Friday, February 23, 2007

because she's worth it

This year's winners of L'Oreal Unesco awards for women in science announced. Winners include:
  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, University of Mauritius, Reduit; organic chemistry
  • Margaret Brimble (left), University of Auckland, New Zealand; organic and medicinal chemistry
  • Tatiana Birshtein, Russian Academy of Science, St Petersburg; macromolecular compounds
  • Ligia Gargallo, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago; physical chemistry
  • Mildred Dresselhaus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US; electrical engineering and physics

loreal award winner margaret brimble
Margaret Brimble's work involves the synthesis of biologically active molecules from natural products including shellfish toxins and algal blooms. She told Chemistry World that her work synthesising these 'beautiful molecules' was enormously satisfying and that she was surprised and delighted to receive the award, adding that she hoped it would stimulate added interest in science amongst young women in her home country.

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