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2008 L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science Awarded to Five Groundbreaking Researchers
Date:5/22/2008

Winners Addressing Critical Issues Including Parkinson's Disease and Global

Climate Change Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson Receives Role Model Award for Her Contribution

Toward Advancing Women in the Sciences

NEW YORK, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Laurent Attal, President and CEO, L'Oreal USA, and Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences, honored the 2008 recipients of the esteemed L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. These women were recognized for conducting innovative and breakthrough research across a range of disciplines, including neuroscience, oceanography, and aerospace engineering. Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was also honored with the L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Role Model Award, for raising awareness of the critical role that women play in the sciences.

The prestigious L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science, now in their fifth year, provide support to postdoctoral women scientists who are undertaking cutting-edge research with practical applications in today's society. By researching such current pressing issues as Parkinson's disease and the reduction of fuel consumption, these Fellows represent the next generation of women scientific role models, following in the footsteps of chemist and physicist Marie Curie, and Elizabeth Blackwell, who, in 1849, became the first woman to graduate from medical school. Awardees each receive $40,000 to be used toward independent scientific research. In addition, recognizing that funding is just one of several components necessary to help women build successful careers in the sciences, the L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science also offer professional development workshops for awardees, and help these Fellows build networks with accomplished women leaders in corporate, academic, governmental and scientific f
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