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TAMEST Annual Conference Promises Powerful Discussions on Community Health

The TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference, Forward Texas: Imperatives for Health, will explore how Texas can build the vibrant, healthy communities of tomorrow and address topics like health care, education, infrastructure and infectious disease.

“This conference will look at the health of communities, public health and social determinates of health, including things like housing and transportation,” said TAMEST Member and 2022 TAMEST Annual Conference Program Chair Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM), Executive Director, A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, Texas A&M Health. “There truly should be something for everyone.”

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Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Information Sessions

TAMEST recently hosted two information sessions on the selection process for the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards. Video and slides from the two sessions are now available.

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Dr. Van Truskett

TAMEST Member Profile: Danny Reible, Ph.D. (NAE), Texas Tech University

TAMEST Member Danny Reible, Ph.D. (NAE) is the Donovan Maddox Distinguished Engineering Chair and Paul Whitfield Horn Professor at Texas Tech University where he guided the development of the Maddox Environmental Engineering Research Center. Currently, he sits on the TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit planning committee, where he has helped guide the two-part summit programming. Ahead of the summit next month in Lubbock, TAMEST connected with Dr. Reible to learn more about his career, passions and need to convene on the impacts of natural disasters on our communities.

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TAMEST Members News Roundup- April 2022

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the April compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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Dr. Van Truskett

O’Donnell Recipient Profile: Van Nguyen Truskett, Ph.D., Executive Director, Texas Innovation Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Van Truskett, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized technology and business leader, currently leading the Texas Innovation Center (TxIC) at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, Dr. Truskett received the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Technology Innovation for her instrumental role in developing cutting-edge inkjet-printing products installed into nanoimprint lithography tools. TAMEST spoke with Dr. Truskett about her O’Donnell Award recognition and what we can do to help foster innovation and business in Texas.

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TAMEST Hosts O’Donnell Awards Information Sessions

TAMEST is hosting two information sessions on the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards on Thursday, April 7 to discuss the nomination and selection process for the prestigious awards.

The programming will be broken into two sessions: the Medicine, Engineering, Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences Awards will take place at 10 a.m. CT and the Technology Innovation Award will take place at 2 p.m. CT.

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TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit in Lubbock Will Examine Tornadoes, Wind and Drought

Join TAMEST and Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute on May 16 to examine the warning, response, and engineering aspects of natural hazards with a focus on tornadoes, thunderstorms, drought and hail.

“A tornado not only causes physical damage but trauma in the minds of people,” said Summit Co-Director Kishor Mehta, Ph.D. (NAE), P. W. Horn Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University. “The Summit will cover prediction and warning of tornadoes, safety in case of an event and social aspects of the disastrous tornado events.”

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TAMEST Members News Roundup- March 2022

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the March compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D.

TAMEST Member Profile: Margaret A. Phillips, Ph.D. (NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center

TAMEST Member Margaret Phillips, Ph.D. (NAS) has been at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 1992. In 2021, Dr. Phillips was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her groundbreaking work to target metabolic pathways with the goal of developing drugs to treat malaria. Dr. Phillips, who currently sits on the 2023 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Science Award Subcommittee and is herself a former O’Donnell Award Nominator, says the best part of being an academy member is that it gives her a greater voice when trying to lift up and bring recognition to rising research talent.

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Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D.

TAMEST Welcomes Nine New Members and One Current Member to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

TAMEST is proud to welcome the nine new members and congratulate current member Rena Bizios, Ph.D. (NAM, NAE), The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), on their election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2022.

The 10 elected also include 2017 TAMEST Conference Speaker Donald Nathan Meeham, Ph.D. (NAE), CMG Petroleum Consulting Ltd., and 2008 TAMEST Protégé Pradeep Sharma, Ph.D. (NAE), University of Houston.

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TAMEST Members News Roundup- February 2022

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the January compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D.

TAMEST Receives $1.15 Million to Support Next Generation of Top Scientists

The O’Donnell Foundation has announced a $1.15 million gift to TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas) to further support outstanding achievements by the next generation of top scientists.

The gift will help expand the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards, which recognize rising star Texas researchers addressing the essential role that science and technology play in society. The work of these scientists meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity and resourcefulness.

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Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D.

TAMEST Member Profile: In-Depth Conversation with TAMEST Board President David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE)

TAMEST Board President David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE) is a former Deputy Chancellor of the University of Texas System and previously served as the fourth president of The University of Texas at Dallas from 2005 to 2015. In 2000, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his “leadership in developing the geoenvironmental engineering field, and major contributions to engineering practice involving landfills and waste containment systems.”

TAMEST connected with Dr. Daniel to hear more about his varied career path and leading TAMEST.

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Yun Nancy Huang, Ph.D.

TAMEST Annual Conference Rescheduled to June 2022

TAMEST has rescheduled our 2022 TAMEST Annual Conference to June 20-22, 2022 at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. We hope that by moving the conference to June this year, we’ll be better positioned to gather safely and enjoy the annual conference we need and deserve.

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TAMEST Members News Roundup- January 2022

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the January compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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Yun Nancy Huang, Ph.D.

TAMEST Names Texas A&M Health’s Dr. Yun Nancy Huang for its Inaugural Mary Beth Maddox Award and Lectureship

TAMEST is pleased to announce Yun Nancy Huang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Texas A&M Health Institute of Biosciences and Technology, as the inaugural recipient of the Mary Beth Maddox Award and Lectureship.

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NAM Members Newsletter

TAMEST Welcomes Class of 2022 Protégés Ahead of January Conference

TAMEST is pleased to welcome 52 talented early-career researchers ahead of our TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference: Forward Texas—Imperatives for Health, as TAMEST Protégés. The protégé program gives TAMEST members an opportunity to invite an early-career researcher to accompany them to the conference, participate in our TAMEST Protégé Poster Challenge and engage with our highly accomplished members.

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TAMEST Names Four 2022 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Recipients

Mapping and altering coronavirus spike proteins to create COVID-19 vaccines. Utilizing polymers to provide degradable and reusable solutions for organic batteries and energy storage. Replicating the brain’s unique capabilities through tunable electronic materials. Integrating digital electronic automation into oil and gas wellbores to provide faster and safer drilling at depths never seen before.

These are the discoveries by Texas’ rising stars in research being honored with the 2022 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by TAMEST:

  • Medicine: Jason McLellan, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Engineering: Jodie L. Lutkenhaus, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Science: Sarbajit Banerjee, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Technology Innovation: Ashers Partouche, Schlumberger Limited

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June Member News Roundup

TAMEST Members News Roundup- November & December 2021

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the November and December compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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NAM Members Newsletter

TAMEST Recognizes Hagler Institute Founding Director John L. Junkins with Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award

TAMEST is pleased to announce that John L. Junkins, Ph.D. (NAE), Founding Director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University, is the recipient of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award.

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NAM Members Newsletter

National Academy of Medicine Elects Four New Members in Texas

TAMEST is proud to welcome four new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) this month, including a past TAMEST Protégé.

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TAMEST Hosts Natural Hazards Summit: Video and Slides Now Available

More than one hundred individuals from across the country joined TAMEST online on Tuesday, October 19 for Part I of the TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit: Responding to and Mitigating the Impacts. Video and slides from the presentations are now available. 

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Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D.

TAMEST Member Profile: Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Carlos Roberto Jaén, UT Health San Antonio, grew up in Panama, and later moved to the United States to study and begin his career in the cross-section of family medicine and population health. He has dedicated the last twenty years in Texas to helping patients, improving understanding of health disparities and lowering barriers to health care access for underrepresented communities. Dr. Jaén serves on the program committee for the upcoming TAMEST Annual Conference, Forward Texas – Imperatives for Health. TAMEST connected with Dr. Jaén to find out more about his life, work and commitment to TAMEST.

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June Member News Roundup

TAMEST Members News Roundup- October 2021

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the October compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit: Part I is Now Virtual

Join TAMEST online for Part I of its TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit: Responding to and Mitigating the Impacts, presented by the Hurricane Resilience Research Institute (HuRRI) at the University of Houston. It will highlight the influence of natural hazards on the economy and well-being of communities in Texas. The one-day virtual summit is complimentary and open to the research community.

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Registration for TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference Now Open

Join TAMEST at The Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, January 11-13, 2022, for the TAMEST 2022 Annual Conference: Forward Texas — Imperatives for Health. The conference will explore how Texas can build the vibrant, healthy communities of tomorrow and address topics like health care, education, infrastructure and infectious disease. It will also be an important opportunity to examine the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its long-term impacts on our communities and discuss the innovative solutions and interventions that happened as a result.

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Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams

TAMEST Announces Inaugural Mary Beth Maddox Award and Lectureship in Honor of Former Executive Director

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) is excited to announce that nominations are now open for its newly created Mary Beth Maddox Award and Lectureship. The new award and lectureship recognizes women scientists in Texas bringing new ideas and innovations to the fight against cancer. It was named in memory and honor of former TAMEST Executive Director Mary Beth Maddox, who passed away in 2018 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams

TAMEST Member Profile: Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine

TAMEST Board Vice President Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), first discovered TAMEST more than twelve years ago when he participated in TAMEST’s Protégé Program. He went on to receive the 2009 TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Medicine and became a member of the National Academy of Medicine and TAMEST in 2013. TAMEST connected with Dr. Lee about his exposure to TAMEST in the formative years of his career and his commitment to giving back to the next generation of researchers.

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June Member News Roundup

TAMEST Members News Roundup- September 2021

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the September compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams

TAMEST Member Profile: Stephen Fuselier, Ph.D. (NAS), Southwest Research Institute 

Stephen Fuselier, Ph.D. (NAS), Executive Director of Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI) Space Science Directorate, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2021 for his achievements in original research. He holds key positions on several NASA missions and serves as Adjoint Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he gets to collaborate and mentor early-career researchers in his field of space physics. TAMEST connected with Dr. Fuselier to learn more about his career, passion for mentorship and the future of space research in Texas.

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TAMEST Members News Roundup- August 2021

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the June compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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Texas Science Policy Fellows Program

TAMEST Helps Pilot Texas Science Policy Fellows Program with Rice University

TAMEST partnered with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to test a pilot program of science policy fellows in 2021 for the 87th session of the Texas Legislature. In May, fellows from the program joined the TAMEST Board of Directors virtually to share their experiences.

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Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams

TAMEST Member Profile: Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D. (NAM), University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

After a 33-year career in the uniformed service, Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D. (NAM), was supposed to retire from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in Spring 2020, but she put retirement on hold to help handle the quickly unfolding hurdles of the COVID-19 pandemic. In October, she became the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) at Fort Worth.

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June Member News Roundup

TAMEST Members News Roundup- June 2021

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the June compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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Five New National Academy of Sciences Members Join TAMEST in 2021

TAMEST is proud to welcome five new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2021. The five elected, including 2017 TAMEST Protégé Donald W. Hilgemann, Ph.D., and 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science Nominator Margaret A. Phillips, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center, were among 120 new members and 30 international members welcomed to the organization.

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2022 O"Donnell Awards Informational Session

2022 TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Committee Members Share Tips on Successful Nominations

On Thursday, March 25, TAMEST hosted a virtual workshop on the 2022 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards nomination and selection process. The conversation was hosted by 2022 O’Donnell Awards Committee Chair Ann Beal Salamone (NAE), Rochal Industries LLC; Science Subcommittee Member Bonnie Bartel, Ph.D. (NAS), Rice University; TAMEST Executive Director Terrence Henry; and TAMEST Director of Development Christine McCoy. Topics covered included who can nominate, award eligibility requirements as well the renomination process.

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Thomas Overbye

TAMEST Member Profile: Thomas Overbye, Ph.D. (NAE), Texas A&M University

For nearly four decades, TAMEST Member Thomas Overbye, Ph.D. (NAE), Professor and Director of Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEES) Smart Grid Center (SGC), has made a career out of providing cutting-edge innovation to the electric power grid industry. TAMEST connected with Dr. Overbye to learn more about Texas’ recent grid problems and how his work aims to modernize how electricity is delivered from suppliers to consumers and to enable new electricity products, services, and markets.

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2021 O'Donnell Awards Recipients

TAMEST Members News Roundup- April 2021

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the April compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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TAMEST Welcomes Four New Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

TAMEST is proud to welcome four new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2021. The four elected, including 2010 TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award Recipient in Technology Innovation S.V. Sreenivasan, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, were among 106 new members and 23 international members welcomed to the organization.

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Winter Storm

Texas Research Community Responds to Historic Winter Storm

After a devastating winter storm last month left millions of Texans without power, water and other basic necessities, Texas’ medical and research institutions were quick to step up and help those in need. There are many stories of resilience, aid and service by the Texas research community in response to the unprecedented winter storm; TAMEST has highlighted a few from our member institutions.

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Vivian Ho

TAMEST Member Profile: Health Economist Dr. Vivian Ho (NAM), Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, Looks at COVID-19 Through the Eyes of Big Data

When the pandemic hit, TAMEST Member Vivian Ho, Ph.D. (NAM), Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, pivoted her research examining the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care to focus on how lockdowns early in a pandemic can impact related deaths months later. TAMEST spoke with Dr. Ho to learn more about her work before, during and after the pandemic.

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2021 O'Donnell Awards Recipients

TAMEST Members News Roundup- March 2021

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the March compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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2021 O'Donnell Awards Recipients

TAMEST 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards

Opening up new types of treatment for addiction and eating disorders. Utilizing nanotechnology to provide solutions for water sustainability and energy storage. Discovering the links between cellular pathways and cancerous cell growth. Understanding how soil and nature can help reduce our carbon footprint. These are the discoveries by Texas’ rising stars in research being honored with the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by TAMEST.

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David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE); Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

TAMEST Board of Directors Elects David Daniel President and Brendan Lee Vice President

At its January 2021 meeting, the TAMEST Board of Directors elected David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE), President Emeritus of The University of Texas at Dallas, to serve as Board President for a two-year term. Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine, was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors for a two-year term.

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2021 O'Donnell Awards Recipients

TAMEST Welcomes 2020 New Members

On Tuesday, January 12, TAMEST virtually welcomed its 29 new National Academy members at its 2021 Members Meeting. The new class of Texas-based scientists and researchers were elected to the National Academies or recruited/relocated to the state in 2020. Included in this year’s class are three past recipients of the TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards.

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2021 O'Donnell Awards Recipients

TAMEST Members News Roundup- January 2021

From award nominations to media interviews, TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. Read the January compilation of our membership’s recent accomplishments, research breakthroughs and more.

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Texas Research Community Works Together to Combat COVID-19 (Winter 2020 Update)

Nine months since the first known case of COVID-19 in Texas, the first round of vaccines is being distributed across the state this week. Texas researchers have been instrumental in rapidly developing COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, creating models to track its spread and more. Read our compilation of how TAMEST member institutions and industry partners across the state are continuing the fight against COVID-19.

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Mary Pat Moyer, Ph.D. (NAE), INCELL

TAMEST Member Profile: Mary Pat Moyer, Ph.D. (NAE), INCELL Corporation, LLC

When the pandemic hit, TAMEST Member Mary Pat Moyer, Ph.D. (NAE), Founder, CEO and Chief Science Officer of INCELL, immediately knew her biomedical product manufacturing business in San Antonio had to pivot to develop new COVID-19 related products. Though a definite risk, she says her blue-collar upbringing instilled her with a moral compass to do what is right and help people when and how you can. TAMEST connected with Dr. Moyer to hear more about her life, work, and the shift to develop a vaccine and an at-home COVID-19 diagnostic kit.

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Improving Healthcare Access

TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Telemedicine and Rural Health

Telehealth visits have seen a drastic increase in popularity across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic. In Texas, the uptick in telehealth services has provided more access to care than ever before for the nearly 20 percent of the state’s population, or 3 million Texans, that live in “rural” and medically underserved areas. On Wednesday, December 9, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened our Annual Conference Chair Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM), Executive Director of the Texas A&M Rural & Community Health Institute, and other health experts to discuss what the increase of telemedicine in Texas during COVID-19 will mean for the future of rural health care access.

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Improving Healthcare Access

TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Improving Healthcare Access

Prior to COVID-19, Texas already had the highest uninsured rate in the country. As a result of the pandemic, this issue has become even more challenging as the United States experiences the largest increase in the number of uninsured adults in recorded history. On Tuesday, November 10, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened several physicians along with TAMEST Member Dr. Carlos Roberto Jaén, a leader in preventive care research at UT Health San Antonio, to address this issue and discuss what changes are needed in primary care to build a healthier Texas.

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TAMEST Welcomes Two Texans Elected to The National Academy of Medicine

TAMEST is proud to welcome two new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) this week, including one of our past TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards recipients. The two elected were among 90 regular members and 10 international members elected to the NAM in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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Why I Give: Learn More About TAMEST Members Drs. Helen and David Piwnica-Worms

As members of both the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and TAMEST, the Piwnica-Worms’ are dedicated supporters of TAMEST with their time, leadership and financial support. The two say they continue to give to TAMEST because of their belief in supporting science, bridging the gap between institutions and disciplines and encouraging convening and collaboration among their peers in Texas.

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COVID-19 Healthcare Architecture and Facility Design

Video: COVID-19 Healthcare Architecture and Facility Design

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, architects around the world have been forced to hit pause on major commercial projects to reevaluate facility design. Hospitals and care clinics, in particular, are tasked with redesigning existing spaces and implementing protocols following the latest CDC guidelines for patient and worker safety. On Wednesday, October 7, TAMEST convened top medical facility design experts to discuss COVID-19: Healthcare Architecture and Facility Design.

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Kenneth Ramos, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)

TAMEST Member Profile: Kenneth Ramos, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Texas A&M University Health Science Center

Kenneth Ramos, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), an internationally recognized leader in genomics, toxicology and precision medicine, moved back to Texas in 2019 to lead the Texas A&M University Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston and to serve as assistant vice chancellor for health services for the Texas A&M University System. TAMEST connected with Dr. Ramos to find out more about his life and work.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

VIDEO: TAMEST Examines COVID-19: Survival and Recovery

Doctors are seeing a growing number of patients with long-term symptoms of COVID-19 that may last months after infection, including severe fatigue, elevated heart rates, lung damage, brain fog and more. TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) held a conversation on COVID-19: Survival and Recovery, on Wednesday, September 9 to explore what the path to recovery looks like and what long-term health impacts may result from the novel coronavirus.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

Forward Texas Digital Series: Texas Higher Education Leaders Discuss Impacts of COVID-19

From the rapid transition from lecture halls to online classrooms to pressing health and safety concerns for students, faculty and staff, the COVID-19 pandemic has created many new obstacles for higher education in Texas and across the country. To discuss these challenges, TAMEST convened top academic leaders on Wednesday, August 26 from across multiple university systems to discuss how Texas research universities are navigating the ongoing pandemic.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

Texas Research Community Works Together to Combat COVID-19 (Summer 2020 Update)

As the pandemic continues, Texas researchers are racing to create solutions for the unique challenges presented by the novel coronavirus. From the critical shortages of personal protective equipment early on in the pandemic to rapid vaccine and therapeutic development across the state, Texas has seen unprecedented collaboration between industry and academia in the last few months.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

TAMEST Member Profile: Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D. (NAE)

On July 1, 2020, TAMEST Member Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D. (NAE) pivoted from a long career in infrastructure system design and resiliency to take on the role of Howard Hughes Provost at Rice University. TAMEST connected with Dr. DesRoches to learn about his work and how he is navigating the barriers that come with educating students and fostering research in the middle of a pandemic.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

COVID-19 and Health Disparities: Takeaways from our Latest Conversation

On Wednesday, July 29, TAMEST Board President and leading health disparities researcher, Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. (NAM), UT Health San Antonio, led a panel of population health experts to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted racial disparities in American health outcomes and explore opportunities to advance health equity during this crisis.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

TAMEST Member Profile of Ann Beal Salamone (NAE), Chairman of the Board, Rochal Industries

TAMEST Member Ann Beal Salamone (NAE) is the Chairman of the Board at Rochal Industries, a San Antonio biomedical research company that has developed and licensed a number of new biomaterials for wound and burn care. Although Mrs. Salamone got her start as a polymer chemist in the electronics industry, a 1980s recession in the Boston-area would change her career trajectory forever. TAMEST spoke with Mrs. Salamone to learn more about her life, work and how the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards Committee is continuing their work amidst COVID-19.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

Rescheduled: TAMEST 2021 Annual Conference

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TAMEST Board of Directors and 2021 Program Committee have made the difficult decision to postpone our in-person 2021 Annual Conference, Forward Texas: Community Health and Well-Being, until January 11-13, 2022. In the meantime, TAMEST is not waiting to discuss the topic of community health and well-being in our state. We are currently hosting a series of conversations on COVID-19 through our Forward Texas Digital Series, which convenes our state’s extensive network of scientists and researchers to explore how we can move forward during this crisis.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Mitigating the Outbreak in Texas

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on mitigating the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Texas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. TAMEST members, Texas’ greater research community and more heard directly from coronavirus expert and TAMEST Member Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), along with two leading epidemiologists to discuss what steps officials and individuals can take to mitigate the outbreak.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

Texan Engineers and Scientists Team Together to Manufacture and Sterilize Personal Protective Equipment

As Texas sees record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations and Governor Greg Abbott imposed a mask requirement across the state, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened experts to discuss manufacturing and sterilizing personal protective equipment on Thursday, June 25. The engineering-focused session highlighted how COVID-19’s evolution—from initial outbreak to world-wide pandemic—created an urgent need for personal protective equipment and led to a reexamination of protocols regarding proper protection.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

TAMEST Member Profile of Kim Orth, Ph.D. (NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center

One of TAMEST’s newest members, Kim Orth, Ph.D. (NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her discoveries advancing the understanding of the basic biochemical mechanisms underlying many bacterial infections. The road that Dr. Orth, recipient of the 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science, has taken to become a distinguished researcher in her field has been far from easy.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Treatment and Vaccine Development

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on the development of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 on Thursday, June 11, 2020. TAMEST members, Texas’ greater research community and more heard directly from scientists at the frontier of treatment and vaccine development to learn about their research on therapies and the overall path to and possible timetables for vaccine development.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

TAMEST Convenes Experts to Address Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a conversation on COVID-19: Mental and Behavioral Health on Thursday, May 28, 2020. TAMEST member institutions, the greater Texas research community and more joined TAMEST Member Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D. (NAM), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, for a conversation with state, national and international experts Lynn F. Bufka, Ph.D., American Psychological Association, Andy Keller, Ph.D., The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and Thomas R. Kosten, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, on the modeling and study of the mental health impacts of the pandemic, including substance abuse, anxiety, depression and psychiatric treatment.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19 Modeling and Testing in Texas

TAMEST hosted a conversation on COVID-19 modeling and testing in Texas on Thursday, May 14, 2020 as part of its Forward Texas Digital Series. TAMEST members and the greater Texas research community joined vaccine expert and TAMEST Member Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine, for a conversation with noted epidemiologists Rebecca Fischer, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, and Lauren Ancel Meyers, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, to explore what the science says the next steps of the pandemic response should be in Texas.

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2020 New National Academy of Sciences Members

Nine Texans Elected to The National Academy of Sciences

TAMEST is proud to welcome eight new members and congratulate one current member recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  The nine elected, including two of our past TAMEST Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards recipients, were among 120 members and 26 international members elected to the NAS in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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2020 Natural Hazards Summit

TAMEST Member Profile: Dr. Florence Haseltine Comes out of Retirement to Innovate Health Technology at UTA

Florence P. Haseltine, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), came out of retirement last year to join the faculty at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). TAMEST connected with the acclaimed women’s advocate to hear more about her move to Texas and what research looks like in the midst of a pandemic.

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United States Senator John Cornyn and TAMEST Convene Texas Academic and Industry Leaders for Conversation on COVID-19

TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) hosted a virtual conversation on COVID-19 with United States Senator John Cornyn and Texas research leaders on Thursday, April 9, 2020. TAMEST member institution chancellors, presidents, vice presidents of research, provosts and schools of medicine deans attended the virtual meeting to learn more about the Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including three bills recently passed that support universities and health care facilities in their efforts against the virus.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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