LOreal-UNESCO Honors Five Extraordinary Women in Science

If you haven't heard of Professor Bonnie Bassler and these four other prestigious scientists, the time is now!

L’Oréal-UNESCO Honors Five Extraordinary Women in Science

If you haven’t heard of Professor Bonnie Bassler and these four other prestigious scientists, the time is now!

-Diana Denza

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Get ready for even more proof that ladies can accomplish great feats in the science arena. Five innovative female scientists were recently recognized for their contributions to the field by L’Oréal-UNESCO. The 14th Annual Women in Science Awards ceremony took place on March 29, 2012 in Paris, France.

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The talented new North American Laureate is Professor Bonnie Bassler. This award winning scientist earned her PH.D in biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University before sweeping the science world off its feet. Her stints include teaching at Princeton and holding fellowships at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the MacArthur Foundation and the American Society for Microbiology.

“The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards is wonderful for me personally, and it celebrates the good work of the young women and men in my lab who made all the discoveries for which I am being honored,” Bassler said in a press release. “Science just gets done better when the community of scientists reflects the diversity of the world it serves. The L’Oréal-UNESCO award shows an ongoing commitment to ensuring diversity in the sciences across the globe.”

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If you’re wondering what Bassler did to receive this honor, it involves bacteria. The celebrated expert has managed to discover the ways in which bacteria chemically communicate with each other. You read that right: bacteria can “talk.” Squirming yet?

Her findings have wide implications, namely on treating infections more effectively. If the science nerd in you is oh-so-curious, click here for Bassler’s presentation.

This year’s Laureates outside of North America are Professor Jill Farrant, Professor Ingrid Scheffer, Professor Frances Ashcroft, and Professor Susana López. Each was selected by an international jury and took home a $100,000 award. Calling us red with envy is an understatement.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for Bassler’s future breakthroughs. But for now, we won’t leave home without a bottle of hand sanitizer in our purses. Congrats, ladies!

Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.

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