The good news of the day: an Argentine scientist from Conicet is awarded 1:12 (CNN Spanish) — Three Latin American scientists received this Thursday in Paris the L’Oréal-UNESCO International Award “Women and Science” for their outstanding scientific achievements in recent years. Each year, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO honor five female scientists from the five main continents – Africa and the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and North America – for their contribution to science. However, the foundation had not been able to grant the awards in person in the last two years due to the health restrictions of the covid-19 pandemic. “This year, we are especially pleased to celebrate not only the 2022 laureates, but also those of the two previous L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards at a unique edition of the International Ceremony in Paris,” it said in a statement. Jean-Paul Agon, President of L’Oréal and the L’Oréal Foundation. During this Thursday’s ceremony, 45 female scientists from 35 countries were recognized and awarded, 15 female researchers received the International L’Oréal-UNESCO “Women and Science” Award, while 30 young female scientists, who were selected in 2020 and 2022, received the title of International Emerging Talents. Women scientists from Cuba, Argentina and Mexico are recognized Source: UNESCO Among the Latin American scientists awarded by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO is the Cuban scientist María Guadalupe Guzmán Tirado, a specialist in infectious diseases who was selected in 2022 by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO for their work to adequately treat dengue fever, a viral infection transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes that infects between 100 and 400 million people worldwide each year, according to the UN. Among the scientists selected in the 2021 edition, Argentine mathematician Alicia Dickenstein, professor of mathematics at the University of Buenos Aires, was honored for her outstanding contributions to the forefront of mathematical innovation by harnessing algebraic geometry in the field of molecular biology . [email protected], wins the L’Oréal-UNESCO “Women and Science” award for harnessing algebraic geometry in the field of molecular biology. His research helps to better understand the structures and behaviors of cells and molecules 👏🏾#MujeresEnCiencia pic.twitter.com/w1yT522Ek2 — UNESCO in Spanish 🏛️#Education #Science #Culture (@UNESCO_es) June 23, 2022 And in the 2020 edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO International Award “Women and Science”, the organization selected the Mexican scientist María Esperanza Martínez Romero, professor of Environmental Sciences at the Center for Genomic Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) for her I work on the use of environmentally friendly bacteria to promote plant growth in nitrogen-limited environments. Martínez Romero’s research has contributed to increased agricultural productivity that contributes to food security, while reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers, which helps protect the environment and diversity. The Mexican scientist published a manual on biofertilization for farmers and has given lectures and workshops to farmers, and has undertaken reforestation programs using nitrogen-fixing legumes inoculated with the rhizobia species she discovered in 1991. Currently, Martínez Romero is studying microbes of animals such as the Tamaulipas tortoise, rabbits in danger of extinction and several insects native to Mexico, such as the carmine mealybug and the Chiapas wax mealybug. “Choosing local species for study is highly recommended to obtain important new results relevant to the local community,” she explained. On the role of women in science, Martínez Romero encourages women to explore the path of science. “If any girl or young woman is interested in knowing answers to her questions, science is a path that she should explore, looking for possibilities and opportunities that are often not obvious,” the scientist told CNN.