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August 16, 2018


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EID Editor Candidates Sought


Add Your Voice. Cast Your Vote

August 9, 2018


Contribute Your Art for the Silent Auction


2018 Election of Officers


Space Still Available for HF/E Science Advocacy Session


New to HFES and the Annual Meeting?


Students: Apply to Attend the UX Day Leadership Development Workshop
By Moni Gmitro, UX Day Leadership Development Committee


Aviation Psychology Symposium Call for Proposals

August 2, 2018


National Academies Releases Postworkshop Report on Neuroforensics and Emerging Neurotechnologies
By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC


Election Reminder and Update


Annual Meeting Hot Topics

Practitioner Track at HFES 2018

Showcase Your Creativity in the HFES 2018 Silent Auction


EID Editor Candidates Sought

Are you interested in leading the talented team of volunteers and staff who ensure that Ergonomics in Design (EID) remains the premiere HFES publication for the dissemination of applied HF/E work to practitioners? Would you like to be part of the Society's vital outreach efforts? The HFES Scientific Communications and Publications Division invites letters of interest from volunteers to be the editor of EID for a three-year term beginning January 2019.

The editor is responsible for the quality of the publication's content, with the objective of covering a wide variety of balanced and timely topics relevant to HF/E practitioners. The editor works with associate editors and department editors to monitor the quality and timeliness of reviews; invites or develops articles; evaluates the submissions and their reviews; makes final accept/reject decisions; and collaborates with associate editors to ensure a steady stream of submissions.

Currently, EID receives 30–40 articles per year, and it is hoped this number can be increased through the efforts of the editor and editorial board. The editor receives an annual honorarium and is reimbursed for some expenses. Oversight of administrative and editorial production is provided by the HFES Communications Department in collaboration with the SAGE staff, managing the peer-review process and production.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and CV to Communications Director Lois Smith by September 10, 2018, for forwarding to the Publications Committee. The committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Council at its October meeting. The incoming editor will be asked to join the editorial board in November 2018 and will assume responsibilities of the editorship on January 2, 2019.

Feel free to contact Lois Smith (310/394-1811) or Scientific Publications Division Chair William Horrey if you have questions about the processes, scheduling, or other details of the job. We look forward to receiving your letter of interest.

Add Your Voice. Cast Your Vote

Eligible members have the unique opportunity and privilege to determine the future leadership of the Society by participating in this year’s election of officers and at-large Executive Council members. These leaders will help to accomplish our strategic goals and keep the Society on a trajectory for continued growth and success.
If you are a Full Member or Fellow and have not yet voted, please check your e-mail for the link to vote online, or your mail for a ballot to complete and return to HFES. Election ballots are due on or before August 23, but don’t wait until the last minute, just in case you encounter any problems.
To vote online, be sure to use your HFES user name and your member ID number as the password. Forgot your username and ID? Contact Member Services.

August 9, 2018

2018 Election of Officers

Don’t wait until the last minute to cast your ballot in the 2018 HFES election!


Voting in the 2018 Executive Council Election closes on Thursday, August 23, but don’t wait until that day to vote. We have had some glitches with our voter list—which we can fix—but if you try to vote that day, staff won’t be able to help you.


Use this link to vote, and log in by using your HFES user name and member number as your password.


Be sure to have a voice in the future leadership of HFES!

Space Still Available for HF/E Science Advocacy Session

Understanding the U.S. government policy-making process, its impact on the HF/E profession, and how to be an effective advocate can be daunting. More discouraging is the myth that engaging policymakers is beyond the reach of individuals outside the Beltway – especially in the current political environment. Fortunately, there are many tools and avenues that researchers and practitioners alike can use to advance evidence-based decision making while boosting awareness around HF/E issues.
Join HFES Interim Executive Director Julie Freeman and HFES’s Government Relations consultants from Lewis-Burke Associates on Tuesday, October 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for a discussion highlighting the Society’s work advancing priorities related to HF/E, navigating the policy process, and how you can support the Society’s policy agenda in Washington, D.C.
Seating is very limited, so please reserve your spot with Lois Smith by September 4. There will be time after the morning session to pick up some lunch to bring along.

New to HFES and the Annual Meeting?

HFES invites all new members and first-time attendees to a special half-hour session right before the Opening Reception on Monday, October 1.
HFES has many resources to help you grow in your career, but one of the best ones is the connections you make at the Annual Meeting. This special event will give you a head start on developing connections with other attendees and members of the Executive Council.
We will also be holding a raffle to give away a free registration at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Bring your business cards and plan to be there. We will send more details in September.

Also, the "Thriving at the HFES Annual Meeting" webinar provides information, tips, and strategies to help you navigate and flourish at the HFES Annual Meeting. Whether HFES 2018 is your first meeting or you want to "amp up" your participation, hear experienced Annual Meeting panelists discuss these topics and more:

  • The culture of the HFES Annual Meeting

  • How to network at the Opening Reception and beyond

  • National Ergonomics Month activities

  • What you can learn from the Opening Plenary Session

  • Strategies and perspectives on selecting which sessions to attend

  • Participation in technical group meetings

  • How to achieve success at the career center

  • Student-specific activities and resources

  • Post-Annual Meeting follow-up

View the webinar recording and slides. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!

Students: Apply to Attend the UX Day Leadership Development Workshop

By Moni Gmitro, UX Day Leadership Development Committee

We are seeking top emerging student leaders in HFES who have an interest in UX to participate in our Leadership Development Workshop as part of the UX Day activities at this year's HFES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Participants who are selected for this learning and networking opportunity will work on a UX challenge with an HFES professional who will serve as the student's mentor. The goal of this activity is to transfer valuable industry experience from a seasoned practitioner to future industry leaders, while establishing a valuable long-term networking relationship that is intended to persist beyond the event.
Students should demonstrate the following criteria:

  • A strong dedication to and participation in their student chapter, local chapter, or national chapter.

  • A reputation of a sound academic record.

  • A proclivity for insightful research and creative inquiry.

  • A passion for applying human factors principles to create and evaluate high quality user experiences. 

To qualify, the student applicant must be enrolled in an academic program during the fall 2018 semester when the Annual Meeting occurs. Additionally, the student is financially responsible for registering and attending the Annual Meeting; there is no discount or travel assistance associated with this opportunity. 
The application can be found here. It requires basic contact information; a summary of societal, academic, research, and applied activities; a brief statement of interest; and contact information for a reference who is a member of the Society. We will ask the reference to provide a brief evaluation and letter of recommendation.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me at sumonthip.c.gmitro@boeing.com.

Aviation Psychology Symposium Call for Proposals

Proposals for posters, papers, symposium and panel sessions, and workshops are sought for the 20th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, which will be held in Dayton, Ohio, May 7–10, 2019.

Any topic related to the field of aviation psychology is welcomed. Topics on human performance problems and opportunities within aviation systems and design solutions that best utilize human capabilities for creating safe and efficient aviation systems are all appropriate. Students are encouraged to participate in the Stanley Nelson Roscoe Best Student Paper Competition.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 5, 2018. Visit http://aviation-psychology.org for more information.

August 2, 2018

National Academies Releases Postworkshop Report on Neuroforensics and Emerging Neurotechnologies

By Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

On July 6, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, in collaboration with the Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law (CSTL), released the proceedings from a March 6 workshop titled “Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies.” The public workshop brought together stakeholders from the scientific and legal communities to explore how advances in neuroscience and neurotechnologies may support and impact the judicial system.
As the scientific community’s understanding of the human brain and the use of neuroimaging technologies have expanded, there has been increased interest in how neuroscience can be used in legal proceedings to support law enforcement and the court system. Hank Greely, a member of the workshop’s planning committee and professor of law, noted that “the law is interested in both bodies and minds… why they did those things, what they were thinking about at the time, and what their intent was. Neuroscience provides possible new lines of evidence to illuminate these inner aspects of behaviors.”
The proceedings noted that emerging imaging technologies may provide for the capabilities to reveal mental states, determine self-control, and predict future behavior that can help to detect deception and lies, criminal intent, mental competency, and pain - all of which may be useful for evidence in legal proceedings. However, workshop attendees representing the scientific community emphasized in the proceedings that, because of a number of issues, it is still too early to use neuroimaging as a reliable method for assessing many of these factors in a court of law.

The workshop also featured a discussion on how to develop a legal framework to establish criteria for the reliability and admissibility of evidence derived from neuroscience and neurotechnologies.

Although issues pertaining to human factors and ergonomics were not featured in the workshop’s discussion, the proceedings reflect an increasing interest in neuroscience, a field of interest to the HF/e community, and how emerging neurotechnologies may impact the broader society.

Sources and Additional Information:

  • The full proceedings for the “Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies” workshop, including, the March 6 workshop agenda and list of attendees, can be found 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.

Election Reminder and Update

Eligible members are encouraged to vote in the current election of officers and At-Large Executive Council members. The election closes on August 23. Vote online using your HFES Web site user name and member ID number (not your login password).
If you are a Full Member, Fellow, or Emeritus Member or Fellow and have encountered problems while voting online, please contact Stefanie Alexander in Member Services for assistance (stefanie@hfes.org, 310/394-1811).

Annual Meeting Hot Topics

In addition to the Featured Events noted in previous issues of the HFES Bulletin, below is just a sample of the timely topics that will be covered in the HFES 2018 technical program:

  • Consumer protection and slips/trips/falls

  • Cyber attacks and defense

  • Driver distraction and autonomous vehicles

  • Human-robot interaction

  • Mobile health applications

  • Patient-centered human factors/ergonomics

  • Pilot performance, space, and unmanned aircraft systems

  • Trust in automation

  • User experience and user-centered design

  • Virtual reality and environments

  • Workplace safety and ergonomics

For the full lineup of sessions, browse the preliminary program. It’s not necessary to log in to search for speakers and topics.
Register by August 27 to benefit from early-bird discounts.
Spread the word! Help HFES reach audiences that need the latest in human factors/ergonomics research and practice by encouraging them to attend the Annual Meeting. Nonmembers who register for the full meeting will automatically become members and further benefit from access to HFES journals and conference proceedings, among other services. The Twitter hashtag is #HFES2018.


Practitioner Track at HFES 2018

The following sessions make up the new Practitioner Track for the Philadelphia meeting. Feel free to reach out to colleagues who might find these of interest.
Forensic Practice
Forensics Professional
Tuesday, October 2, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Practitioner Track Keynote by Charles Mauro
“Human Factors Engineering Innovations in the Age of Apple v. Samsung: How HF/E Practice Can Add Major Value to the Intellectual Property Assets of Corporations and Academic Institutions”
General Sessions
Tuesday, October 2, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Cognitive Considerations for Health Care Practitioners and Consumers
Student Forum; Cosponsored by Health Care
Tuesday, October 2, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Assistance Systems: Design and Redesign
Surface Transportation
Tuesday, October 2, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Practitioners Session – Occupational Ergonomics
Occupational Ergonomics
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Human Factors and Video Game Research
Virtual Environments
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Falls and Premises Liability
Forensics Professional; Cosponsored by Safety
Wednesday, October 3, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Me and My VE, Part 5: Applications in Human Factors Research and Practice
Virtual Environments
Wednesday, October 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Effects of Prolonged Use of Mixed-Reality Systems in Occupational Settings
Virtual Environments
Friday, October 5, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Showcase Your Creativity in the HFES 2018 Silent Auction

Do you paint or draw? Sculpt? Sew? Craft? If you do, HFES invites you to submit your creation for the Silent Auction. Proceeds from the auction will help to support travel to next year’s Annual Meeting for students and others who have never attended.
The Silent Auction will take place during the Opening Reception on Monday, October 1. Please send the following details to Lois Smith no later than August 31:

  • Name and contact information

  • Title of the work being donated

  • Description of the work, including dimensions, weight, etc.

  • Photo of the work

  • Minimum bid

  • Preferred method for getting the work to Philadelphia

Contact Lois with any questions (310/394-1811).