JILA's Deborah Jin to receive 2013 Women in Science Award

Oct. 23, 2012
Boulder, CO--Deborah Jin, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who works at JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder, has been selected as the North American recipient for the 2013 For Women in Science Awards.

Boulder, CO--Deborah Jin, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who works at JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder, has been selected as the North American recipient for the 2013 For Women in Science Awards. Her work in cooling down molecules to the point so that she can observe chemical reactions in slow motion could help to advance understanding of molecular processes, which are important for medicine and new energy sources.

Jin is a NIST/JILA Fellow and is a world leader in advancing understanding of quantum mechanics. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and winner of numerous previous awards, including the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics and a 2003 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, commonly called a “genius grant.”

The For Women in Science Award is given annually by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO as part of an international program recognizing women in science and supporting scientific vocations. Five women scientists are recognized each year, one for each of five regions of the world. Since the program was created in 1998, it has honored 77 outstanding women scientists from around the world.

The awards will be officially presented in Paris on March 28, 2013. Each winner receives $100,000.

For more information, please visit www.forwomeninsceince.com.

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