Byline: Jennifer Weil

PARIS — L’Oreal lauded the role of women in science at its Women in Science award ceremony last week.
Held with UNESCO, the event highlighted the contribution of women scientists worldwide.
“What is essential to us is that these scientific women are role models for the younger generations,” said Lindsay Owen-Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of L’Oreal, at the event. “Through their experiences, they encourage women from all the continents to pursue scientific careers.”
Five female scientist received prizes. These included Nagwa Meguid, for her work to prevent mental illnesses and Down’s syndrome; Shirley Tilghman, for her research on cloning and genetics; Ana Maria Lopez-Colome, for her concentration on retinal diseases; Indira Nath, for her work on medication and vaccinations relating to leprosy, and Mary Osborn, who developed a technique used in the diagnosis of tumors in humans.
Ten scholarships were also awarded.
“Women in Science has really developed into a worldwide project,” said Beatrice Dautresme, L’Oreal vice president responsible for strategic development, of the program she started in 1998, while at Helena Rubinstein. “It began as a way to express the scientific values of Helena Rubinstein.”
Over the years, the project has become one with a much larger scope. “We wanted to find a means of expressing the values at the heart of L’Oreal’s vision, which is to make women’s contributions to scientific progress more visible,” she added.
Women in Science, Dautresme explained, is an ongoing, ever-evolving project that now consists of three awards, including international scientific fellowships. Next year, it could have an added award to encourage younger women to [pursue] scientific careers.”

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