February 18, 2021
Society News
Submit Applications for 2021 HFES Fellows by Next Friday!
The Fellows Selection Committee invites applications for the HFES Fellow designation. Election to Fellow status is an honor conferred by distinguished colleagues to recognize outstanding achievement, consistently superior professional performance, exceptional contributions, personal service to the Society, and other meritorious accomplishments by Society members. Any Full Member in good standing may apply. Individuals may apply for Fellow status on their own behalf or submit an application on behalf of another.
Applications are due Friday, February 26, 2021.
In Memoriam: Steve Marlin
Steven N. Marlin, Owner and President of Prestige Accommodations International, the HFES professional meeting planner, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday February 6. HFES’s relationship with Steve and Prestige began in 1986 with the annual meeting in Dayton OH. His firm was responsible for planning all of the HFES annual meetings, health care symposia, ERGO-X conferences, and mid-year Executive Council meetings since 1986. Steve was a master negotiator and was invaluable to HFES for obtaining favorable rates and pricing at convention centers and hotels and in recent years reducing attrition rates when travel to the conference became difficult (e.g. COVID-19, recession, 9-11). Because of the long relationship and his personal touch, Steve was not a contractor but rather one of the HFES family. His attention to detail, can-do attitude, and unwavering loyalty to make HFES events the best they could be will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elaine Marlin, two daughters, and three grandchildren.
Fill Your Symposium Agenda with In-Depth Workshops
Begin your HFES Health Care Symposium experience with in-depth instruction and expanded discussions on pressing issues impacting health care human factors on April 12, 2021. These intimate pre-symposium workshops are where you can enhance your knowledge, have deeper conversations, and get your questions answered.
Add a workshop to your HCS registration and bring back more insights you can share with your organization following the symposium this April.
NIOSH Webinar: Wearable Devices to Improve Worker Safety and Prevent COVID-19 Infections

Tune into the NIOSH Webinar: Wearable Devices to Improve Worker Safety and Prevent COVID-19 Infections on March 2, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern).

Traditionally, sensor technology has focused on detecting and alerting industrial workers to hazardous conditions (environmental/physical) in the workplace. Technological advances in the last 5 years, including wearable devices, have led to a huge growth in hardware and software solutions to improve worker safety and reduce injuries and fatalities. However, adoption has been slow in the workplace. During COVID-19, with a renewed focus on the safety and health essential workers, the use of wearable devices to reduce the spread of the virus has led to wider spread adoption as well as higher acceptance rates by workers. The webinar explores how this technology enables social distancing and digital contact tracing, and how this might lead to a new age of worker safety technology.
Human Factors Journal - Editor Candidates Sought

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 skemp@hfes.org or (202) 367-1114.
EID: Best Student Paper in Ergonomics in Design Award Sponsored by Dr. Brian Peacock

We are proud to announce an annual award for student work submitted to Ergonomics in Design: Best Student Paper in Ergonomics in Design Award sponsored by Dr. Brian Peacock. The first award will be bestowed in 2021 for work submitted in 2020. Student papers from the 2020 EID issues are now under review for the Award. HFES urges academicians and their students to consider this unique opportunity and submit your design work to EID.
Comments Sought on Draft 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 HFES400@hfes.org. The submission deadline is March 18, 2021.
Call for Proposals – HFES 65th International Annual Meeting

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, representing all aspects of human factors and ergonomics. Plan to 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 3, 2021.
Study for Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology
Who is invited to participate?

  1. Those who work in any of the following fields: Human Factors, Ergonomics, Applied Psychology, Industrial or Organizational Engineering, Industrial or Organizational Psychology, Cognitive Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Applied Psychology, or any other related field
  2. Embedded in a medical facility like a hospital
What is the study about?
The goal of this study to better understand the current needs and standing of the field including knowledge, skills, and job descriptions.
What do I have to do?
Follow the link below to complete the survey. This survey takes no longer than 10-15 minutes.
For questions about the study please contact:
Kristen Webster | Kristen.webster@cchmc.org | 704-438-1167
HFES Announces 2021 Human Factors Prize Competition

The Human Factors Prize was established in 2010 by former Editor-in-Chief William S. Marras to recognize excellence in HF/E research through an annual competition in which authors are invited to submit papers on a specific topic for that year. The topic is selected by the editor in chief in consultation with a Board of Referees chaired by the immediate past Human Factors editor. The prize carries a $5,000 cash award and consideration of publication of the winning paper in the Society's flagship journal, Human Factors. The award is formally conferred at a special session at the HFES International Annual Meeting, where the recipient presents his or her work. Submissions will be accepted between May 15 and June 15, 2021.
HFES Seeks Nominees 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
  • 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
IEA 2021 Congress Moving Fully Virtual
The IEA 2021 planning committee recently made the very difficult decision to cancel the in-person portion of the meeting. Read more about this decision here. There are more than 30 exciting tracks being organized for the IEA Congress (13-18 June 2021) covering a wide range of topics in HF/E, in addition to special sessions. The top ten tracks that received the most submissions are:

  1. Healthcare Ergonomics
  2. Musculoskeletal Disorders
  3. Transport HF/E
  4. Activity Theories for Work Analysis and Design
  5. Organizational Design and Management
  6. Health and Safety
  7. COVID-19
  8. Biomechanics
  9. Ergonomics in Design for All
  10. Work with Computing Systems
Congress Reintroduces Bipartisan Research Relief Legislation

A group of bipartisan legislators have reintroduced the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act of 2021 (H.R. 869) which would authorize $25 billion in supplemental funding for federal research agencies to offset costs related to COVID-19 response, laboratory closures, and reduction in research productivity.   HFES previously endorsed the bill alongside 325 other higher education, research, industry groups and associations.
The $25 billion of funding presented in the 117th version of the RISE Act will include:
  • $10 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • $3 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • $3 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD)
  • $2 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • $300 million for the Department of Transportation (DOT), with $130 million to be used by the Federal Aviation Administration
The bill, currently co-sponsored by 91 Members of the House, is largely identical to version that was introduced in the 116th Congress, except for the new allocation of $300 million for DOT. Senators and Representatives in both parties advocated for the RISE Act to be included in the COVID-19 relief package that was passed in December. Congressional champions of the RISE Act are advocating to include this in future COVID-19 relief legislation, despite that funding for research relief was not included in President Biden’s earlier COVID-19 relief proposal. 

The full copy of the proposed legislation can be found here.
"Mobile Health Applications for Consumers" Design Competition Deadline of Final Entries is Due This Friday!

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society once again invited students to participate in the "Mobile Health Applications for Consumers" Design Competition in conjunction with the 2021 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. 
Contestants verified for eligibility and approved to participate should submit a software prototype (either static or dynamic) along with a design brief of no more than 10 pages explaining the impetus for the application, the problem(s) to be addressed/solved, the targeted use case(s), the product development workflow and the design and iteration approach used, including how HF/E and usability principles were incorporated. The brief should also include a description of the business viability and a competitor analysis. Citations may be included in addition to the 10-page brief and students may upload a link to online content illustrating the application; however, online content may not be altered following the submission deadline, or the submission will be disqualified. A panel of judges will review materials.

Final entries will be accepted between 1/4/2021 and 2/19/2021.
Member News
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 skemp@hfes.org.
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