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    Prestigious awards go to U.S. Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologists attached to NAMRU-Dayton

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    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH, UNITED STATES

    04.29.2021

    Story by Megan Mudersbach 

    Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton

    On February 26, Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-Dayton) officers received prestigious awards from the U.S. Naval Aerospace Experimental Psychology Society (USNAEPS) for their contributions to the field of aerospace psychology.

    Captain Nimfa Teneza-Mora, Commanding Officer, NAMRU-Dayton applauds the recipients, “Your hard work and dedication are fuel to our excellent command culture. You’ve inspired not only the people that you lead, but higher leadership too.”

    During the virtual 2021 U.S. Naval Aerospace Conference, USNAEPS presented three annual awards. Lt. Sarah Sherwood (AEP #160), Acting Department Head, Acceleration and Sensory Sciences Department, NAMRL received the 2020 Robert S. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Aviation Research. Lt. Cmdr. Brennan Cox (AEP #142), Deputy Director, NAMRL received the 2020 Michael G. Lilienthal Award for Leadership.
    The namesake for the USNAEPS leadership award, CAPT Michael G. Lilienthal (AEP #79), is universally known for setting the bar in service leadership. Throughout his active duty career and to this day, his personal approach toward mentoring others in the pursuit of excellence defines “the call to lead.”

    “To receive an award of this magnitude is truly humbling,” said Cox, “To be regarded for having similar qualities is a tremendous honor.”

    Cox holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Auburn University. In 2010 he received his commission in the U.S. Navy and completed flight training as the 142nd AEP. Now, as a USNAEPS Leadership award recipient, Cox joins a select group of previous recipients.

    “I owe them a sizable debt for their selfless mentorship to me which, like them, I plan to pay forward,” said Cox.

    The CAPT Michael G. Lilienthal Award for Leadership is awarded in recognition of an individual who has significantly advanced the field of Aerospace Experimental Psychology through excellence in leadership over the past year. Award recipients have consistently demonstrated their ability to: motivate and inspire others; apply foresight and resourcefulness in anticipating and overcoming significant challenges; maintain strength of character in the face of adversity.

    “My hope – and expectation – is that the AEP community will continue to be recognized as scientific support leaders to Naval Aviation, Naval Medicine, and the Joint Force, by ensuring our Warfighters are manned, trained, equipped, and ready to dominate any mission and beat any adversary,” said Cox.

    The CDR Robert S. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Aviation Research recognizes an individual whose research results have directly contributed to demonstrably more effective Selection, Training, Safety, and Human Performance technologies in the service of Naval Aviation
    Sherwood’s current research interests center on aviation human factors and physiology, with emphasis on spatial disorientation and visual illusions and their effect on aircrew performance and safety of flight.

    Sherwood holds a Masters of Science in Human Factors and Systems and a Doctor in Philosophy in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2018, she was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and completed flight training as the 160th AEP.

    The CDR Robert S. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Aviation Research is awarded in recognition of an individual who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the field of aerospace psychology through original research over the past year. Award recipients have consistently demonstrated their ability to apply their scientific acumen to solving research challenges of critical importance to the Naval Aviation community.

    As a part of the Medical Service Corps, Navy AEPs apply their scientific knowledge to solve human systems integration and operational medicine challenges in Naval Aviation and across the Navy and Marine Corps. To learn more about Navy AEPS go to https://navyaep.com/.

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    Date Taken: 04.29.2021
    Date Posted: 04.29.2021 16:12
    Story ID: 395173
    Location: WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH, US

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