L'Oreal USA Announces Recipients of 2013 For Women In Science Fellowships
L'Oreal USA For Women In Science Fellowships Marks Its Tenth Year Recognizing
Five Women Scientists for Ground-Breaking Innovative Research
NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2013
NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --L'Oreal USA today announced the
recipients of the 2013 L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science.
Celebrating its tenth year, the program is a national initiative that annually
recognizes and rewards five outstanding U.S.-based women researchers at the
start of their careers. Recipients each receive up to $60,000 towards their
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"Through our partnership with L'Oreal USA and its Fellowships For Women In
Science Program, we are offering young women opportunities to be the next
leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is so
important to support early-career women to improve diversity in the sciences,
as well as offer women the platform to make significant changes in the STEM
workforce," said Shirley Malcom, Head of Directorate of Education and Human
Resource Program with American Association for the Advancement of Science
The 2013 Fellows were selected from a competitive pool of over 350 candidates
by an interdisciplinary review panel and a distinguished jury of eminent
scientists and researchers and L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureates.
The Fellows were chosen based on specific criteria, including exceptional
academic records, intellectual merit, clearly articulated research proposals
with the potential for scientific advancement, and outstanding letters of
recommendation. The program's partner, AAAS, managed the peer-review process.
This year's awards will recognize and support the following female scientists
and their work:
Arpita Bose, Harvard University, Microbiologist. Dr. Bose studies unusual
microbes that respire iron while using light to grow in nature. Her work
suggests that these organisms harbor pathways to potentially generate
biologically derived fuels. The L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science
award will allow the continuation of research that can potentially provide
solutions to the ever-growing energy crisis while also expanding the
understanding of how microbes affect global geocycles.
Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, Princeton University, Chemical and Biological
Engineering. Dr. Whittaker-Brooks and her team have been able to
revolutionize the materials science field by synthesizing nanoscaled materials
for use in electronics, window coatings, sensing devices, and photovoltaics.
The L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science award will support the
rational design and implementation of thermoelectric materials to be used as
solar-thermal generators in photovoltaics that are more energy-efficient and
environmentally friendly. The thermoelectric materials Dr. Whittaker-Brooks
synthesizes could be a boon for several applications ranging from power
generation to microprocessor cooling which would potentially solve energy
issues in the world.
Anisa Salim Ismail, Princeton University, Molecular Biology. Mammals have
coevolved with vast populations of commensal (friendly) bacteria, the majority
of which are found in the intestine. Even though maintaining friendly
relationships with commensal bacteria is critical to human health, the exact
mechanisms that regulate this relationship are still not fully understood.
Dr. Ismail will use the L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science award to
establish mouse models to study the possibility that commensals and mammalian
cells "talk" to each other, through a process called quorum sensing, to
establish the beneficial relationships shared in the intestine.
Robin Evans Stanley, National Institutes of Health, Biochemistry. Dr.
Stanley's research goal is to understand the regulation of autophagy.
Autophagy is a cellular pathway involved in the recycling of cytosolic
components such as proteins and organelles. Dysfunction of this pathway has
been linked to many human diseases including cancer and
neurodegeneration.The L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science award
will provide essential support for the continuation of research at the NIH,
where Dr. Stanley will focus on characterizing the structures of complexes
involved in the early stages of autophagy.
Mary Caswell Stoddard, Harvard University, Evolutionary Biologist and
Ornithologist. Dr. Stoddard's multidisciplinary research program explores key
questions in avian evolution and behavior, with projects ranging from avian
vision and feather coloration to egg mimicry by common cuckoos. The L'Oreal
USA Fellowships For Women In Science award will enable Dr. Stoddard to pursue
innovative research on the evolution and engineering of avian eggs. Dr.
Stoddard will combine techniques from computer science, genomics and
biomineralization to investigate how birds evolved eggshells with diverse
structures and special mechanical properties, with the goal of contributing to
new tools and advanced materials inspired by eggs.
The L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program has awarded grants to
45 post-doctoral women scientists in the life and physical/material sciences,
mathematics, engineering, and computer science since its launch in 2003.
In addition to awarding the grants, the program also offers the Fellows
professional development workshops, facilitated by the program's partner,
AAAS, and helps them build networks with accomplished female leaders in
corporate, academic, government and scientific fields.
The 10^th Anniversary L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women In Science Award
ceremony will take place at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
City on Thursday, October 24, ^ 2013.
L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women In Science is a national extension of the
global L'Oreal – UNESCO For Women in Science program, which, since 1998, has
honored 77 Laureates, including two who subsequently were awarded the Nobel
Prize. The program has also supported more than 1,652 international Fellows
who have made contributions in every field of scientific research. By the end
of 2013, a total of 1,729 women scientists from over 100 countries will have
benefitted from the program.
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