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Celebrating our women of the future

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UNM researcher Dr Siu Yee New has received a special commendation as one of the most successful young women in SE Asia at the Women of the Future Awards South East Asia, in their virtual ceremony held on 25th June 2020. The judging panel highly commended Dr Siu Yee New “as a strong role model with great ambition and potential to further impact society”. Dr Siu Yee New said “The panel’s commendation is a fantastic recognition for me, personally. I hope that my expertise and passion continue to enhance my contribution to science across the region.”

UNM also congratulates Dr Wan Yong Ho who was also one of the shortlisted candidates in the same category for Science, Technology and Digital. Both candidates made it to the shortlist for their significant contributions to forging new ground in scientific endeavours, as well as ground-breaking achievements in the worlds of digital and technology.

Women of the Future Southeast Asia started three years ago. The programme is a platform that unlocks a culture of kindness and collaboration among leaders. Its portfolio of events and projects support and celebrate the successes of women. Led by Pinky Lilani, Chair of the Women of the Future Programme the organisation has built a remarkable, informal community of influential women determined not only to build professional and personal relationships with one another, but to be advocates for an exciting new generation of talent. Chair of the judging panel was Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner to Australia (formerly to Malaysia). Vicki was conferred an honorary degree from the University of Nottingham Malaysia in 2019 and is a known advocate for women’s rights.

This year, the esteemed judging panel was overwhelmed by the range of nominations received from a diverse number of countries. Although from such vastly different industries, sectors and backgrounds, all shortlisted candidates share a humility and kindness coupled with a determination to use their work to uplift communities and truly make a difference. Pinky Lilani said “Kindness allows hope to flourish and it is a catalyst for change”.

UNM celebrated two of our researchers shortlisted in the category Science Technology and Digital:

Siu Yee New, Associate Professor

Through multi-disciplinary collaboration, Siu Yee develops technology that addresses the shortcomings of existing bioassays, including protein-drug screening and the detection of cancer biomarkers. Her goal is to develop cancer diagnosis tools that will improve the experience of patients. Siu Yee’s expertise in the nanosensor field has granted her multiple invitations to peer-review international grants and features within international journals.

Wan Yong Ho, Associate Professor

Wan Yong is an academic who is determined to contribute to the understanding of cancer, to help people fight the disease. She is also passionate about the latest tech and has recently taken an exploratory leap into agricultural research, with the aim of using her expertise in molecular genetics to improve agricultural productivity in Malaysia. As a research supervisor, Wan Yong nurtures world-leading students and researchers.

The winner of this category was Dr Bee Lynn Chew, Senior Lecturer, Universiti Sains Malaysia for her research on plant tissue culture.

Watch the broadcast again on YouTube. Here is the link to watch the virtual awards ceremony (specifically, Dr Siu Yee New and Dr Wan Yong Ho's category can be found at 42:18)


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

Posted on 1st July 2020

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