May 14, 2021
Society News
Call for Applications to the HFES Science Policy Fellowship Program Due Tomorrow!

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. SPF Participants will receive extensive training in public affairs, advocacy and outreach to be provided by Lewis-Burke Associates and the HFES Government Relations Committee during the HFES Annual Meeting. They will also participate in an annual spring Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC, including a Hill visit training session and a policy-related speaker prior to the visit day. They will be invited to attend monthly conference calls with Lewis-Burke and the HFES Government Relations Committee covering ongoing events and opportunities for HFES to engage in policy decisions.

Application materials should be sent via email to by May 15, 2021.
HFES Seed Grants Targeting the Intersections of HF/E and

HFES is initiating a seed grant program in support of research and programming that investigates and addresses the intersections of Human Factors/Ergonomics and Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias. This grant program will stimulate and support projects and research intended to improve our understanding of and reduce/eliminate racism and bias in the systems, environments, products and tools with which humans interact. Seed grants fund the early stages of projects with the potential for broad impact or provide preliminary data for future state, federal, foundation or other grant proposal mechanisms. The long-term goal of this grant program is to identify evidence-based solutions to the problems of racism and bias.

All HFES members are eligible to apply (new faculty and new practitioners will be given priority). Faculty/practitioner teams are strongly encouraged to apply. Grant limits are $5,000 USD each. Up to two grants will be awarded. 

Proposals are due by May 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

If you not submitting a proposal and you are interested in serving as a proposal reviewer, please contact the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Carolyn Sommerich, at
Submit Your Manuscript for the 2021 Human Factors Prize
The topic for the 2019 Human Factors Prize is Future of Work. The Human Factors Prize is $5,000 USD and consideration of publication of the winning paper in the Society's journal, Human Factors. The recipient will also present the work at the HFES 2021 International Annual Meeting that convenes October 4 – 7, 2021.
We seek articles that describe human factors research pertaining to the future of work, more specifically, how cognitive and/or physical work activities are impacted by new work environments and spaces, new work technologies, and anticipated demographic changes, and by large-scale disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Submissions will be accepted here from May 15 through June 15, 2021.

You can find the submission link here.
Now Accepting Nominations for 2021 Executive Council Election
All HFES eligible voting members are encouraged to participate in this year’s nominations and election process. We are seeking nominations for President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer-Elect, and Two Members-at-Large of the Executive Council.

If you have any questions please contact me, the society staff, or anyone else on the Executive Council. We would be happy to speak with you!
Ellen J. Bass, HFES Secretary/Treasurer-Elect
Nominations and Elections Committee Chair
2021 HFES International Symposium on Healthcare in Human Factors Coverage Roundup
Hear a round-up of the 2021 HFES International Symposium on Healthcare in Human Factors from the Human Factors Cast podcast. These episodes were produced separately from their weekly podcast and will provide value to everyone interested in the event! Their general coverage consisted of a preview and a recap of the event.
Save the Date for the ASTM International ET CoE: Thursday, May 27
Save the date for the ASTM International ET CoE Webinar on Research to Standards for Mobility, Cognitive Fit, and Transitions on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 9:00 am EDT hosted by Nora Nimmerichter. This session does not require a registration password.

The ASTM International ET CoE ( was formed in 2019 to pursue safe and reliable exo technologies for all of humanity. The center brings together a diverse group of users, suppliers, researchers, and stakeholders across academia, government, healthcare, and other industries and builds on the growth of ASTM’s exoskeletons and exosuits committee (F48).
HCTG Announces Robert L. Wears Early-Career Award

The Health Care Technical Group (HCTG) is pleased to announce a new annual award - the Robert L. Wears early career award. Each year an HCTG committee will grant this award to one academic and one practitioner that has unique achievements in their early career. 

The Robert L. Wears early career award aims to highlight the achievements of academics and practitioners within six years of their graduation. 

Nominations can be submitted until August 31, 2021 and the two awardees will be announced during the HFES annual meeting. The HCTG is looking forward to seeing your achievements. 
Join an HFES Affinity Group and Grow Your Professional Network

HFES Affinity groups provide opportunities for members to connect with others who share aspects of their identity–especially in situations in which aspects of their identity are in the minority or are marginalized. Our Affinity Groups can provide mutual support and a sense of community within the society and are an extension of HF/E Diversity and Inclusion efforts, focusing on both inclusivity within the profession and on advancing science that addresses longstanding societal problems. Current Affinity Groups:

  • HFE WOMAN (Women’s Group) 
  • LGBTQ+
  • People of Color
  • Disability and Chronic Health Conditions
University of Michigan Human Factors Engineering Short Course Returns

The U-M Center for Ergonomics has a distinguished record of research in the areas of Cognitive Ergonomics, Biomechanics, and Work Physiology and Safety, along with extensive resources including state-of-the-art laboratories, test equipment, and computer systems. Week one runs July 26-31 and week two runs August 2-6, 2021.

The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts, offering a broad survey of human factors topics important to designers and researchers. Human-computer interaction (HCI) and intelligent system design are the focus for week two, providing an overview of HCI issues through workshops that lay the foundation for effective human-computer systems.  Engineers, psychologists, medical professionals, managers, and others interested in human factors, ergonomics, human-computer interaction, or usability are candidates for the course. Attendees often work in industry, government, or the military.
Join an HFES Professional Group and Grow Your Network!
HFES Professional groups provide opportunities for members to connect with others who share the same stage of their career. Our professional groups help facilitate networking, mentorship, and the sharing of professional insights for the community. As they develop, we expect year-round activities to engage our members across the training and career spectrum. All interested persons, regardless of Society membership level, may participate in any Professional Group. Current Professional Groups:

  • Students
  • Early Career Professionals
  • Mid-Career Professionals
  • Practitioners
  • Late-Career Professionals
HFES Career Center: Advance Your Career in Human Factors and Ergonomics

We encourage you to explore the HFES Career Center. This portal, for employers and job seekers, aims to connect professionals with positions in human factors/ergonomics, as well as provide resources to help users improve job or talent search performance.
What the Career Center Features:
  • Job searching features include the ability to view detailed job listings, post a resume, and apply to positions through the portal.
  • Learning Center which offers helpful presentations designed to help job seekers stand out, develop strong networks, and improve their interview performance.
  • Resume searching features that allow employers to find qualified candidates.
  • Employer resources include articles and videos on government compliance, the candidate experience, and how to create job postings to attract top talent.
Deadline Extended to June 30, 2021 for Submissions for Human Factors and Ergonomics in Space Exploration

In spaceflight, human factors are critical to achieving mission objectives and maintaining crew health and safety. Humans must live and work in an inherently hostile environment, which impairs cognitive and physical readiness due to isolation and confinement, radiation, microgravity, sleep deprivation, vibration, and communication complexities. Astronauts use bulky, constraining, yet life-sustaining equipment, tools, and systems. For example, spacesuits used for extravehicular activities restrict gross body coordination and fine motor skills due to the necessary rigidity of the material to protect from the vacuum of space. Helmets restrict vision and communication. Strategic and evidence-based human factors design of space systems are needed to mitigate the risk to the humans in the system, particularly on long-duration missions in which small stressors may accumulate.

Deadline for submissions of full manuscripts is June 30, 2021.

For more information, contact: Eduardo Salas, Ph.D. |; Lauren Landon, Ph.D. | ; Jessica Marquez, Ph.D. |
Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making on Human-AI Teaming

Building upon advances in machine learning, software that depends on artificial intelligence (AI) is being introduced across a wide spectrum of systems, including autonomous vehicles, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, aviation, and military systems. AI systems may be unreliable or insufficiently robust, however, due to challenges in the development of reliable and robust AI algorithms based on datasets that are noisy and incomplete, the lack of causal models needed for projecting future outcomes, the presence of undetected biases, and noisy or faulty sensor inputs. Therefore, it is anticipated that for the foreseeable future, AI systems will need to operate in conjunction with humans in order to perform their tasks, and often as a part of a larger team of humans and AI systems. Further, AI systems may be instantiated with different levels of autonomy, at different times, and for different types of tasks or circumstances, creating a wide design space for consideration.

This special issue will cover new research designed to better integrate people with AI in ways that will allow them to function effectively.

Manuscripts are due by October 1, 2021.
Announcing a New HFES Journal: Human Factors in Healthcare

Human Factors in Healthcare aims to provide a worldwide platform for the work of human factors professionals who specialize in healthcare, as well as industry professionals who rely on human factors knowledge, methods, and theories, including healthcare providers and administrators, medical device and pharmaceutical industries, and regulators. This open-source journal is split between research and application; is inclusive of human factors, usability, and ergonomics; and addresses healthcare human factors issues across a variety of domains, such as digital health, healthcare operating environments, patient safety and health, device usability and validation, education and simulation, and healthcare worker safety.

Co-Editors-in-Chief are Anthony Andre (Interface Analysis Associates) and Farzan Sasangohar (Texas A&M University). This new journal will be published by Elsevier beginning this summer. Articles will be published in a rolling fashion, with periodic themed issues.  
President Biden Announces $1.8 Trillion American Families Plan

The Biden Administration announced on April 28 the American Families Plan, a $1.8 trillion proposal to invest in childcare, education, and healthcare. The American Families Plan outlines massive investments in pre-school, child nutrition, community colleges, Pell Grants, and healthcare spending. It also proposes the creation of a national comprehensive paid family and medical leave program. Other key highlights in the American Families Plan include:
  • $109 billion to make two years of community college education free
  • $80 billion to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $1,400
  • $62 billion for retention and completion programs at colleges that serve large numbers of low-income students
  • $39 billion to subsidize tuition at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions
  • $200 billion to expand the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax credits
  • Significant tax changes for high-earners to generate $1.5 trillion to partially offset the Plan costs
Make Plans to Attend the Virtual 21st Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association!

IEA2021 features a technical program that comprises more than 250 sessions, workshops, panels, and renowned keynote speakers - among them is HFES President Peter Hancock speaking on Trust in Automation and Autonomy.

Learn about the latest advances in research and practice, enlarge your network, and be inspired. All registered delegates will have access to recorded sessions on an on-demand basis for 30 days from the start of the Congress, so no one will miss any presentation of interest. Plus, for four weeks following the congress, registrants will have free online access to the final published e-book Proceedings on the Springer web portal.

For more information and to register, click here. 

Questions or comments may be forwarded to
Ergonomics Foundation Completes Busy Year

While the world had to cope with a pandemic with lock-downs and only Zoom meetings, the US Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) made two awards and coordinated with other ergonomics-related organizations to translate a popular tool set into Spanish.
Member News
Congratulations to Abigail Sellen for Being Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
Many HFES members may know Abigail (Abi) Sellen, Deputy Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge in the UK. Abi Sellen has very recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society - a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer-review process, on the basis of excellence in science. Abigail Sellen is elected as one of the most highly cited and influential scientists in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Her career has spanned both academia and industrial research with many of the world's leading technology companies, and her seminal contributions laid foundations for technologies used today by billions of people including video conferencing and teleworking.
HFES congratulates Abi Sellen for receiving this distinguished honor.  
HFES Members in the News

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 the 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
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