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Jillian Banfield profiled in L’Oréal-UNESCO video

UC Berkeley's Jillian Banfield was named the 2011 North American Laureate at the 13th Annual L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards ceremony in Paris on March 3, which included the screening of a video interview with Banfield discussing her research and philosophy of science.

Jillian Banfield

Jillian Banfield, UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science, of environmental science policy and management and of materials science, was one of five women honored on March 3 at the 13th Annual L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards ceremony in Paris. The elaborate festivities included the showing of a video interview with Banfield, who discussed her research and her philosophy of science.

Professor Ahmed Zewail, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and President of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Jury, hosted the ceremony  recognizing the five Laureates of the 2011 program. The five outstanding women scientists – one per continent – were honored for their research contributions, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society.

“Only 10 percent of university professors and fewer than 5 percent of science academics are women; so much talent is wasted because girls turn away from these types of fields,” commented Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO.   “By encouraging women in science & technology we hope to change the face of research.”

“More than ever, the world needs science and science needs women; it also needs heart and passion,” commented Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, chairman of L’Oréal and the L’Oréal Foundation. “Today, our For Women in Science programme is a great success. Among all the initiatives that I have had the chance to develop, it is most certainly the one which brings me the most joy, and of which I am the most proud.”

For more information:

  • UC Berkeley press release about L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award
  • Video of awards ceremony

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