NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Myriam Sarachik, a distinguished condensed matter physicist, honored professor, and member of the academic staff of City College of the City University of New York, has been announced as this year's L'OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science North American Laureate and will be honored in a special ceremony that takes place in Paris, France today, Thursday, March 3rd, 2005. The award carries with it a cash-prize of $100,000 dollars. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020306/NYW023LOGO ) The for Women in Science Award program, sponsored by L'OREAL, the world's leading cosmetics company, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is given annually to established women scientists at the height of their careers. The program was created in 1998 to elevate the role of women in the scientific community by highlighting and rewarding their contribution to science progress. The program also supports the aspiration of promising young women scientist through fellowship component. Each year, for Women in Science lauds five women from different regions of the globe, selected by an international jury of their peers for their commitment to breakthrough science and awards 15 fellowships to young women at doctoral or post-doctoral level. "I am completely overwhelmed by this honor," says Dr. Sarachik. "It is especially meaningful because I am receiving the recognition from my peers. It is gratifying to know that a company like L'OREAL recognizes the value of rewarding women for their contributions to solving crucial scientific problems, and encourages women to follow scientific careers." A leader in the international physics community, Dr. Sarachik's career in experimental condensed matter physics has centered around the study of electrical conductivity and magnetic properties of various materials at very low temperatures. Her work is valued both for its fundamental scientific merit and for its potential application in enhancing the technology that has revolutionized communications, computation and the way we gather and store information, bringing ever closer the realization of quantum computation or faster, smarter computers. In addition to being named for Women in Science's North American Laureate, this former president of the American Physical Society, one of only four women in the organization's 105 year history, will also receive the 2005 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics later in March. The for Women in Science award programme was originally set up to honor the life sciences. Now, awards are given in alternate years to scientists in the life and material/physical sciences. Appropriately, this year's ceremony honoring women in the physical/materials sciences coincides with UNESCO's proclamation of 2005 as the World Year of Physics -- a recognition of the important role physics plays in the development of science and technology and its tremendous impact on our society. Since the L'OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards began in 1998, 91 women from 45 countries have been the recipients of these awards. Dr. Sarachik is one of five outstanding women scientists representing five different regions of the world. This year's other outstanding honorees are: Zohra BEN LAKHDAR-AKROUT - Laureate for Africa Professor of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Tunis, Tunisia For her experiments and models on infrared spectroscopy and its applications to pollution detection and medicine. Fumiko YONEZAWA - Laureate for Asia/Pacific Professor of Physics, University of Keio, Yokohama, Japan For her pioneering theory and computer simulations of semi-conductors and liquid metals. Dominique LANGEVIN - Laureate for Europe Directeur de Recherches CNRS, Laboratoire de Physiques des Solides, Universite Paris Sud, Orsay, France For her fundamental investigations of detergents, emulsions and foams. Belita KOILLER - Laureate for Latin America Professor of Physics, Department of Solid-State Physics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil For her innovative theoretical research on electrons in disordered materials such as glass. L'OREAL is the world's number one cosmetics company, present in 130 countries worldwide. Almost 3000 people work in L'OREAL's fourteen research centers in France, Asia and America, which are responsible for the registration of over 500 patents annually. 55 % are women -- a percentage unmatched anywhere else in the industry (http://www.loreal.com). Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO has been dedicated to eliminating all forms of discrimination and promoting gender equality. While designing science education programmes specifically for girls, UNESCO has set up a series of academic chairs to linking women scientists around the world. The Organization is also developing new indicators to measure women's access to scientific training and to help develop appropriate policies in its 190 Member States (http://www.unesco.org/science/women).
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