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


As we celebrate the 10th issue of MAGNIFY, I reflect on the incredible journey that has brought us to this milestone. What started as a vision to amplify the voices of women of colour in STEM has grown into a vibrant, empowering community.

Over the past editions, we’ve shared the stories of inspiring women who’ve shattered barriers, challenged stereotypes, and made their mark in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We’ve explored the intersection of culture, diversity, and STEM, shedding light on the unique experiences and contributions of women from diverse backgrounds.

In this special issue, we continue our mission to empower and inspire. We feature interviews with remarkable women who’ve excelled in academia, industry, and entrepreneurship. We delve into the wonders of nature and its profound connection to STEM, uncovering the hidden phenomena that shape our world. We celebrate the strength and resilience of STEM mothers who balance their careers with the joys of motherhood.

As we reach this milestone, I express my deepest gratitude to our contributors, readers, and supporters. Your unwavering commitment has been the driving force behind MAGNIFY’s success.

.Together, we’ve created a platform that showcases achievements and fosters a sense of belonging and connectedness.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and empowerment remains unwavering as we look ahead. We’ll continue to amplify the voices of women of colour in STEM, challenge stereotypes, and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey. Here’s to the next ten issues and beyond!

Dr Ruwangi Fernando

STEM Sisters – Founder and Director

MAGNIFY – Editor-in-Chief

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