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Ellingson Award Winner Announced

September 22, 2020

Ellingson Award Winner Announced

The Associate Fellows Group is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Ellingson Award for scholarly articles published during 2019 in "Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance" (AMHP).

   The Ellingson is awarded to Dr. Douglas D. Boyd for his research article “Occupant Injury Severity in General Aviation Accidents Involving Excessive Landing Airspeed,” published in the April 2019 edition of AMHP [Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2019; 90(4):355–361]. The award will be presented during the AFG Breakfast at the 2021 AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in Reno, Nevada.
   Dr. Boyd earned a B.Sc., in Pharmacology at Leeds University, Leeds, UK, in 1982 and then his Ph.D. at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1985. He was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas in Houston from 1991 to 1996, then became Associate Professor. In 2001, he was made a full Professor, which is his current position. He has reviewed for 30+ journals, including AMHP, and several funding agencies, including the NIH. He has mentored 29 graduate students/fellows, including a resident in aerospace medicine. He serves on both the Aerospace Medical Association’s Safety Committee as a member, the Resolution Committee as Chair, and on the Scientific Program Committee as a member. He is also a FAA Safety Team representative co-organizing (and presenting) safety seminars for Houston-area general aviation pilots. Additionally, he received the Arnold D. Tuttle Award in 2018 from the Aerospace Medical Association for his role as author of “In-flight decision-making by general aviation pilots operating in areas of extreme thunderstorms” [Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2017; 88(12):1066–1072].
   The runners-up for the Ellingson were the research article by Dr. William D. Porter (co-authors: Nicole Powell-Dunford; Grant D. Wilde; Alaistair J. R. Bushby) for “Asthma and Rotary-Wing Military Aircrew Selection,” which appeared in the July 2019 edition [Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2019; 90(7):606–612], and the technical note by Dr. David L. Lerner (co-authors: Ranjit S. Chima; Kirang Patel; Allen J. Parmet), “Ultrasound Guided Lumbar Puncture and Remote Guidance for Potential In-Flight Evaluation of VIIP/SANS,” published in the January 2019 edition [Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2019; 90(1):58–62]. The AFG congratulations all of these authors for their scholarly achievements.
   The Ellingson Award was created in the memory of the late Colonel Harold V. Ellingson, who served as a military flight surgeon between 1942 and 1966 with the U.S. Army and Air Force, and who was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments with numerous awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal. During his tenure as Commander of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base between 1963 and 1966, he provided academic training in all aspects of specialized aeromedical practice for physicians and nurses of the Air Force, Army, Navy and allied nations. He also oversaw training in bioastronautics for aerospace research pilots. Following his USAF retirement, he held the position of chairman in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University. Dr. Ellingson also served in the roles of president of the American College of Preventive Medicine and chairman of preventive medicine section for the American Medical Association (AMA). 
   The Ellingson is a prestigious award given annually by the AsMA Associate Fellows Group (AFG) in recognition of the scientific achievements of an AFG member who has had an article published in AMHP during the previous year. The recipient is competitively selected from among AFG member first authors published during the prior year via a peer-review process.