This term saw SATNAV branching out as a society, hosting a joint event with ChemSoc and interviewing the Chief Executive of STEM Learning, Yvonne Baker.
The Distinguished Lectures hosted by the University of Birmingham see successful alumni return to the University to share their experience of life after their degree. This year Yvonne Baker, an alumna of the School of Chemical Engineering, delivered a lecture around the importance of STEM learning and the impact it will have on global issues. Some of her advice seems particularly poignant in current circumstances as she reminded us all that ‘you can be sure (life) won’t go the way you plan’. Look out for the interview conducted by committee members Abigail Joyce and Adam Dorey for even more insight into Yvonne’s career.
As well as this, some of our committee members have been involved in their own projects on accessibility in science and to showcase this we held an Accessibility in Science event with ChemSoc. The event highlighted the different materials that have been developed by the School of Chemistry and had speakers who themselves have a disability and who demonstrated how it can impact their experience. Dr Naomi Green (University of Birmingham) spoke on her experience living with a chronic pain condition, and Dr Toria Stafford (University of Manchester) spoke on managing her OCD and experience in the lab. To read more about the event keep an eye out for our latest issue, due to be published online soon.
Speaking of our latest edition, make sure to keep your eyes peeled as our theme ‘Forgotten People’ has inspired our community of writers to look into the more obscure areas of science that usually go overlooked. You can look forward to reading articles titled ‘Louis Le Prince: The Forgotten Father of Film’ as well as ‘Invisible Barrier to Fieldwork: Breaking the Period Taboo’.
On a more personal note, the SATNAV committee would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the production of the magazine this year. It has been a fantastic experience for us all, and we look forward to seeing what our new committee will bring for SATNAV next academic year.
Chair of SATNAV
To find out more about SATNAV visit their website www.birmingham.ac.uk/eps/satnav.
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