As part of L’Oreal’s 100th anniversary celebration, the company created the Special Science Recognition in Sustainable Development, an activity to honour a senior Thai female scientist whose research has yielded sustainable benefits for the Thai people. The winner of this honourable award, held for the first time, is Professor Dr Nateetip Krishnamra, head of the Consortium for Calcium and Bone Research at the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University.
Professor Dr Nateetip Krishnamra recognised by L’Oreal.
She has devoted 30 hard-working years to a multidisciplinary research approach into calcium and bone metabolism. The holder of a PhD in physiology said at the award reception, which was held at Two Pacific Place on July 22, “I am very glad and honoured to be the recipient of this prestigious award. I had always heard of L’Oreal’s contribution and support for scientific achievements, as two of my colleagues have received awards from L’Oreal before. I hope to see the private sector giving more importance to researches in the future.”
Prof Dr Nateetip also said that she hopes the research will be beneficial to the public, and that it is her ultimate goal. “No matter what research we conduct we should have public and social responsibility in mind from the start.” She hopes that her research on calcium and bone metabolism will lead to further applications for the optimum benefits of Thailand’s medical and public health society, the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic bone disorders that are posing socio-economic impacts.
Sduppin Kamnuanthip, corporate communication and public relations director of L’Oreal Thailand, said that scientific innovation has always been behind L’Oreal’s success throughout its long history. “Science and beauty have always been inseparable for us. At L’Oreal, we invest 30 billion baht per year in research, employing more than 3,000 researchers worldwide. Fifty-five percent of our researchers are women, so we can fully say that women contribute largely to our success, as end consumers, innovators and supporters.” – Napamon Roongwitoo
Newly appointed dance director After having represented the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in Thailand for 34 years, Thanpuying Varaporn Pramoj na Ayudhya has finally handed over the “ballet shoes” to Glenn van der Hoff. The task of the RAD representative is to accommodate all the registered teachers and dance schools in Thailand who follow the curriculum of the RAD in Britain.
The process was not just a matter of picking a name out of a hat. The vacancy was actually advertised in a national newspaper, and over 80 candidates applied for the job. With his experience as a dancer, dance teacher, choreographer and arts manager – both in his native Netherlands (he was actually born in Indonesia) and here in his adopted Thailand – Glenn was shortlisted for a final interview with RAD’s head of Human Resources, Debbie Bolton.
Glenn van der Hoff takes baby Maitree ‘Mighty Mouse’ for a twirl on the beach.
For the record, Glenn was the former artistic director of the dance company Djazzex Modern Dance in the Netherlands, and is currently the director of a non-profit organisation, Child in Motion, which makes him qualified on both artistic management and financial levels.
He has already completed his first major task in his new capacity – organising RAD ballet examinations for ballet schools nationwide, a process that lasts weeks, with months of advance preparation in terms of management and logistics – putting together the schedule for the ballet students, RAD examiner and pianist among other things.
“When I started, there were only about 60 dance students to handle,” said Thanpuying Varaporn, “today there are hundreds!”
It’s going to require a lot of time-management for Glenn to adapt to his own private life. Since taking the position, he has had to put his personal life on hold – his role as choreographer and artistic director of Sangdao Performing Arts School in Chiang Mai where he lives, working for Child in Motion, and, most importantly being the father of a 13-month-old son Maitree with dancer-teacher, Sophatai Kanthatham.
“For sure he is the most important person in my life right now!”
He has lots of plans for his tenure as RAD representative in Thailand. “Within the many tasks and responsibilities I would like to develop the quality of dance education in general, and promote RAD as a solid foundation for dance education. Furthermore, I would like to initiate more events in which all dance lovers could participate and appreciate the ‘art of dance’ in a broader sense.”
Glenn hosted a farewell and thank-you party for Thanpuying Varaporn at the Siam City Hotel, which was attended by Thailand’s ballet family, including her colleagues ML Suchira Visitkul, Pornpimiol Kanthatham, Kanchana Jalavicharana as well as her male ballet students Suteesak “Jo” Pakdeeteva and Bancha Suvannanon.
Jo sang a touching song, Khru, which drew a few tears among the guests. Others shared their memories of Khru Jim, as Thanpuying Varaporn is known.
Finally, as a token of deep appreciation for Khru Jim’s dedication, the RAD teachers presented her with a special plaque of honour. – Krissie Na Klongtoey