Newcastle physicist Dr Karen Livesey named a national STEM Superstar

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Specialising in magnetic nanomaterials, Dr Livesey is one of 60 diverse and brilliant scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians who has been chosen to step into the media spotlight as a STEM expert.

Superstars of STEM is an initiative of Science & Technology Australia, funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

Created in 2017, the program aims to build a critical mass of Australian women scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians to become media role models for young women and girls – and to work towards equal representation in the media of women and men working in all fields of STEM.

It also works to help demolish gender stereotypes about who can work in STEM.

Through a highly competitive selection process, the program selects 60 women and non-binary STEM experts to gain training, access to networks and experience, building their confidence to become sought-after media commentators as experts in their fields.

Dr Livesey said she was thrilled about the support she would receive from the Superstars of STEM program.

“I am excited to start work on this two year program, to learn from a vast network of engaging scientists and engineers, plus play my role in inspiring more girls to go into technical careers,” Dr Livesey said.

“I’m really looking forward to joining a supportive new network of like-minded professionals and developing my media skills,” Dr Livesey said.

University of Newcastle Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Zee Upton congratulated Dr Livesey on this significant achievement.

“The selection process for Superstars of STEM is fiercely competitive. It is wonderful to see Dr Livesey’s expertise and potential recognised by a panel of discipline-specific experts and independent science communicators.

“Dr Livesey’s appointment is evidence of how researchers are dedicated to increasing their impact and engagement through science communication. This program will help promote the important work she does in the physics field and elevate her expertise in the media community,” Professor Upton said.

The new cohort of Superstars of STEM will join the program in 2023.

Current University of Newcastle Superstars of STEM are Associate Professor Hannah Power and Dr Jessica Allen.

The full list of new Superstars is available on the STA website.

*The University of Newcastle refers to STEMM – science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine

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