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:
• Medicine
• Engineering
• Science
• Technology Innovation

Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2019.

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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.

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Terrence Henry Named Executive Director of TAMEST

TAMEST’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Terrence Henry as its new executive director, effective February 1, 2019.

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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

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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. 

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National Academy of Medicine Elects 3 Texas Members

TAMEST is happy to welcome three new members to our organization who were recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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TAMEST Executive Director Mary Beth Maddox

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.

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TAMEST Executive Director Mary Beth Maddox

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.

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TAMEST Executive Director Mary Beth Maddox

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.

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2017 New TAMEST Members

New TAMEST Members

TAMEST welcomed 18 new members in 2017, bringing our total number of members to 294. Of these new members, 8 were elected to one of the National Academies in 2017, and 10 became members as a result of their relocation to Texas.

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TAMEST Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards Logo

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.

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TAMEST Member Amelie Ramirez Profile

Member Profile: Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. (NAM)

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.

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National Academy of Engineering Elects 8 Texas Members

TAMEST is happy to welcome 8 new members to our organization who were recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference

TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference: Aerospace

The TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference: Aerospace explored the potential in Texas for greater research and development in aerospace, specifically in the areas of human space flight, aeronautics and commercial space exploration.

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