Elsevier Foundation Awards Female Scientists – International Prize for Research

Five women scientists from the developing world have been awarded an international prize for research that promotes socio-economic development and a better quality of life. The awards; a partnership between the Elsevier Foundation and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which took place in Austin, Texas this month (15-19 February). Hasibun Naher from Bangladesh, Germaine Djuidje Kenmoe from Cameroon, Silvia González Pérez from Ecuador, Dawn Iona Fox from Guyana and Witri Wahyu Lestari from Indonesia each received a US$5,000 cash prize for their work. Naher was recognized for her work on computer simulation of tsunamis; Djuidje Kenmoe for the study of molecular friction-and-wear for improving energy efficiency; González Pérez for molecular modelling of new sustainable materials; Fox for work on converting waste into materials with added value; and Lestari for her research on the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for various applications in medicine or environmental protection.

10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

By Boma Benjy – Iwuoha

Every parent wants a smart, bright and intelligent child. This desire sees us spending so much time and resources trying to find the best schools, teachers and learning environments for our kids. We sometimes forget that as parents, we have an important role to play, and the power to enhance our children’s learning potential by making books an integral part of their lives.

Love for the Feet: A Captivating Story of Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder SoleRebels

It is always an amazing experience to hear motivating stories from young women who despite the odds, have reached for the sky and grabbed their destinies with both hands. The story of SoleRebels Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, is one that will not only inspire women who desire to go into different forms of handiwork but will serve as one which all women can draw strength from in towing their various fields of endeavour.