The recipients of the 2019 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards: Ralph DeBerardinis, M.D., Ph.D.; Hal S. Alper, Ph.D.; Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D.; Terrence F. Alger II, Ph.D.
2019 O’Donnell Awards Announced
TAMEST is pleased to announce 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
The recipients of the O’Donnell Awards showcase the best and brightest in Texas research, whose creative work could have a lasting impact on our lives.
Register Now for the 2019 Conference
Register today for the TAMEST 2019 Annual Conference: Neuroscience and Brain Health, where we’ll explore the groundbreaking research that could lead to advances in neuroscience and better brain health. The TAMEST Annual Conference is open to all in the research community.
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.