Texas Research Community Works Together to Combat COVID-19
Researchers in Texas have answered the world’s call and stepped up to partner with the greater research community to help combat the spread of the COVID-19. From reworking a vaccine meant to combat SARS nearly 20 years ago, to collaborating with other labs in Texas and around the world, to trying to secure new answers on how COVID-19 spreads and how communities should react, our state’s scientific leaders are working around the clock to find answers and mitigate harm
Why I Nominate: Learning More About the O’Donnell Awards Nomination Process
Since their inception, TAMEST’s Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards have recognized 59 researchers across the fields of medicine, engineering, science and technology innovation for their contributions to Texas and the wider scientific community.
Forging the Way: TAMEST Member Profile of Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM)
Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM), credits early exposure to the health care environment as a nurse’s aide in high school and a desire to prove wrong those who said she couldn’t become a doctor for pushing her toward her dreams.
Statement on COVID-19 by TAMEST
During this time of global pandemic, TAMEST is thankful to the greater research community for their work confronting the COVID-19 virus and communicating evidence-based scientific information to the public.
TAMEST 2020–Innovating Texas: Research to Commercialization–Conference Summary Now Available
TAMEST held its annual conference, Innovating Texas, on January 7–9 in Dallas to look at research commercialization through multidisciplinary forums of state and national experts on innovation. With this gathering of the greater research community, Texan titans of industry and innovation experts, the conference aimed to work together and map out the future of Texas’ success.
TAMEST Celebrates Winners of the Innovating Texas Poster Challenge
The Innovating Texas Poster Challenge highlighted 23 participants from both academia and industry involved in an innovative project that helped create a product or technology that is being commercially pursued. The concept was to identify research with potential for positive impact from rising researchers across the state of Texas.
TAMEST Welcomes New Board Members
“Time is a precious commodity for all of us, and we are forever grateful for our wonderful board members who selflessly volunteer their time to help steer and guide our organization,” said TAMEST Board President Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH (NAM), UT Health San Antonio. “We thank our departing board members for their service and look forward to continuing our work with our newest board members this coming year.”
Keeping Buildings Safe from Wind in Natural Disasters: TAMEST Member Profile of Kishor C. Mehta, Ph.D.
As a civil and structural engineer, it was the extreme winds of Texas’ High Plains region that first interested TAMEST member Kishor C. Mehta, Ph.D., P.E. (NAE) in the design of buildings to withstand severe winds during natural disasters. In fact, he says, it was a chance tornado that tore through and devastated much of Lubbock in 1970 that solidified his future researching the effects high winds have on buildings and communities. Dr. Mehta connected with TAMEST to share more about his work and TAMEST’s 2020 Natural Hazard’s Summit.
TAMEST Recognizes UT Austin’s Office of the President with Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award
TAMEST is pleased to recognize the Office of the President at The University of Texas at Austin with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award.
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award was established in 2013 by TAMEST to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in furthering TAMEST’s mission to bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas.
TAMEST Welcomes 2020 Protégé Class
TAMEST is pleased to welcome 42 talented, early career researchers to our 2020 annual conference as TAMEST protégés.
The protégé program gives TAMEST members an opportunity to invite an early career researcher to accompany them to the conference and engage with our highly accomplished members.
TAMEST 2020 Program Chair: Bob Metcalfe, Ph.D. (NAE) Op-Ed on Innovating Texas
Note: this opinion-editorial was originally published in the Dallas Morning News on November 20, 2019.
The problem with comparing innovation between Texas and Silicon Valley is that everybody in Silicon Valley is moving to Texas. Well, maybe not everybody, but more Californians move to Dallas-Fort Worth each year than residents of any other state, according to NerdWallet. And that isn’t even counting migration outside of North Texas.
TAMEST 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards
Changing the future of Alzheimer’s Disease. Utilizing crystals to produce drugs for kidney stones and malaria. Understanding previously unobserved functions of our universe. And pioneering the evolution of wound care. These are the discoveries by Texas’ rising stars in research being honored with the 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by TAMEST.
TAMEST Welcomes 16 New Members in 2019
From Nobel Laureates to world-renowned experts, TAMEST has welcomed more than 300 members since our organization’s inception in 2004. This year, TAMEST is pleased to welcome 16 new members who have been elected to the National Academies or recruited to Texas.
Texas Voters Extend CPRIT Funding
By Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, TAMEST President, and Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D., TAMEST Treasurer
Cancer is a leading cause of death in Texas and the second leading cause of death globally. Thanks to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), Texans are taking action and the state is now a leader in fighting cancer with real results in our own backyards.
Profile: Eric Olson, Ph.D. (NAM, NAS)
Dr. Eric Olson is a man of many talents. The professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center is equal parts award-winning molecular biologist, rock band front man and family man mountaineer.
We connected with Dr. Olson ahead of the TAMEST 2020 Annual Conference: Innovating Texas, where he will be a speaker, to find out more about his work and passion for innovation.
TAMEST to Host Natural Hazards Summit: Responding to and Mitigating the Impacts
The TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit: Responding to and Mitigating the Impacts will highlight our current understanding of the impact of natural hazards on the economy and wellbeing of communities of Texas.
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.
National Academy of Sciences Elects Texan from Baylor College of Medicine
TAMEST welcomes David Moore, Ph.D., to our organization who was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Moore is professor of molecular and cellular biology, medicine and molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.