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Female scientists win Kovalevskaya Prize

Update: March, 05/2012 - 10:43

 

Professor Vu Thi Thu Ha (left), deputy director of the Viet Nam Industrial Chemical Institute, and Professor Le Thi Thanh Nhan (right), deputy headmaster of the Science College at Thai Nguyen University, recieve the Kovalevskaya Prize. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI — Two female Vietnamese scientists were presented with the Kovalevskaya Prize at a ceremony in Ha Noi on Saturday to honour their contributions to science.

The presentation was just one of many events to celebrate the International Women's Day on March 8, along with the up-coming 11th National Women's Congress.

Named after the great Russian mathematician and advocate of women's rights, Sofia Kovalevskaya, the prize aims to encourage Vietnamese women to advance themselves and contribute to the nation's industrialisation and modernisation.

This year's award was presented to Professor Vu Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Director of the Viet Nam Industrial Chemical Institute, and Professor Le Thi Thanh Nhan, Deputy Headmaster of the Science College at the Thai Nguyen University.

Ha contributed to building and developing the petrochemicals industry. She also carried out research on catalysis technology which is used in the production of environmentally friendly products.

Nhan's award came in recognition of 16 papers that were published in international science magazines such as the Science Citation Index (SCI) and the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). She also had five pieces of work published in the Algebra Journal.

To mark the occasion, 26 houses were donated to disadvantaged women and 1,000 scholarships worth a total of VND2 billion (US$95,300) were provided to the children of soldiers who are currently serving on the country's borders and island areas by the Fund for Going to School.

According to the Viet Nam Women's Union, its chapters nationwide have raised VND30 billion ($1.43 million) for the programme to build charity houses and VND5 billion ($238,000) to provide scholarships for the children of soldiers. — VNS

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