On November 10th, five outstanding women scientists in the physical sciences were named as winners of the L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science award.
Diverse in origin, determined in nature, and extraordinary in intellect, the 2009 Laureates reflect the programme’s mission: to change the face of science and support the advancement of women in the scientific field. The Awards Ceremony will take place on 5 March 2009, at UNESCO. Each Laureate will receive $100,000 in recognition of her contribution to science.The winner for Africa & the Arab States is Tebello Nyokong, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology in the Department of Chemistry at Rhodes University in South Africa. Nyokong received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the poryphyrins, which can be used as photosensitive drugs for cancer treatment, photosensitizers for photochemical destruction of pollutants in water, and in the development of sensors for biologically and medically important molecules.
- "No Ordinary Scientist" Mail & Guardian online, Aug. 13 1008.
this article tells Nyokong's story, from growing up in Lesotho as a shepherd, to eventually choosing to pursue a career in chemistry, and her recent successes and awards. There is also an 2004 article in the same paper: "From shepherdess to scientific star"
- "Nyokong wins Prestigious L' Oreal-Unesco Award for Woman in Science", official Rhodes University Press Release
The winner for North America was Eugenia Kumacheva, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, and the first Canadian to win the award. Kumacheva received her PhD at the Institute of Physical Chemistry (Russian Academy of Sciences). Her research group works on the development of "novel nanostructured polymer-based materials" and studies "equilibrium and dynamic forces in thin layers of polymer films." The polymers have many applications, including high density optical data storage and drug delivery.
- "U of T professor first Canadian woman to win prestigious international science prize", Official University of Toronto press release
- 2004 Canadian Society for Chemistry Clara Benson Award
- 2005 Chemical Institute of Canada Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award
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- "Cambridge physicist wins top award", official University of Cambridge Press Release
- "Major science award goes to British woman 'role model'" The Observer, 16 Nov. 2008. Donald is quoted as saying:
'Having very visible, successful women who have not become complete anoraks is really important to keep girls doing science. They are put off it; they think they can't have a family and be a successful scientist. There are all these myths, but if you can show it is possible to succeed and be relatively normal, that's a hugely important message,'
- Radio 4 Woman's Hour: Top prize for female physicist
- Royal Society 2006 Bakerian Prize Lecture: "The mesoscopic world"
- "Perfil: Gente do céu", sinapse online (in Portuguese)
- Barbuy wins Trieste Science Prize
- International Astronomical Union profile