December 14, 2016

Terrence Henry
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Building a Sustainable Future for Texas: TAMEST Conference to Explore Solutions for Growing, Changing State

AUSTIN, Texas—Amid rising temperatures and seas, emerging tropical diseases and a rapidly growing population facing the state, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) will gather together some of the top minds in Texas to explore solutions for the state’s future. “Building a Sustainable Future for Texas” will examine big-picture, long-term issues facing Texas and the ideas and solutions that will help guide the state through the next century, with a focus on key issues like energy, health, water and transportation. The conference takes place January 10–12, 2017, at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

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2017 Conference Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers at the conference will include:

  • Dr. Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, speaking on sustainability challenges facing Texas.
  • John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil, talking about the role of geo-politics in the pricing and availability of oil and natural gas.
  • Dr. Stephen Klineberg, professor at Rice University, will present on Texas’ role as a demographic bellwether for a changing country.

Special programming this year also includes:

2017 Conference Featured Speakers

  • A panel conversation on sustainable health, examining how increased cooperation between the medical and energy industries has led to innovations in surgery, and its potential implications for space travel.
  • Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, an expert on water who has uncovered high lead levels in water supplies in Flint, Michigan, and other cities, on ways to build more sustainable water infrastructure.
  • Other conversations will explore ways to secure a viable supply of water for the state, as well a panel discussion led by Dr. Peter Hotez on the issue of emerging tropical diseases in Texas and the impacts of climate change on community health.

At the opening reception on the evening of Tuesday, January 10, TAMEST will recognize its new members and present the Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award. The award will go to ExxonMobil and its Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, in recognition of their steadfast support of TAMEST and research in Texas.

Media are encouraged to attend the opening reception and conference. Interview opportunities include:

  • Marcia McNutt, Ph.D., president, National Academy of Sciences
  • John Hofmeister, former president, Shell Oil
  • Peter Hotez, Ph.D., professor, Baylor College of Medicine
  • And more

Complimentary media registration is available.

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and 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 further position Texas as a national research leader. TAMEST also aims 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.

TAMEST’s membership represents Texas’ best researchers from both industry and academia. TAMEST is composed of more than 280 Texas-based members of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the state’s nine Nobel Laureates.

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