Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas

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The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas
Founded 2004
Founder Michael S. Brown, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Richard Smalley
Type Not-for-profit interdisciplinary scientific organization
Focus Strengthen Texas' research community

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) is a not-for-profit interdisciplinary scientific organization, whose membership consists of all Texas-based members of the three national academies, including ten Nobel laureates.[1]


TAMEST's mission is "to provide broader recognition of the state's top achievers in medicine, engineering and science, and to build a stronger identity for Texas as an important destination and center of achievement in these fields."[1]


TAMEST consists of all of the Texas-based members of the three national academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Institute of Medicine. The officers of the Board of Directors are Michael S. Brown, Kay Bailey Hutchison, David E. Daniel, J. Tinsley Oden, Francisco G. Cigarroa, William "Bill" R. Brinkley, and John Mendelsohn.

The Nobel laureate members of TAMEST include Norman E. Borlaug, Michael S. Brown, Robert F. Curl, Johann Deisenhofer, Alfred G. Gilman, Joseph Goldstein, Dudley R. Herschbach, Russell A. Hulse, Ferid Murad, and Steven Weinberg.

In addition, the organization has an Industry and Community Affiliates Committee; the co-chairmen of the committee are Ernest H. Cockrell, Michael S. Dell, and Thomas J. Engibous.


Because of the collective scientific prestige of the organization's members, TAMEST's recommendations are closely watched by policy-makers, both in Texas and nationally.[2] TAMEST has been most active in promoting mathematics and science education at the K-12 level.

Education Initiative[edit]

In December 2008, TAMEST released The Next Frontier: World-Class Math and Science Education for Texas.[3][4] This report is meant as Texas' response to Rising Above the Gathering Storm, a publication of the national academies which predicts that unless the United States changes the course of its math and science education, its economic leadership will not last into the next century.[5]

The Next Frontier makes several recommendations:

  • Texas must provide STEM teachers with enough training, support and pay—so they will come and stay
  • Texas must do more to interest students in STEM fields and help interested students pursue STEM careers
  • Texas must help ensure students' continued success in STEM—from college to careers
  • Texas must make improving STEM education an even higher priority

The Next Frontier also describes ten "programs that get an A+." These are UTeach, Advanced Placement (AP) Strategies, Santa Cruz New Teacher Project (SCNTP), Reasoning Mind, Teach For America (TFA), The Infinity Project, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Laying the Foundation, Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), and Career and Technical Education (CTE).

The Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award[edit]

The Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards, named for Peter O'Donnell and his wife, the former Edith Jones, are distributed annually by TAMEST to recognize outstanding achievements by young investigators in medicine, engineering, science, and technological innovation.[6] The awards have been given since 2006, with the exception of the technology innovation award, which first appeared in 2008.


  1. ^ a b The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (2009). "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2009-01-18.  Retrieved 18 January 2008
  2. ^ Hutchison, Kay Bailey, "The way to educational improvement," Op-Ed in The Dallas Morning News (6 January 2009), Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  3. ^ The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas, The Next Frontier: World-Class Math and Science Education for Texas (2008). Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  4. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer, "New plan for math, science teaching in Texas," The Houston Chronicle (8 December 2008), Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  5. ^ Frueh, Sarah, "Texas Science Academy Responds to Gathering Storm," The National Academies (9 December 2009), Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  6. ^ Johnson, Laurie. TAMEST Awards, KUHF Houston Public Radio, 6 January 2006. Retrieved on 18 January 2009.