Five Top U.S. Female Scientists Earn 2009 L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science for Groundbreaking Research
WINNERS RESEARCHING COMPLEX ISSUES INCLUDING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
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Awardees each receive
Understanding the critical contributions and leadership roles that women provide in science, this year, L'Oreal USA increased its individual grant awards from
"The 2009 L'Oreal USA Fellows are leading by example: they are excelling in their research while demonstrating to women everywhere the excitement and importance of engaging in science careers," said Dr. Attal. "L'Oreal USA is proud to increase its support and honor the success of women scientists at all levels. We are committed to changing the face of science by helping to increase the number of women engaged in science fields."
The 2009 L'Oreal USA Fellowship grants will support the following scientists and their postdoctoral research:
Beena Kalisky, Stanford University, Stanford, California- physicist, developing a new system for detection and characterization of individual nanomagnets. The instrument designed will scan over a large number of particles and individually measure their magnetic properties. This will help in the gathering of pertinent information for the exploration of the nanomagnets' possible applications. This research has the potential to increase drug efficiency and treatment which could help save lives.
- Dr. Aster Kammrath, University of
Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, Wisconsin- atmospheric/environmental chemist, researching the pathways by which molecules emitted by human activity or natural sources are involved in climate change and pollution problems. This work aims to help set appropriate emissions controls to minimize the production of carbon dioxide, other greenhouse gases and aerosol, which could help reduce respiratory problems.
Nozomi Nishimura, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York- neuroscientist and bioengineer, testing the role that blood vessel dysfunction plays in triggering Alzheimer's disease. This research will look at how clots or bleeds in the smallest blood vessels in the brain could seed the accumulation of A-beta proteins, an indication of plaque in the brain which often occurs in Alzheimer's patients. This work may lead to better diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Tiffany Santos, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois- materials scientist and engineer, investigating a class of materials called transition metal oxides, with a wide array of properties, that have numerous potential applications. This research aims to uncover new materials, which could potentially help reduce power consumption and increase the energy efficiency of information technologies, such as data storage devices and memory chips.
Erika Sudderth, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island- biologist, working to understand the constraints, thresholds and limits of ecological responses to precipitation, which is arguably the most important controller of ecosystem processes. This research aims to understand the mechanisms driving ecosystem responses to climate change. This knowledge will improve models of critical ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling, carbon storage and water storage.
The 2009 L'Oreal USA Fellows were selected from a competitive pool of candidates by a distinguished Jury of career scientists, presided over by Dr.
ABOUT THE FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE PROGRAM
For Women in Science is a global effort by L'Oreal to celebrate women who have dedicated their careers to scientific research and to encourage emerging talent to pursue scientific discoveries. The program includes: the L'Oreal - UNESCO For Women in Science Awards, which honors five distinguished female scientist each with a
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