Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan is one scientist who has opted to be out in the forefront as a science journalist than work with test tubes. She loves engaging with the public and this passion together with her multiple science background has put her in good stead as an effective science communicator. She has a PhD in Science Communication, Masters in Biotechnology and Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry. Her training provides her with the strong foundation to bring science and biotechnology to the public domain, while her passion connects her with her audience locally and on the international podium. She enjoys her non-routine job and the freedom to try out new communication approaches. Currently she holds court as the Executive Director of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre and is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Petri Dish.
Joseph Masilamany is a veteran journalist having worked with several mainstream newspapers in Malaysia. He began his career in journalism as a freelance writer for several mainstream newspapers in the country, moving on to be senior sub-editor with theSun and features editor for the Borneo Post. Although he undertook studies in philosophy and theology his passion for science and medicine has earned him several local and international awards. He has been a founding journalist with The Petri Dish since its inception and enjoys his role as editor with the newspaper.
Saarani Vengadesen is a science journalist in The Petri Dish and the editor of Seputar Piring Petri, the Malay section. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology from University Malaysia Sabah and a Masters of Development Studies from University Malaya. Saarani is passionate about bridging the gap between science and policy development as science plays an integral role in the pursuit of economic, social wellbeing and sustainable development. She strives to utilise science as a tool to promote women empowerment, rural development, sustainability, job creation, poverty eradication and economic growth of a country. Saarani is also passionate about bringing The Petri Dish newspaper to a wider audience with her marketing expertise and digital marketing.
ChM Dr Shahrul Nizam Ahmad
Shahrul Nizam Ahmad is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam. He is a trained and certified chemist under Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM). He has experience in both industry and academia for more than 10 years. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry and B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry.
Other than teaching, he has also been active in sharing fun science facts with the public audience through social media. As a passionate science communicator, he believes that science should be celebrated at every stratum of the society- regardless of their academic background. This has become more pronounced considering the alarming reduction of the number of students taking STEM courses as reported recently.
Science is fun and should be made and seen as one. Scientists must be working beyond laboratories and classrooms in making sure that science can be appreciated as much as arts and music.
Let’s celebrate science!