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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.


Richard III Society of NSW comments on Dr. Hancock's Murder in the Tower

“The Murder in the Tower” of the title is not what most people might think of, ie. the Princes in the Tower.  Instead, this book offers a fascinating new perspective on the dramatic events of 13 June 1483 and the question why Richard had William Hastings executed in such an uncharacteristically rash way. 


Raymond F. Longacre Award

Peter Hancock, Ph.D., is the 2008 winner of the Raymond F. Longacre Award for his seminal contributions concerning the assessment of pilot mental workload and for multiple research advancements in the understanding of the relationship between stress and human performance. He is also cited for his pioneering

efforts in the area of pilot decision-making in self-separation environments through conflict detection and resolution and for the development of the theory concerning and practical establishment of adaptive function allocation in advanced aviation systems.