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medicineengineeringscience TAMEST Task Force Examining Impacts of Shale Development

TAMEST has convened a new task force to examine the environmental and community impacts of shale oil and gas development in Texas. The TAMEST Shale Task Force is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive review of scientific research and related findings regarding impacts of shale oil and gas production in Texas, chaired by Dr. Christine Ehlig-Economides, National Academy of Engineering member and Professor of Petroleum Engineering at University of Houston.

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the task force held an open meeting in Austin to hear invited speakers give expert presentations on research and policies relevant to the study. This input will help inform a final report of the task force that will be released in mid-2017. Slides and audio of the expert presentations, as well as video of a panel discussion on community impacts, are now available.

On November 29, 2016, the University of Houston hosted the TAMEST Shale Task Force for a symposium on the project. Chair Dr. Christine Economides and other representatives from the group held a provocative panel discussion on six impact areas of shale development in Texas: land, air, water, seismicity, transportation, socio-economy. Watch video of the event:



Learn more about the TAMEST Shale Task Force.

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medicineengineeringscienceGovernor's Research Initiative Brings Nine New TAMEST Members to Texas

Thanks to grant awards from the Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI), several National Academies members are coming to Texas to expand their work. Nearly $35 million in grants from the program, with matching funding from member institutions Texas A&M University, University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin, will help these nationally-recognized researchers bring their groundbreaking work to Texas:

  • Dr. Girish Saran Agarwal, The Royal Society, joining the faculty of Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Leif Andersson, National Academy of Sciences, joining the faculty of Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Joan Frances Brennecke, National Academy of Engineering, joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Richard B. Miles, National Academy of Engineering, joining the faculty of Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Thomas J. Overbye, National Academy of Engineering, joining the faculty of Texas A&M University
  • Dr. George M. Pharr IV, National Academy of Engineering, joining the faculty of Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Andrea Prosperetti, National Academy of Engineering, joining the faculty of the University of Houston
  • Dr. John Suppe, National Academy of Sciences, joining the faculty of the University of Houston
  • Dr. Ganesh Thakur, National Academy of Engineering, joining the faculty of the University of Houston

These members, along with several other Texans elected to the National Academies or relocating to the state this year, will be welcomed and recognized at the opening reception of the TAMEST 2017 Annual Conference on Tuesday, January 10 at the Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio.