TAMEST Member News Roundup- February 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

Houston Public Media: Solar Power and Grid Resilience, TAMEST Member Vivian Ho, Ph.D. (NAM), Rice University

Flying Magazine: Meet Four African Americans Making a Difference in Aviation, TAMEST Member Mae C. Jemison, M.D. (NAM), The Jemison Group

Forbes: It’s Day One For The Combined AMD And Xilinx And CEO Lisa Su Is Energized, TAMEST Member Lisa T. Su, Ph.D. (NAE), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Nature: Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Has Lofty New Goal: Halve Deaths in 25 Years, TAMEST Past President Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH (NAM), UT Health San Antonio

Texas Tribune: From Obscurity to a Nobel Prize Nomination: Houston Scientists Acclaimed For Their Patent-Free COVID-19 Vaccine, TAMEST Member Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine

Wired: Battery-Powered Trains Are Picking Up Speed, TAMEST Member Eric Gebhardt (NAE), Wabtec Corporation

Member Briefs

Targeting Treatment of Osteogensis Imperfecta

A new study led by TAMEST Board Vice President Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine, identifies an underlying mechanism of pathogenesis for osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) in human bone. The report, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, also shows the results of a Phase 1 clinical trial testing the safety and effectiveness of an antibody treatment targeting that pathway. Osteogenesis imperfecta is the most common skeletal dysplasia and causes bone fragility in children and adults. There is no FDA-approved treatment for OI. Read More.

Molecular Imaging Innovator Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D., to Launch, Lead Biomedical Engineering Department at UT Southwestern

TAMEST Member Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D. (NAM), UT Southwestern Medical Center, nationally recognized for expertise in molecular imaging and its application in treating human diseases, has been selected as the inaugural Chair of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He began his new appointment on February 1. Read More 

AMA Honors Houston Physician with Scientific Achievement Award

The American Medical Association (AMA) honored Houston scientist-physician and TAMEST Member Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine, with the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on promoting vaccines and combating vaccine misinformation. “As a celebrated champion of vaccines, Dr. Hotez is a deserving recipient of this honor,” said AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD. “His background in developing vaccines for tropical diseases that afflict the world’s poorest people proved invaluable as he turned his attention to COVID-19.” The AMA presented the Scientific Achievement Award to Dr. Hotez during the 2022 Texas Medical Association Winter Conference. Read More

Several TAMEST Members Elected to the 2021 Class of AAAS Fellows

Congratulations to all TAMEST Members elected to the 2021 class of AAAS Fellows. The 2021 class of AAAS Fellows includes 564 scientists, engineers, and innovators from around the world spanning scientific disciplines. The new Fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin to commemorate their election and will be celebrated later this year at an in-person gathering. Read More

 

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