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L'Oreal Philippines celebrated the return of the program in the country last June 5 through the awarding of the newest FWIS National Fellow for the Philippines- chemical oceanographer Dr.
In its 20 years' existence, the FWIS has honored more than 3,000 women scientists, three of whom then went on to win Nobel Prizes.
In this sense, there are two possible explanations for the significantly low FWIs found in summer.
Ripe females had the greatest fullness weight index (FWI) whereas spawning/spent females had the lowest.
Since the FWIS partnership was created in 1998, it has honoured 77 Laureates and supported 1,652 Fellows.
The science awards in partnership with UNESCO show the "social responsibility" side of the French-based company, and the Laureates say that the FWIS programme has been beneficial to science and women scientists.
The year 2018 marks a milestone for the Philippines as FWIS celebrates the return of the program in the country after it was postponed in 2013 due to Supertyphoon Haiyan (local code name Yolanda) when the foundation focused on rebuilding affected schools.
The FWIS initiative began 20 years ago through the partnership of the L'Oreal Foundation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Johanna Levelt-Sengers, scientist emeritus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, is this year's North American FWIS award recipient.
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