gabriella Hancock, California State University, Long Beach; and moderator Brittany Neilson, ETG Student Representative as they discuss guidance for students, early-career professionals, and mentors of students regarding how to pursue an academic route in HF/E.
The webinar is also aimed at professionals who are interested in switching domains from industry or government to academia, or pursuing an adjunct position in addition to their current position. The presenters will discuss the application process for academic positions, give advice on building a successful career in academia, and provide tips for achieving work-life balance as an academic.
Attendees are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. Based on interest in the webinar, ETG may develop a workshop at a future HFES Annual Meeting. Knowledge of HF/E career opportunities may aid in applying the information presented in this webinar, but no expertise or experience is necessary.
Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__Vs_jzYWRq2zofYGztD5ww.
IES Seeks HF Experts for Lighting Standards
By Mark Lien, IES Industry Relations Manager
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES, www.ies.org) is looking for volunteer committee participation from the HFES community. If you have interest and experience in practice or research concerning the relationship between light and human factors and/or ergonomics, the IES invites you to join by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three committees seeking your expertise. The first is the Vision Science committee, which would benefit from expertise in assessing lighting’s impacts on human factors and/or ergonomics. The second committee is a Lighting Economics committee, newly formed to determine if there are methods available to place economic costs/benefits on bad/good lighting on such issues as absenteeism, error rates, or productivity in the workplace. Finally, there are a group of 20 Applications committees (examples include offices, industrial buildings, sports applications, and health-care facilities). IES committees normally meet monthly via teleconference.
The IES Mission Statement is simple: “The IES seeks to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.” We are eager to collaborate with HFES members to gain your valuable insights for the public benefit.
International HF/E News Update: Just Released UK Health Care White Paper
By David Rempel, IEA Representatives Committee
UK’s Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors just released a White Paper on their vision of how to integrate human factors into health and social care. A few clicks gets you the paper. The white paper provides a guide on how human factors should be used and the competence and experience needed to solve problems in health and social care. It includes examples and case studies. The white paper was developed with participation from many UK health and social care organizations.