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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.