Dear IEA Council Members:
The past few months have been exciting and productive for the IEA.
Karen Jacobs Accepts Role as the STP Chair
We are delighted to announce that Karen Jacobs has agreed to accept the Chair of
the Science Technology and Practice Committee. When I introduced her to the
Technical Committee Chairs, I expressed my confidence that her experience as a
TC chair will serve her well in this liaison role with the 2012 Congress Organizing
Committee and the Executive Committee. Karen is at Boston University and has
extensive experience with the Technical Committee on Education and Children.
Please join me in welcoming her to the IEA Executive Committee as our new STP
Occupational Ergonomics Workshop in Burapha, Thailand
In cooperation with the University of Washington, the IEA-IDC co-sponsored an
occupational ergonomics workshop at Burapha University. Participants from
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam presented their work to colleagues and
engaged in problem-solving activities. Barbara Silverstein and Kate Stewart, from
the University of Washington, visited each of the groups in their countries to help
prepare for the workshop. Ergonomics in the garment industries was a common
theme across countries. Increased concern about mining activities leading to
degradation of water supplies for farmers is becoming an important issue looking
for ergonomics involvement in solutions. Good work is also being conducted in
agriculture and construction. Participation in national safety days has been
identified as a way to disseminate knowledge to employers and employees in all
four countries. Presentations from the workshop participants will be on the IDC

President’s Newsletter No.5. 2010