Awards recognize women scientists in Brazil

Ten researchers receive the 2014 CAPES-Elsevier Award for their contributions to science in Brazil

The 10 recipients of the 2014 CAPES Elsevier Award with directors of CAPES and Elsevier (Photo by Murillo Tinoco) Elsevier in partnership with the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES/MEC) recognized 10 women scientists for their contribution to the development of science in Brazil last week. The 2014 CAPES-Elsevier Awards were presented at the Hotel Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro.

This year marks the eighth awards ceremony held jointly by both institutions and serves as a tribute to women who are gaining more and more traction in the Brazilian scientific research community. This is the second year the awards have focused on women researchers to encourage more women to pursue scientific careers.

The criteria for the selection of the winners was researchers who have impacted the scientific community, published articles indexed in Scopus and the number of students under their advisement proven by Currículo Lattes.

The 2014 CAPES-Elsevier Award winners

  • Alicia Juliana Kowaltowski – Universidade de São Paulo
  • Ana Cristina Gales – Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Angela Terezinha de Souza Wyse – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Bluma Guenther Soares – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Maria Angela de Almeida Meireles – Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Maria Inês Schmidt – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Maria Rita dos Santos e Passos-Bueno – Universidade de São Paulo
  • Maria Valnice Boldrin Zanoni – Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho"
  • Tatiana Emanuelli – Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
  • Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani – Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho"

The awards were presented by CAPES President Prof. Dr. Jorge Almeida Guimarães, CAPES Director Prof. Marcio de Castro Silva Filho, Elsevier EMERGIA Director Charles Pallandt, and Elsevier Latin America South Director Ezequiel Farré.

"We hope that initiatives like this encourage the Brazilian scientific community to innovate more each day," Farré said.

In the ceremony, winner Alicia J. Kowaltowski, MD, PhD, said: "I consider it an honor to receive an award that is given by what I value greatly in the scientific process: formation of human resources and knowledge production of high quality and international visibility."

"This award will encourage us to grow even more," said Dr. Wyse. "The award is very important and significant because it recognizes the research developed in our laboratory, which aims to elucidate mechanisms associated with the pathophysiology of neurometabolic diseases and neurobiology of menopause, and neuroprotection."

This award will encourage us to grow even more." — Angela Terezinha de Souza Wyse, PhD

Elsevier holds awards ceremonies in emerging nations around the world with the idea of supporting a nation's research by recognizing its outstanding scientists.[divider]

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CAPES is a public foundation under the Brazil's Ministry of Education, responsible for the system of post-graduate studies stricto sensu (master and doctorate) in Brazil. As  a funding, evaluation and regulation agency, CAPES establishes criteria for the higher education and research institutions towards a standard of excellence. It also supports the development of teachers for the elementary and high school. The policies of the agency are determined after a long and extensive research around the academic world through collegiate organization and evaluation committees, indicated by graduate programs and scientific associations.

CAPES Portal de Periódicos

The CAPES Portal de Periódicos is a virtual library that provides professors, researchers, staff and students of the participating institutions access to scientific information from publishers and international societies. There are more than 37,000 titles, 130 bibliographic databases,  12 exclusive databases for patents, more than 150,000 books with scientific and cultural content dating back to the 18th century century, standards, encyclopedias, statistics and audiovisual content. The Portal also offers free content, such as open access databases, Brazilian journals highly ranked in the program Qualis-CAPES, as well as theses and dissertations abstracts defended in the country since 1987.


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