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Conversations with women in STEAM where we learn a bit about what they do, and who they are.

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We're a diverse group of people (in so many ways) with unique personal and professional journeys.

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Forensic Chemistry and Physical Evidence with Dr Kari Pitts (#44) Dr Kari Pitts is a Forensic Chemist and Mineralogist in the Physical Evidence Team of ChemCentre’s Forensic Science Laboratory. She holds a PhD and a Masters in Forensic Science from UWA, and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Curtin University. Working at ChemCentre for nearing 16 years, her expertise is trace evidence; including paint, glass, gunshot residue, soils, fibres, and anything else that isn’t biological, a drug or radioactive. Dr Pitts has reported over 300 cases and given expert evidence in criminal trials in Australia and New Zealand. With a passion for outreach, she was the 2016 RACI WA Bayliss youth lecturer and a 2019-20 Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM.  
In our conversation, we talk about Kari's journey to forensic science, working with physical evidence, and how it's not quite like CSI.
Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/kari-pitts
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Nuclear Medicine and The Origin of the Bikini Statistics show that nuclear science has saved more lives than it has taken. Using nuclear science, scientists developed MRI's, PET scans, and chemotherapy—which are now so ubiquitous in the medical field that hospitals have to work hard to assuage patient reservations about the word nuclear. Technology aside, nuclear science also played a small role in the world of fashion: Nuclear testing in the Bikini Atoll inspired a fashion designer to name his new swimsuit design "the bikini."
Even Planetary Scientists Have Imposter Syndrome Planetary scientist Dr. Carly Howlett talks about her experience with imposter syndrome: from feeling out of place because of her business background to suspecting that her many wonderful mentors gave her an unfair advantage. Dr. Howett says that she was always half-ready to be asked to leave.
The breadth of scope of stem cell therapies in treating intractable conditions STEAM Powered speaks with Assoc Professor Rebecca Lim, stem cell biologist, on using stem cell therapies to treat intractable conditions such as acute ischemic stroke, Crohn's disease, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
Dr Sabine Bird, researcher and science communicator, on endurance cycling, being a 24 hour Road Race World Champion STEAM Powered has a conversation with Dr Sabine Bird, researcher and science communicator, about her love of cycling, about getting into endurance cycling and training for the Race Across America.
The Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots Program inspiring youth to affect change in their community STEAM Powered speaks with Abbie Ryan, environmental educator, author, and General Manager of the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots program about how the Roots & Shoots program inspires and supports youth to identify and implement proactive solutions to issues impacting biodiversity and humanity worldwide.
Community and Conservation work with Project Seahorse STEAM Powered has a conversation with Dr Elanor Bell, whale research scientist and research coordinator, about the incredible work that is done by Project Seahorse for the conservation of seahorses and other marine ecosystems. Outreach and working with communities are just two of the many aspects of conservation work.
The amazing diversity of Western Australian flora. #WAIsOK STEAM Powered has a conversation with Dr Lucy Commander, restoration seed biologist, about the amazing diversity of ecosystems and flora in Western Australia.
Rebecca Wheadon, Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Site Entity Leader, on cycling and being a Masters Champion track cyclist STEAM Powered has a conversation with Rebecca Wheadon, Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory Site Entity Leader, about being inspired by Anna Meares, her love of track cycling and cycling at a competitive level.
Changing the Narrative—Overcoming Challenges for Women in STEM Dr. Merryn McKinnon shares her research on how to tackle the societal challenges facing women and people of color in STEM fields. McKinnon's prior research showed that women in STEM face an incredible amount of stereotypes of a daily basis—from both men and women in their fields. McKinnon says that this is a societal issue, and change starts with shifting the way we think about the roles men and women are supposed to play in society from childhood onwards.
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Highlights: Data in Context with Dr Audrey Lobo-Pulo (#37) Highlights from STEAM Powered's conversation with Dr Audrey Lobo-Pulo, Farmer, Scientist, Storyteller, and related topics. STEAM Powered
Highlights: Agroecology and Climate Change with Dr Anika Molesworth Highlights from STEAM Powered's conversation with Dr Anika Molesworth, Farmer, Scientist, Storyteller, and related topics. STEAM Powered
Highlights: Stem Cell Biology with Rebecca Lim (#1) Highlights from STEAM Powered's conversation with Rebecca Lim, Stem Cell Biologist, and related topics. STEAM Powered
Highlights: Cyber Security with Cairo Malet (#35) Highlights from STEAM Powered's conversation with Cairo Malet, Cyber Security GRC Specialist, and related topics. STEAM Powered
Best of STEAM Powered Voices Michele Ong, host of STEAM Powered, is proud to present the Best of STEAM Powered Voices, with fascinating and insightful content from our guests and other brilliant speakers in the extended Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Medical community. STEAM Powered
Go with the Flow - A Playlist All About The Menstrual Cycle Podcasts and snippets about periods and the menstrual cycle. Hear about the science and history of periods, period poverty, and initiatives taking place around the world to destigmatize menstruation. STEAM Powered
Sporty Women in STEAM Sporty women in STEAM, and their sporting interests and the impact sport has on their lives. STEAM Powered
Working Mums Who Get the Job Done STEAM Powered has conversations with working mums in STEAM fields and hears some stories about what they've had to do to get the job done. STEAM Powered
STEAM Powered: Quite Interesting Fascinating and funny facts and anecdotes about STEAM. STEAM Powered
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She Codes and Building Community in Tech with Kate Kirwin (#45) Kate Kirwin is a passionate advocate for women in STEM and the innovation ecosystem. Founder of She Codes, she has led the steep growth of the project since 2015. Thanks to her work, more than 6000 women have learnt to code. She has hustled to source more than a million dollars from government and industry to support women in STEM. With a regional upbringing, she strongly believes in empowering women from the world‚Äôs remotest regions, from as far north as Port Hedland and Karratha, and east as far as Brisbane. Kate has also contributed to the growth of Spacecubed, and since 2014 has played a pivotal role in building community and coordinating other programs including Plus Eight, and Startup Weekend. Kate was recently awarded a Business News 40 under 40 award, the West Australian Rising Star award and was a runner up for the 2019 and 2020 Seven News Young Achiever Awards.  
In our conversation, we talk about Kate's journey to STEMM, She Codes, and building community in tech.
Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/kate-kirwin
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Forensic Chemistry and Physical Evidence with Dr Kari Pitts (#44) Dr Kari Pitts is a Forensic Chemist and Mineralogist in the Physical Evidence Team of ChemCentre’s Forensic Science Laboratory. She holds a PhD and a Masters in Forensic Science from UWA, and a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Curtin University. Working at ChemCentre for nearing 16 years, her expertise is trace evidence; including paint, glass, gunshot residue, soils, fibres, and anything else that isn’t biological, a drug or radioactive. Dr Pitts has reported over 300 cases and given expert evidence in criminal trials in Australia and New Zealand. With a passion for outreach, she was the 2016 RACI WA Bayliss youth lecturer and a 2019-20 Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM.  
In our conversation, we talk about Kari's journey to forensic science, working with physical evidence, and how it's not quite like CSI.
Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/kari-pitts
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Sustainable Mental Health in the Workplace & Better Work with Dr Nicole Tschierske (#43) Dr Nicole Tschierske is a scientist and positive psychology coach who helps experts and teams in STEM do better work.
Nicole works with her clients improve their collaboration and communication skills so their work gets the momentum and recognition it deserves. She also helps construct ways of working that reduce stress, increase motivation and engagement, and deliver results.
Nicole lives in Hamburg, Germany, holds a PhD in chemistry and is trained in coaching, positive psychology, change management, and advanced problem-solving.
When she’s not buried in research papers and books you can find her taking long hikes in the German countryside or mesmerised by Mary Poppins on the screen.  
In our conversation, we talk about Nicole's STEM journey, sustainable mental health in the workplace, and how we can do better work.
Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/nicole-tschierske
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Segue: Data Visualisation and Florence Nightingale with RJ Andrews (#1) RJ Andrews is author and founder of Info We Trust. He is also the editor of the Information Graphic Visionaries book series. RJ's talent is helping organisations solve information problems. His passion is studying the history of information graphics to discover design insights.  
In our conversation, we talk about Florence Nightingale's intriguing story, and how she used data visualisation in her campaign for sanitary reform.
Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/rj-andrews/
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Better Technical Interviews and the Inclusivity of Remote Work with Jocelyn James (#42) Jocelyn James is an engineering manager whose previous careers have included teaching, refugee services, and mental health research. As a disabled woman with a background in human rights, Jocelyn is passionate about inclusivity in engineering and ensuring that those with non-traditional routes into the field are not only included but celebrated. 
Jocelyn lives in Manhattan with her 12-year-old Italian greyhound Florence, who rules the household despite not contributing to rent.  
In our conversation, we talk about Jocelyn's indirect path to software engineering, improving the tech interview experience, and how remote work promotes inclusivity.
Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/jocelyn-james/
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Developer Education & Career Development with Rachel Lee Nabors (#41) Rachel Lee Nabors has worked in the web development industry for over a decade, working on web animations APIs and tooling with Mozilla, Firefox and the W3C; and working on browsers at Microsoft; and spearheading developer education on React and React Native teams at Meta. They are currently Technical Program Manager leading developer education on AWS Amplify.
In our conversation, we talk about developer education and preparing for your next role.
Show Notes: https://steampoweredshow.com/shows/rachel-lee-nabors/
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Episode Swap: History Detective - Janine Haines This week STEAM Powered is doing an episode swap with History Detective by Kelly Chase.
History Detective is a podcast for teachers, students and lovers of history. It delves into stories from the past that don't always get told in the textbooks.
This episode is about Janine Haines. Janine Haines was a teacher with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Mathematics. She was a passionate advocate for girls to study mathematics and the sciences, and went on to pursue a career in politics becoming party leader of the Australian Democrats.
If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe to the History Detective podcast, and if you're a teacher, every History Detective episode has resources that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Enjoy!
Cultivating STEMM and Entrepreneurial Life Skills with Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen (#40) Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen OAM is a futurist who believes existing structures in the technology industry must change in order to serve tomorrow's digital landscape, and that our children's future job prospects depend on it. Her focus is on leadership, innovation, and education to champion Australian tech entrepreneurship, and address the necessary rebalancing of gender roles within the traditionally male-dominated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) space.

In her highly illuminating presentations, Dr Beekhuyzen discusses her vision for Australia's future in technology, including the changes that will prove critical in helping leaders break traditional approaches that currently hold us back. More importantly, she proposes practical solutions that can mobilise a new generation of leaders and innovators who are committed to solving real-world problems with technology.

In our conversation, we talk about the Foundation, cultivating an interest in STEMM, and teaching young girls life skills through entrepreneurship.

Show Notes (link)

[00:00:55] Jenine's journey to business and software engineering.
[00:01:05] From vocational education to universiy.
[00:03:56] Finding her space in advocacy and the Tech Girls Movement Foundation.
[00:04:08] Jenine's research work leading to a desire to solve this known problem in
industry.
[00:05:23] The issues around the career pipeline for women in STEM.
[00:06:54] How we engage children as young as 6 years old in STEM.
[00:07:53] AEIOU.
[00:11:28] Dr Stephanie Ryan's STEMM in your day-to-day.
[00:12:30] Teaching kids to be problem solvers.
[00:13:17] Allowing kids to take ownership of problems they want to solve.
[00:13:36] Giving people a safe space to create.
[00:15:21] How Tech Girls Movement Foundation creates environments and safe spaces to learn and create.
[00:15:31] The Tech Girls competition and 12 week entrepreneurship program.
[00:17:54] The opportunity to pitch in Silicon Valley.
[00:18:24] 2021's winners created a 91 page business plan (!!)
[00:18:53] Developing skills that we use in adulthood and the workforce.
[00:19:21] Changing attitudes towards mathematics: Demonstrable real world applications.
[00:21:25] Finance is more than money. It's about understanding the value of your work.
[00:24:14] The trend towards well-being.
[00:25:00] Reflections on your views as a mentor.
[00:28:06] Mentorship is an exercise for the mentor as much as it is for the mentees.
[00:30:18] Jenine's research work.
[00:30:26] The low numbers of women in STEM.
[00:31:09] Outreach on youth perceptions of STEM.
[00:31:38] The state of the digital divide.
[00:32:05] Cultural and linguistic diversity in STEM.
[00:33:45] The challenges of isolation and remote work.
[00:35:53] Communication and behavioural substitution.
[00:37:47] Next steps in encouraging women to STEM and career longevity.
[00:38:23] Valuing the voices of the younger generation.
[00:38:54] Valuing the contributions of women in industry.
[00:39:40] Achieving critical mass of women in industry.
[00:40:04] Getting more women in positions where they can affect structural change.
[00:40:52] Rising homelessness in women over 55.
[00:41:37] The wider impact of inequity.
[00:43:06] Novel solutions to systemic issues.
[00:43:38] Pandemic of loneliness.
[00:44:35] The growth area for communities and connection arising from the pandemic.
[00:46:16] Tech Girls cultivating a network and community of likeminded individuals.
[00:49:14] Failure is part of the process.
[00:50:52] Not self-rejecting.
[00:51:07] Inviting people into spaces they would otherwise not have considered.
[00:53:45] The mindset of recognising your own abilities and experience.
[00:54:57] Having champions as well as mentors.
[00:55:48] Parenthood is part of your professional skillset.
[00:57:02] Bonus Question 1: What hobby or interest do you have that is most unrelated to your field of work?
[00:57:06] Artistic problem-solving and mosaics.
[00:58:29] Bonus Question 2: Which childhood book holds the strongest memories for you?
[00:58:55] Judy Blume and adventure.
[00:59:12] Elizabeth Gilbert.
[00:59:22] Supporting female authors and female voices.
[01:00:12] The subtle differences between books with female vs male protagonists.
[01:02:51] Bonus Question 3: What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore?
[01:03:30] The 80% Rule.
[01:05:30] The efficacy or lack thereof of gendered campaigns.
[01:06:10] Be okay with not being good at everything, but try it anyway.
[01:06:46] Redefining failure.
[01:07:48] Finding out more about Jenine's work.

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Leadership and the Arts in Science with Dr Naomi Boxall (#39) Mild-mannered scientist by day, Dr Naomi Boxall is an intellectually curious, creative, change agent: always seeking to use my talents to improve health for the population. This has been within multiple fields so far, including public health and pharmacoepidemiology…what might be next?

In our conversation, we talk about epidemiology, leadership, and the art in scientific enquiry.

Show Notes (link)

[00:00:49] Naomi's journey to biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.
[00:01:27] Exploring veterinary sciences.
[00:02:11] Seeing the movie "Outbreak" and becoming fascinated by the field.
[00:03:21] Restructuring her course to change trajectory.
[00:03:59] PhD in Campylobacter jejuni.
[00:04:21] Moving from animal health to public health.
[00:04:37] Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) course by the CDC and EPIET programs.
[00:05:39] Opportunity knocks, but you have to create the doors.
[00:06:25] Experiencing different public health systems in the context of public health globally.[00:08:05] Working on surveillance systems and
investigations for public health concerns.
[00:09:26] How surveillance systems work for diseases and pathogens.
[00:12:33] Transitioning to pharmacoepidemiology.
[00:14:04] The varied paths to epidemiology.
[00:15:56] Delving with your sense of curiosity to find answers.
[00:18:05] Moving to pharmacoepidemiology.
[00:18:16] Wanting to head towards the leadership path but utilise what she has learned in the course of her career.
[00:20:25] How to transition towards leadership roles.
[00:20:47] Lead by letting go.
[00:21:26] Teaching and guiding as a leader.
[00:23:55] Being able to share from your of wealth of experience.
[00:24:32] It's valuable for the leaders to also understand the experience of working at the coal-face.
[00:25:48] What surprises Naomi in the field.
[00:26:24] Developing more women in leadership.
[00:27:44] Equal maternity and paternity leave entitlements.
[00:28:38] Research and analysis should be split by biological sex.
[00:30:13] You won't know the answers if you don't ask the questions.
[00:31:45] Both clinical trials and real world data can provide data for observational studies
[00:33:49] Finding ways to enrich the data we have in observational studies.
[00:34:55] Interlocution and context.
[00:36:52] Patient centricity, information sources, and what to query.
[00:39:07] How we stigmatise health.
[00:39:44] You shouldn't have to be on the receiving end to think about perspective.
[00:41:40] Taking your own context for granted.
[00:42:25] The negative perception around not being at full health.
[00:43:16] Say we're putting people first, and mean it.
[00:44:26] Social structures need to support recovery and community health.
[00:45:43] The challenges for policy makers.
[00:47:44] We don't exist in a vacuum.
[00:48:20] The power of microorganisms.
[00:51:06] Bringing the humanities to the sciences.
[00:55:19] Communication of public health policy through theatre and plays.
[00:57:07] Using data visualisation to communicate data in an accessible and meaningful way.
[00:58:30] Bonus Question 1: What hobby or interest do you have that is most unrelated to your field of work?
[00:59:09] Music.
[00:59:29] Photography.
[00:59:51] Sewing.
[01:02:22] Bonus Question 2: Which childhood book holds the strongest memories for you?
[01:04:10] Naomi's novel.
[01:06:58] Bonus Question 3: What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore?
[01:08:06] There is more to epidemiology than just numbers.
[01:11:24] Finding out more about Naomi and her work.

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