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Bauer Award: Marian Sides

June 30, 2022

Bauer Award: Marian Sides

This award was established to honor Louis H. Bauer, M.D., founder of the Aerospace Medical Associ ation. It is given annually for the most significant contribution in aerospace medicine. It is sponsored by the Mayo Clinic.

A smiling white woman with dark brown hair in a black shirt is shown against a mottled blue background.Marian B. Sides, Ph.D, MSN, FAsMA, is the 2022 recipient of the Louis H. Bauer Founder’s Award for her dedication to aerospace medicine throughout her career. She is a visionary who has made significant contributions to aerospace medicine. She is universally recognized as a leader, innovator, and mentor. As president of Education Enterprises Inc., she has mentored numerous medical students, nurses and scientists, providing stipends, scholarships, and financial awards for scientific papers. She has presented over 40 scientific papers, developed and chaired 30-plus panels.
   Dr. Sides graduated from the University of Chicago in 1984 with a Ph.D. in Higher Education in the Division of Social Sciences. Prior to that, she received a Master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, from Loyola University in Chicago, and a BSN from DePaul University in Chicago. Shortly after completing her graduate education, she began teaching as an adjunct clinical professor, and worked concurrently as a clinical nurse. Through the years, she instructed, coached, and tutored over 10,000 health care professionals to successfully pass their licensure examinations, and secure meaningful employment.
   Dr. Sides joined the U.S. Air Force in 1978, served in Operation Desert Storm, was Commander of the 63rd/928th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and retired in 2004 as a Colonel. She advanced the understanding of the stresses of flight on the human body during air transport as she employed best practices in patient care. Her operational command positions include Troop Commander, Operation De sert Storm, and Field Commander, Operation Provide Com fort. She flew 26 aeromedical evacuation sorties, leading in-flight care for 300 enemy prisoners of war and allied injured. She received the Mary T. Klinker Award for aeromedical evacuation and humanitarian mission support. She is an experienced squadron commander with over 1800 flying hours.
   Dr. Sides became a member the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) in 1982. Her experience has been a labor of
love for over 40 years. A Fellow of AsMA, she served as president of AsMA in 2010–2011. She served in leadership roles in many constituent organizations, committees, and key work processes. She chaired AsMA Corporate Membership Committee for 10 years, and was Founder and Chair of Corporate Forum. An AsMA Foundation member she ensured funding for the Mary F. Foley Endowment and the Inaugural AsMA Foley Panel. She is also a member of the AsMA ad hoc Committee on creating a repository of available information for Commercial Space Travel.
   Dr. Sides organized Bellagio I, International Congress, in Italy in 2004, exploring ‘Cardiovascular Risks of Spaceflight’ and Bellagio II, ‘Space Medicine: Terrestrial Applications’ in 2017. Her dynamic leadership continues to inspire and nurture the development of aerospace professionals and scientists around the world. She is past president and member of the Aerospace Nursing Society and a member of the Space Medicine Association.
   In 2011, Dr. Sides was inducted into the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine, as an Academician, during the meeting in Singapore. She led the development of the strategic plan of the IAASM, which was accepted by the Council in 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. She developed a Mentorship Handbook in 2021 to guide academy members in developing a younger generation within the industry of aviation and space medicine. She is currently Chair of the Corporate Membership Committee of IAASM.
   Dr. Sides has earned numerous commendation medals throughout her military career, including: Meritorious Service Medal, with three Oak Leaf Clusters; Commendation Medal, with Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal, Operation Desert Storm; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Five Combat Readiness Medals; Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Operation Desert Storm; National Defense Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; and the Humanitarian Service Medal, Operation Provide Comfort. She has also received many civilian honors, including: Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society in Nursing; the1989 Brigadier General E.A. Hoefly Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing and Clinical Excellence from the Aerospace Nursing Society; and she was the 1997 Honorary Member of the Wing of AsMA.