6th Issue

December 2022


6th Issue

This edition of MAGNIFY marks the end of 2022, a special year for both MAGNIFY and STEM Sisters. We speak to Syeda Umama Mehreen about her PhD research in Materials Engineering at the University of Queensland. The science of Botanical dyeing is highlighted in the arts corner. We have two Big Sister STEM stories one from academia and the other from the industry where we explore applied nanotechnology Scientist, Dr Sampa Sarkar from RMIT university and STEM communication superstar Dr Shaz Sivanesan who transitioned from academia to industry.

Shejuti Shabnam and Jenny Nguyen are exemplary volunteers who are celebrated in this issue. Mrunmayi Patil also shares her inspirational story as part of the International to Local segment. We also take you on a journey to learn about Sri Lankan culture, which is very much an important culture that has contributed to the multicultural mixing pot of Australia! You can also learn the secrets behind bringing balance to your life, by focussing on the things that really matter from Brenda Denbesten. You can find all this and more in the 6th issue of MAGNIFY


I am thrilled to welcome you to the 9th issue of MAGNIFY, our digital sanctuary dedicated to honouring the triumphs and contributions of women of colour in STEM fields.

This recognition reaffirms the profound impact we can make when we elevate the voices and experiences of women of colour in STEM. It underscores the potency of storytelling and the vital role of representation in challenging societal norms and biases.

Within these pages, we continue our odyssey of empowerment and inspiration through the remarkable stories of formidable women. We present interviews with trailblazing entrepreneurs, pioneering researchers, and dedicated advocates who propel transformation within their respective domains.

The 9th issue of MAGNIFY stands as a testament to the resilience, brilliance, and unwavering determination of women of colour in STEM.

It is a jubilation of their accomplishments while simultaneously serving as a poignant reminder of the substantial journey that remains, replete with dismantling systemic barriers and biases.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our cherished contributors, avid readers, and staunch supporters. Without your steadfast encouragement, the continued prosperity of MAGNIFY would remain a distant dream.

As we immerse ourselves in the narratives enclosed herein, let us remember the gravity of this responsibility it bestows upon us. Together, let us persist in amplifying the voices of the underrepresented, challenging the existing norms, and carving a pathway towards an ever more diverse and inclusive future within STEM.

Dr Ruwangi Fernando

STEM Sisters – Founder and Director

MAGNIFY – Editor-in-Chief

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