On Thursday, November 1, 2018, UES' newest division, led by Dr. Stephaney Shanks, celebrated their first birthday, taking time to reflect on all the challenges they overcame and appreciate the growth and progress they made together since the division came into existence just over a year ago.
Growth in Human Performance Research
Founded on October 1, 2017, with 35 members, the Integrative Health & Performance Sciences Division (Division 35), became the first UES research division focused solely on supporting research within the 711th Human Performance Wing. "We were grateful for this vote of confidence from Dr. Nina Joshi and the mentoring we received from our sister division, Biological and Nanoscale Technologies, led by Dr. Melanie Tomczak, that set us on the path for success as a new Division," Dr. Stephaney Shanks, Division 35 Director, said. "Today we stand at over 60 teammates with more new faces joining us later this month."
Shanks shared how the division not only focuses on solving scientific challenges in the Human Performances field, but also on giving back to the community. "This first year brought us many changes and challenges as we grew quickly and expanded our technical capabilities. We tackled them together as a team and had some fun along the way, including our participation in the Air Force Marathon weekend." Division 35 initiated UES' efforts to both sponsor and participate in the Air Force Marathon in September, representing Team UES in the race and connecting with the community at the Sports and Fitness Expo beforehand. The group also organized volunteer opportunities for UES employees to work with Habitat for Humanity.
The Integrative Health & Performance Sciences Division's future looks promising and Shanks is ready to lead the division and tackle new challenges as a team. "The horizon ahead for Division 35's sophomore year promises more changes to come, and new unexpected challenges will emerge, but we are confident that we can meet them head on, together."