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Recognizing Women In Science

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu

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Mr. President, I rise today to honor an extraordinary group of women for their passion and commitment to scientific research. These women have pursued careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields knowing that their hard work and dedication might one day have profound effects in the worlds of science and medicine.

In partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship program was established in 2003. Today, five remarkable women are being accepted into this fellowship where they will join the 35 postdoctoral women scientists from across the United States who came before them.

I would like to recognize each of these five women: Dr. Trisha Andrew, for research in organic electronics with the possibility of improving the performance of polymer-based solar cells; Dr. Karlin Bark, for work in haptic feedback that aims to help retrain the motor pathways of stroke survivors; Dr. Sasha Devore, a neuroscientist studying sensory processing which could lead to understanding numerous neurological diseases and disorders; Dr. Regan Blythe Towal, a biomedical engineer working to understand information processing of the nervous system thus leading to improved robotic technologies; and, Dr. Tijana Ivanovic, a virologist working on how viruses, such as influenza, enter into cells. These women are truly an inspiration to us all.

Please join me in honoring these five extraordinary women and the L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship Program for striving to raise awareness of women's contributions in the field of scientific research and serving as strong female role models for generations to come.