2020 O’Donnell Awards Call for Nominations
TAMEST invites you to submit your nomination for the 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards. The O’Donnell Awards annually recognize outstanding achievements of rising star Texas researchers in four categories:
• Technology Innovation
Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2019.
National Academy of Engineering Elects 4 Texas Members
TAMEST is pleased to welcome several new members to our organization who were recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering:
- Dereje Agonafer, Ph.D., Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington
- Yassin A. Hassan, Ph.D., Sallie & Don Davis ’61 Professor in Engineering, Department of Nuclear Engineering and the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
- Mary Pat Moyer, Ph.D., Founder, CEO and Chief Science Officer, INCELL Corp. LLC, San Antonio
- Wanda A. Sigur, Retired Vice President and Deputy General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Seabrook, Texas
2019 TAMEST Conference on Neuroscience: Photos and Videos Now Available
Photos and videos are now available from the TAMEST 2019 Annual Conference: Neuroscience and Brain Health, where some of the top minds in Texas and the nation explored the groundbreaking research that could lead to advances in neuroscience and better brain health.
New TAMEST Members Welcomed at Annual Conference
In 2018, TAMEST welcomed 22 new members, bringing our total number of members to 305. Of these new members, 11 were elected to the National Academies in 2018, and 11 became members as a result of their relocation to Texas. In addition, two former members of TAMEST moved back to Texas in 2018.
TAMEST officially welcomed its new members at the opening reception of our annual conference on January 14, 2019.
Amelie Ramirez Elected President and David Daniel Elected Vice President of TAMEST Board of Directors
The TAMEST Board of Directors has elected Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., Professor and Interim Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, to serve as President of the Board for a two-year term. Dr. Ramirez is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
2019 O’Donnell Awards
TAMEST is pleased to introduce the recipients of the 2019 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards:
- Medicine: Ralph DeBerardinis, M.D., Ph.D., Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern
- Engineering: Hal S. Alper, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
- Science: Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Technology Innovation: Terrence F. Alger II, Ph.D., Southwest Research Institute
TAMEST 2019 Conference
The TAMEST 2019 Annual Conference: Neuroscience and Brain Health took place on January 14–16, 2019, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. The conference explored the groundbreaking research that could lead to advances in neuroscience and better brain health.
Nicholas Peppas Honored by National Academy of Medicine for Outstanding Service
TAMEST member Nicholas A. Peppas, Sc.D. (NAM, NAE) has been awarded the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal for his contributions to the mission of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Peppas is a professor and director of the Institute for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, and Regenerative Medicine and Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #6 at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Peppas is the first engineer to receive the medal from the National Academy of Medicine. “His unique ability to bring together researchers from disparate fields and his revolutionary research on biomedical and chemical engineering have had a tremendous and lasting impact on the NAM and the nation’s scientific progress,” the Academy said in a press release.
TAMEST Member Jim Allison awarded Nobel Prize
TAMEST is thrilled to congratulate member Jim Allison, Ph.D., chair of Immunology and executive director of the immunotherapy platform at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, on winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Dr. Allison is the first scientist at MD Anderson to be awarded this prestigious honor and brings to ten the total number of Nobel laureates in the state.
Remembering Mary Beth Maddox
Mary Beth Maddox, Executive Director of TAMEST, passed away on August 24, 2018, after a tough and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mary Beth was an energetic and compassionate leader who was committed to TAMEST’s mission. We will remember her enthusiasm, optimism and infectious laugh. She was an inspiration to the staff, both professionally and personally, and will be truly missed. TAMEST will celebrate and honor Mary Beth’s life and service at our annual conference in January 2019.
2018 O’Donnell Awards
Defining a new class of diseases. Advancing technology that could revolutionize how windows are used in modern architecture. And creating materials that could open the door to major advances in energy, communications and computing.
These are the discoveries by Texas’ rising stars in research being honored with the 2018 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by TAMEST.
Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. (NAM) of UT Health San Antonio has built her career on efforts to improve the lives of others. She is a strong advocate for improving the health of Latinos in Texas.