Register Now: 2020 Annual Conference
Join us for the TAMEST 2020 Annual Conference: Innovating Texas, January 7-9, 2020, at the Fairmont Dallas hotel. This event will explore how basic research leads to new technologies, products and companies and showcase avenues to commercialization for researchers across an array of disciplines.
TAMEST Board of Directors Meet with North Texas University Leadership
Last month, the TAMEST Board of Directors met with leaders from four academic institutions on scientific research, multi-institutional support and the recruitment of more National Academy members to Texas.
Profile: Selda Gunsel, Ph.D. (NAE)
A passion for problem solving and mathematics are what first convinced Shell’s Vice President of Global Commercial Technology Selda Gunsel, Ph.D., to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. Looking back after a long, successful career in the industry, she says she loves the foundation and the flexibility the chemical engineering education provided her at the beginning of her career. Dr. Gunsel connected with TAMEST to tell us more about her life and work.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to TAMEST’s John Goodenough of The University of Texas at Austin
AUSTIN, Texas—John B. Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and member of TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas), has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry—jointly with Stanley Whittingham of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University—“for the development of lithium-ion batteries.”
In the words of the Nobel Foundation, “Through their work, they have created the right conditions for a wireless and fossil fuel-free society, and so brought the greatest benefit to humankind.”
Three Texans Elected to National Academy of Medicine
TAMEST is proud to welcome three new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine:
- Carol J. Baker, M.D., professor of pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, McGovern Medical School, UTHealth
- Margaret Anne Goodell, Ph.D., chair, department of molecular and cellular biology, and professor, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine
- S. Claiborne (Clay) Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., dean, Dell Medical School, and vice president for medical affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
TAMEST Protégé Program Celebrates 15 Years of Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Researchers
Fifteen years ago, Professor Brian Korgel, Ph.D., was invited to be a “Protégé” at TAMEST’s first-ever conference. At the time, Dr. Korgel, the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Memorial Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, had no real idea what it meant to be accepted into a National Academy.
“I remember feeling like I was brought into an inner circle that I didn’t know existed,” Dr. Korgel said. “My Ph.D. and postdoctoral advisors weren’t a part of the National Academies, so I wasn’t exposed to its potential before becoming a protégé.”
Preview: UT Southwestern Medical Center Hosts TAMEST for Tour of Leading-Edge Simulation Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center will host TAMEST members and others in the research community for a networking reception and tour of their new cutting-edge simulation center on the evening of September 24, 2019.
“This event is an opportunity to not only showcase the advancements taking place at our member institutions, but to gather our most gifted minds in the region together in one place,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, board president of TAMEST.
Profile: Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. (NAM, NAS)
It was thanks to her clinical training as a pediatric neurologist that Dr. Huda Zoghbi first unveiled a passion for researching neurogenetics. Early in her career, Dr. Zoghbi says learning how devastating neurological disorders are for patients was tough. However, she says it was even harder to not know what caused the disorders she saw in her young patients in the first place.
From there, Dr. Zoghbi decided to study molecular biology and genetics to identify the underlying causes of certain diseases in hopes of improving their management.