L'OREAL-UNESCO Begin Fourth Year of Partnership and On-Going Commitment to for Women in Science Awards Program

Nov 06, 2001, 00:00 ET from L'Oreal

    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
 their careers.
     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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