Thursday, January 17, 2013 

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


(Dallas Ballroom Foyer - 3rd Floor)
8:15 - 8:45 AM

TAMEST Membership Meeting

(Dallas Ballroom - 3rd Floor)
8:45 - 9:00 AM


(Proteges and special guests are invited to join the meeting at this time)

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks

(Dallas Ballroom - 3rd Floor)

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

TAMEST Honorary Chair


Session I: Deepwater Energy Exploration

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Keynote:  The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill NRDA: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Robert Haddad, Ph.D.

Division Chief, Assessment and Restoration Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Challenges of Petroleum Exploration in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Michael Fehler, Ph.D.

Deputy Director and Senior Research Scientist, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:45 - 11:05 AM


11:05 - 11:35 AM

Engineering Offshore Platforms

Yew Yuen Chow

Chief Operating Officer, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd.

11:35 AM - 12:05 PM

Breakthroughs in Drilling Technology

Ian Falconer

Marketing and Technology Manager, Schlumberger

12:15 - 1:15 PM


(San Antonio Ballroom - 4th Floor)

Session II: The Nervous System: Stem Cells, Behavior, and Movement

(Dallas Ballroom - 3rd Floor)
1:25 - 1:55 PM

Stem Cells Behaving Badly: Probing the Origins of Childhood Brain Tumors

Robert Wechsler-Reya, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Tumor Development Program, Sanford/Burnham Medical Research Institute

1:55 - 2:25 PM

Mechanism of Rapid Antidepressant Action

Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Ginny and John Eulich Professor in Autism Spectrum Disorders, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

2:25 - 2:55 PM

Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Autism:  From Basic Neuroscience Research to Clinical Trials

Kimberly Huber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholar in Medical Research, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

2:55 - 3:25 PM

Development of Spinal Cord Connections That Underlie Movement

Samuel L. Pfaff, Ph.D.

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Professor, Gene Expression Laboratory; Benjamin H. Lewis Chair in Neuroscience, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

3:25 - 3:45 PM



Session III: 2013 O'Donnell Awards Presentations

(Dallas Ballroom - 3rd Floor)
3:45 - 5:45 PM

O'Donnell Awards Recipient Presentations

6:00 - 7:00 PM


(San Antonio Ballroom Foyer - 4th Floor)
7:00 - 8:30 PM

O'Donnell Awards Dinner

(San Antonio Ballroom - 4th Floor)
8:30 - 10:00 PM

After Dinner Reception

(San Antonio Ballroom Foyer - 4th Floor)

Friday, January 18, 2013

7:45 AM - 12:00 PM


(Dallas Ballroom Foyer - 3rd Floor)
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Buffet Breakfast

(Dallas Ballroom 1 - 3rd Floor)

Session IV: Biology and Genomics of Rett Syndrome and Cancer

(Dallas Ballroom - 3rd Floor)
9:00 - 9:45 AM

Keynote:  Neurobiology of Rett Syndrome and Related Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D.

Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Translation of the Cancer Genome

Lynda Chin, M.D.

Chair of Genomic Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine and Scientific Director, MD Anderson Institute for Applied Cancer Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

10:15 - 10:35 AM



Session V: Deepwater Research and Technology

(Dallas Ballroom - 3rd Floor)
10:35 - 11:05 AM

Energy for Unmanned Systems

Roger Hine

Co-founder, Inventor and Chief Technology Officer, Liquid Robotics

11:05 - 11:35 AM

The Challenge of Ocean Drilling into the Earthquake Source

Frederick M. Chester, Ph.D.

David Bullock Harris Chair in Geology and Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Texas A&M University

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM

2012 Water Summit Report

Danny D. Reible, Ph.D.

Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering and Director, Center for Research in Water Resources, The University of Texas at Austin

12:15 - 1:45 PM

Closing Luncheon

(San Antonio Ballroom - 4th Floor)

Why Math and Science are Necessary for All Students in the 21st Century

Tom Luce

Chairman of the Board
National Math and Science Initiative