May 9, 2024

Society News

Hi, Steve Kemp. Please enjoy this issue of the HFES Bulletin.

Table of Contents

  • Register Now for ASPIRE—The HFES Annual Meeting
  • Group Registration Available for ASPIRE
  • Submit Your Late-Breaking Results Proposal for ASPIRE
  • HFES Offers New Presentation Formats
  • Promote the Work of Your University Lab at ASPIRE
  • HFES Job Fair at ASPIRE
  • HFES Offers Roommate Services for ASPIRE
  • Coffee Talk With Leaders
  • Nominations for HFES Elected Office Deadline Is May 15
  • Apply for the HFES Inclusion Award
  • Upcoming HFES Webinars
  • 2024 Student Member With Honors Awards and Outstanding Student Chapter Award Applications
  • The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE): Apply for the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award 
  • FPE Continues Ergonomists Without Borders Programs
  • Hot Off the Press: Editor's Picks for HFES Journals
  • Call for Papers: Special Issue of Human Factors
  • Upcoming Meetings and Activities
  • Community Updates

Register Now for ASPIRE—The HFES Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for ASPIRE—the premier educational activity in human factors and ergonomics. Powered by HFES, the mission of ASPIRE is to advance systems and practices through innovation, research and education.

Join us September 9-13 in Phoenix to advance the latest research and developments impacting our field and the interactions between humans, systems and their environment. At ASPIRE, we will break new ground, grow, connect and make the world a better place through the application of our specialized body of knowledge.

Register now to secure your spot at this highly anticipated event.

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Group Registration Available for ASPIRE

We're excited to offer special discounts on meeting registration to current members of the Society. This offer applies to groups of ten or more full, affiliate, associate, early career associate and student affiliate members within the same company or organization, excluding corresponding members.

Enjoy a 10% discount on the prevailing meeting registration fee for groups from the same organization or institution.

Any questions should be directed to the meeting registrar at registration@meetingplanners.com

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Submit Your Late-Breaking Results Proposal for ASPIRE

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 Wednesday, June 12 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. 

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HFES Offers New Presentation Formats

HFES is committed to expanding opportunities for attendees at all stages of their research and careers to share their work and receive feedback from colleagues. ASPIRE will offer two new presentation formats this year.

Lightning Lessons

HFES will provide timed slots for lightning lesson presentations to spark new conversations and collaborations. The point of a lightning lesson presentation is to briefly present the main point—not give a detailed talk.

Unlike traditional meeting presentation formats, each speaker will have seven minutes to present and may use a limited number of slides. Plan to cover a single topic, start with the good stuff and end by making a point.

If there’s one technique or technology you wish everyone knew, one little-known fact that should be well-known, one tool that makes your life easier every day or a collection of little things that you can fit into seven minutes, you can propose a lightning talk. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the work of your colleagues in a relatively brief period.

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Collaborative Solutions Showcase

The collaborative solutions showcase will encourage meaningful discussions, exchange of ideas and collaborative problem-solving among meeting attendees. It is intended to foster the interchange of knowledge and promote networking.

Participants will present a poster that describes any problem or question you would like to invite fellow attendees to comment on to help you advance your work. Problems can be industry or research oriented. Attendees will offer suggestions by writing on index cards that they pin to your board. Poster authors do not need to attend their poster at any time.

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Submissions for both lightning lessons and the collaborative solutions showcase are accepted until Thursday, August 1.

Promote the Work of Your University Lab at ASPIRE

The university lab posters showcase serves as a testament to the diverse educational and research programs within the HF/E community. Each university lab will be allocated space to display its posters, providing an opportunity to highlight their contributions to the field.

A limited number of spaces are available. Posters will be on display from September 10-12.

To reserve space to display your university's HF/E lab, submit your intent via the online form no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 31

Space will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation and instructions for displaying your lab poster will be sent via email. Please send questions to info@hfes.org.

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The HFES job fair at ASPIRE, an HFES Annual Meeting, will provide a forum for employers to find talent and for job seekers to discover potential roles for the next phase in their careers. The job fair can help facilitate connections and provide helpful career-related information and resources to employers and job seekers. Whether you are an organization looking to hire or are on the job market looking for your next opportunity, we hope the Job Fair can help you with your search. If your company is interested in participating in this year's job fair, click the button to learn more and sign up today.

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HFES Offers Roommate Service for ASPIRE

HFES is providing a roommate finder service for its meeting attendees. Use this forum to contact other attendees looking for roommates with whom you may share lodging costs. Those agreeing to share accommodations will need to make arrangements for lodging on their own (i.e., securing the actual room reservation) and agree on how to share the room costs. 

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Coffee Talk With Leaders

The HFES Coffee Talk program provides a platform for members to engage in open and candid conversations with HFES leaders. We will also use this forum to help members connect with fellow professionals for engaging discussions, meaningful interactions and valuable networking beyond the confines of a formal meeting. 

This monthly coffee talk series will provide a casual environment for people to hear from leadership, ask questions and have a sense of the business of HFES. The first meeting is taking place on Monday, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. ET. We will alternate the timing of future sessions to accommodate those in various time zones.

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Nominations for HFES Elected Office Deadline Is May 15

The call for nominations for HFES president-elect, secretary-treasurer-elect and at-large executive council opened on April 15. Now is the perfect time to consider service to HFES as an elected officer or director. We encourage members to review the elected office position descriptions and responsibilities and read about nominee eligibility.

A minimum number of nominations is required for one to appear on the ballot so interested individuals should connect with fellow members to urge them to include your name on the nomination form. Nomination forms will be accepted through Wednesday, May 15. The minimum number of nominations required are:

  • Five (5) for president-elect
  • Three (3) for secretary-treasurer-effect
  • Three (3) for executive council member-at-large-elect

Receiving the minimum number of nominations does not guarantee the nominee will be on the ballot. Only those with the most nominations, as indicated below, will appear on the ballot:

  • For president-elect: the three (3) persons who receive the greatest number of nominations
  • For secretary-treasurer-elect: The three (3) persons who receive the greatest number of nominations
  • For at-large executive council (2 open positions): The six (6) persons who receive the greatest number of nominations

View the recorded webinar to learn about the benefits of serving HFES. Note: This video was recorded in 2021 and references the 2021 election timeline

All members are encouraged to email info@hfes.org if they have questions concerning any aspect of the HFES nomination or election process.

Full and emeritus members: Reference the email sent on Monday, April 15 for the nomination information and form.

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Apply for the HFES Inclusion Award

The Executive Council of HFES recently approved a new Society award–The HFES Inclusion Award. The HFES Inclusion Award will recognize the contributions of HFES members related to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice in the fields of human factors and ergonomics and to HFES itself. These contributions may span outstanding and impactful research, practice and service.

This award will recognize novel and recent contributions that extend the reach of HF/E to new areas. In contrast to existing HFES awards, this new award will specifically: (a) address the critical importance of DEI principles; and (b) celebrate the impact of members’ research, practice or service regarding these principles. Recipients can include individuals or collaborative teams.

Award decisions will be announced on August 2, allowing recipients ample time to plan for attendance and travel at ASPIRE in September in Phoenix. 

Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 24.

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Upcoming HFES Webinars

Navigating the UX Research Job Market: Insights From Industry Experts

June 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Presented by the Mentorship Committee

This webinar is a panel discussion on landing a research job in today's competitive climate. The event is geared towards those who are in the job market due to recent layoffs and recent graduates with master's or doctoral degrees who are interested in research careers. We are bringing together a group of experienced research managers to share their insights.


Designing Sustainable North Star: A Design Approach to Drive Sustainable Product Innovation

June 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Presented by the Sustainability & Product Design Technical Group

In this session, a newly developed approach to drive and guide sustainable product design innovation will be presented: the sustainable North Star. This approach combines different capabilities and expertise areas in one single process. From lifecycle assessment to user research and value chain mapping.

Through a tangible case study, this session will provide actionable guidance on how to define a long-term sustainable vision for a product, translate it into tangible proofs of concept and derive a roadmap from it.


2024 Student Member With Honors Awards and Outstanding Student Chapter Award Applications

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. Award recipients will be honored at ASPIRE.

The Student Member With Honors Award honors students who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline and/or to HFES. Criteria include HFES membership, high GPA, HF/E-related course completion and faculty endorsement. For the Outstanding Student Chapter Award, chapters are recognized based on activities and achievements. 

Applications are due by Sunday, June 30.

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The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE): Apply for the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award

The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) gives the award to the student (or a group of students) for an ergonomics project that demonstrates the major practice areas of ergonomics (i.e., analysis, design and integration). This award is open to worldwide students—Honors, M.S. or Ph.D.—in ergonomics and ergonomics-related programs. Students who have completed their graduate degrees in the past year are also eligible. The award and check will be presented at ASPIRE, taking place September 9-13 in Phoenix. The winner does not have to travel to Phoenix to receive the award.

In addition, $1,000 will be awarded to the professor who served as the mentor for the student project. The cash award is made to the university department or lab for the professor’s discretionary use to advance education in the practice of HF/E. The student(s), professor and university will be recognized on the FPE website as recipients of the award, and a summary of the student project will be posted.

The deadline to apply for the annual Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award is June 30.

Submission should be emailed to Dr. Robert J Smillie, C.ErgHF, CPE, at robert.smillie@cox.net.

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FPE Continues Ergonomists Without Borders Programs

FPE continues to expand several significant international ergonomics programs under its Ergonomists Without Borders project. These include awarding impact grants to Malaysia, Thailand and India, providing HFES Corresponding Memberships to nine Central and South American ergonomists and collaborating with members of FPE’s International Advisory Committee.

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Hot Off the Press: Editor's Picks for HFES Journals

Spring into the latest breakthroughs in human factors/ergonomics research! Explore our editors’ picks for top insight from our HFES journal articles. Whether you're a seasoned researcher or new to the field, there's something for everyone in this month's edition.

Human Factors

"Virtual Reality Adaptive Training for Personalized Stress Inoculation"

Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making

"The Context of Care: Abstraction Hierarchy Modeling of Therapeutic Foster Care Programs"

Ergonomics in Design

"Translation of a Successful Behavioral Intervention to a Digital Therapeutic Self-Management System for Older Adults"

Human Factors in Healthcare

"Clinicians’ User Experience With Health Information Exchange Technologies During Simulated Medication Reconciliation"

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Human Factors

Lessons Learned From COVID-19 From the Human Factors and Ergonomics Perspectives

This proposed special issue invites submissions of original theoretical and empirical works related to the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of all HF/E domains.

All submissions must explicitly demonstrate knowledge that yields design principles; enhances training, selection and communication; and ultimately improves human-system interfaces and sociotechnical systems that lead to safer and more effective outcomes.

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Upcoming Meetings and Activities


Attention chapters, technical groups, affinity groups and beyond: HFES is pleased to post information concerning 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 info@hfes.org.

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Community Updates

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.

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