April 2, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The L'OREAL-UNESCO For Women in Science program awarded five exceptional women scientists from around the world with the 2013 L'OREAL-UNESCO Awards in the Physical Sciences. The award ceremony took place on
at Sorbonne University in
Deborah S. Jin
, Fellow of JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) and the
University of Colorado
, NIST Fellow and physicist Professor Adjoint Physics Department,
University of Colorado
, was named the 2013 Laureate for
, for her work in ultracold gases of fermions.
Since its inception, L'OREAL-UNESCO For Women in Science has honored 77 Laureates, including two who subsequently were awarded the Nobel Prize, Professor
. The program has also supported more than 1,652 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 benefited from the program.
An international network of nearly 1,000 scientists nominates the candidates for each year's Awards. The five Laureates are then selected by an independent, international jury presided by Professor
, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1999. Each Laureate receives
in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of science.
, Chairman and CEO of L'Oreal stated,
"This program was born of a convergence between the crucial role of science at L'Oreal and the pressing need to increase the number of women holding key research posts around the world. By supporting eminent women researchers on all continents, the program is contributing to changing mindsets and fighting prejudice."
, Director General of UNESCO remarked,
"This program embodies UNESCO's founding principles. It is based on the idea that science has no gender and no frontiers; that scientific knowledge must be shared; that the curiosity of all girls and boys must be nurtured and encouraged as much as possible for the benefit of all."
2013 North American Laureate Deborah Jin
is a world-renowned physicist whose research has the potential to transform society having been the first to cool down molecules so that she can observe chemical reactions in slow motion, Professor Jin's research helps further the understanding of molecular processes, which have tremendous relevance for medicine and new energy sources.
"Finding ways to use new knowledge coming from this field could potentially transform society. The study of ultracold molecules could lead to new precision-measurement tools, new methods for quantum computing and help us better understand materials that are essential to technology,"
Professor Jin earned a Ph.D. in physics from The
University of Chicago
in 1995, after graduating from
with an A.B in physics in1990. In 1997, Jin was hired by NIST, elected a Fellow of JILA, and appointed Professor Adjoint in the Department of Physics at the
University of Colorado
. There she began studying ultracold gases of fermions, a class of particles (including electrons) that cannot share the same quantum state. In 1999, her group cooled a gas of fermions (potassium atoms) to less than a millionth of a degree above absolute zero.
hailed this accomplishment as a "Science Breakthrough of the Year."
Jin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her other honors include the American Physical Society's
Samuel Wesley Stratton
's 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, the Service to
, and the 2009 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.
A video profile of
can be viewed here:
Along with Professor
, the other Laureates recognized for their scientific achievements are:
AFRICA and ARAB STATES
Professor Francisca Nneka OKEKE, University of
, Nsukka (
ASIA / PACIFIC
of Science (
, University of
, Federak University if
A Jury Made Up of Eminent Scientists
The 2013 L'OREAL-UNESCO Awards Jury is made up of 13 eminent members of the international scientific community. The President of the jury is Professor
, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1999. Professor
Christian de Duve
, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1974, is the Founding President of the Awards;
, General Director of UNESCO, is Honorary President.
A Pioneering Program for the Promotion of Women in Science
For the past 15 years, L'Oreal and UNESCO have supported women researchers throughout the world who contribute to moving science forward. Each year, the For Women in Science Program highlights scientific excellence and encourages promising talent.
In its aim to promote and encourage women throughout their scientific careers, the For Women in Science partnership has also developed a global network of International, Regional and National Fellowship programs aimed at supporting young women who represent the future of science.