Dr. Richard Vann of Divers Alert Network (DAN) has been selected for induction into the 2014 Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) Fellow Program.
This coveted award is widely recognized as the oldest and most prestigious in the diving industry.
Every year since 1960, this award has been given to a select group of divers and undersea visionaries who rank at the top of their fields in arts, science, sports/education, environment, and distinguished service.
In 1993, AUAS
was created to administer the NOGI award.
Dr. Vann, Vice President of Research for DAN (1990-2010), current consultant to DAN and Assistant Professor Emeritus at Duke University Medical Center will be inducted into the AUAS in the Science category and will receive a NOGI Award for his efforts and contributions to the underwater world.
Vannâ€™s work in diving and environmental physiology spans nearly 50 years with Divers Alert Network
, Ocean Systems, Inc.
, US Navy Underwater Demolition Team-12
, and Duke Hyperbaric Center
and includes accomplishments such as the Johnson Space Centerâ€™s Group Achievement Award
in 2011 and the Albert R. Behnke Award from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
2012 for outstanding scientific contributions to undersea biomedical activity.
â€œReceiving a NOGI is exciting and quite an honor,â€� said Dr. Vann. â€œUnderstanding diving safety, particularly fatalities and decompression sickness, has been my major professional interest.
I am most pleased by this recognition,â€� added Vann
This NOGI award will be presented to Dr. Vann
at the 54th Annual NOGI Awards Gala held during the DEMA Show in November 2014.
has spent a lifetime advancing dive safety research and it is exciting to see him be celebrated with this great honor.
Joining Dr. Vann
are four other NOGI Awardees: Lad Handelman (Distinguished Service); Richard Ellis (Arts), Bill Macdonald, (Environment), and Mike Hollis, Sports & Education.