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2017 GEMS Near-Peer Mentor (NPM) selected as President of National Honor Society at Enterprise High School - Photo

U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command commander’s forum attendees in front of USAARL’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Rucker, Ala. on Apr. 5. U.S. Army photo by Scott Childress.

USAARL hosts forum for USAMRMC senior leaders
Posted May 1st, 2018 Story by: Catherine Davis, USAARL Public Affairs Officer

FORT RUCKER, Ala. – The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory hosted the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command commander’s forum Apr. 3-5.

Maj. Gen. Barbara Holcomb, USAMRMC and Fort Detrick commander, explained that the forum was an opportunity for laboratory commanders and their staff to learn about other laboratories and their importance within the command. Holcomb emphasized that during the forum the leaders discussed the future of the Army and Army medicine, networked with each other, and gained knowledge through professional development.

This meeting allowed the commanders to interact face-to-face and focus on hot issues that affect the command as well as the U.S. Army, instead of the monthly video teleconference where the commander from each USAMRMC subcommand laboratory gives a five-minute briefing about his or her organization.

On the last day of the forum, the group toured USAARL, the U.S. Army Aviation Museum, and the School of Army Aviation Medicine flight medic course facility.

“The USAARL team had a unique opportunity to present our research efforts to the senior leaders of USAMRMC,” said Col. J. Craig Taylor, USAARL commander. “The tour presented a great opportunity for this diverse group of leaders to understand the unique contributions that USAARL makes across the spectrum, from basic to applied research to final testing before fielding.”

As Taylor explained, the engagement between USAARL researchers and command leaders and staff during the tour deepened the understanding of the strategic connections between research efforts to fielding capabilities on the battlefield in support of Army priorities.

 



2017 GEMS Near-Peer Mentor (NPM) selected as President of National Honor Society at Enterprise High School - Photo

Col. J. Craig Taylor, USAARL commander, and Dr. Katie Feltman, USAARL research psychologist, presented USAARL’s efforts in operator state monitoring and intervention for future vertical lift and next generation combat vehicles at AUSA Innovator’s Corner on Mar. 26. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Seth Swartz.

USAARL presents at AUSA Innovator's Corner
Posted May 1st, 2018 Story by: Catherine Davis, USAARL Public Affairs Officer

FORT RUCKER, Ala. – The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory presented to military and industry leaders at the 2018 Association of the United States Army Global Force Symposium and Exposition Innovator’s Corner in Huntsville, Ala., Mar. 26-27.

AUSA Global Force is a military exhibition and professional development event held exclusively for members of the Army and affiliate scientists, vendors, and contractors. The symposium provided informative and relevant presentations on the state of the Army, panel discussions and seminars on pertinent military topics, and a variety of networking events available to all who attended.

The Innovator’s Corner displayed innovative, cutting-edge science and technology projects developed by or in partnership with Army laboratories, giving conference participants an opportunity to interface with senior Army leaders and learn about the capabilities and priorities of represented organizations. The Innovator’s Corner provided a forum to discuss critical technical challenges facing Army scientists and engineers and methods for overcoming these challenges.

On the first day of the Innovator’s Corner, Col. J. Craig Taylor, USAARL commander, provided an overview of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s research efforts.

Following his keynote address, Taylor and Dr. Katie Feltman, USAARL research psychologist, presented USAARL’s efforts in operator state monitoring and intervention for future vertical lift and next generation combat vehicles. Taylor and Feltman discussed how future technology and operational environments will alter the workload experienced by the operator, provided an overview of the available methods of real-time monitoring and types of interventions, such as adaptive automation and non-invasive brain stimulation, and spoke about the role USAARL will have in further assessing the use of these methods in operational settings.

“AUSA Innovator's Corner was a great opportunity for USAARL to showcase the Laboratory's capabilities and contributions to research, development, test, and evaluation,” said Feltman. “It was also an opportunity to learn from U.S. Army leaders about the future of Army science and technology.”

 



2017 GEMS Near-Peer Mentor (NPM) selected as President of National Honor Society at Enterprise High School - Photo

USAARL GEMS near-peer mentors teach students about exploring planetary science, neuroscience, biochemistry, and nanotechnology. U.S. Army photo.

Summer STEM program: What inquiring minds should know
Posted March 7th, 2018 Story by: Amy Baker, USAARL STEM Education Administrator

The 2018 U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program student application deadline is fast approaching! Southeast Alabama’s 2018-2019 4th through 11th grade students who are interested in hands‐on, inquiry‐based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiments are encouraged to apply by March 14.

Access the USAARL website for more application information: http://www.usaarl.army.mil/pages/stem/. The online application, the GEMS Student Essay Form, and the GEMS Student Recommendation Form are required for all GEMS student applicants. Application packets received after March 14 will be added to the waitlist and reviewed for program selection based on the availability of openings. Application packets will not be accepted after April 30.

 


USAARL publishes medical toolkit
Posted December 13th, 2017 Story & Photo by: Catherine Davis, USAARL Public Affairs Officer

One of the most challenging decisions facing military health care providers is if and when a previously wounded warfighter is fit to return-to-duty.

The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory recently published a return-to-duty medical guide for health care providers titled, “Return-to-Duty Toolkit: Assessments and Tasks for Determining Military Functional Performance Following Neurosensory Injury.”

The purpose of this Toolkit is to be a reference guide and resource containing currently available assessments for use by healthcare providers who must make RTD decisions. Depending on the symptoms experienced by the patient, the Toolkit intends to provide a tailorable selection of assessments from which to measure progress toward and make final RTD determinations.

While many of the assessments are well known and well validated, others contained in the Toolkit are at various states of trial and validation.

The guide can be used to customize performance assessments to specific military occupational requirements and/or to the warfighter’s specific potential impairment–within the clinician’s scope of practice.

The Toolkit contains the efforts of many dedicated experts including medical researchers, occupational and physical therapists, and healthcare providers who shared the goal of providing evidence-based tools for military RTD assessments.

The Toolkit is available for download at http://www.usaarl.army.mil/TechReports/2017-19.pdf

 


 

2017 GEMS Near-Peer Mentor (NPM) selected as President of National Honor Society at Enterprise High School - Photo

The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory hosted 8th grade students from Enterprise, Ozark, and Daleville City Schools systems during the Aviation Aerospace Pipeline Initiative tour Dec. 12

USAARL hosts avaiation aerospace pipeline students
Posted December 12th, 2017 Story & Photo by: Catherine Davis, USAARL Public Affairs Officer

The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory hosted 100, 8th grade students during the Aviation Aerospace Pipeline Initiative tour Dec. 12.

The students, from Enterprise, Ozark, and Daleville City Schools systems, are part of the Aviation Aerospace Pipeline Initiative, which aims to prepare, train, and retain the state’s future aviation and aerospace workforce by educating local middle and high school students about career pathways for jobs in the aviation and aerospace industry.

By educating students about jobs in the aviation and aerospace fields, the students will be better informed when selecting the high school courses necessary to establish a strong educational foundation and pathway for their future career success.

Fort Rucker's support of this initiative included tours of the School of Army Aviation Medicine, Aviation Center Logistics Command, and Directorate of Simulation.

 


 

2017 GEMS Near-Peer Mentor (NPM) selected as President of National Honor Society at Enterprise High School - Photo

2017 GEMS Near-Peer Mentor (NPM) selected as President of National Honor Society at Enterprise High School
Posted October 18th, 2017 Story & Photo by: Amy Baker, STEM Education Administrator

Julie Strickland, a near-peer mentor during the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory’s 2017 Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program, will be inducted as President of the National Honor Society at Enterprise High School Oct. 24.

During Strickland’s Forensics module near-peer mentorship, she led 24, 6th-7th graders through hands-on activities including fingerprinting, DNA testing, and bloodstain pattern analysis.

“During GEMS, Strickland demonstrated strong teaching skills, and brought to GEMS a positive personality that made her a great role model to the GEMS students,” said Dr. Amy Baker, USAARL’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education administrator.

GEMS is an extracurricular, STEM education program that enables students in grades 4-11 from the Wiregrass region of southeast Alabama to engage in hands-on experiments and to focus on STEM career fields. GEMS near-peer mentors lead the GEMS modules and serve as role models to the students by promoting science and math concepts and by acting as expert resources concerning college life and career pathways.

As National Honor Society president, Strickland will mainly be responsible for presiding over chapter meetings and activities as well as serving as an example for current members and future members. She will also collaborate with fellow officers and senior National Honor Society members for service project ideas during the 2017-2018 school year as a way to give back to the community.

The National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize high school students who excel in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Since its inception in 1921, the organization has flourished with chapters in all 50 states and an estimated 1 million students having participated in National Honor Society activities. The organization highlights the students’ scholastic achievements while encouraging them to develop further in their leadership skills through school involvement and community service.

 “Strickland’s selection as the EHS National Honor Society President is just another way that she is demonstrating her potential to emerge as a great professional and leader,” said Baker.

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