"Women scientists are making amazing progress, forging ahead and
overcoming obstacles as they dispel the gender stereotype that women are
not equipped to excel in the sciences," said Laurent Attal. "L'Oreal USA is
proud to help foster and recognize the success of women scientists at all
levels. We believe the world needs science, and science needs women."
The 2008 L'Oreal USA Fellows are:
-- Dr. Sara Aton -- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
-- neuroscientist, researching how the sleeping brain consolidates
learning and memory. Dr. Aton studies a key component in learning and
memory: synaptic plasticity, which is the ability of a connection, or
synapse, between two neurons to change in strength. She is performing
the first study attempting such a large-scale recording of neurons
within a synaptically-integrated network during plastic remodeling. Her
findings will be a foundation for further research into understanding
human development and how sleep affects cognition.
-- Dr. Ania Bleszynski-Jayich -- Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
-- physicist, investigating the persistent current principle of quantum
mechanics which, though predicted years ago in theory, has been
challenging for scientists to test. Dr. Bleszynski-Jayich has developed
an approach using new techniques: creating the extreme conditions
necessary to accurately test the persistent current. She will conduct
experiments testing the persistent current in normal rings using
sensitive cantilevers for detection. The cantilevers sense the magnetic
moment produced by the current, and Dr. Bleszynski-Jayich will both
work to improve the sensitivity of the cantilever-based detector, and
use it to perform systematic measurements of the persistent current.
-- Dr. Laura Lapham -- Flor
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