2017 Southwest Regional  Symposium

Human Factors has Risks!

Event Supported by:
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio

Join us on June 9, 2017 from 8am - 5pm for this great event!

 Keynote Address:
Valerie Rice, Ph.D., President Elect of HFES

Valerie Rice

Valerie Rice is the Chief of the U.S. ARL Army Medical Department Field Element at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. She obtained her doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with a specialization in Human Factors Engineering, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration at Baylor University, and a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, licensed Occupational Therapist, and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner. Dr. Rice served 25 years on active duty in the US Army as an Occupational Therapy clinician, researcher, and instructor. While on active duty her research focused primarily on physically demanding tasks, cumulative trauma, and learning. She joined the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in 2002 with a Human Factors Engineering / Human Systems Integration - medical focus. Her research has concentrated on Soldier performance and health and has included projects on mindfulness, attention, learning, virtual world teaching/instruction, identification of traumatic brain injury, personal resilience, safety, and weapon firing. Her current research includes evaluating the impact of providing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instruction on Soldier and Veteran’s resilience, attention, problem solving, coping, neurocognitive performance, and heart rate variability, and evaluation of the impact of neurocognitive temporal training on attention, problem solving, decision making, brain processing speed (EEG), and weapon firing performance.
She is the co-editor of three ergonomics text books:
Marek, T., Karwowski, W. and Rice, V. editors (2010). Advances in Neuroergonomics and Human Factors of Special Populations.
Lueder, R. and Rice, V.J., editors (2008). Ergonomics for Children: Designing Products and Places for Toddlers to Teens. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.
Rice, V. J. (1998). Editor. Ergonomics in Health Care and Rehabilitation. MA: Butterworth-Heinemann.


When: June 9, 2017: 8am - 5pm

UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio
Downtown Campus - building/room details soon
Details: Information about directions, lodging and parking available here
Important Dates:  February 9th - Call for Submissions
April 14, 2017 - On-Line Registration Opens
May 5, 2017 - Deadline for abstract submissions, was extended
May 10, 2017 - Notification of acceptance
May 15, 2017 - Program Available
June 6, 2017 - On-Line Registration Ends
June 8, 2017 - Tours and evening Happy Hour
June 9, 2017 - Southwest Regional HFES Symposium

Please direct your questions to the program committee - submissions@houstonhfes.org