Deborah Jin to be honored as 2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America

Published: 03-26-2013
JILA Fellow Deborah Jin in her laboratory. Credit: L’Oréal-UNESCO

On Thursday, March 28, Deborah Jin will be honored in a ceremony at the Sorbonne in Paris as the '2013 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America', as part of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program.  One of five 2013 regional laureates, she was cited for being the first scientist in the world to create near absolute zero temperature potassium-rubidium (KRb) molecules that allow her, and colleagues, to slow chemical reactions down in order to see what goes on during molecular processes.

Dr. Jin explained to L'Oréal-UNESCO:

“Finding ways to use new knowledge coming from this field could potentially transform society. The study of ultra-cold molecules could lead to new precision-measurement tools, new methods for quantum computing and help us better understand materials that are essential to technology.”

Since its founding in 1998, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has honored 77 Award Laureates and more than 1,652 Fellows -- women working across the spectrum of research.

For more background, please see Deborah Jin Wins L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award (October 19, 2012, JILA Scientific Communications).