BOGOR, 25 August, 2014. During an award presentation at ASEAN’s Science & Technology Week, the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) and the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced the winner of the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. Dr. Nuttaporn Pimpha of Thailand was awarded the prize for her exemplary work in water quality research aimed to improve the availability of clean and safe drinking water in the ASEAN region.
The US$ 25,000 prize recognizes a promising, ASEAN-based, early-career woman scientist, whose research focuses on water quality. The prize supports ASEAN efforts to advance regional science and technology capacity in water management; it also aims to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in technical and scientific fields.
During the ceremony, Barbara Guthrie, Vice President and Chief Public Safety Officer at Underwriters Laboratories, praised all seven nominees, stating “the most significant conclusion of the panel was that each of the seven nominees shares a strong sense of mission: to make the world a safer place.” Ms. Guthrie added that “ASEAN’s female scientists are paving the way towards a healthier future of all of the region’s people.”
A review panel, comprised of ASEAN, U.S., and UL experts, evaluated candidates from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, whose research ranged from the impact of surface water flows on pollutants in coastal zones, to the development of advanced water filters to ensure the availability of potable water during natural disasters.
UL, the prize sponsor, is a premier global safety science company with more than 100 years of proven history. Founded in 1894, UL is evolving the future of safety by focusing on product safety, environment, life and health, commercial testing, work-place safety and knowledge services to meet the world’s changing needs.