Latin American Women in Chemistry Awards recipients announced

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2022 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Latin American Women in Chemistry Awards.

Emerging Leader: Mónica Lizeth Chávez-González, Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico
The award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding young chemical scientist or entrepreneur younger than 45 and no more than 10 years removed from earning a Ph.D. Gonzalez develops bioprocesses for the recovery of agro-industrial byproducts.
Honorable mention: Ana Paula de Carvalho Teixeria of Brazil

Leadership in Academia: Elena Stashenko, Industrial University of Santander, Colombia
The award recognizes an established academic who has made an important contribution with a global and societal impact on scientific research in chemistry or a related science. Stashenko studies essential oils and natural products.
Honorable mention: Lena Ruiz-Azuara of Mexico

Leadership in industry: Juliane Pereira Santos, Oxiteno, Brazil
The award recognizes an individual working in the chemical industry whose research and creative innovations have led to discoveries that contributed to commercial success and to the good of the community and society. Santos works on coalescents for the formation of latex films, tensoactives for emulsion polymerization and resin emulsification.
Honorable mention: Marcia Cristina Khalil de Oliveira of Brazil

The awards are presented by ACS and the Latin American Federation of Chemical Associations and sponsored by Chemical & Engineering News (an independent news outlet of ACS), CAS (a division of ACS) and the Brazilian Chemical Association. The awards promote gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Latin America and highlight the importance of diversity in scientific research and in the field of chemistry in particular. Each winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, a SciFinder ID valid for one year, a one-year ACS membership, an award certificate and a free course subscription through the ACS Institute.


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