I hope everyone is enjoying their nice and hot summer.
Our 2015 Ergonomics Symposium is now open for registration, as can
be seen on this webpage. Miriam Joffe and her committee have done a great job
of pulling in dynamic speakers for the topic of “Inclusive Design”. Gayna
Williams has agreed to be the Keynote Speaker. As keynote, Ms. Williams will
discuss inclusive design from a product development and end-user side. Please
take a look at the agenda by clicking on the link and sign up.
The NW Trek event on May 16th was a very nice outing
for a few members and their families. The most interesting part was the bears.
The park staff set up a campsite, with
tents, picnic items, food, etc… in the bear’s area and then we all sat back and
watched as the bears literally destroyed everything; in some cases to get to
the food but in other cases because it was just good fun. We came back after our tram ride to see the all
damage done. It took them just a few
hours to make shambles out of everything. It made for an interesting spectacle
while teaching the importance of securing your food!
The next event Celeste McLaughlin is setting up will be at
Humanscale in Seattle. They will host a “Lunch and Learn” featuring Vincent
Wang, MS, CPE, as the speaker. This
event will be on July 24th (Friday) from 11:00-2:00. So hold the
date; sign up will be posted soon.
I would like to take a moment and report on what is happening with
the HFES and the chapters. Our quarterly phone meetings with Camille Peres, (who
sits on the Finance and Budget Committee at HFES) have focused on how HFES can
help smaller chapters and members with better educational opportunities. The
idea is for all members to be able to obtain access to some events put on by
the more robust chapters. Members (some without chapters) would be encouraged
to meet as a group and, as a group, access an educational event virtually. HFES
would help with the virtual piece. All the technical aspects still need to be
ironed out but many chapters are willing to participate. The other outreach effort HFES is attempting
is to offer more “regional meetings” in the future, so members, particularly
those that are not associated with a chapter have more educational opportunities.
I will keep you posted about these
In the meantime, enjoy your summer and be sure
to sign up the the Symposium.