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Crossover of medicine and energy

Pumps & Pipes Conference, Dec. 8, 2008, Houston

Pumps & Pipes is a unique collaborative effort between two of the nation’s largest industries – medicine and energy. Much like moving oil through a pipeline, the heart must pump blood through the body. Both need clean, well-functioning pipes (or blood vessels).  Both need to prevent blockages of those pipes.  Both must function with incredible efficiency.  Both are crucial to our nation’s economy and future.  However only in Texas could we do this, home to the world’s largest medical center and home base to the world’s top energy companies. 

The goal of the Pumps & Pipes conference on Dec. 8, 2008, in Houston, is to stimulate discussion, spark ideas and share new technologies between these industries that face similar challenges, even if on a very different scale. Hosts are the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, ExxonMobil and the University of Houston. 

Talks will focus on the use of robots in pipelines and in medicine, well imaging vs. intravascular imaging, membranes and filters, the use of nanotechnology across both industries, as well as other topics with potential crossover. The audience includes imaging specialists, computer scientists, researchers from medical device manufacturers, physicists and engineers from academia; geologists, physicists and researchers from the oil and gas industry; and vascular biologists, researchers and clinicians specializing in cardiovascular disease.

Program Directors:
Alan B. Lumsden, MD, Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, The Methodist Hospital and the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Bill E. Kline, PhD, Manager of Wells and Materials Division, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Ioannis Kakadiaris, PhD, Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor, University of Houston


November 28, 2008 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

US Secretary of Energy Candidates

The Abraham Energy Report published by former U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham suggested a dozen potential candidates: (full details are available at
  —  Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Senate Energy Committee Chairman
  —  Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), House Energy Subcommittee Chairman
  —  Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas), Defense Appropriations Subcommittee
  —  Former Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) and former House Democratic
  —  Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)
  —  Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), House Energy Committee member and co-author of Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy.
  —  Kathleen McGinty, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental
      Protection, former Clinton Administration CEQ Chairperson and close
      advisor to Al Gore
  —  Ernest Moniz, Director of MIT Energy Initiative and former Clinton
      Administration Under Secretary of Energy
  —  Former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), Co-Chair of Ted Turner’s Nuclear Threat
  —  Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.)
  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.)
  —  Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.)
McGinty??  Schwarzenegger???  Hell, no!!  I think Houston Mayor Bill White would put all of these candidates to shame, but I think he has an eye on the Texas Governor role.  Whaddyallthink?

November 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

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