National Manager and Presenter (SA)
Qualifications: Cert 3 Captive Animal Management, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (MBECE)
Jessica has an extensive background in conservation, biodiversity, science and education. Growing up on a wildlife rescue facility she has spent more than 25 years on the frontline of conservation work in Australia, hand raising, treating, training, keeping and releasing a wide range of wildlife.
A practicing teacher with the Department for Education in South Australia for 17 years, Jessica has worked in both traditional and non-traditional education contexts. From 2002 – 2015 Jessica was a Senior Conservation Educator and Outreach Manager, developing, growing and delivering outreach services for Zoos South Australia, primarily based at Adelaide Zoo. She has worked as a school teacher in both urban and bush school settings.
In 2017 Jessica joined NewSpec to coordinate Hitachi/NewSpec’s corporate social responsibility collaboration, “Inspire STEM Education Australia” outreach initiative. Jessica is charged with growing the Inspire STEM Education outreach program nationally, we are all very excited about the possibilities.
Dr. Candice Goodwin
Regional Coordinator and Presenter (QLD)
Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering and Applied Science, and Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Cape Town.
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.
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
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.