Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

Syllabus Manager and Presenter

Qualifications: Cert 3 Captive Animal Management, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (MBECE)

Experience: 13 years Managing and operating Zoos SA outreach programs and onsite visitor engagement and learning programs. Senior Conservation Educator.

Dr. Candice Goodwin

Dr. Candice Goodwin

Outreach Manager

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering and Applied Science, and Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Cape Town.

Experience:

Dr Candice Michelle Goodwin was born in South Africa and “reinvented” in Australia. Candice has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Applied Science, and a Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biology, having specialized in discovering new species of bacteria from extreme environments capable of producing novel enzymes and antibiotics to treat global diseases, such as tuberculosis. Her interest in astrobiology has led to a long-term relationship with players in the space technology industry.

Candice has a gift for writing, is a world traveller, and has a respected ability to science things. Candice is also the author of the science fiction book series, “Enter Entropy“, inspired by the genetic revolution, showcasing a strong, intelligent female lead character, available on Amazon. She is also a producer on Canadian film and TV projects that are positively disrupting industry trends. Candice hosts a fresh, new podcast celebrating women in STEM, complementing Candice’s STEM advocacy initiatives.

Luke Basso

Luke Basso

Presenter

Qualifications: Forensic Science at Western Sydney University

Experience: Luke joined the NewSpec team in 2018 after completing his undergraduate degree in Forensic Science at Western Sydney University. During his degree he conducted a research project on gunshot residue. Luke’s research required him to conduct beta-testing on desktop Scanning Electron microscopes, determine optimal search parameters and conduct various scientific tests to identify these particles.

Luke has gained approx. 2 years’ experience at the Advanced Materials Characterisation Facility (AMCF) located at Western Sydney’s University. Here he gained exposure and skills in a range of scientific instruments as well as sample preparation of various materials.

AMCF are also very well known for their Outreach programs, and Luke spent quite some time working with students and various school groups showing off the various aspects of microscopy…..a great lead up to assisting with our program in Sydney  and installing the microscope at sites in NSW

Karloskar Hall

Karloskar Hall

Presenter

Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental)

Experience: Karloskar has a background in Engineering and IT, and has been with NewSpec since 2016.

He has a passion for inspiring kids to get involved with technology and science.

Midori Jones

Midori Jones

Presenter

Qualifications: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours in Horticulture) Development of leaf waxes on eucalyptus species using SEM at University of Adelaide.

Experience: 7 years at Plant & Food Research Microscopy Unit , New Zealand, light microscopy and SEM main area of research was floral and fruit development of kiwifruit species as well as pest and disease work. 3 years at Botanic Gardens of Adelaide as a part of the Millennium Seed bank Project, Kew Botanic Gardens/Wakehurst Place travelled South Australia collecting native plant seeds with focus on rare and threatened species with associated studies on seed biology main use of dissection microscopes. CRC for Weeds worked on biological control of blackberries for 3 years and prior to that SARDI Horticulture Pathology Unit 3 years both roles involved light/dissection microscopy fungal samples.