Thanks for dropping by and getting curious enough to find out what this is all about. If you’re wondering who is behind this blog, it’s Magdeline Lum. That’s me by the way. I have a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy. I’ve worked in several positions applying my Chemistry and Metallurgical knowledge
before realising that what I loved the most about my jobs was talking to other people about the science that I was paid to do. I do still love talking about science but in mid 2011, I stepped back into the laboratory. I missed it.
In 2010, I bit the bullet and enrolled in a Master of Science Communication at the University of Western Australia after a decade of being involved with science outreach programs and citizen science programs including:
- STAR Peer Tutoring Programme, (Western Australia’s oldest and longest running peer tutoring programme)
- Conservation Volunteers Australia (National organisation committed to achieving real environmental improvements)
- AusIMM’s Australian Student Mineral Venture (Vacation programs allow Yr 10, 11 and 12 students to find out about careers, lifestyles and opportunities in the minerals industry and investigate university courses)
- Western Australia Science and Engineering Summer School (Vacation program hosted by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Sustainability at Murdoch University for Year 10 and 11 students to explore university science courses and careers)
- Science and Engineering Challenge (The Challenge is an outreach program conducted nationally by the University of Newcastle. It is designed to inspire students to study science and engineering at a senior level.)
I have decided to continue my involvement in science outreach by being part of UWA’s SEEK Peer Tutoring Program during the course of my degree.
This blog is a mixture of:
- The celebration of science
- Expressions of frustration
- Practices of procrastination
- Episodes of shameless self-promotion and;
- Cantankerous cynical observations.
This blog does not reflect the opinions and/or beliefs of the University of Western Australia. They are my own.
You can also contact me at scientistmags AT gmail DOT com.