News: L’Oreal Malaysia For Women in Science Fellowships 2012 awarded to 3 young Malaysian female researchers

L’Oreal Malaysia for Women in Science Fellowship award presentation ceremony was held in Hilton Kuala Lumpur. The event was graced by the opening speech by Andrew Stanleick, Managing Director of L’Oreal Malaysia as well as an inspiring speech by Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, former Chairman of Securities Commisssion, Malaysia.

This collaborative effort by L’oreal Malaysia and UNESCO rewards 3 young female researchers for the excellence and feasibility of their scientific projects for the L’Oreal For Women in Science 2012 program. Leading the jury panel, Prof. Dr Asma Ismail from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) commented, “Fellows for this program are selected based on the impact and commercial value of their research”.  

For Women in Science National Fellows 2012:

Assoc. Prof. Dr Wan Azlina Wan Abdul Karim Ghani of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with the winning project on the development of hydrogel derived biochar composite (HBC), a hybrid material for greenhouse gaseous capture.

Dr Firdaus Mukthar of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with the proposed project investigating on the effect of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for women patients with anxiety disorder on immunological and psychological parameters.

Dr Hakimah Osman of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (Unimap) with the project on the development of large-scale alternative natural latex production method from tapioca or Cassava (Manihot esculenta) resolving problems on protein allergy in natural rubber latex.

L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Program extends globally, dedicated to recognise the accomplishments of female researchers from every continent with a total of 221 awards and fellowships awarded annually.

Recognition and appreciation to young female researchers who move science forward in Malaysia provides great inspiration to those of similar passion. 

Credit: Photographs of Fellows provided by L’Oreal Malaysia