January 15, 2014

Kent Nutt
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TAMEST Conference to Feature Program on Computational Science

AUSTIN, Texas—The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) will hold its 11th annual conference—The Computational Revolution in Medicine, Engineering & Science—January 15-17, 2014, at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort near Austin. The conference program will focus on advances in computational science, computer modeling, and computer simulation.

On Wednesday, January 15, an opening reception will kick off the conference with a tribute to Peter O’Donnell, Jr., recipient of the 2014 Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award. The opening reception will also welcome and recognize new TAMEST members.

Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus will greet conference participants during the opening session on Thursday, January 16. The program on Thursday and Friday includes keynote addresses by Henry Markram, Ph.D., director of the Blue Brain Project and coordinator of the Human Brain Project, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Natalia Trayanova, Ph.D., Murray B. Sachs Endowed Chair, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Joint Appointment, Medicine, Institute for Computational Medicine, Johns Hopkins University; and Thomas J. Lange, director of R&D, Modeling & Simulation, Procter & Gamble Company.

The conference will also include a dinner honoring the recipients of the 2014 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards, which recognize rising Texas researchers who are addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society, and whose work meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity, and resourcefulness. For more information about the 2014 O’Donnell Awards recipients, please visit

The Friday closing luncheon will feature a legislative panel on higher education and will be moderated by Larry Faulkner, Ph.D., president emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin and TAMEST Industry and Community Affiliates Committee Member. Panelists include Robert Duncan, Texas State Senator; Donna Howard, Texas State Representative; Diane Patrick, Texas State Representative; and Judith Zaffirini, Texas State Senator.

“Computational science represents the single most important scientific advance in human history. It has transformed forever the way scientific discoveries are made and how engineering design and manufacturing are carried out,” said J. Tinsley Oden, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), program chair, and TAMEST past president. “Advances in computational engineering and science have transformed everyone's life on this planet, making possible everything from sophisticated drug design and medical imaging to the design of safe and fuel efficient cars and aircraft to advanced electronic devices to chemical and materials processing to exploration for energy resources and design of power plants and much more.”

For further information about the TAMEST 2014 Annual Conference please visit


The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) was founded in 2004 to provide broader recognition of the state’s top achievers in medicine, engineering, and science, and to build a stronger identity for Texas as an important destination and center of achievement in these fields. Members include Texas’ 10 Nobel Laureates and 260+ National Academies members. TAMEST brings the state’s top scientific, academic, and corporate minds together to further position Texas as a national research leader. TAMEST also hopes to foster the next generation of scientists and to increase the awareness and communication among the state’s best and brightest about research priorities for the future.

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