March 18, 2021
Society News
Annual Meeting Proposals Accepted Until 11:59 PM EDT March 19

Present your work at the 65th International Annual Meeting, October 4 - 8, 2021. Each year the Annual Meeting provides a forum for more than 600 research and practice presentations across 26 Technical Groups. Present a lecture or poster of your latest work or ideas, organize a panel of experts on a timely subject, give a demo of cutting-edge technology, or share your expertise in a workshop.
We invite you to submit your proposal by March 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT.
Register for Embedding Human Factors Expertise in the Trenches of Healthcare Operations: Part of the HCTG Webinar Series

Have you ever wondered how human factors is applied in the frontlines of healthcare? What does it take to operate shoulder-to-shoulder with doctors, nurses, and all the different healthcare professionals? How do human factors practitioners adapt to the quirks and peculiarities of hospital operations? 

In this first of a series of webinars organized by HCTG, we invite four healthcare human factors practitioners to share what it's like being a human factors army of one (or 2, if you're lucky). The hour-long, podcast-style presentation dives deep into the trials and tribulations of working in hospitals and explores what support and success look like (hint: not always p<0.05). Amidst the MacGyver adventures, healthcare human factors practitioners play a vital role in translating research into practice. 

Hosted by SQ Yin, the show features Dr Laura Barg-Walkow, Ms Rebecca Berg, Ms Andrea Cooks, and Dr Kristen Webster. 

The webinar will be presented live on April 7 (Wed), 11am EST.
Final Opportunity to Comment On Draft HRL Standard
HFES members and the general public are invited to comment on the draft HFES 400 Standard - Human Readiness Level Scale in the System Development Process.

This standard specifies how to apply the Human Readiness Level (HRL) scale in the system development process. Comments may be submitted via either the online submission form or by completing the Word document and emailing it to The submission deadline is today, March 18, 2021.
Join us for a complimentary webinar on April 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to serve HFES as a member of the Executive Council? Join us on April 6 to listen to past and current leaders of HFES to learn what motivated them to seek office, what was the process like, what were their challenges and rewards, and more! Whether you have interest in service to HFES as an elected at-large Executive Council Member or Officer or would just like to know more about service as a member of a nonprofit board, this webinar will be informative and perhaps even inspirational!
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 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern 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
Book Review: Questionnaire Design: How to Ask the Right Questions of the Right People at the Right Time to Get the Information You Need

Review of "Questionnaire Design: How to Ask the Right Questions of the Right People at the Right Time to Get the Information You Need." by Gerald P. Krueger  

Why publish a guidebook on formulating good questionnaires now? Haven’t we been writing questions for decades? Aren’t we are seemingly doing just fine with them? Moroney and Cameron deftly provide several cogent examples to illustrate how questionnaire development is more challenging than it first appears. Reading this book, I reflected back on examples from my own 40+ years of human factors and ergonomics (HF&E) research wherein I struggled, and often, but not always, succeeded in extracting usable user performance measures, and accompanying insightful user-opinion data from respondents grappling with my own forms of questionnaires, structured debriefing interviews, and the like.
Conference Program Now Available for International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care
Gain valuable insights on the latest science and best practices related to medical devices and the delivery of drugs, discover innovations improving the safety of health care providers and patients, examine multiple topics related to human factors and COVID-19, review barriers and challenges related to the provision of safe patient care and how to surmount them and experience even more at the 10th International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, April 12 - 16. View the detailed program now.

Be sure to include a workshop or two in your registration for a deeper examination of HF/E across six intriguing and important health care topics. 
2020 ErgoX Symposium Proceedings

The proceedings from the 2020 ErgoX Symposium are now available. Since formalizing into a user-centered design meeting in 2018, the ErgoX Symposium has demonstrated that a symbiotic approach to improving the design of technology and equipment is possible. Review abstracts and presentations from the exoskeleton and robotics tracks.
Expert Witness & Consultant Directory

HFES provides a searchable directory of human factors/ergonomics consultants and expert witnesses. Professionals may purchase a one-year directory listing at $175/members and $250/nonmembers.  
Join the People of Color Affinity Group

The first HFES People of Color Affinity Group meeting was held during the 2020 Annual Meeting. Since then, a few HFES members have met to keep the momentum going, but we need YOU. Please consider joining us if you are an HFES member that either identifies as a person of color OR wants to contribute as an advocate for people of color in the following ways:

  • Help elevate the society’s diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Support recruitment and retention of people of color in the society
  • Meet and share with ideas like-minded people

We are looking for your ideas, input, and hopefully your involvement at some level.
President Signs COVID-19 Relief Legislation

President Biden signed an unprecedented $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, into law on March 11 after Congress passed the bill without Republican support. The Senate passed its version of the bill on a narrow, party-line 50-49 vote in the early hours of March 6, and the House of Representatives approved this version shortly after on March 10 on a 219-212 vote. The Senate had made changes from an earlier version passed by the House, including narrowing the eligibility for direct payments and removing provisions that would raise the federal minimum wage.
Call for Papers: Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Information for Authors

The Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making is the premier journal of the Society for peer-reviewed original papers of scientific merit 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. Thus, the journal publishes rigorous approaches to the observation, modeling, analysis and design of complex work domains in which human expertise is paramount and multiple aspects of the work environment may drive performance. For more information, contact Jan Maarten at .
Call for Papers: IEA2021 Special Issue on Human-Systems Integration in Healthcare 
In preparation for the IEA2021 meeting we are working in collaboration with ​Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society to publish a special issue focused on Human-Systems Integration in Healthcare. This will be a unique opportunity to present your extended work in an issue that will be dedicated to the challenge of designing systems for the healthcare complex ecosystem.

The special issue will present new and advanced knowledge in all areas of human factors including cognitive, physical, and organizational aspects and their application in health care. We encourage submissions of research that studies human interaction with healthcare system processes, information technology, medical devices and work environments, from varied angles. 
Editor-in-Chief Candidates Sought for Human Factors Journal

The term of the current editor-in-chief of Human Factors (HF) will expire at the end of 2021, and HFES is now seeking candidates for the position.

The Human Factors editor's term is four years (2022-2025), with the possibility of two additional two-year terms. The incoming editor will be asked to work with the outgoing editor in the latter part of 2021, so on each end of the tenure there will be a few months of overlap to enable a smooth transition.

Desirable candidates should have a good and clear vision for the journal and prior experience working with authors of scientific research, including a demonstrated ability to communicate sometimes unwelcome news with consideration, tact, and diplomacy. They should also be able to coordinate the activities of professional staff and volunteers involved in the review and publication process.

Administrative support for the manuscript review process is provided by HFES and SAGE staff. Questions about these functions may be directed to HFES Executive Director Steven Kemp at or (202) 367-1114.
Nominate a Deserving Candidate for Prestigious Society Awards
HFES Full Members and Fellows are invited to submit nominations for eight Society awards to be presented at the 65th International Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, October 4 – 8, 2021.

Award nominations are invited for individuals whose contributions merit special recognition. The eight awards for which nominees are sought are:

  • Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award
  • Paul M. Fitts Education Award
  • A.R. Lauer Safety Award
  • Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award
  • Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award
  • Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award
  • William C. Howell Young Investigator Award
  • Bentzi Karsh Early-Career Service Award

Nominees are not required to be HFES members, but only members of HFES may submit nominations. The nomination submission deadline for each award above is 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Member News
Corporate Sustaining Membership

Thank you to DSO National Laboratories (DSO) for supporting HFES as a Corporate Sustaining Member. DSO is Singapore’s largest defense research and development (R&D) organization. It undertakes indigenous development of advanced defense and weapon systems that provide the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) with a superior technological edge on the battlefield. While its primary focus is to support the SAF, DSO also extends its defense R&D capabilities to support homeland security. With more than 1,500 technical staff, DSO investigates emerging technologies, matures promising ones, and integrates them into innovative system concepts to meet Singapore’s defense and security needs.
Corporate Sustaining Members of HFES demonstrate their commitment to the field of human factors/ergonomics and help further the discovery and exchange of innovative knowledge and practices that improve the quality of life for people everywhere. Corporate Sustaining Members receive one complimentary HFES individual membership for an HF/E professional, as well as high-visibility exposure and benefits commensurate with their support level.
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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