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Oncologist wins 1st female scientist award

Oncologist wins 1st female scientist award

The first award established exclusively for female scientists in Taiwan has been made to Academia Sinica (中央研究院) member and oncology expert Jacqueline Whang-peng.
Whang-Peng has held many top positions at various national health institutes in Taiwan. Whang-Peng was born in China, but attended college in Taiwan. Between 1960 and 1993, she worked as a research fellow at the U.S. National Health Research Institute. She later became director of the Division of Cancer research at Taiwan's National Health Research Institute.
The "Women In Science" award, which includes a cash prize of NT$400,000, was set up by the Taiwan branch of the cosmetic manufacturer L'Oreal and the Wu Chien-shiung Education Foundation.
Since 1998, L'Oreal has been working with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote and recognize the achievements of female scientists. This was the first time L'Oreal presented the award in Taiwan.
The cosmetics company usually selects five laureates from different continents, and awards them US$100,000 each. Because Taiwan is not a member of the U.N., it has not been able to participate in the U.N.-sponsored program. Instead, Taiwan held its own award presentation.
Whang-Peng will however be invited as a guest to attend the award ceremony to be held at UNESCO's Paris headquarters in March 2008.