Three researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences are awarded the TWAS Prizes for 2013 at the Academy's 24th General Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 30 September 2013.
ZHU Yongguan of the Institute of Urban Environment, XU Guoliang of the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and ZHANG Linxiu of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy will each won a cash award of USD 15,000.
TWAS Prizes are awarded in nine fields: Agricultural Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; Earth Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Physics; and Social Sciences (TWAS-Celso Furtado Prize). This year, there are 14 prize winners from Brazil (2), China (4), India (3), Jordan (1), Taiwan, China (3) and Turkey (1). The prize winners include three women.
The winners will lecture about their research at TWAS's 25th General Meeting in 2014, where they will also receive a plaque and the prize money.
ZHU Yongguan has won the 2013 TWAS Prize in Agricultural Sciences for his systematic contribution to the understanding of arsenic dynamics in soil-plant systems, and mitigation of arsenic pollution, particularly in rice. XU Guoliang shared the 2013 TWAS Prize in Biology with Sue Duan LIN-CHAO of Academia Sinica's Institute of Molecular Biology in Taipei, Taiwan, China. XU is recognized for his contribution to the understanding of the role and mechanism of DNA oxidation in epigenetic regulation of mammalian development. Lin-Chao is honoured for her contribution to the molecular mechanisms of RNA degradation machinery during post-transcriptional regulation in bacteria. ZHANG Linxiu was awarded the 2013 TWAS-Celso Furtado Prize in Social Sciences for her policy-relevant studies on rural development in China.