We wish Dr Pallave Dasari a warm congratulations on being named as one of 30 Super Stars of STEM (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The award was announced this week by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos.
Pallave is a breast cancer researcher in A/Prof Wendy Ingman’s lab at the University of Adelaide, based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Pallave has worked tirelessly behind the scenes of INFORMD. She played a big role in helping to organise the public awareness campaign we ran last year, was a co-author of our article in The Conversation, and helped put together our website. She also got our social media up and running by setting up our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Superstar award is coordinated by Science and Technology Australia, who will be working with these dynamic scientists and technologists to create role models for young women and girls, smash stereotypes, and carve out a more diverse face for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 300 applicants vied for a spot to be a Superstar, with the successful candidates being equipped through the program with advanced communication skills and providing them with the opportunities to use them - in the media, on the stage, and in speaking with decision-makers.
It is wonderful Pallave’s hard work has been recognised by this award and we look forward to hearing more from this Superstar in the future. Congratulations again!