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Source: Prothom Alo English
For the contributions to research, two Bangladeshi scientists have been named to the 2023 list of the “best and brightest” 100 Asian scientists.
Dr Senjuti Saha of Child Health Research Foundation and Dr Gawsia Wahidunnessa Chowdhury of Dhaka University have been named to the eighth edition of the list published by Singapore-based magazine Asian Scientist.
This year’s list comprises academics and inventors from a variety of scientific fields who have made revolutionary contributions to our understanding of glacial cycles and structural geology, as well as advancing space travel.
“Researchers in Asia continue to dream big and serve marginalized communities.” “By pushing the boundaries of the unknown, the awardees achieved huge successes with the help of their teams,” Asian Scientist Magazine said in a press release.
Dr. Gawsia Wahidunnessa Chowdhury was named to the list for her contributions to sustainability.
Dr. Chowdhury is a zoology professor at the University of Dhaka. The University of Cambridge awarded her a PhD in zoology (wetland ecology). She serves on the board of the internationally recognized conservation organization WildTeam. WildTeam aims to preserve Bangladesh’s fast dwindling natural resources.
In 2022, Dr. Chowdhury was awarded the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for her contributions to the conservation of aquatic environments and vulnerable species in Bangladesh. She is concerned about the threat of plastic pollution in the country’s waterways. She is also enabling women from disadvantaged and marginalized communities to repurpose abandoned fishing nets into items like as carpets, which will help women generate alternative revenue streams while safeguarding aquatic environments.
Meanwhile, Dr Senjuti Saha, one of Bangladesh’s outstanding young scientists who has advocated for equity in global health research, has been named to the list for her contributions to life sciences.