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Biomedical entrepreneur Kiana Aran wins Inspiring Women in Science Awards

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Professor and entrepreneur Kiana Aran is the co-founder of Biotechnology company Cardea Bio

Kiana Aran, an Associate Professor of Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Keck Graduate Institute and The Parent in Science Movement, focused on raising awareness on the barriers faced by academic parents, are the recipients of this year’s Inspiring Women in Science Awards. The awards, organised by Nature Research Awards in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, seek to inspire girls and women around the world to engage with sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine subjects. The winners were announced at a virtual ceremony on 28 October.

The Scientific Achievement Award, awarded in recognition of early-career women researchers and awarded for exceptional demonstrable contribution to scientific discovery was won by Kiana Aran, a biomedical entrepreneur and researcher, who focuses on designing novel biosensing platforms, and using 2D nanomaterials for early disease diagnosis. Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Biotechnology company Cardea Bio, she is also an Associate Professor of Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Keck Graduate Institute, a member of the Claremont Colleges, a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California Berkeley.

“Kiana and The Parent in Science Movement are a credit to the strength and future of women in STEM. Kiana is a passionate mentor who has led by example through her work advancing discovery by making the most of transdisciplinary collaboration and breaking down silos between industry and academia. The Parent in Science Movement offered a unique perspective on addressing the pipeline of women in STEM and the barriers women in science face. Their methodological approach and engagement with local communities and political powers has brought about meaningful change in their home country of Brazil, and they are looking to further that work in neighbouring countries.” – says Mina Razzak, Editorial Director, Nature Reviews.

Winners were selected by a judging panel consisting of editors from Nature Portfolio, academic scientists, external experts working in organisations supporting access to science for women, and The Estée Lauder Companies, with each winner receiving a cash prize of US$40,000 to spend on initiatives relating to their work, mentoring through The Estée Lauder Companies and other publicity opportunities.

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Lauren Laverne joins The Big Design Challenge on Sky Arts

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Laverne: British presenter has over twenty years’ experience working in broadcasting and the music industry.

Sky Arts is set to spotlight Britain’s best design talent with new series The Big Design Challenge, airing next year. Hosted by DJ and multi-award winning broadcaster Lauren Laverne, this new skills-based reality format will see eight top creatives battle it out over five episodes to be crowned Britain’s next design superstar.

Drawn from all corners of the UK, the competitors will put their problem-solving abilities and creative flair to the test as they face a range of weekly challenges set by a guest judge. The guest judges and challenges include Konnie Huq, presenter and children’s author, Mourad Mazouz, a restaurateur and founder of Sketch, and Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist and educator, amongst other professionals.

“Design affects all of our daily lives, but the world of designers can seem a little remote from the outside – it’s been so much fun to lift the lid on that and get up close to the brilliantly creative people at its cutting edge. I can’t wait to introduce our viewers to our wonderful judges, fantastically talented designers and some extraordinary guests!”. – says Lauren Laverne.

Lauren is also joined by two expert judges, artist and designer Morag Myerscough and industrial designer Tej Chauhan, who will cast their eyes over the designers’ creations throughout the series and separate the successes from the disasters.

The designers will compete in two teams of four each week, led by a different team captain. At the end of each challenge, one team will be declared the winner, with all eight artists judged individually by Morag, Tej and the guest judge. When four challenges are complete, two finalists will be announced whose work has impressed the most over the course of the series. They’ll go on to lead the teams for the final challenge taking place at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. The winner will have the opportunity to exhibit their designs at the V&A, gaining exposure to millions of visitors and industry experts.

The Big Design Challenge is produced by Somethin’ Else TV Studio, part of 4th Floor Creative, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The show is scheduled to premiere on Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 11, and streaming service NOW in February 2022.

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Kellon Deryck becomes brand ambassador for Creme of Nature

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With over 15 years of professional experience under his belt, Kellon has worked with Grammy Award–winning artist Megan Thee Stallion

Celebrity hairstylist Kellon Deryck has been announced as the official Brand Ambassador for hair care brand Creme of Nature.

With over 15 years of professional experience under his beltKellon has worked with Grammy Award–winning artist Megan Thee Stallion, music duo City Girls, and multi-platinum producer and music icon Missy Elliott.

Over the last two decades, there has been a significant growth in the multicultural haircare space with many women opting to wear their natural hair. According to a recent study, 45% of Black women are interested in identifying quality products to maintain their hair and scalp under their protective styles.

“Ever since I was a young artist in-training, Creme of Nature products have been a household name and my go-to brand for various haircare and styling needs, such as trendy braiding and weaving techniques or, simply, styling a sleek blow-out. I have used various collections, no matter if I was working at a salon or doing someone’s hair at home. I’m beyond honoured and excited for this journey sharing the brand’s legacy and innovation” – says Kellon Deryck.

Under the new partnership with Creme of Nature, Kellon will educate and communicate to consumers and their community the brand’s products’ benefits across social and digital communication networks, including via visual representation. The Aveda institute who train hair professionals will also collaborate with various retailers on select campaign initiatives.

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‘We need to find ways to protect live music in this strange world’

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Retropxssy: alternative artist will launch new album ‘Road Ahead’ on August 25th.

The London-based independent hip-hop artist Retropxssy gets her inspiration from the late 90s electronica and will be launching a new album later this month.

In an exclusive interview for Euronewsweek, we chat X Factor, music influences, vaccine passports, and making music during the pandemic.

 

How was the process of making an album, during such unusual times, and how long did it take to bring ‘Road Ahead’ to life?

I couldn’t write anything at the start of the pandemic. I felt stuck and cut loose simultaneously.

Then the album kind of poured out of me.

I love making music, but don’t make it all the time. I feel like sometimes I just have to wait for it to come.

The album is pretty much in chronological order of when I wrote each track. It narrates the arcs of my emotions from March- November 2020.

 

Who influenced your music style and how do you describe your unique style?

Always such a hard question! I’d call my music intense, genre bending, eclectic. I think that’s partly because I have loads of different influences with varied sounds. I guess I like eccentric people doing their own thing!

A big chunk of my influence is electronica from the late 90s: Goldfrapp, Portishead, and artists like Sevdaliza. People who use music as part of their world making.

Of course, I’m massively influenced by hip-hop too – Odd Future (especially Earl), Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky – all those 2012 icons. Flying Lotus… too many to list.

Lily Allen and The Prodigy too!

 

Which track are you most proud of and why?

I love them all, they are my babies. ‘Part of Me’ is especially important to me. It’s a track which really charts a process of looking inward and doing a lot of self-work/healing. That track changes its significance for me each time I hear it.

 

The X Factor has been cancelled in the UK. Have you ever dreamed of going on a reality show or it would be more of a nightmare?

Nightmare!

I think that shows like that are much more about profiting from and exploiting people.

There’s already too much of that in music (and the world). We must band together and oppose this, always!

 

Who have you been listening to recently?

Actually, a lot of psychedelica – Khruangbin! I’ve been busy and a bit stressed so it’s soothing.

And my friends: JoeJas, Deijuvhs, LetKojoFly and Bisk.

 

Will vaccine passports put young people off attending music events?

I think vaccine passports are very controversial. They will definitely put some people off.

I feel this question is part of a wider conversation we need to be engaging with which includes questions of bodily autonomy, the role of the state, inequality, disability, and discrimination. These are definitely conversations we need to be having!

We also need to keep talking about, and finding ways to protect, live music in this strange world. It’s too important. So yeah, a big question that leads to many others!

 

On Wednesday 25th of August, Retropxssy will be hosting her album launch at 7pm at Low Profile House (Vale Road, N4 1PT), where alternative hip hop, punk, and UK garage will combine for her live music.

For more information on tickets, check Eventbrite here.

To listen to Retropxssy on Spotify, head here.

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