Celebrating Vietnamese Women's Day 20/10: some young female scientists of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology honored in 2021

Vietnamese Women's Day is a celebration to honor Vietnamese women, held on October 20 every year. On the occasion of the 91st anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam Women's Union (October 20, 1930 - October 20, 2021), on Vietnamese Women's Day 2021, the website of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) would like to introduce to readers some young female scientists of VAST honored in 2021:

Dr. Nguyen Kim Anh with the international award "Scientific article of the most interest in 2021"

Dr. Nguyen Kim Anh (born May 2, in the 8X generation), Institute of Geography, VAST and her associates were awarded the "Scientific article of the most interest in 2021" by the Journal of Progress in Earth and Planetary Sciences (PEPS) of Japan Geophysical Union (JPGU). To win this award, her and her colleagues' articles have surpassed 398,780 articles in many different journals and at least 66 quality articles right on PEPS. In just over 1 year since publication, the article has more than 20,000 hits and 21 citations according to Google Scholar (14 citations according to SCI). The project of Dr. Nguyen Kim Anh and her colleagues researched the situation of salinization in the Mekong River area, the trial area is Tra Vinh province of Vietnam, in order to contribute to providing the scientific basis, plan and response solutions, contributing to social security here.

In addition to the above award, previously, Dr. Nguyen Kim Anh also received 12 international scientific awards and grants for young scientists from the American Academy of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), National Association of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing (IEEE GRSS), APEC, European Geophysical Union (EGU), Asian Geosciences Association, Oceania (AOGS)... Currently, Dr. Nguyen Kim Anh is chosen to be the Communications Ambassador for International Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing (IEEE-GRSS).

Dr. Nguyen Kim Anh (photo provided by the subject)

Dr. Do Thi Hoai honored as "Promising Young Physicist"

In July 2021, Dr. Do Thi Hoai (born in 1987), an officer of the Department of Astrophysics and Space, Vietnam Space Center, won the "Promising Young Physicist" award along with two other candidates. "Promising Young Physicist" is an award of Vietnam Physics Association, awarded every 2 years to Vietnamese physicists under 40 years old. The award aims to "encourage and honor young physicists with outstanding achievements in basic research, technology development and application, physics training and teaching". Dr. Do Thi Hoai received the award for a series of research papers published in the prestigious SCI journal of astronomy on the morphology and shell kinetics of old stars such as R Dor, EP Aqr and Mira Ceti.

The main research direction of Dr. Do Thi Hoai is about old stars. Up to now, Dr. Hoai and her colleagues in the research team have published over 30 international articles, of which 15 are related to the main research direction on the old star in SCI-listed journals, such as Monthly Notice of Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), Astronomy and astrophysics (AnA). Her and her colleagues' research results contribute to gradually elucidating the mechanism that breaks the symmetry structure of stars.

"Although research on old stars has made great progress in recent decades, there are still many unanswered questions, which will remain the subject of our research in the future" - said Dr. Hoai.

03 outstanding young female PhD receive postdoctoral research scholarships awarded by VINIF Foundation in 2021

Vingroup Innovation Fund (VINIF) under Big Data Research Institute (VINBIGDATA), was established to support young scientists and talents to carry out scientific, technological and innovation research projects, contributing to creating positive and sustainable changes for Vietnam.

In September 2021, VINIF announced a list of 30 outstanding scientists who will receive post-doctoral scholarships in Vietnam in 2021, including 01 female lecturer at Faculty of Life Sciences of University of Science and Technology of Hanoi - USTH (Dr. Mai Thi Phuong Nga) and 02 young female doctoral students from Institute of Materials Science (Dr. Nguyen Thuy Van - Department of Optical Fiber Materials and Applications, and Dr. Duong Thi Giang - Cooperman Department).

Dr. Duong Thi Giang; Dr. Nguyen Thuy Van and Dr. Mai Thi Phuong Nga

Dr. Duong Thi Giang, Cooperman Room, Institute of Materials Science

Dr. Giang (born in 1985) received a scholarship with the Post doctoral project: Studying the impact of light environment on pupillary reflex and eyesight. Dr. Duong Thi Giang graduated with a Bachelor and Master degree from the Russian Federation, earned a Doctoral Degree from Graduated University of Science and Technology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. Dr. Giang is the main author/co-author of many published works in prestigious international journals such as Applied Science, and IEEE Photomic Journal; and co-author of many patented utility solutions.

To achieve this goal, Dr. Giang shared: “An important quality that contributes to the success of a woman's scientific research career is endurance, perseverance and patience. There are experiments, we have to do it over and over again without getting any results. Many times we also want to stop, but then we encourage each other to try again. Besides, the encouragement and support of leaders, instructors and colleagues have helped us firmly believe in our passion for research.”

“When doing scientific research, women face more difficulties and disadvantages than men. To be able to achieve a good result, their effort and determination must be many times higher, especially for young scientists, besides research work, they also have responsibilities to their families and children,” Dr. Giang shared.

Dr. Nguyen Thuy Van, Department of Optical Fiber Materials and Applications, Institute of Materials Science

Dr. Nguyen Thuy Van (born 1987) received a scholarship with the Post doctoral  project: Research and fabrication of a silicon-based bio-chemical sensor formatted by electrochemical corrosion coated with precious metals. Dr. Nguyen Thuy Van did a doctoral thesis at Graduated University of Science and Technology, VAST, is the author/co-author of many scientific and technological works published in prestigious international journals, has many patents granted, and has chaired and participated in more than 10 scientific research projects in the country. In addition, Dr. Van has also received Odon Vallet, Toshiba scholarships for excellent PhD students.

Dr. Nguyen Thuy Van (photo provided by the character)

Sharing on the advantages and disadvantages of research work, Dr. Van said: “Doing scientific research for women is not easy because in addition to work, women also have to take care of their families and children. Research work requires time, meticulousness, creativity, research and always needs to improve knowledge. I am a lucky person to have colleagues who are always supportive and especially have a family that is always by my side. In the future, I will continue my research on application-oriented optical sensors.”

Dr. Mai Thi Phuong Nga, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi

Dr. Mai Thi Phuong Nga (born in 1987) received a scholarship for the Post doctoral project: Research on the interaction of Vietnamese rice (Oryza sativa L.) with harmful and beneficial bacteria in Phosphate deficiency environment at the biochemical and molecular level. Dr. Mai Thi Phuong Nga graduated with a PhD from Picardie Jules Verne University, is the contact author of 03 research papers published in Q1 journals; co-author of 01 work in the journal of group Q2; 01 research work published in prestigious international journals and 05 research works published in prestigious Vietnamese scientific journals, Head of 01 project at VAST level, 01 thesis institutions at University of Science and Technology of Hanoi level; is the main research member of 04 projects at other levels (grassroots level, GUST Academy, VinGroup, VAST). In addition, Dr. Nga has also twice received the Odon Vallet scholarship for excellent students; received a 911 scholarship for PhD students in the French Republic; received Certificate of Merit from the Principal of  University of Science and Technology of Hanoi for an individual with outstanding achievements in 2020.

Dr. Mai Thi Phuong Nga (Photo provided by the character)

Agreeing with other female doctors, Dr. Nga expressed: "In addition to teaching and scientific research, I also need to spend time taking care of my family and two young children, so working time is sometimes more limited than that of men."

On the occasion of Vietnam Women's Day 20/10, congratulations to all the female doctors who have overcome difficulties and obstacles in life and made high achievements in their careers./.

Translated by Phuong Ha
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