TAMEST Member News Roundup – December 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

National Geographic: What Foods You Really Need to Eat to Reduce Inflammation, TAMEST Member and TAMEST 2023 O’Donnell Award in Medicine Recipient Jennifer Wargo, M.D. (NAM), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: ASHG President Brendan Lee Celebrates 75 Years of Research in Genetics and Genomics, TAMEST President Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine

Dallas Innovates: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Makes $5.25M Gift to American Cancer Society Venture Capital Arm, TAMEST Hill Prizes Funder Lyda Hill Philanthropies

KXAN: $63M Grant Funds OK’d to Bring Cancer Research, Treatment to Texas, TAMEST 2023 Kay Bailey Hutchison Distinguished Service Award Recipient Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

The Daily Texan: UT Professor Recognized for Contributions to Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, TAMEST Member Nicholas A. Peppas, Sc.D. (NAM, NAE), The University of Texas at Austin

Texas Tribune: Texas to Get Four New Maternal Health Research Centers Amid Mortality Crisis for Moms, TAMEST Member Institutions The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M University

Dallas Innovates: Federal Health Agency Plugs Into Texas With Ambitious Clinical Trials Push, TAMEST Hill Prizes Funder Lyda Hill Philanthropies

D Magazine: The Adventures of Tom Luce, TAMEST 2020 Annual Conference Speaker Tom Luce J.D., Texas 2036

Med City News: BioLabs Pegasus Park Cultivates Life Science Ecosystem, TAMEST Hill Prizes Funder Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Member Briefs

Renowned Researchers Join Texas A&M Engineering Faculty

TAMEST Members Enrique Lavernia, Ph.D. (NAE) and Julie Schoenung, Ph.D. (NAE), have joined Texas A&M University as joint faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering. Both recognized as National Academy of Engineering members, Lavernia and Schoenung come to Texas A&M from the University of California, Irvine. Read More

UH Physicist Paul Chu, Wife, Make $1.4M Gift For Advancement of Scientific Research and Education

World-renowned University of Houston (UH) physicist TAMEST Member Paul C.W. Chu, Ph.D. (NAS), and his wife, May Chern, have made a generous $1.4 million gift to advance scientific education and research at UH. The gift establishes The Paul C. W. Chu and May P. Chern Endowed Chair in Condensed Matter Physics in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and The Paul C. W. Chu and May P. Chern Endowed Distinguished Lecture series. Read More

More Than Curious: A Science Memoir

TAMEST Member William H. Press, Ph.D. (NAS), The University of Texas at Austin, has published a new book entitled, “More Than Curious: A Science Memoir.” Learn more about how random events put Dr. Press in places and times to closely observe significant events and noteworthy personalities in 20th century science. The digital version was published under a Creative Commons license that allows anyone to read, download, or share it, for free. Read More

Texas A&M Engineering Professors Team Up to Measure Mechanical Stresses and Strains

Texas A&M University researchers including TAMEST 2022 O’Donnell Award in Engineering Recipient Jodie L. Lutkenhaus, Ph.D., have discovered that when charging a supercapacitor, it stores energy and responds by stretching and expanding. This finding can be used to design new materials for flexible electronics or other devices that must be both strong and store energy efficiently. Read More

UT Southwestern, UT Dallas Dedicate Texas Instruments Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Building

State, regional, and business leaders joined researchers and students from UT Southwestern Medical Center and The University of Texas at Dallas for the dedication of the Texas Instruments Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Building that will accelerate training for the next generation and foster medical innovations to improve patient care. Read More

SMU to Lead Texoma Tech Hub to Unify Semiconductor Supply Chain, Spur Innovation 

Through Regional Collaborations and Workforce Development Southern Methodist University has been designated the lead agency for a federally-funded economic development initiative to strengthen, build on and drive innovation in the existing semiconductor supply chain in 29 counties in North Texas and Oklahoma through regional collaboration and workforce development. Read More

Petroleum Engineering Research Tackles Future Decarbonization

Since 2013, the Texas A&M System Chancellor’s Research Initiative (CRI) has attracted world-renowned scholars and researchers to Texas A&M University.  TAMEST Member Donald Nathan Meehan, Ph.D. (NAM), CMG Petroleum Consulting, Ltd., is the first petroleum engineer accepted under the program. Given his background, his choice of research funded by the CRI is also singular. Dr. Meehan, a professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, is spearheading a forward-thinking initiative for future decarbonization efforts. Read More

Texas A&M Joins Multimillion-Dollar Moon Orbit Tracking Project

Texas A&M University is joining a multi-university team on a major research project to track objects orbiting the moon. The Air Force Research Laboratory is awarding up to $5 million over five years for the Space University Research Initiative (SURI). Read More

UTSA receives $500,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant to Build Secure Manufacturing Hub in South Texas

The Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been selected by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to establish an ecosystem that will promote secure manufacturing strategies across South Texas. Read More

Program for First Time CEOS and Entrepreneurs Across the Globe

Applications for the Henri Termeer Fellows Class of 2024 and the 2024 Henri Termeer Transatlantic Connections Award are now being accepted. Termeer Fellows are first time CEOs of early-stage or non-profit biotech/life science organizations. The deadline for submission is January 5th, 2024. Read More




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