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Female Israeli Researchers in Running for Highest UNESCO Accolade

Two Israeli women singled out for a $100,000 prize, aim to empower women to carry on with research without worrying about family stressors.

By: Ashley Peters
Published: July 24th, 2013 in Health » World
Women In Science Awards

Two female Israeli scientists are contenders for a $100,000 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) prize from the United Nations and cosmetics company L’Oréal. The award aims to help women, particularly wives and mothers, working in labs mitigate family stressors.

Five women from around the world are handpicked each year by an international board of scientists for advancements in life sciences and materials engineering.

Dozens of researchers from around the world are currently having their work reviewed. Successful candidates will be endowed with their awards next March.

The Israeli L’Oréal-UNESCO council made known Israel’s two nominees earlier: Natalie Zetoony and Adit Naor on Tuesday.

Zetoony is testing different ways to use 'magnetic bacteria' in industrial and medical settings, and Naor is researching gene exchange in single-cell organisms that look like bacteria (but aren’t) for medical purposes.

The Women in Science Awards have been conferred to 64 scientists from 30 countries for the past 15 years.

Related articles: UNESCO, Health News, Israeli Health, L'Oreal, United Nations, Natalie Zetoony, Adit Naor
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