THAT’S WHAT I CALL SCIENCE IS A VOLUNTEER GROUP OF INCREDIBLE people WORKING IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS
Dr Niamh Chapman is an award-winning medical researcher using technology to improve healthcare delivery and prevent the leading cause of death - heart attacks and stroke at Menzies Institute for Medical Research. Niamh founded That’s What I Call Science in 2019 to provide a platform for people working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, to share their stories with the local community. Niamh hosts the show each week and leads episodes on medical science. Niamh loves collaborating with artists, scientists and local communities to deliver creative science events and programs that challenge stereotypes and celebrate diversity.
Meredith Castles is a technologist and human-computer interaction specialist. Her research seeks to design better technology by studying the increasingly complex relationship that people (and animals!) have with technology, exploring concepts of gamification and user interface physics, with this transdisciplinary research approach potentially having wide-reaching impact in fields such as information behaviour, physics, and psychology. Outside of research Meredith is a passionate science communicator, always looking for ways to have that one conversation with people that really humanises science for them. She spends her (limited!) spare time live streaming science to the masses, scripting theatre shows, acting in various things, and generally making nerd culture cool.
Living up to her bird name, Olly Dove is a marine ecology PhD student researching the foraging behaviour of little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters. Olly loves sharing stories about the natural world with others, and can often be found snorkelling after fish or following an ants trail with a camera in hand. When not hanging out with critters, Olly spends her free time tearing up the footy field or escaping into creative writing. Within the TWICS team, Olly is in the production and editing team, as well as being a co-host herself, focusing on the zoology episodes.
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Power Engineering with the School of Engineering at UTAS. Sarah’s research focuses on renewable energies and their integration into the grid. She also has a strong interest in sustainability and has been teaching the Engineers without Borders (EWB) challenge to year 1 students at UTAS since 2018. She has also travelled to Nepal with EWB as an academic facilitator on the humanitarian design summits program. Sarah joined the TWICS team in late 2019 as a co-host bringing engineering content to the program and has recently joined the production team. She is passionate about introducing listeners to the incredibly diverse world of engineering and changing the perception of the engineering profession.
Mibu Fischer is a Marine Ethnoecologist within CSIRO’s Oceans & Atmosphere Business Unit. Her research focuses on the weaving of Indigenous and Western sciences, specifically the connections between communities and coastal/marine environments, and management practices of modern-day fisheries, coastal and conservation management. Her interests are around bridging gaps that draw attention to indigenous communities facing frontline impacts and changes to coastlines, ecosystems and livelihoods from climate change. Within the TWICS team she is a co-host focussing on Indigenous and marine science content, and helps out within the social media team. Her favourite type of water body are seas, in particular the Coral Sea.
Olivia is fascinated by how our brain works. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the Wicking Dementia Centre, looking into how a concussion affects the brain and how this may increase someone’s risk of dementia. Within TWICS, Olivia helps coordinate our youth outreach episodes. She particularly enjoys working with students for their fresh and unique insights and hopes that she is helping to inspire future scientists!
Kate is a Plant Physiologist who loves rock hopping, tree climbing and running around in the bush. Kate studies how the tubes which transport water in plants become filled with air, leading to plant death in drought. Kate also loves literature, especially poetry, and painting. With a love of words, images and stories, Kate loves learning, and telling others about the magic of science and nature!
When she’s not at work you can find Kelsey in her garden, bush walking or browsing the latest craft beer releases at the local bottle store. Kelsey is nearing the end of her PhD studying what genes control flowering in peas. She was drawn to plant science because of the multitude of applications plants have in our lives, and how we can use biotechnology to improve our food sources. Since joining TWICS in 2019, Kelsey has been hosting Natural Science episodes as well as keeping track of our diversity statistics and ensuring we cover a wide range of STEMM topics.
Originally following his farming roots and studying plant science, Ryan’s STEM career path is much like TWICS: varied, exciting and still in relative infancy! He has since switched his focus from plants and is now an honours student in medical research. Working with the blood pressure research group at Menzies Institute for Medical Research (alongside show founder Dr Niamh Chapman), his research aims to improve the accuracy of cuff-based blood pressure devices. Ryan is keen to explore every open avenue to him and his widespread interests. You can hear Ryan co-host episodes on Plant Science, Medical Research and Astronomy, just to name a few!
Ellie is a PhD candidate at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. Her PhD research is focused on high blood pressure and aims to work out how patients and health practitioners can be best supported to manage this important risk factor, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Ellie has been interested in all things health and medicine related since her childhood. Alongside her studies in Medical Research, she loves to play footy and run with a local run club. Within the TWICS team, Ellie helps with social media management and is a co-host of episodes centred on medical research and health sciences – which she loves!
Anna is a founding TWICS member, who previously worked in ICT support and focused on episodes involving environmentalism and technology. Several years and a career pivot later, she's back on the team as the Digital Manager of Team Social. Anna's experience in Digital Coordination keeps exciting things ticking behind the scenes and systems running smoothly. As a Co-Host, she loves to showcase innovative and inspiring guests across multiple disciplines - but has a special interest in design, technology and art.