May 11, 2023
Society News
Table of Contents:

  • HFES Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Save the Date for the 67th International Annual Meeting
  • Submit Your Late Breaking Results Proposal for the 67th International Annual Meeting
  • 9th Annual HFES ErgoX Symposium – October 23, 2023
  • Find Your Next Career with the HFES Job Board
  • Apply to be an HFES Science Policy Fellow
  • Nominations for IEA Awards Due to HFES by June 10
  • Student Member and Chapter Awards 
  • Proposed House Debt Limit Conditions Will Reduce Research Funding
  • HFES Congressional Recap
  • National Safety Council Offers Students Scholarships
  • FPE 2023-2024 Impact Grants Open
  • Recognizing Outstanding Member Achievements
  • Join HFES as a Corresponding Member
  • HFES Schedule of Events
HFES Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the American Industrial Hygiene Association

HFES has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to enhance and promote the roles of professionals in the fields of occupational and environmental health and safety and ergonomics. AIHA and HFES will work together to plan, develop, and disseminate joint OEHS and ergonomics education programs and will cross-promote each other’s products and services to their respective members.
Save the Date for the 67th International Annual Meeting

Save the date for the 67th International Annual Meeting, October 23-27 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. 

Registration will open by the end of May.
Submit Your Late Breaking Results Proposal for the 67th International Annual Meeting

HFES will once again offer a Late Breaking Results session to recognize new and exciting work in the field of HF/E that was not available during the original call for contributions. A limited number of submissions will be selected; work submitted to the original call for contributions is not eligible. Presenters must submit an abstract by June 1 to be considered. Please note that no paper submission is required, and Late Breaking Results will not be published as part of the conference proceedings.
9th HFES ErgoX Symposium – October 23, 2023
The 9th ErgoX Symposium will be held immediately prior to the 67th Annual Meeting of HFES in Washington, DC at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. ErgoX will address the demand for safe and effective technology development found through multi-disciplinary and cross-market collaboration of cognitive and physical research and their resulting application to end-user technology adoption.  
Find Your Next Career with the HFES Job Board

Attention job seekers! The all-new HFES Job Board has the features to help you succeed. Use the convenient search feature to review and apply to more than 200 open positions now on the HFES Job Board. You can also narrow your search with easy-to-use filters to focus on what matters most – whether it’s where you work or how you work. Upload your resume to get noticed by employers who are seeking candidates like you today.
Are you an employer looking for new talent? With the HFES Job Board, you can find the right candidates. Register as an employer to get started. Create a job posting and join the ranks of other top organizations building their workforce. Our Job Board offers several job posting packages that are customizable to your organization. Employers must create an account to post positions and view resumes.
Apply to be an HFES Science Policy Fellow

The HFES Science Policy Fellowship (SPF) program provides a valuable opportunity for HFES members to learn how to successfully advocate for human factors and ergonomics on the national stage. Successful applicants should be members of HFES (Associate or Full) for at least five years and must be eligible to vote in the United States. Application materials should be sent to [email protected] by May 12, 2023. Read more about the program including application criteria through the button below.

Please direct any questions to Mica Endsley, Government Relations Chair, at [email protected].  
Nominations for IEA Awards Due to HFES by June 10

Nominations for two prestigious awards bestowed by the International Ergonomics Association, the IEA/Kingfar Award for Research in Human Factors/Ergonomics Issues, and the IEA/Tsinghua Award for Collaborative Human Factors and Ergonomics Education, are being accepted by HFES for those who are members of our Society. The nomination submission due date is June 10, 2023. This date enables HFES to follow our protocols which include forwarding to the IEA nomination packages endorsed by HFES.

Nominations may be emailed to HFES by 5:00 PM EDT on June 10, 2023.  
Student Member and Chapter Awards 

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 submit a completed application and supporting materials on or before June 30, 2023.

For more information on the eligibility requirements for the awards, please refer to the Student Member with Honors and Outstanding Student Chapter Awards webpage and the Student Chapter Handbook for details. Please direct any questions regarding application details to Xiaomei Wang ([email protected]). 
Industry News
Proposed House Debt Limit Conditions Will Reduce Research Funding

Funding for federal research, workforce development, healthcare, and education programs are all at risk if Congress and the White House do not find a compromise on raising the debt ceiling and top-level funding for FY 2024 appropriations. Read the full story below.
HFES Congressional Recap

Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC – May 4, 2023

The United States has entered its fifth month of divided government, and Congressional Republicans, Senate Democrats, and the Biden Administration are continuing to figure out how to effectively work together to govern the country. Here’s a recap of the major events that have taken place in Washington, with updates on the work the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is doing to further its federal priorities.
National Safety Council Offers Students Scholarships

The National Safety Council is helping grow engagement with students and student members — in part through the award of travel grants, cash scholarships, or tuition coverage for NSC Advanced Safety Certificate eligible courses.  Women in Safety, Diversity in Safety, and other programs are available. 

Apply for scholarships by May 15.
FPE 2023-2024 Impact Grants
The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) is pleased to announce the availability of the FPE Impact Grants that aim to support small projects in the quest of developing professional ergonomics around the world. The funding preference will be given, but not limited to, applicants from developing countries (as defined by United Nations) or proposals that help develop or grow professional ergonomics in the developing countries. The FPE Impact Grants are intended as seed funding for small (pilot) projects that could potentially lead to but are not required, more extensive funding opportunities from other sources in the future. The expected budget of a single proposal should be between $500 and $2,000 and must not exceed $2,500 USD.

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2023, with awards decision announced by August 15, 2023. Proposals should be sent to Waldemar Karwowski, [email protected], with a copy to Harvey Cohen, [email protected].
Member News
We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our members in promoting excellence and innovation in their respective fields below.

Dr. Tonya Smith-Jackson, who is a long-time member of HFES and is the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been named one of the Triad Business Journal’s 2023 Outstanding Women in Business. Read more.

Dr. Brandon Pitts, Assistant Professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, was recently awarded an NSF Career Award. Title of the proposal: With Age Comes Wisdom: Leveraging Older Adults' Crystallized Decision-Making Abilities to Develop Adaptive Human-Automation Interfaces for Dynamic Environments. Read more.

Dr. Martijn IJtsma, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University, was recently awarded an NSF Career Award. Title of the proposal: Making Robots More Cooperative Agents: Controlling Costs of Coordination Through Graph-Based Models of Joint Activity. Read more.
Join HFES as a Corresponding Member

HFES is excited to announce Corresponding Membership. Membership in this category is available to any person living outside of the United States who is a member of an IEA Federated Society or affiliated society. Corresponding members shall be entitled to receive the publications usually distributed to members, but may not be elected to office, vote at a General Meeting, be elevated to Fellow, or become Emeritus Members of HFES. Benefits include online access to the complete archived library. And access to online-published articles available before printing for Human FactorsErgonomics in Design, and Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. Additional benefits include an annual subscription to the HFES Bulletin, career-advancing opportunities via our members-only online job board, and member listing in the HFES Membership Directory.
Upcoming Meetings and Activities
Attention Chapters, Technical Groups, Affinity Groups, and beyond – HFES is pleased to post information concerning any upcoming meetings, webinars, or other events you wish to raise awareness about on our Events listing page. We also will post meetings of allied societies provided they do not occur close to any HFES-organized activity.
Let us know about your meetings and other events. Email us at [email protected].
HFES wants to promote the important achievements of our members in the bi-weekly Bulletin. Appropriate topics include research milestones or other significant achievements, professional accolades, awards or recognitions, promotions or new positions, and similar professionally-oriented topics. If you would like to share news with the HFES community, please fill out this form
Additionally, if you are made aware of the passing of any members of HFES, please let us know. Contact HFES Executive Director Steven Kemp at [email protected].
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