2 women make science milestone here
TWO women can now count themselves among a league of elite scientists in Singapore, after they were awarded a prestigious national science fellowship.
National University of Singapore (NUS) biological sciences Professor Ding Jeak Ling and A*Star's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology executive director Jackie Ying were yesterday conferred the Singapore National Academy of Science (Snas) fellowships.
This is the first time that women in science have been conferred the fellowships, which recognise outstanding individuals in the field of science in Singapore.
The fellows of the Snas, established in 1977 to promote science and technology here, were all men previously.
Prof Ding and Prof Ying were among the seven scientists elected as fellows of the academy this year.
Prof Ding, whose research interests are in innate immunity and pathogen surveillance strategies, has published numerous research papers in international journals and won awards for her work.
Prof Ying, a chemical engineer by training, has won a string of accolades, including being among the "One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era" named by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2008.
Snas president Andrew Wee said both women are known globally in their respective fields.
"Both women have contributed significantly to the advancement of science in Singapore through their research, as science leaders, and as role models for generations of young men and women keen on careers in science."