Save the Date: 2017 Annual Conference
The dates for our 2017 Annual Conference have changed and will now be held the week prior, Tuesday–Thursday, January 10–12, 2017, at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.
The theme of next year’s conference will be A Sustainable Future for Texas, and Dr. Stephen Holditch, director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute at Texas A&M University, is serving as program chair.
Applications Now Open for Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI)
Applications are now open for the Governor’s University Research Initiative grant program (GURI). The program was enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2015 with the ambition of attracting more Nobel Laureates and National Academies members to the state and help Texas grow as a research destination. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and institutions will be eligible for up to $5 million in matching grants if accepted.
“With the launch of our University Research Initiative, Texas is taking an important step toward elevating our higher education institutions to become the best in the nation,” said Governor Abbott. “The Initiative will attract the brightest minds from around the globe and enhance our Universities’ capacity to conduct world-class research. I am confident that Texas’ commitment to investing in higher education will pay dividends for our economy, and current and future generations of students and faculty across the Lone Star State.” Read more…
Arnold Appointed to Gulf Research Program Advisory Board of National Academy of Sciences
Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E., TAMEST’s 2015 President, was recently appointed to the Gulf Research Program Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences which was established in direct response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire in 2010 and the significant impacts on the Gulf environments and population.
This advisory board was created by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) at the request of the federal government to establish a new program to fund and conduct activities to enhance oil system safety, human health, and environmental resources in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf regions that support oil and gas production. Read more…
New National Academies Report: Expanding Federal Regulations Impede Research
A new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds that expanding federal research guidelines and regulations are having a negative effect, causing researchers to spend more time on administrative issues and less on research. Larry Faulkner, President Emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin and TAMEST ICA Committee member, chaired the study. Read more on the report here.