NEW YORK, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The selection process for the 2002 FWIS
(For Women In Science) Awards and the UNESCO/L'OREAL Fellowships is currently
under way, with deliberations expected to end in early December.
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For the fourth consecutive year L'OREAL and UNESCO (United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), will present the L'OREAL
For Women in Science Awards (FWIS), to take place on the evening of March 6,
2002 in Paris, France.
The FWIS program, part of a partnership agreement between the world leader
in the cosmetics industry and UNESCO, is built around two initiatives in the
life sciences: the L'OREAL- Awards for Women in Science which distinguishes
five outstanding women scientists, and the UNESCO-L'OREAL Fellowships,
designed to encourage young women researchers to pursue their careers in
The Award jury, comprised of 16 distinguished members of the international
scientific community and headed by the 1974 Nobel Prize winner for Medicine,
Professor Christian de Duve, evaluate the Laureate nominees based on
scientific excellence, originality and possible therapeutic applications of
their work. Over 24 countries in 5 continents are represented in this year's
pool of candidates from which five Laureates will be chosen.
The United States will be represented on the international jury this year
by Dr. Joan Steitz, a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics &
Biochemistry at Yale University, herself a winner of the 2001 FWIS Awards.
Dr. Steitz has initiated important discoveries in the field of molecular
biology, particularly as it pertains to the actions of small RNA (ribonuclie
acid) molecules known as snRNP (small nuclear ribonucleoproteins) involved in
regulating gene expression or the transformation of DNA into protein.
Dr. Steitz's work in this field has had worldwide impact, by shedding
light on the scientific mechanism referred to as RNA splicing and has advanced
the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases such as LUPUS, a disease in
which the immune system treats the body's own tissue as a foreign substance.
The UNESCO-L'OREAL Fellowship grants, will be awarded to ten young women
researchers, two per major world region and are intended to act as an
incentive by providing active support for young women scientists embarking on
Lindsay Owen-Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L'Oreal sums
up best why the FWIS program and Awards embody the essence of L'Oreal, " The
For Women in Science program addresses one of the critical issues -- science
as a factor for the progress of humanity and participation of women in this
endeavor. Research has always been fundamental to our business, and women
researchers make a major contribution to our laboratory work -- 55 percent of
our research managers are women. By helping women to achieve their rightful
role, science itself will benefit from our effort."
L'Oreal, based in Paris with U.S. headquarters in New York, is the world's
largest beauty company, with 2000 consolidated sales of 12.7 billion euros.
Operating in more than 150 countries and employing more than 48,000 people,
L'Oreal Group companies manufacture and market such well known brands as
L'Oreal, Lancome, Maybelline, Laboratoires Garnier, Redken 5th Ave. NYC, Soft
Sheen/Carson, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Giorgio Armani Parfums, Kiehl's Since
1851, Helena Rubinstein, Biotherm, and Matrix.
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