Dear Potomac Chapter colleagues:
HFES is once again hosting an exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in DC on April 26-27, 2014, and the organizing committee is seeking contributions to support our efforts. The festival will be at the Washington DC convention center. An HFES member has offered to match contributions to sponsor the festival.
The 2012 festival drew over 150,000 children, teens, and their parents and is a prime opportunity to spread the word about human factors/ergonomics. Toward this end, our exhibit booth will include a number of engaging activities and information and will be staffed by student volunteers from George Mason, the Potomac Chapter and elsewhere.
Donations from individuals of any amount would be greatly appreciated. Also, corporate sponsorship levels are:
- Diamond: $1,000
- Platinum: $750
- Gold: $500
- Silver: $250
Your sponsorship funds will support handout and display materials, lunch for the volunteers, and other necessary services. Your contribution will be acknowledged at the exhibit and elsewhere. Most important, you'll be supporting educational outreach efforts to stimulate interest in the HF/E field among future generations of professionals.
To contribute, please contact:
HFES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions may be tax-deductible. Consult your financial adviser regarding your individual tax situation.
We believe that in the future, the human factors specialist will be a vital part of every design team as a routine association. This does not imply that he/she will be in charge, but it does mean that new, high quality technology will certainly not be successfully developed and marketed without the synergistic linking of the engineering and human factors disciplines. It is the goal of our chapter and the national society to foster growth of our field and to increase the awareness of others about our work.
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Looking for a home are issues of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Society for Risk Analysis, American Society Safety Engineers, and System Safety Society. The issues are packed in cardboard boxes, and read to go. Contact Gary Staffo at 202-586-9577.
Washington Academy of Sciences Capital Science 2014: Call for Papers
The call for abstracts deadline is extended to March 7, 2014. For submission details go to: http://www.washacadsci.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Call-for-abstracts_v-01_08_14.pdf. If you have questions please contact Jerry Krueger at JerryKrueg@aol.com.
Washington Academy of Sciences Capital Science 2014: HFES Mini-Symposium Speaker
As an affiliate member of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) , the Potomac Chapter will again highlight the work of our profession at the WAS Capital Science weekend March 29-30, 2014, in Arlington, VA. Over the past decade, our chapter has had much success in showcasing the human factors research of 3-4 of our members in a mini-symposium at this biennial event. Typically, we have published several journal articles about our presentations in the prestigious WAS quarterly journal, which has been published continuously since 1898. That will be our goal again for this event. For more information, or to express your intention to participate in this unique opportunity, please contact Jerry Krueger, our coordinator for this effort, at: JerryKrueg@aol.com, or by phone at (703) 768-3421.
Ergonomics / Human Factors included in Eight Emerging Careers for 2013
By Larry Buhl, Monster Contributing Writer
“Each year, the Occupational Information Network, or O*Net, an occupational information source developed for the US Department of Labor, recognizes ‘bright-outlook occupations.’ Based on the July 2012 O*Net update," ergonomics was included in "emerging careers with bright outlooks in terms of immediate demand and pay. Ergonomists create products and procedures designed to lessen physical strain and injury. ‘The field is strong due to the aging of the population, which creates demand for products and workplaces that are less physically demanding, and from businesses’ demand for greater efficiency that can be built into work procedures,’ [Laurence] Shatkin [author of Best Jobs for the 21st Century, 6th ed.] tells Monster.com. The median annual ergonomist salary was just over $77,000 in 2011, according to the BLS. These specialists are also called human factors engineers.” (Posted - December 9, 2012)
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From the President
Welcome to the web site for the Potomac Chapter (POC) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). We are one of the largest local chapters of human factors and ergonomics professionals within the national organization. Our current membership is composed of nearly 100 people in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our Home Page is a means of improving communications with our members and those who would like to know more about the field of human factors. Please feel free to explore the links below and to provide us with any feedback you have.
Thank you for your interest,
Eugene St. Clair
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Human Factors: The Journal of the Human
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Ergonomics in Design
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