Researchers Examining Critical World Issues Receive L’Oréal Fellowships for Women in Science

Five outstanding female scientists were granted 2012 L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science at a ceremony in New York City this week.

Each Fellow receives up to U.S.$60,000 to continue post-doctoral research. The program also offers professional development workshops for the Fellows to help them build networks with accomplished female leaders in corporate, academic, governmental and scientific fields.

The 2012 Fellows are working on breakthrough scientific research, which address critical global challenges that could aid millions around the world, the cosmetics and beauty company said in a statement.

The USA Fellowships is a an extension of the global L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program, which, since 1998, has recognized 67 Laureates, two of whom received the Nobel Prize in 2009.  The program has awarded 864 Fellowship to young women scientists from 93 countries. (Watch a series of videos featuring L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.)

The 2012 USA Fellows are:

  • Christina Agapakis, University of California, Los Angeles, a synthetic biologist working to engineer new relationships between microorganisms that usually would not find each other in nature.
  • Lilian Childress, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, a physicist working in quantum optics, the interactions between quantum states of light and mechanical motion.
  • Joanna Lynne Kelley, Stanford University, California, a geneticist working in biological diversity and characterizing specific pathways that underlie adaptive change.
  • Erin Marie Williams, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., an anthropologist working to understand human anatomy by looking at the tools of our early ancestors.
  • Jaclyn Winter, University of California, Los Angeles, a biochemist interested in chemical diversity of biologically active natural products.

The national awards program, created in 2003, recognizes women who demonstrate an exemplarily commitment to the achievement and advancement of science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) under the most promising post-doctoral female scientists across the country, L’Oréal said in its statement.

Addressing the awards ceremony at the Morgan Library and Museum in NYC on Thursday, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn said: “Beyond what these women do in their daily work, they are actually achieving something much larger: they are showing the world that women can excel in anything they want to do…They truly are role models, especially for younger people, and an inspiration to us all to be the best at what we do.”

For more information, please visit the L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science Program website, or the Facebook page for L’Oréal USA For Women In Science.

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

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