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GM SCIENTIST RECEIVES AWARD FOR RESEARCH INTO YOUTH BASEBALL INJURIES

 WARREN, Mich., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A General Motors research scientist who used automotive safety crash dummies to help study injuries to youths playing baseball is being honored for his efforts.
 Dr. David Viano, a principal research scientist in GM's Biomedical Sciences Department and a leading vehicle safety expert, will be presented a special Individual Achievement Award from the Institute for Preventive Sports Medicine during the group's Sports Medicine Symposium Jan. 21-23 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn. He is being cited for his efforts to help in the understanding of injuries in youth baseball.
 Using child-size crash dummies, similar to those used in barrier impact tests for automobiles and trucks, Dr. Viano helped determine the extent of injury when a baseball hits a young player's chest.
 The research was done in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Medicine, the Institute and Wayne State University. It evolved from a project sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
 Dr. Viano, who holds a Ph.D in applied mechanics from the California Institute of Technology, has been with General Motors since 1974. An internationally recognized authority in the public health aspects of automotive safety, Dr. Viano has also held positions in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit.
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