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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.

Learn more about the 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards recipients >

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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.

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2020 Natural Hazards Summit

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.

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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.

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2020 Natural Hazards Summit

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.

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TAMEST Board Members with North Texas University Leadership

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.

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Selda Gunsel

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.

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John Goodenough

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.”

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John Goodenough

Three Texans Elected to National Academy of Medicine

TAMEST is proud to welcome three new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine:

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Brian Korgel, Ph.D.

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.”

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TAMEST and UT Southwestern Networking Reception and Simulation Center Tour

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.

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Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D.

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.

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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.

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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:
• Medicine
• Engineering
• Science
• Technology Innovation

Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2019.

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TAMEST NAE Members

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

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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.

View photos from the conference on the TAMEST Flickr page >

Conference session videos are now available on our YouTube channel >

Amelie Ramirez

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.

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2017 New TAMEST Members

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.

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Terrence Henry

Terrence Henry Named Executive Director of TAMEST

TAMEST’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Terrence Henry as its new executive director, effective February 1, 2019.

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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. 

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TAMEST NAE Members

National Academy of Medicine Elects 3 Texas Members

TAMEST is happy to welcome three new members to our organization who were recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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TAMEST Executive Director Mary Beth Maddox

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.

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TAMEST Executive Director Mary Beth Maddox

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.

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TAMEST Executive Director Mary Beth Maddox

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.

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2017 New TAMEST Members

New 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.

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2018 O’Donnell Awards

Defining a new class of diseases. Advancing technology that could revolutionize how windows are used in modern architecture. And creating materials that could open the door to major advances in energy, communications and computing.

These are the discoveries by Texas’ rising stars in research being honored with the 2018 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by TAMEST.

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TAMEST Member Amelie Ramirez Profile

Member Profile: Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. (NAM)

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.

Learn more about her career and research >

TAMEST NAE Members

National Academy of Engineering Elects 8 Texas Members

TAMEST is happy to welcome eight new members to our organization who were recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference

TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference: Aerospace

The TAMEST 2018 Annual Conference: Aerospace explored the potential in Texas for greater research and development in aerospace, specifically in the areas of human space flight, aeronautics and commercial space exploration.

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TAMEST Shale report

TAMEST Releases Report on Impacts of Oil and Gas Development

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.

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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.

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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

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NAM

National Academy of Medicine Elects Three Texas Members

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, FAACRprofessor of breast medical oncology, and professor of molecular and cellular oncology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

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Hurricane Harvey

Spirit of Support: Coming Together After Hurricane Harvey

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

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TAMEST Shale Task Force Briefs Texas House Energy Resources Committee on Report

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:

 

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New Report Looks at Six Key Impact Areas of Shale Development in Texas

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 ForceEnvironmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas.

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Report Finds Wide Range of 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.

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National Academies of Science

National Academy of Sciences Elects Three Texas Members

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

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2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

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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Four Texans Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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.

View a full list of all TAMEST members >

2018 Annual Conference

Save the Date: 2018 Annual Conference

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.

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Higher Education Panel

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.

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