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Review of Book: Hostile Intent and Counter-Terrorism

‘In this insightful and incisive text, Stedmon, Lawson and their many colleagues and co-contributors grapple with one of the most pressing issues for our species and our survival on this planet. They undertake to show how the integration of people and technology is at once the genesis of and potential solution to the vexed problems of contemporary asymmetric conflict, expressed through terrorism.


Drivers, Don't Trade in Your Smartphone for Google Glass . . . Yet

The MIT2 laboratory has had the first scientific look at using Google Glass to text while driving. The results clearly show Google GlassTM, used in this way, to be a driving distraction. There is a twist, however: Google GlassTM is superior to a smartphone in some regards.


William Collins Award

Dr. Valerie Martindale and our Exec Committee also wishes to congratulate our AsHFA Award Winners: Dr. Torin Clark of MIT’s Dept. of Aero & Astro (Stanley Roscoe Best Dissertation Award); the Henry Taylor Award went to Col (Dr) Anthony Tvaryanas (next year’s luncheon speaker); and, for the William Collins Award the familiar name of Dr.


Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award

The recipient of the Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award, which recognizes a person for outstanding human factors contributions to the design of an operational system, was Peter Hancock of the University of Central Florida. In addition to his notable scientific research, Hancock has made several contributions to a number of design efforts, including a roadway design project for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a heart pacemaker and a device to reduce needle-sticks, and involvement in the design of the IMPRINT system for the military.


The Handbook of Operator Fatigue

Fatigue is a recognized problem in many facets of the human enterprise. It is not confined to any one area of activity but enters all situations in which humans have to perform for extended intervals of time. Most problematic are the circumstances in which obligatory action is continuous and the results of failure are evidently serious or even catastrophic.