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2013

Army researcher retires after 36 years of service
December 19, 2013

It's been 36 years since Dr. Andrew Young first stepped foot through the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's doors as a young captain, and after a lifetime of contributions to the Army science, Young is preparing to say goodbye.

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Army Chief of Staff Visits USARIEM
November 22, 2013

At the Center for Military Biomechanics Research, USARIEM researchers told Odierno of their work to develop gender- and age-neutral physical performance standards and predictive performance tests for several combat-related military occupational specialties.

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USARIEM Researchers add Scientific Rigor to MOS Study
November 21, 2013

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, has partnered with USARIEM to conduct the Physical Demands Study. The study will be used to determine the physical requirements necessary to perform all combat-type jobs, including infantry, armor, artillery and engineering.

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Army researcher looks for cold facts
October 28, 2013

Now the field investigation team leader for the Injury Prevention Program, Army Institute of Public Health, U.S. Army Public Health Command in Aberdeen, Md., DeGroot actually began his quest to discover why the human body cools down faster under certain circumstances when he was a research physiologist in the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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Natick Soldier exchanges gifts, admiration with patriotic Red Sox player
October 24, 2013

Chacon, in uniform, looked down to see a pair of batting gloves, which he assumed that some fan had tossed down to be signed. A moment later, an usher tapped Chacon on the shoulder and told him that it was Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, known for his unwavering support of the U.S. military, who had thrown them over.

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Natick holds inaugural NCO Induction Ceremony
October 8, 2013

Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin B. Stuart of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command served as guest speaker at the ceremony, held at the Lord Community Center. Inductees included Sgt. David A. Gonzalez, Sgt. Matthew C. Lavallee, Sgt. Crystal L. Meints, Staff Sgt. Shaun M. Morand, Sgt. Dennis E. Scofield, and Sgt. Marissa G. Spitz.

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Army surgeon general visits USARIEM
September 25, 2013

Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho toured USARIEM, which is situated at Natick Soldier Systems Center, and received briefings on such subjects as biophysics and biomedical modeling, thermal and mountain medicine, military performance, military nutrition, and the development of gender-neutral physical standards for Army Military Occupational Specialties.

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Army developing tool to reduce altitude sickness in deployed Soldiers
September 17, 2013

Many Soldiers who have deployed to high altitudes without the proper time to adjust have learned the hard way that they are probably going to get sick.

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Female flag detail honors Women's Equality Day
August 28, 2013

"An all-female flag honors team raised the installation flag during reveille," said Spc. Marissa Spitz, a biological research assistant with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, who took part in the detail. "I am excited to be a part of this to give tribute to female warfighters who served before me and have paved the way for me to be where I am today."

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Let's get nerdy: GEMS summer science program inspires kids in math and science
August 14, 2013

For the third year in a row, the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science, an extracurricular summer science education program, which enables students to experience science in a real laboratory setting, was hosted at USARIEM. "Our main objective was to take science and math out of the classroom and put it in a real-world setting," Capt. Carrie Quinn, a research physiologist for USARIEM's Thermal and Mountain Medicine, said. "The kids got to see things here that they wouldn't be able to experience anywhere else. They get to truly see how science and math are everywhere -- even in the Army."

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Finding Their Way Through The Woods
July 31, 2013

With this in mind, the Soldiers and officers of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, went to the woods of Fort Devens to brush up on their skills July 26.

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A Moveable Feast
July 17, 2013

Over the past 17 years, however, the Haleys have lived in many locations together as Haley moved up through the ranks as an Army officer. Over the past four years, they have made Weston, Mass., their home while they both worked at the Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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Researcher from Natick Receives Prestigious Citation for a Lifetime of Stellar Science
June 19, 2013

Young received The Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine at ACSM's annual conference in Indianapolis on May 28.

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Natick Soldier Makes Impressive Marathon Debut in Tribute to Boston Victims
May 15, 2013

Hill, deputy chief of the Military Performance Division, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center, ran the 2013 Cox Sports Marathon in Providence, R.I., in an impressive 3 hours, 34 minutes, 34 seconds.

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Soldiers participate in 'Run-Walk to Home Base' at Fenway Park
May 7, 2013

In fall 2009, the Red Sox Foundation, in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, established the Home Base Program to help improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Through the Home Base Program, veterans and family members have access to clinical care, the community as a whole can become educated about the challenges military families face on a daily basis, and research is conducted to improve understanding and treatment of PTSD and TBI.

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On guard against traumatic brain injuries
May 6, 2013

What's missing is a reference data set specific to the National Guard so that its members may be compared to their peers. Heaton and other USARIEM researchers aim to correct that by collecting data from a total of 3,000 Guard members from eight states, three different age groups, males and females, in combat support and combat arms units.

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Natick Soldier plans 'quiet little tribute' to Boston victims
May 3, 2013

"I just said, 'All right, I'm running it for everybody who can't,'" Hill said. "I just pictured those individuals who lost their limbs lying in a hospital bed. What would they give to run a marathon, just run, just get out there and run and have that freedom?"

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Natick researchers team up with Norwegian Army to measure nutritional needs during Arctic ski march
March 27, 2013

Norwegian soldiers and U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's, or USARIEM's, researchers braved whiteout conditions and intense March winter weather -- sometimes with temperatures that were as low as minus 22 degrees -- during the Garnisonen i Sør-Varanger's, or GSV's, three-day ski march exercise along the Norwegian-Russian border in an effort that took more than a year of collaboration and planning.

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Heading for home to help veterans
March 5, 2013

The answer is once a year, during the Run-Walk to Home Base presented by New Balance. The fourth annual event will take place Saturday, May 4 to raise funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which since 2009 has helped veterans and families coping with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

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The invisible enemy of the Afghanistan mountains
February 26, 2013

At heights exceeding 8,200 feet, they must worry about the effects of altitude on their mental performance and about their susceptibilities to Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS. As acting chief of the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick Soldier Systems Center, Stephen R. Muza, Ph.D., devotes a great deal of time to studying those problems.

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Army studying special operators' nutritional needs
January 24, 2013

Crombie, who works for the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, at Natick Soldier Systems Center, Mass., is leading a team that has been studying special operations forces at training venues around the country to discover that. Results will be used to adjust the Basic Daily Food Allowance, or BDFA, for dining facilities that serve their meals.

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After 32 years of service, Natick researcher says farewell
January 3, 2013

Dr. Michael N. Sawka began his career at U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine as a research physiologist in 1980. He then became chief of the Thermal Physiology and Medicine Division in 1990 and chief of the Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division in 1996. Sawka served as division chief of Thermal and Mountain Medicine until retirement.

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2012

Natick Soldier Serves as Toxicology Subject Matter Expert During Massachusetts Drug Lab Panel
December 20, 2012

A Soldier from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Natick Mass., was recently invited to speak as a subject matter expert on lab best practices during the Massachusetts House Committee Post Audit and Oversight Hearing on the State Drug Lab.

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Natick researcher helps Army to marathon silver medal
November 2, 2012

Maria Urso of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine helped the All-Army women's team to a second-place finish in the Armed Forces Marathon Championship, held Oct. 28 as part of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

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'Fearless Felix' historic space jump has Natick ties
October 22, 2012

Last weekend, the world watched as "Fearless" Felix Baumgartner made his epic descent from a balloon 128,100 feet above the Earth. But what the world didn't know at the time is that the technology used to monitor Baumgartner's heart and respiratory rate has ties to Natick.

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Natick researcher, Reserve Soldier is true marathon woman
October 16, 2012

The 36-year-old Urso is a presidential-award-winning scientist, Army Reservist, triathlete and, yes, marathon runner. To squeeze anything else into her schedule, she just might need days with more hours.

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Army Research helps firefighter recruits reduce injuries
September 24, 2012

Researchers at Natick's U. S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine have teamed up with the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow, Mass., in an effort to reduce injuries in recruits.

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Whitmer takes command of USARIEM
August 24, 2012

On a sunny day 777 days ago, Maj. Gen. James Gilman, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, took the unit colors from Col. Kevin Keenan and presented them to Col. Gaston Bathalon as the 17th commander of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Today, Gilman took the unit colors from Bathalon and handed command to Col. Deborah Whitmer as the 18th USARIEM Commander.

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Bathalon says goodbye to USARIEM
August 9, 2012

Just ask Col. Gaston Bathalon, who will put the finishing touches on his three-decade Army career Aug. 24, the date he relinquishes command of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center. He wound up far removed from his original plan to serve four years and shift into the civilian world.

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GEMS + summertime science = fun
July 25, 2012

The Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science program, or GEMS, is an extracurricular summer science education program, which enables students to experience science in a real laboratory setting. The GEMS program at USARIEM began during the summer of 2011 with 50 students enrolled in two GEMS I programs.

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Army researcher receives top White House award for scientific excellence
July 23, 2012

Maria Urso will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, or PECASE, at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, July 31, 2012. She will also go on a White House tour and meet President Barack Obama as part of the whirlwind honors of this award.

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Memorial Day, a dream come true for a Natick Soldier
May 29, 2012

In New England, Red Sox Nation is a way of life. For an Army specialist, who grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as the daughter of a church organist, and a huge Red Sox fan, Memorial Day 2012 is something Spc. Erin Jones will never forget.

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USARIEM Soldiers shine during training exercise
May 23, 2012

On the eve of Armed Forces Day, U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, Soldiers proved they are ready and fit to fight by successfully accomplishing and passing their annual Army Warrior Task training.

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Natick Soldiers run home for PTSD, traumatic brain injury
May 21, 2012

It was a beautiful Sunday morning in May; the kind of weekend day where the sun is saying so long to spring and heating up for summer. Fans eagerly crowded into Fenway Park adorned with team shirts, supportive signs and the air was abuzz with excitement.

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The Army's Future Leaders Explore Future Technology
April 17, 2012

Engineering psychology cadets from the U.S. Military Academy got a firsthand look at research that will help shape the future Army -- their Army. They received a tour of USARIEM's four unique divisions and took part in hands--on briefings, from the Altitude Chamber to the Bone Health Lab to the Water Immersion Pool. They saw new technologies, including the 3D laser facility at U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center which is used to measure a Soldier's body dimensions, that promise to protect them as leaders and their future Soldiers and enhance war fighter capabilities.

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Researcher aims to help Soldiers recover faster from wounds
April 9, 2012

After collecting a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a doctorate in biochemistry, now Dr. Matheny is still trying to help service members as a research physiologist for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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Natick study looks at how Soldiers' bodies cool down
April 2, 2012

"You can't design possible countermeasures -- pharmacological treatments, perhaps -- until you know mechanisms," said Capt. David DeGroot, Ph.D., a research physiologist in USARIEM's Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division, who is leading the study. "You've got to understand the basic mechanism before you (say), 'Okay, now how do I target it?'

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Natick division tests Soldier performance
March 12, 2012

As Marilyn Sharp of the Military Performance Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center, or NSSC, pointed out, however, that unusual sight March 8 on a driveway beside the Barnes Building was all about finding better ways to measure Soldier performance.

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Eyes could provide windows to traumatic brain injury
March 1, 2012

"The ultimate goal is to provide the most accurate and efficient tools and techniques for determining Soldier performance and readiness," said Dr. Kristin Heaton, a neuropsychologist at USARIEM, "and bringing these tools as close to where the Soldier is working and performing his or her duties as we possibly can."

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2011

USARIEM Soldiers look at military history
October 4, 2011

On a Sept. 30 staff ride to Battleship Cove here, Soldiers from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Natick Soldier Systems Center got a good look at some of their nation's military history. Calling itself "the world's largest naval ship museum," Battleship Cove is home to eight vessels, including five National Historic Landmarks, and an aviation collection.

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USARIEM celebrates 50th anniversary
June 20, 2011

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine held a commemorative symposium June 16 to 17 at Natick Soldier Systems Center.

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G.I. Joe and The House of Pain
April 13, 2011

Outside Magazine features USARIEM research in a special issue on human performance. Chris Solomon writes about his own physical performance when exposed to heat, cold and high altitude. He interviews research physiologists about their current studies to support Soldier health and performance during an unprecedented visit to USARIEM.

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2010

Fort Benning Training Unit Beats the Heat
October 1, 2010

Video featuring Fort Benning initial entry training units piloting body temperature cooling technology to prevent heat injuries.

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2009

Researcher Shares Cold Safety Tips for Soldiers
December 17, 2009

DotMilDocs, the official podcast of the Military Health System interviews Dr. John Castellani, Thermal & Mountain Medicine Division. Preventing cold injuries and tips on identifying symptoms of hypothermia, frostbite and non-freezing cold injuries is discussed.

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Armed with Science: Episode #45: Nutrition Science and the Combat Ration
November 23, 2009

Dr. Andy Young, chief of the Military Nutrition Division at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), and Mr. Gerry Darsch, director of the DoD Combat Feeding Program at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), discuss how military organizations work together to provide Soldiers healthy, good-tasting, sustainable, and nutritionally sound combat rations.

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Don't Sweat It
November 20, 2009

Protection against insect bites is a concern for U.S. servicemembers worldwide, but the impact of topical insect repellents on sweating is unknown. LabTV captures a USARIEM research study in progress.

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Army Times: Five Things Every Solder Should Know About High Altitudes
July 25, 2009

Army Times talks with USARIEM's Dr. Stephen R. Muza about understanding the challenging conditions of high altitude and how to deal with them.

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Mountain Medicine for the Warrior
July 8, 2009

Pentagon Web Radio talks with USARIEM's Dr. Stephen R. Muza, Thermal & Mountain Medicine Division. They discuss the impact of thin air of high altitude on conducting mountain operations and explain how the Army is using science to improve Warrior health and performance at high altitudes.

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The Science of Military Performance
June 8, 2009

DefenseLink, official website of the Department of Defense, features the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM). Current research studies focused on improving Warfighter health and performance are highlighted. See complete overview with links to photo essay and video.

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Partnership for Clean Competition Appoints Scientific Advisory Board Members
February 6, 2009

Partnership for Clean Competition announces appointment of its first eight Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members.

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2008

BUSPH Doctoral Student Wins Recognition for Army Jet Fuel Research Project
November 15, 2008

Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) Doctoral Student Kristen Smith works with USARIEM research team studying exposure to jet-propulsion fuel and neurological health in military personnel.

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Altitude Sickness Research Prepares Soldiers in the Field
September 15, 2008

Article features current altitude research at the Maher Memorial Altitude Laboratory on top of Pike's Peak, in Colorado Springs.

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