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.
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.
TAMEST Shale Task Force and TAMEST President Gordon England briefed the Texas House Energy Resources Committee at the Texas Capitol about the findings of the report, focusing on key highlights from the overall report as well as from the seismicity, water and transportation chapters.
New 2017 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.
2018 TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Recipients Announced
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.
2018 TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Recipients:
- Medicine: Jordan Scott Orange, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
- Engineering: Delia Milliron, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
- Science: Xiaoqin Elaine Li, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
TAMEST congratulates the three Texas-based members recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine:
- Carrie Lynn Byington, M.D., dean of medicine and senior vice president, Health Science Center, and vice chancellor for health services, Texas A&M University
- Gerard E. Francisco, M.D., chair and professor, department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston McGovern Medical School; and chief medical officer, TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital
- Craig Jordan, OBE, Ph.D, D.Sc., FMedSci, FAACR, professor of breast medical oncology, and professor of molecular and cellular oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) stands with our scientists and researchers and their organizations as they begin the long road to recovery from this devastating storm.
Photo Credit: Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., U.S. Air Force
On July 26, members of the TAMEST Shale Task Force and TAMEST President Gordon England briefed the Texas House Energy Resources Committee about the findings of the shale report, focusing on key highlights from the overall report as well as from the seismicity, water and transportation chapters:
Development of shale oil and gas has fundamentally changed the energy sector. This development has resulted in billions of dollars for the state of Texas and thousands of jobs, but it’s also had an impact on the state’s communities and their land, air, water and infrastructure.
These impacts are detailed in a new report by the TAMEST Shale Task Force, Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas.
A new, comprehensive report on the impacts of shale oil and gas development in Texas by a diverse set of experts finds a wide range of both benefits and consequences for the state’s environment and communities. The report, convened and sponsored by TAMEST, offers recommendations for future research, identifies opportunities for greater collaboration and proposes consideration of policies to help mitigate these impacts.
TAMEST would like to congratulate the following three Texas-based members who were recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences:
- Ronald DeVore, Ph.D.: The Walter E. Koss Professor and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University
- Marcetta K. Darensbourgh, Ph.D.: Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
- Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano, Ph.D.: Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2016 marked another inspiring year for TAMEST. We welcomed 21 new members at our annual conference on sustainability; 10 were elected to one of the National Academies in 2016, and 11 became members through their relocation to Texas. Along with welcoming new members, the TAMEST Shale Task Force continued to work on examining the environmental and community impacts of shale oil and gas development for a comprehensive report that will be released in summer 2017.
View the annual report >
TAMEST welcomes four new members to our organization who were all recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering:
- David Allen, Ph.D.: Melvin H. Gertz Regents Chair in Chemical Engineering; Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
- Birol Dindoruk, Ph.D.: Principal technical expert of reservoir engineering, Shell Technology Center, Shell International E&P Inc., Houston
- Selda Gunsel, Ph.D.: General manager, products and quality, Shell Global Lubricants Supply Chain, Royal Dutch Shell, Houston
- Randall Poston, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.: Senior principal, Pivot Engineers, Austin
These Texas-based members of the National Academy of Engineering will be recognized as new TAMEST members at our annual conference in 2018.
The dates for our 2018 Annual Conference are Wednesday–Friday, January 10–12, 2018, at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City, Texas.
The theme of next year’s conference will be The Space Beyond: Aerospace Opportunities in Texas, and Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D. (NAE), Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, is serving as program chair.
Texas Higher Ed Leaders Talk Future of Education: Conversation Explores How to Best Educate a Growing, Changing State
At the 2017 TAMEST Annual Conference, a panel of six leaders from higher education across the state gathered to discuss the strong forces of change affecting higher education in Texas and across the United States. Texas’ higher education system is in a unique position thanks to rapid population growth, changing demographics and a shifting focus in various industries.