November 11, 2021
Society News
Thank You for Attending the ErgoX 2021 Virtual Symposium
Thank you to all who join HFES for ErgoX 2021. We hope that you learned from the virtual event that took a deep dive in delivering practical, usable, and evidence-based solutions to the challenges faced by ergonomists, risk managers, and health and safety specialists.

You’ll have on-demand access to session recordings for 30 days after the virtual event ends, so you can catch up on sessions you missed or want to revisit.

Thank you to our Gold Level Sponsor, Liberty Mutual, for their contributions to the 2021 ErgoX Virtual Symposium.
Final Call for all Students: Apply for the Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholars Program by TOMORROW November 12

The 2022 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholars (TSS) Program provides awards of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students to help defray the cost of attending the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, in Chicago, Illinois, March 13-15. Scholars will also earn a Lifesavers Conference Accreditation Letter and service credits toward the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Program.

You must be a student enrolled on a full- or part-time basis at an accredited college or university during the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 academic year and fully complete and submit the online application on the Lifesavers website, on or before midnight TOMORROW, November 12, 2021. Previous TSS applicants and recipients may apply. Note: You must still be a student during the Spring 2022 semester to qualify.
National Ergonomics Month Contest--Winners Coming Soon!

HFES and the National Ergonomics Month (NEM) Committee are reviewing entries for our National Ergonomics Month Contest. New in 2021, we're featuring three contests: Back to the Future: What Did We Leave Behind, and Where are We Going?, Spotlight on Healthcare Industry Application, and K-12 HF/E Activities Booklet Creation.

The winners will be announced in the coming days. Be sure to look out for emails from HFES and keep up to date on our website for the announcement. 
The National Academies Board on Human Systems Integration (BOHSI) has organized this session exploring the changing nature of an essential human activity—work. Policing, the military, healthcare, and numerous other fields are being shaped by powerful forces. The Panel brings together prominent researchers to reflect on the organizational and societal changes as well as the impact of emerging technologies that are likely to shape the nature of work in the future.

Moderator: Mary Ellen O’Connell (NAS)
Panelists: Frederick Oswald (Rice University); Tara Behrend (Purdue University); Mica Endsley (SA Technologies); Peter Hancock (University of Central Florida); Deborah Spence (Department of Justice), Matthew Weinger (Vanderbilt University)

The webinar will take place 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET on Monday, December 6, 2021
HFES Initiates Sign On Letter in Support of NHTSA Appointee

HFES sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to affirm its support of the appointment of HFES member Mary (Missy) Cummings as senior advisory for safety of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. We engaged three other organizations and sent the Secretary this combined letter of support on November 1. 
Membership Dues Renewal for 2022
It’s not too early to renew your membership in HFES for another year! Those whose membership expires on December 31, 2021 will see a yellow “Renew” button on the Overview page when they login to their account. Take advantage of limited time discounted rates and save $15 by renewing early.
We will issue each member tailored emails with convenient login-free access to their renewal page soon but all members are encouraged to login now to renew – especially if you wish to use funds remaining in your 2021 budget!
We would be grateful for our members to consider Contributing or Supporting membership when they renew. These programs provide special recognition and are valuable to HFES in helping us advance our mission. And please do not forget to renew your Technical Group membership or even consider joining a new TG. 
HFES will offer many exciting offerings and educational activities in 2022. Don’t miss out! Be sure to renew today so you don't miss out!
Join HFES’s Disability/Chronic Illness (DCI) Affinity Group Q4 Meeting

Mark your calendars for our Q4 Disability/ Chronic Illness (DCI) Affinity Group Meeting! If you self-identify as a person with a (Dis)ability / Chronic Illness, please join our meeting as we aim to stay connected. This event will take place Tuesday, November 16 at 4:00 pm EST.

DCI Affinity Group's meeting will be equipped with live captioning. Click here if you need additional information.

Join DCI's AG Community here. DCI advocates and allies are also welcomed. There is no cost to become a member of an HFES affinity group. If you have any questions or suggestions before this meeting, please contact our DCI AG's Chair, Dr. Rose Figueroa
ANSI/HFES 400-2021 Standard
In September 2021, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) formally approved a newly developed standard: ANSI/HFES 400-2021, Human Readiness Level Scale in the System Development Process. This standard defines the nine levels of the Human Readiness Level (HRL) scale and provides guidance for their application in the context of systems engineering and human systems integration processes. The HRL scale complements and supplements the existing Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale in order to evaluate, track, and communicate the readiness of a technology or system for safe and effective human use.

The standard is available free of charge to both HFES members and non-members through the HFES online store.
Enhance Your Knowledge Through the HFES Learning Center

Our wide-ranging library includes online educational activities across the spectrum of human factors and ergonomics aimed at improving your knowledge and practice, many of which are complimentary and a benefit of membership in the Society.  

This online resource will help you to find new knowledge points based on your areas of interest, and help you record your progress as you work your way through session and recording packages. 

Additional features include recorded sessions from previous years’ HFES meetings and symposia, webinars featuring experts sharing their latest research and works, DEI webinars and other on-demand learning opportunities to enhance your skills, advance your career and maintain your professional certifications.
Industry News
Thank you to DSO National Laboratories for their Corporate Sustaining Membership Renewal

DSO National Laboratories (DSO) is Singapore’s largest defence research and development (R&D) organisation, with the critical mission to develop technological solutions to sharpen the cutting edge of Singapore's national security. Established in 1972, DSO has evolved from a three-member team to more than 1,500 research scientists and engineers working across the domains of land, sea, air, space and cyberspace.
Senate Releases Nine Remaining FY 2022 Appropriations Bills
The Senate Appropriations Committee released its nine remaining fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations bills on October 18. While the Senate bills, like the House bills, boost funding for major programs, they still fall short of the funding increases proposed in the Biden Administration’s FY 2022 budget request. The Senate funding levels, for the most part, are below those proposed by the House. Of the nine released bills, below are highlights of appropriations bills and programs most relevant to HFES.
Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) 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 the 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 November 15, 2021, with awards given before the end of the year on December 31, 2021. The general format for proposals can be downloaded at here.
Send proposals to Waldemar Karwowski or Harvey Cohen.
Member News
In Memoriam - James D. Baker

In the late 1950’s Jim was one of the earliest who worked with human/computer interfaces. This occurred at MIT’s Lincoln Labs on the SAGE system, the predecessor to NORAD, our National Command and Control System. At the USAF Decision Sciences Laboratory, he contributed to further NORAD developments. These interconnected systems eventually morphed into the DoD’s ARPANET and subsequently the Internet.

Read more about Jim's contributions to the HF/E field and HFES as a whole here.
Volunteer of the Month: Tom Albin

Tom Albin is a Principal at High Plains Engineering Services in Minneapolis, MN and has been a member of HFES since the late 1980s. He is currently a member of the Membership Committee, Government Relations Committee, Crisis Committee, Representatives and Liaisons Committee, and Jack Kraft Award Committee.

He attributes the Society with having great potential for enriching members' professional lives. He shares that attending the Annual Meeting has always been an opportunity to network and to catch up with old friends, and he nearly always find some real gems in the presentations that I can apply in my practice. 

He shares "One outstanding opportunity was participating in the ANSI/HFES 100 committee. It was an opportunity to work side-by-side with the leading authorities of the day, as well as meeting and learning from other practitioners. It was the best professional development seminar that I can imagine.   HFES is built and sustained by volunteers. Volunteering is an opportunity to help shape and develop our Society and profession so that future generations of Human Factors and Ergonomics professionals will enjoy the same benefits that I have found in HFES." 

Tom encourages members to "jump in with both feet," and to see their membership in HFES as an outstanding growth opportunity, as well as an opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the science and practice of human factors and ergonomics!
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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