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October 11, 2013
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Fashionable Fridays ~ L'Oreal's Women in Science Chat Accessories & Beauty

This month, L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science will recognize 5 outstanding US based women at the start of their career (each recipient receives up to $60,000 towards their postdoctoral research). They will be honored on Oct 24th at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. You can continue learning more about this program by visiting their Facebook page as well as their Twitter account.

Although you can visit the site to find out about these women's accomplishments, I had to ask them about what winning this award meant to them and of course get insight into their beauty and accessory faves. At the end of the day, as women, we all have our favorite items that make us feel great, ties to our memories and so much more.

ANISA SALIM ISMAIL

<font color = ff0080>What does it mean to you to be a recipient of the L'Oreal USA Recipient 2013 For Women in Science Fellowships?</font>

It is an incredible honor to be recognized by L’Oreal as a recipient for the 2013 Women in Science Fellowships! What I love about this award is the message behind it, and that I now have the incredible privilege of passing this message along. The L’Oreal USA Fellowships For Women In Science award breaks the stereotype of who women scientists are and what we do. We are not the stereotypically anti-social scientists without any outside interests. We are vibrant individuals with amazingly diverse interests. We are artists, athletes, linguists, musicians, and much more.

What joins us, though, is that we share an insatiable appetite to ask why and how things work. There are an endless number of “whys” and “hows” just waiting to be answered. I get to answer some of those questions in my everyday life at lab. I often stop and think about how amazing it is that I’ve made my career out of asking these seemingly simple questions. By highlighting such an interdisciplinary group of women each year, the award educates everyone, especially young women, about the amazing breadth and scope of science, reminding us that we are limited only by our curiosity.

<font color = ff0080>What message would you give to girls who are considering studying or having a career within STEM?</font>

I would tell a young woman interested in sciences at an early age to be fearless in pursuing her interests in STEM. I wish someone had told me that when I was younger. I spent time afraid that my perceived ignorance in some scientific field would be highlighted if I were to speak up. During my time in graduate school in the immunology program at UTSW medical center and now as a post-doctoral fellow in microbiology at Princeton University, I have learned that there are really no stupid questions. Instead, I find myself respecting people who ask for clarification of a topic. It shows that they have taken an interest to the topic at hand, and it highlights their willingness to collaborate and share ideas with their colleagues. Equally as important as being fearless is to focus on your strengths and use your differences to approach ideas with a unique perspective others might not share. STEM fields benefit from the creativity that comes from approaching ideas from different perspective, and these are critical skills and traits that I see exemplified by the scientists whom I admire.

DR. ROBIN STANLEY

<font color = ff0080>What does it mean to you to be a recipient of the L'Oreal USA Recipient 2013 For Women in Science Fellowships?</font>

I feel extremely honored to be a recipient of the 2013 L'Oreal USA Women in Science Fellowship. Receiving the Fellowship will provide invaluable support for my research at the National Institutes of Health where I work on studying a cellular pathway called autophagy. In addition to financial support receiving the fellowship will provide professional development and open the door to a great network of accomplished female scientists.

<font color = ff0080>What message would you give to girls who are considering studying or having a career within STEM?</font>

My advice to girls considering going into the STEM field is to work hard in your science and math classes and to get involved in research as early as possible. It wasn't until I started working in a lab, carrying out experiments, and learning to discover the unknown that I really got excited about science and decided to make a career out of research.

<font color = ff0080>What's your must when it comes to beauty products you wear during the day?

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As a scientist I know the damage that UV rays from the sun can cause to your skin. I never leave home in the morning without putting on foundation that has a spf of at least 15 so that my skin has a minimal level of protection from the sun's harmful rays.

DR. ARPITA BOSE

<font color = ff0080>What does it mean to you to be a recipient of the L'Oreal USA Recipient 2013 For Women in Science Fellowships?

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Being a L'Oreal fellow is a tremendous honor. Only a very select group of women receive this prestigious award and I am ecstatic to have been chosen as one of the recipients this year. I have worked toward the goal of being an independent investigator for the past decade and this year I transition into the role of an Assistant Professor from being a post-doctoral fellow. Thanks to L'Oreal I will be able to do this in a very productive way and start my future professorship with a huge amount of momentum because of the support provided by this fellowship!

<font color = ff0080>What message would you give to girls who are considering studying or having a career within STEM?

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Set your own standards, break the rules if that is what needs to be done, and never doubt yourself even when times get tough. Something will always work out. Remember that to reach the stars you have to build your own ladder. Initiative is very important. Never convince yourself that you cannot do something before you try. Have the wisdom, patience & perseverance to look past failure. It is merely a hurdle. Trust that you will make a huge difference to mankind bit by bit.

<i><font color= ff0080>What's your must when it comes to beauty products you wear during the day?

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Mascara

<font color = ff0080>For a night out, what's your go to look in terms of hair and makeup?

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Hair down, curls, eyeshadow.

<font color = ff0080>Do you have a skincare ritual and if so what is it?

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Cleanse, moisturize with age-defying creams. Mositurise skin daily.

<font color = ff0080>What accessory are you looking to add into your fall wardrobe that's a part of your wish list?

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A nice pair of brown boots with a slight heel.

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DR. LUISA WHITTAKER-BROOKS

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<i><font color = ff0080>What does it mean to you to be a recipient of the L'Oreal USA Recipient 2013 For Women in Science Fellowships?</font>

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I am thrilled and delighted to have been named a L'Oreal USA for women in Science fellow. L’Oreal USA for Women in Science marvelously recognizes transformative early career contributions to science by the most creative and promising female investigators Furthermore, over the last decade, nanotechnology and materials science have been predominantly male-dominated grounds. Notably, we have seen women’s contributions grow simultaneously in both fields. This progress in women’s contributions across and beyond STEM fields has been all possible due to programs such as, L’Oreal USA for Women in Science. This kind of initiative serves as a catalyst to spotlight the outstanding research that women are performing in science. This is particularly important, because many women come into graduate programs in science with some level of insecurity that sometimes can be translated into reduced aspirations.

<i><font color = ff0080>What message would you give to girls who are considering studying or having a career within STEM?

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Teenagers are often insecure about their math and science skills or discouraged by peer pressure from pursuing STEM fields. As STEM is such a broad field, there is the freedom of many specializations within each discipline. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the potential careers held by someone in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is impossible to predict what will happen next; therefore, no two days will be exactly the same. Variety is the spice of life, and STEM allows you to choose your own adventure. Also, to put the icing on the cake, I see a STEM career as my Swiss army knife because of all the skills I have acquired while studying them and the major role they play in our everyday life. Most likely, you are reading an article on a computer or a device with Internet. You probably talk on a telephone or watch TV almost every day. Driving in a car under a bridge and I can mention millions of different examples but the take home message is that STEM is part of everything we do! Being a part of developing and utilizing these tools is exciting and allows you to truly make a positive difference in the world. Furthermore, many believe and I agree that the key to strengthening the U.S. economy and competing globally lies in fostering an innovative culture and educating America's youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

If you are thinking of going into a STEM Field…I encourage you to gain experience by spending a couple of summers working in a lab around people that are successful doing their job. From there you can tap into your talent and set your career goals. Always discuss the Sciences and explore your interest in a STEM field…at the end of the day I guarantee you that you will be totally satisfied by pursuing a STEM career.

<font color = ff0080>What is your favorite accessory that you are rarely seen without?

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Two years ago, I went to a jewelry store with my husband…I was looking at some birthstone necklaces..and I immediately fell in love with this stunning and lovely emerald necklace. The funny thing is that emerald is the birthstone for people who were born in May…I was born in August! So technically my stone is a peridot (which I didn’t like at all!). Anyways, I bought the necklace and I have been wearing it every day since then.

<i><font color = ff0080>What accessory are you looking to add into your fall wardrobe that's a part of your wish list?

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Some really nice boots, fall accessories such as scarves, a nice dress coat…and I can go for hours on this.

<font color = ff0080>What is your favorite accessory that you are rarely seen without?

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I have a pair of rings that I very rarely take off. One is a turquoise ring with a vintage gold setting. This ring belonged to my father’s mother. She was an eccentric woman with a larger-than-life personality who was known for her poker and bridge playing acumen, her fashion sense, and her signature bold red lipstick. The other ring that I wear is an amber ring set in silver. The silver from this ring came from melting an Indian rupee that was part of my mother’s great-grandmother’s dowry. She was the matriarch who raised her family with quiet determination, insisted that all of her children (girls, included) get an education, and who had a very sharp business sense. I love these rings. I wear them with everything. They remind me of the strong women in my family who have paved the way for my own success. And they remind me that I now share a responsibility to do the same for other women in my family.

MARY CASWELL STODDARD

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