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Ergonomic Investigation Findings
Provide Recommendations to Improve Cycling Safety
Researchers Received Distinguished Award from the
Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and the International Ergonomics Association
HOPKINTON, MA – Researchers Paul Schepers, M.Sc., M.A. and Berry P.L.M. den Brinker, Ph.D. of the Netherlands won the 2012 International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Liberty Mutual Medal. The researchers received the honor for their scientific paper, “What Do Cyclists Need to See to Avoid Single-Bicycle Crashes?” (Ergonomics, Vol. 54, No. 4, pp. 315-327, April 2011). Schepers is a road safety consultant with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Centre for Transport and Navigation (Delft) and den Brinker is a researcher and director of the Scientific Institute for Low Vision Use Research and Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences (Amsterdam). The Medal is being presented at the meeting of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Ergonomie, a federated society of the International Ergonomics Association. The meeting will be held in Amersfoort, The Netherlands on October 25-26, 2012.
The most prestigious award of its kind in the field of occupational ergonomics and safety, the IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal is awarded to the author of an original scientific paper that meets criteria for innovation and impact. Presented annually, the award recognizes outstanding original research leading to the reduction of work-related injuries and/or to the advancement of theory, understanding, and development of occupational safety research. An international review committee, established by the IEA, selects the winning contribution from among the applicants worldwide. The Medal carries a stipend of $10,000.
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The 18th IEA Officers were elected at the IEA Council
meeting held in the Golden Tulip Palace Hotel of Recife,
Brazil on February 12. The new officers are: President, Eric Min-yang Wang of Ergonomics Society of Taiwan
(EST), Vice President and Secretary General, Margo Fraser
of Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE), and Vice
President and Treasurer, Yushi Fujita of Japan
Ergonomics Society (JES).
is a professor and the Convener of the Human Factors and
Ergonomics Program in the Department of Industrial
Engineering and Engineering Management in National Tsing Hua
University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. He was the previous Vice
President and Secretary General for the IEA and the former President
of the EST. Margo Fraser is an ergonomics consultant
in Calgary, Canada in her own consulting company. She is a former President of
ACE and has served as the Executive Director of ACE since 2005.
Yushi Fujita is an Executive Manager in a safety
consulting company. He is the previous Chairperson of IEA
Professional Standards and Education Committee and has been
serving on several committees in JES actively.
The new IEA officers were inaugurated in the closing ceremony of
the 18th Triennial Congress on February 16 in the
traditional way by handing over of the IEA flag from the
outgoing President Andrew Imada to the new President
Eric Wang. The achievements of the outgoing officers were
honored and appreciated. New executive committee chairs are
expected to be determined in March.
Since the Brazil meeting, Barbara Silverstein (USA) has been appointed as the International Development Committee (IDC) Chair and Wei Zhang (China) has been appointed as the Science, Technology and Practice (STP) Chair.