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Conversations with women in STEAM where we learn a bit about what they do, and who they are. We're a diverse group of people (in so many ways) with unique personal and professional journeys. And I want you to meet some of us.

Conversations with women in STEAM where we learn a bit about what they do, and who they are. We're a diverse group of people (in so many ways) with unique personal and professional journeys. And I want you to meet some of us.




Conversations with women in STEAM where we learn a bit about what they do, and who they are. We're a diverse group of people (in so many ways) with unique personal and professional journeys. And I want you to meet some of us.




Chimpanzees and Habitat Fragmentation with Natasha Coutts (#23)

Natasha Coutts is a doctoral candidate with the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia (UWA), a postgraduate fellow with UWA's Africa Research & Engagement Centre, and a research affiliate of the Center of Excellence in Biology and Natural Resource Management at the University of Rwanda. Her research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding how habitat fragmentation can affect the gut microbiome of eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)...


Computational Astrophysics and Kilonovae with Dr Heloise F. Stevance (#22)

Originally born and raised in France, Dr Heloise F. Stevance moved to the UK to study Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield. After working as a support astronomer at the Isaac Newton Group in La Palma for a year, she obtained her Masters of Physics in 2015. Heloise subsequently started a PhD studying the 3D shape of Core Collapse Supernovae, and earned her title in Spring 2019. In July of that year, Heloise joined the University of Auckland as a Research Fellow to research the...


Technical Program Management with Megan Knox (#21)

Megan Knox is an early-in-career technical program manager at Microsoft and recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. As a PM, she does long-term planning for her software engineering team and drives success of large scale technical projects through communication and documentation. Prior to her start at Microsoft, she had two internships there to gain experience in a corporate setting. During her time at Ohio State, she founded and...


Data visualisation with Annette Hester (#20)

Annette Hester heads TheHesterView Inc. and focuses on a new approach to working with data. Her projects show innovation in action. She is best known for bringing together leading experts in their field to form teams that work in unison to deliver excellence in data structuring and in data visualisation. Her work is distinguishable for the quality of the design. She brings decades of experience to her advisory and strategic policy services. Ms. Hester is a member of the Canadian Statistics...


Entrepreneurship and Mentoring with Emily Ross (#19)

Emily Ross is a business strategist, advisor, and startup mentor. She is founder of Inkvine, an international growth partner for award-winning technology firms across AI, IoT, Cybersecurity and ecommerce. She writes, lectures and speaks on communications in a digital age. She co-founded SportsTech Ireland in 2017 to help position Ireland as a leading destination for sports innovation and investment. She holds multiple qualifications in Marketing, PR and Analytics, and is an advisory board...


Environmental Education & Tree Hollows for Wildlife with Abbie Mitchell (#18)

As an environmental educator Abbie Mitchell has led programs for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and EcoXplore. Founding Kids Connecting Nature in 2015 she delivers curriculum-aligned hands-on environmental programs for schools, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, council and community groups, including the ‘Super Pollinators’ about native Australian bees, and ‘Hollow Heroes’, fostering hollow using animals. Kids Connecting Nature is balanced with her other role, as the General Manager...


Sharks and Science Communication with Dr Blake Chapman (#17)

Blake Chapman is a science communicator who finds inspiration in the big, broad world around her. She is a stickler for factual information, but loves to find fun ways to communicate those facts. Blake has a major focus on taking the time to understand an audience: what drives them and what they find interesting and important, then developing clever and creative ways to engage with and educate those audiences on relevant scientific topics. Blake operates her own science communication...


Alzheimer's and Science Communication with Dr Sabine Bird (#16)

Dr Sabine Bird's background has taken her from a science degree at the University of Cologne in Germany, and extensive work experience at a biotech company for nearly 3 years, to medical research laboratories in Ireland and Australia. Sabine ended up in a clinical setting within the Neurosciences Research team at Edith Cowan University in Perth. While working there, she gained extensive experience in neuropsychological testing of clinical study participants in addition to continuing some...


Probiotic Durian Beer and Bubble Tea with Kriza Calumba (#15)

Kriza Calumba is an assistant professor of the Department of Food Science and Chemistry at the University of the Philippines Mindanao. She previously received a Fulbright-CHED scholarship, which allowed her to pursue Master’s studies at Louisiana State University, USA. Her Master’s research was on beer with probiotic bacteria immobilised in durian rind powder. With her interest in probiotics, she also recently opened a probiotic bubble tea business in Davao City, Philippines. She is looking...


Mars Rovers with Keri Bean (#14)

Keri Bean is a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She is the deputy lead Rover Planner (aka Mars rover driver) on the Curiosity Mars rover and is a Helicopter Integration Engineer for the Mars 2020 mission. She got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University in meteorology, with her focus on studying the weather on Mars. Her hobbies mostly center around Star Wars, as she is an active member of the R2-D2 Builder’s Club with her very...


The Square Kilometre Array with Rebecca Wheadon (#13)

Rebecca Wheadon is an experienced manager with a background in project management and Mario Kart. She lives for riding her bike in circles over short distances and also happens to manage the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in the Mid West region of WA. She is a world champion in track cycling and probably also Mario Kart - the latter of which is not necessarily evidenced by proof. Rebecca has joined CSIRO after working in engineering consulting for the last 12 years, where she...


Publishing and Science Communication with Jasmine Fellows (#12)

Jasmine Fellows (tw: @jasfellows) has a passion for combining science and the arts, from hands-on experiments to hula hooping. She is the Editor of Double Helix, CSIRO’s magazine for young readers. She is also one of the Editors of the new book, More Hands-On Science. She loves to study and accidentally ended up with a Bachelor of Arts as well as the intended Bachelor of Science. She couldn’t help but go on to postgraduate study in writing and marketing. This blend of different interests...


Computer Science and Writing About Epidemics with Amanda Hickie (#11)

Amanda Hickie has always been interested in ethical questions - at the age of ten annoying her scripture teacher by asking if it was immoral to lie to a murderer. Despite a passion for writing, she studied Computer Science (but quickly recovered) and Cognitive Science. A change of lifestyle when she and her family moved to Canada resulted in her first novel, AfterZoe. Living down the road from the SARS outbreak also provided the seed for her next novel, An Ordinary Epidemic, released by...


Beauty Science with Dr Michelle Wong (#10)

Dr Michelle Wong is a science educator and content creator at Lab Muffin Beauty Science. Drawing on her chemistry PhD and extensive experience in education, she busts beauty myths and explains the science behind popular beauty products in an easy-to-understand way through her blog, YouTube channel and Instagram. In our conversation, we talk about beauty science, pole dancing, and Asian representation in media. Show Notes (link) [00:35] Michelle's beginnings in chemistry. [01:37] The...


Spatial Point Modelling with Prof Janine Illian (#9)

Professor Janine Illian joined the University of Glasgow as Chair in Statistical Sciences in 2019. Prior to this, she was a senior lecturer in statistics and Head of Statistics, within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews. She held a Professor II position at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, 2013-2016. Her work focuses on spatial point process methodology and she is the author of “Statistical Analysis and Modelling of Spatial...


Surgery & Operating With Respect with Assoc Prof Rhea Liang (#8)

Associate Professor Rhea Liang (tw: @LiangRhea) is a general and breast surgeon on the Gold Coast. She is a surgical educationalist, Surgical Discipline Lead at Bond University, and Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ (RACS) Operating With Respect Education Committee. She also researches and advocates in diversity and equity issues. On multiple occasions (including recently!) she has been told she is unsuited for surgery for a whole range of reasons including being small,...


Cell Membrane Biophysics & Computational Chemistry with Dr Evelyne Deplazes (#7)

Dr Evelyne Deplazes (tw: @DeplazesEvelyne) is a biophysical and computational chemist who is fascinated by the molecular world. Her research is driven by her passion for science and her innate curiosity to 'solve puzzles'. Evelyne is a Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney and together with other researchers, runs the UTS Membrane biophysics group. In her research, Evelyne uses Australia’s largest supercomputers as well as lab-based experiments to understand...


Game Ethics and Accessibility in Boardgames with Pauline Belford (#6)

Pauline Belford is an experienced educator who has spent nearly two decades teaching in post-16 education at both Further Education and Higher Education institutions. She was involved in the development of the first Scottish Higher National Diploma in Computer Games Development – a national qualification delivered across Scotland’s Further Education Colleges. She is also an active researcher in the fields of computer ethics and accessibility in games, and has co-authored several papers on...


Geochemistry and Geochronology with Stephanie E. Suarez (#5)

Stephanie Suarez (tw: @geologiststephy) is a PhD student specialising in geochemistry and geochronology. Her research interests include chronology of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials. She earned her Bachelor of Science in General Geosciences from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. As an undergraduate researcher, she determined ages of early land biotas to further understand the rate of land colonisation. She earned her Master of Science in Geology from the University...


Water Policy and Research with Dr Kat Taylor (#4)

Dr Kat Taylor (tw: @Katselenataylor), is a researcher at the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy. Through her work in Perth and regional Australia, she has experience in water policy, wastewater irrigation, household water efficiency and drinking water risk management. Kat is the Managing Editor of Global Water Forum. In our conversation, we talk about dance fitness, water governance, and the Global Water Forum. Show Notes (link) [00:49] Why environmental science [01:46] Working...