2009 L'Oreal-UNESCO Laureate Awards Honor Five Diverse and Extraordinary Women Scientists
From Food to Flat Screens, Women Scientists Make a Difference in Our Everyday Lives
Founded in 1998, the L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science were designed to recognize and advance women's role in the field of science. Since the inception of the program, 57 Award Laureates have been honored. Each year, five distinguished women researchers from five continents are chosen by an eminent Jury comprised of members of the international scientific community and awarded
The 2009 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award Laureates are: -- Professor Tebello NYOKONG, Laureate for Africa & the Arab States in the Physical Sciences Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology, Rhodes University, South Africa "For her work on harnessing light for cancer therapy and for environmental clean-up and for her work in phototherapy and environmental remediation combining organic dyes and quantum dots." -- Professor Akiko KOBAYASHI, Laureate for Asia & the Pacific in the Physical Sciences Chemistry, Nihon University, Japan "For her work on organic metals which could open up new possibilities in electronic devices and for her contribution to the development of molecular conductors and the design and synthesis of a single-component organic metal." -- Professor Eugenia KUMACHEVA, Laureate for North America in the Physical Sciences Chemistry, The University of Toronto, Canada "For the design and development of new materials with many applications including targeted drug delivery and materials for high density optical data storage and for her research on fundamental and applied properties of polymers, including the conceptualization and development of new materials." -- Professor Athene M. DONALD, Laureate for Europe in the Physical Sciences Physics, Cambridge University, United Kingdom "For her work in unraveling the mysteries of the physics of messy materials ranging from cement to starch and for the development of novel electron and x-ray scattering methods and their applications in soft matter physics." -- Professor Beatriz BARBUY, Laureate for Latin America in the Physical Sciences Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil "For her work on the life of stars from the birth of the universe to the present time and for her work on the chemical composition of ancient stars and its relevance to the formation and evolution of galaxies."
While the research may be daunting for the average person to comprehend, the 2009 L'Oreal-UNESCO Laureates are conducting laboratory research that has a real impact on everyday lives. For example, Professor Kobayashi's research has opened up new possibilities in electronics, from flat-screen televisions to computers and solar panels while Professor Kumacheva's research on polymers has led to the development of improved memory storage devices and innovative technological applications in cancer treatments.
"What impressed me most about the candidates for the 2009 Awards is the very large number of nominations that we received across many different fields of science and from all the continents in the world," said Professor
In addition to their passion for science, each of the Laureates recognize that women have a significant contribution to make in the field and that future progress and discoveries are contingent on society's ability to effectively engage more of the population to pursue science careers.
For more information about the L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science, please visit: www.forwomeninscience.com
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The L'Oreal Corporate Foundation is committed to three areas of action: encouraging education, fostering scientific research, and creating bonds of solidarity for those in vulnerable circumstances. The L'Oreal Foundation, which presently regroups a number of major existing corporate philanthropy initiatives including the L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science will strengthen these actions and ensure their continuity, as well as develop new programs in the coming years.
Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO has promoted science - the "S" in its acronym - for peace. Today, UNESCO strives to reinforce international cooperation in the basic sciences among its 193 Member States and promotes ethical norms in science. The Organisation is dedicated to eliminating all forms of discrimination and promoting equality between men and women. As well as developing educational programmes in science particularly designed for girls, UNESCO has established a network of academic chairs creating links between women in science around the world.
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