TAMEST Member News Roundup – April 2023

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

Today: ‘We Have a Vendetta’: How Richard Engel and His Wife are Continuing to Fight Rett Syndrome After Their Son’s Death, TAMEST Member and TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference Speaker Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. (NAM, NAS), Baylor College of Medicine

The Daily Texan: UT Professor Awarded President’s Research Impact Award for Key Contributions to COVID-19 Vaccine Development, 2022 O’Donnell Award Recipient Jason McLellan, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Tech Briefs: A New Method to Improve Motion Planning for Robots, TAMEST Member and TAMEST 2023 Annual Conference Co-Chair Lydia E. Kavraki, Ph.D. (NAM), Rice University

The Statesman: Generative AI Will Unlock Great Experiences in Next 4-5 Years, TAMEST Member Lisa T. Su, Ph.D. (NAE), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Newswise: New UTHealth Houston School to Train Behavioral Health Workers Receives Approval from UT System, State, TAMEST Member Institution UTHealth Houston

Futurity: Tumor Model Clarifies How Bone Cancer Defies Chemo, TAMEST Member Antonios G. Mikos, Ph.D. (NAM, NAE), Rice University

Member Briefs

American Academy of Arts & Sciences: New Members Elected in 2023 Include TAMEST Members Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D. (NAE), Lydia E. Kavraki, Ph.D. (NAM) and UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences have announced their newly elected class of 2023. The nearly 270 members elected are drawn from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research, and science, and include more than 40 International Honorary Members (IHM) from 23 countries. Among the members elected in 2023 are:

  • TAMEST Member Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D. (NAE), Rice University
  • TAMEST Member Lydia E. Kavraki, Ph.D. (NAM), Rice University
  • The University of Texas System Chancellor James B. Milliken

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The Achilles Heel That Could Lead to Universal Coronavirus Treatments

Researchers behind discoveries that led to vaccines for the virus that causes COVID-19 have identified a potential Achilles heel that exists in all coronaviruses. These findings, led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin including 2022 O’Donnell Award Recipient Jason McLellan, Ph.D., could aid the development of improved treatments for COVID-19 and also protect against existing and emerging coronaviruses. Read More

Texas A&M Health Receives $6 Million for Cancer Research Center

Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) has been awarded a five-year, $6 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, CPRIT, to support the creation of a Texas Regional Excellence in Cancer, or TREC, Center. The grant takes advantage of resources available to Texas A&M University to establish the infrastructure required to advance a cohesive vision to address unmet needs in cancer prevention and treatment regionally and across the nation. TAMEST Member Kenneth S. Ramos, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), will serve as director of the center. Read More

Energy Consortium Will Advance Energy Research and Education Workforce

TAMEST Member Brian A. Korgel, Ph.D. (NAE), The University of Texas at Austin, is helping to lead a new energy consortium in partnership with six New Mexico and Texas universities and two national laboratories for development of the Permian Energy Development Laboratory. The memorandum of understanding reflects a shared goal of conducting advanced energy research, educating the next generation of energy professionals, and supporting energy-intensive communities and the natural resources on which they depend. Read More

Scientific Trailblazers Honored by Biological Engineering Peers

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has selected three distinguished researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington as AIMBE Fellows, including TAMEST Member Florence P. Haseltine, M.D., Ph.D. (NAE). AIMBE selected Dr. Haseltine for her “lifelong policy/advocacy work ultimately leading to women’s inclusion in clinical studies and incorporation of sex differences in biomedical research,” according to the citation included with her nomination. Read More

UTSW researchers discover how food-poisoning bacteria infect the intestines

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center, including TAMEST Board Member Kim Orth, Ph.D. (NAS), have discovered how a bacterium that infects people after they eat raw or undercooked shellfish creates syringe-like structures to inject its toxins into intestinal cells. The findings, published in Nature Communications, could lead to new ways to treat food poisoning caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus. “We have provided the first visual evidence of how a gut bacterial pathogen uses this assembly method to build a syringe to deliver a lethal injection to intestinal cells,” Dr. Orth said. Read More


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