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Physicist Dr Cathy Foley Named Australia’s Chief Scientist

World famend physicist Dr Cathy Foley has been named as the subsequent chief scientist, commencing her appointment in January of subsequent 12 months. She would be the second girl, following astronomer Penny Sacket, who held the position from 2008 to 2011.

Dr Foley is at present CSIRO’s Chief scientist and can take over the position after Alan Finkel finishes his time period subsequent month. Accepting the position, she stated: “It’s an opportunity to serve the nation in a approach that may enable science and know-how to have the ability to help the federal government in addressing the numerous challenges confronting us proper now.”

“Additionally to encourage the youth of right this moment to see that science, know-how, engineering and maths (STEM) are actually a approach ahead to have careers which are thrilling and nicely paid and one thing that may contribute to society.”

Dr Cathy Foley

Her intensive analysis profession in all areas of STEM each at residence and overseas additionally led to her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia this 12 months attributable to her developments for girls in physics.

Minister for Business, Science and Expertise Karen Andrews is eager for the long run, acknowledging Dr Foley’s robust hyperlink between business and analysis.

“Like me, Dr Foley can also be a robust advocate for girls in science, know-how, engineering and arithmetic, and her lived expertise will make her an essential position mannequin for aspiring younger scientists,” she stated.

Dr Foley’s appointment comes throughout a momentous week for girls not solely in science but additionally in politics. Kamala Harris has turn into the primary girl elected because the US vice-president.

Kamala Harris, US Vice President-elect

Paying homage to the ladies who got here earlier than her throughout her speech on Saturday evening, she acknowledged the significance of defending democracy and creating a greater future.

“Whereas I stands out as the first girl on this workplace, I can’t be the final as a result of each little woman watching tonight sees that this can be a nation of prospects,” she stated.

Kamala Harris, US Vice President-elect

In the meantime Melinda Gates had this to say in regards to the end result of this week’s US Presidential election.

“A historic election in a historic 12 months. I stay up for working with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris, and members of Congress on each side of the aisle to assist finish the pandemic and lead an inclusive restoration.

“It’s true that our authorities nonetheless has an extended technique to go to mirror the variety of our nation. However now that now we have elected Kamala Harris as the primary girl and individual of color to function Vice President, we’re nearer than ever earlier than. What’s extra, a file variety of girls ran for workplace and received this 12 months.

“By marching for gender equality, protesting for racial justice, and demanding alternative for everybody, People have proven what the nation can and must be. I hope the brand new administration will combat every single day to make this imaginative and prescient a actuality.”

Girls Love Tech thanks Max Wilson for his story

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