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Baker Named 2010 Recipient of the Harry G. Moseley Award (web article)


Susan P. Baker

Susan P. Baker, MPH, ScD (Hon.), professor with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management and founding director of the Bloomberg School’s Center for Injury Research and Policy has been named the 2010 recipient of the Harry G. Moseley Award for her work applying the public health model to aviation safety research and training. Established in recognition of the contributions of Col. Harry G. Moseley to flight safety and sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the award was presented to Baker during the Aerospace Medical Association’s 81st Annual Scientific Meeting on May 13 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Baker’s research has led to a better understanding of the determinants of occupant survival in aviation crashes, the etiology of pilot error, and the relationship between pilot aging and safety performance. Her research has included crashes related to mountain flying, instructional flights, commuter flights, and air medical transport. Much of her teaching and research is designed to influence legislators, administrators, media representatives, and others whose decisions can determine the likelihood of injury for thousands of people.

“More than one thousand patients are admitted to U.S. hospitals with aviation-related injuries annually and 750 aviation related deaths occur each year, making aviation injuries a public health problem worthy of investigation,” said Professor Baker. “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the Aerospace Medical Association for their recognition of the importance of applying a public health model to studying aviation safety research and training.”

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