Young scientists and technologists honored

Four young researchers were honored at a ceremony, "2008 Science and Technology Awards for Youth" at Ha Noi December 29. 
This award was held by the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology and Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.
In the science category, the awards went to two research projects by the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology. The first was a study of the chemical position, active biology and the use of the Holothuria, a sea cucumber found in Vietnam. The second project was based around research in technology that can produce carbon nanotubes and other applications.
In the technology category, Dr. Nguyen Chi Vinh, HCMC University Medical Center, won an award for his study in the use of Nested PCR-RFLP technique to define the Basal Core Promoter Mutants of Hepatitis B virus and another mutation, which has grown a resistance against the anti-viral drug, Lumivudine.
The second award was given to a group from the Binh Dinh Province’s Center for Analyzing and Testing for their research in treating waste water through the process of boiling wood, in accordance with the environmental standards set for companies in Binh Dinh Province, a major producer of wood.
The contest this year attracted 85 research projects. The works were judged and eliminated in three qualifying rounds before the finalists were chosen.
The "Science and Technology Awards for Youth" was first proposed by Professor Nguyen Van Hieu. It has been awarded annually since 1991. It honors researchers aged below 40 who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of science and technology.

By H.Binh – Translated by Truong Son

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