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    NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Ergonomics
    Texas A&M University
    College Station, TX 77843-3133 USA
    January 16, 1997


    Fellow BIOMCH-L Members:

    I wish to invite you to participate in a survey. My name is Carter Kerk
    and I am the Associate Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative
    Research in Ergonomics at Texas A&M University.

    Important Note: This survey is completely voluntary and completely
    confidential! It may take between 15 and 60 minutes depending on your
    computer usage pattern.

    If you use a laptop computer on a regular basis as part of your normal job
    activities, we would like to have you in our survey. If you know of others
    who use laptops, please pass this information along to them also. Our
    goals are to identify potential injury/illness risk factors and to develop
    appropriate interventions to make the use of laptop computers healthier and
    safer to the mobile computing community.

    The survey has been developed to acquire information on user demographics,
    usage patterns, and general health status. A more detailed health survey
    is provided for those individuals who have experienced some pain or
    discomfort recently. The general laptop usage survey takes approximately
    15 to 30 minutes to complete. The detailed health survey may require an
    additional 15 to 30 minutes.

    Surveys are available in three formats. Please pick the option most
    convenient for you.

    1) Log in to our web page at
    Look for the Mobile Computing / Laptop Questionnaire. Fill out the
    survey and submit according to the instructions.

    2) Complete the survey on a computer disk (3.5" IBM format only)
    Just send me a message at or contact me by phone or
    fax. I will send you as many disks as you need at your location, each with
    a pre-addressed, stamped envelope. (These disks may not be copied because
    of coding and hidden files. I will send you as many as you need.)

    3) Complete the survey in the paper form
    Just contact me and I will send as many paper copies as you need, each
    with a pre-addressed, stamped envelope.

    The diskettes, paper copies, and further information about the survey can
    be obtained by contacting me. Your participation and support is much
    appreciated. Thanks!


    Dr. Carter J. Kerk
    Assistant Professor & Associate Director
    Phone: (409) 862-4149
    Fax: (409) 845-6443