TAMEST Member News Roundup- May and June 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

American College of Surgeons: Watch: New Profiles in Diversity Episode Features Dr. Francisco Cigarroa Discussing DEI Best Practices, TAMEST Member Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., (NAM), UT Health San Antonio

Becker’s Hospital Review: 8 Recent Moves from the Nation’s Leading Cancer Centers, TAMEST Member and Nobel Laureate James P. Allison (NAM, NAS), MD Anderson Cancer Center

Bryan College Station Eagle: Texas A&M’s Hagler Institute Inducts Two Classes of Fellows at Friday Gala, TAMEST Member and Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Recipient John L. Junkins, Ph.D. (NAE), Texas A&M University

Dallas Morning News: (Opinion) Oil and Gas Offer Practical Path to Net-Zero, TAMEST Member Christine Ehlig-Economides, Ph.D. (NAE), University of Houston

Houston Chronicle: After 5,000 Hours of Restoration, Space Shuttle Simulator Finds New Home in Lone Star Flight Museum, TAMEST Member Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D. (NAE) Texas A&M University

KTIV: Expert: Monkeypox Less Transmissible than COVID, United States Better Prepare, TAMEST Member Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine

The Engineer: Rice ‘Metalens’ Could Disrupt Vacuum UV Market, TAMEST Member Naomi J. Halas, Ph.D., D.Sc. (NAE, NAS), Rice University

Member Briefs

Immunicom Announces Addition of Key Industry Leaders to Board of Directors

Biotechnology company Immunicom announced that TAMEST Member Peter Farrell, Ph.D. (NAE), ResMed, and Michael E. Lehman have joined the Company’s Board of Directors. Immunicom is a privately held medical technology company pioneering a first-of-its-kind platform for immuno-oncology. Mr. Lehman and Dr. Farrell will provide support to the Company’s plans to commercialize its Immunopheresis® platform in Europe. Read more

Low-Cost Gel Film Can Pluck Drinking Water from Desert Air 

More than a third of the world’s population lives in drylands, areas that experience significant water shortages. Scientists and engineers, including 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Recipient in Engineering Guihua Yu, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, have developed a solution that could help people in these areas access clean drinking water. The team developed a low-cost gel film made of abundant materials that can pull water from the air in even the driest climates. Read More 

The Ellis Island Honors Society Honors Recipients of its 2022 Ellis Island Medals of Honor

Among the recipients in 2022 is TAMEST Member Nicholas A. Peppas, Sc.D. (NAM, NAE), The University of Texas at Austin. The Ellis Island Honors Society honors the importance of immigration to America’s prosperity and celebrates the contributions immigrants and their progeny have made to our nation. The Medal is presented annually to those who have shown an outstanding commitment to serving our nation. Read More

Society for Science Names TAMEST Member to its Board of Trustees 

The Society for Science announced that TAMEST Board Member Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM, NAE), Texas A&M Health and Afton Vechery have joined the Society’s Board of Trustees. “As global leaders in health, medicine, and engineering, I am thrilled to welcome Roderic and Afton to the Board of Trustees,” said Maya Ajmera, President & CEO, Society for Science and Publisher, of Science News. “They are innovators helping people take control of their futures and which aligns with the Society’s mission of understanding science’s role in human advancement.” Read More 

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Names 2022 Academy Fellows

The American Society for Microbiology has announced its 2022 class of Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, an honorific organization of the society’s most prominent members. TAMEST Member Margaret A Phillips, Ph.D. (NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center, is one of five of the new fellows who are also members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Read More 

Active Phase Calorie Restriction Enhances Longevity, UT Southwestern Neuroscience Study Reveals 

A study in mice led by neuroscientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute shows that it’s not just calories that count. Timing feedings to match the active period of the circadian cycle extended the life span of lab mice more than three times as much as caloric restriction alone, according to the researchers, led by TAMEST Member Joseph Takahashi, Ph.D. (NAM, NAS), UT Southwestern Medical Center. The findings are reported in Science. Read More 

The Kavli Prize Announces 2022 Laureates

TAMEST Member Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. (NAM, NAS), Baylor College of Medicine, pioneering neurologist, has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Kavli Prize in the field of neuroscience. She is being recognized for two discoveries: the gene responsible for spinocerebellar ataxia 1 (SCA1) and the MECP2 gene responsible for Rett syndrome. Dr. Zoghbi is one of 11 scientists from across the globe being named a Kavli Prize Laureate and the first Kavli prize winner for Baylor and Texas Children’s. Read More


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