TAMEST Member News Roundup- August and September 2022

TAMEST loves to share the accolades of our membership. If you have been nominated for an award, been interviewed by the media or otherwise have a reason to celebrate, please share your news with TAMEST.

TAMEST In The News

Austonia: Drive a Tesla or Use a Smartphone? You Can Thank TAMEST Member John Goodenough for that, TAMEST Member and Nobel Laureate John B. Goodenough, Ph.D. (NAE, NAS, FRS), The University of Texas at Austin

Chemistry World: Redox Flow Batteries Charge Up with Peptide-Based Electrolytes, TAMEST Member Karen Wooley, Ph.D. (NAS), Texas A&M University and 2022 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award Recipient in Engineering Jodie Lutkenhaus, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Dallas Morning News: UTSW Researcher Part of Team Awarded $36 Million Heart Research Grant, TAMEST Member Eric N. Olson, Ph.D. (NAM, NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center 

Inside Higher Ed: A Best-Selling Textbook Is Now Free, TAMEST Member Richard Baraniuk, Ph.D. (NAE), Rice University

NPR: As a Heat Wave Blankets Much of the United States, Utilities are Managing to Keep Up, For Now, TAMEST Member Thomas J. Overbye, Ph.D. (NAE), Texas A&M University

TODAY: Doctor of Richard Engel’s Late Son Henry Reflects on Time with Him: ‘He has this Smile,’ TAMEST Member Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. (NAM, NAS), Baylor College of Medicine

Member Briefs

TAMEST Mourns Loss of Nobel Laureate and Beloved TAMEST Member Robert F. Curl, Ph.D. (NAS), Rice University  

TAMEST mourns the loss of Nobel Laureate and beloved TAMEST Member Robert F. Curl, Ph.D. (NAS), Rice University. His work in physical chemistry and his joint discovery of buckminsterfullerene, which led to him receiving the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, will not be forgotten. Read More

UNT System Board of Regents Announces TAMEST Member as Sole Finalist for UNT HSC President

After a nearly eight-month national search and thoughtful consideration, the University of North Texas System Board of Regents announced the selection of TAMEST Member Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D. (NAM) as the sole finalist for president of The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC). Dr. Trent-Adams will become the seventh president in the university’s history and will succeed Dr. Michael R. Williams, who became chancellor of the UNT System on Jan. 1 and continued to serve as HSC’s president during the search process. Read More

Undiagnosed Disease Center to Address Rare Genetic Cases

Baylor College of Medicine has formed a new center to evaluate patients with rare genetic conditions, directed by TAMEST Vice President Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM). The Undiagnosed Diseases Center (UDC) continues the work of Baylor’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) clinical site, DNA sequencing core and model organisms screening center. A multidisciplinary team of Baylor faculty will provide clinical services and genetic testing and analysis to assess patients who have not received a diagnosis for their condition. Read More

SwRI’s Dr. Stephen Fuselier Named Co-Chair of Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey

TAMEST Member Stephen Fuselier, Ph.D. (NAS), executive director of the Space Science Directorate at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), has been named co-chair of the National Academies Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey. Fuselier will lead the survey together with Dr. Robyn Millan of Dartmouth College. Read More

Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara Elected for 2022 Global Energy Prize

TAMEST congratulates TAMEST Member Kaushik Rajashekara, Ph.D. (NAE), University of Houston on being elected one of the 2022 Global Energy Prize laureates for his “unique and significant contribution to transport electrification.” Read More

A New Kind of Chemo

Researchers, including TAMEST Member Margaret A. Goodell, Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine, identify a new class of drugs that offer a safer, more targeted treatment for leukemia patients. The researchers identified two compounds that are more potent and less toxic than current leukemia therapies. The findings appear in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Read More

Biomedical, Data Science Training Wins New Grant

The Rice University NLM Training Program (NLMTP) in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science has been awarded a $4.16 million grant by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant represents a seventh renewal of support for a program that began more than 30 years ago to promote multidisciplinary training between researchers in computational and biological sciences. TAMEST Member Lydia Kavraki, Ph.D. (NAM) is principal investigator and program director of NLMTP since 2015. Read More

Rice, NASA Extend Space Act Agreement

NASA and Rice University officials met at the university’s campus to formally extend their agreement to share research efforts and educational outreach. The new umbrella Space Act Agreement (SAA) covers participation by Rice and NASA personnel in joint research opportunities, STEM engagement and educational activities. Read More

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