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Three women scientists of Indian origin named as Australia’s “Superstars of STEM”

Australia’s “Superstars of STEM”: Among the 60 scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians chosen as Australia’s Superstars of STEM are three women of Indian descent. It is a project that tries to dispel societal gender stereotypes regarding scientists and raise awareness of women and non-binary individuals.

Australia’s “Superstars of STEM”: Key Points

● Three women of Indian descent, Neelima Kadiyala, Dr. Ana Baburamani, and Dr. Indrani Mukherjee, will be named Superstars of STEM in 2022.
● Female scientists of Sri Lankan descent have also been chosen for distinction, in addition to Indians.
● Among the 60 scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians chosen as Australia’s Superstars of STEM are three women of Indian descent.
● It is a campaign that tries to dispel societal gender stereotypes regarding scientists and raise awareness of women and non-binary individuals.
● Three women of Indian descent, Neelima Kadiyala, Dr. Ana Baburamani, and Dr. Indrani Mukherjee, named as Superstars of STEM in 2022.
● Female scientists of Sri Lankan descent have also been chosen for distinction, in addition to Indians.
● Dr. Ana Baburamani, Neelima Kadiyala, and Dr. Indrani Mukherjee are three Indian-origin women who were recognised this year as Australia’s Superstars of STEM.

What are the Australian government initiatives to uplift the STEM Programme?

● The government intends to scale up the program, according to Australia’s Minister of Industry and Science Ed Husic, who spoke at the event.
● The national STEM Program is currently being reviewed by the government, and it is intended to be scaled up even more, he continued.

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About Indian origin Superstars of Stem:

Neelima Kadiyala

Neelima Kadiyala has over 15 years of experience managing large-scale transformation programmes across numerous industries, including financial services, government, telecommunications, and FMCG. She works for Challenger Limited as an IT programme manager.

Dr. Ana Baburamani

Dr. Ana Baburamani has always been fascinated by how the brain develops and functions. She works as a scientific advisor for the Department of Defence’s Science and Technology Group.
She works as a biomedical researcher to understand the intricate process of brain development and the factors that lead to brain damage.

She obtained her PhD from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Europe for ten years. In addition to her research, Baburamani is committed to assisting and empowering early career researchers, facilitating wider access to science, and encouraging the uptake of STEM careers.

Dr. Indrani Mukherjee:

Dr. Indrani Mukherjee studies deep time geology at the University of Tasmania, with a focus on the factors that influenced the biological transition.
In Tasmania, where she is a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Indrani Mukherjee has been pursuing interests in diversity initiatives, geoscience communication, and public outreach.

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