Our Team

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ASTA (Admin)
BAppSci(Physics), MsInfSc, GradDip(Education)
ASTA_admin is really Phillip Berrie. He lives in Canberra and works part time out of the main ASTA offices. His work history includes the following: 25+ years as general staff in IT-associated roles at both ANU and University College, ADFA (UNSW). Includes working as a research programmer in an ARC-funded project working on electronic editions; Retrained as a science teacher and did a short stint as a teacher at Stromlo High School in Canberra; 8+ years self-employed as a writer and editor. Working in both fiction and nonfiction areas, including academic editing of tertiary-level papers from ESL scientists; Is also currently employed separately as proofreader and technical advisor for ASTA's 'Teaching Science' journal.
Science ASSIST Team
Teresa Gigengack
Teresa Gigengack
Bachelor of Science (Health and Safety), Advanced Diploma Laboratory Operations
Teresa is the Laboratory Technician Support Officer for Science ASSIST. She has worked in secondary school science for more than 20 years in both Independent and public schools, as a science technician and as a Regional Laboratory Technician. Prior to these roles, she worked in agricultural research laboratories at the University of Western Australia and in commercial tissue culture laboratories. She has had extensive involvement in the national survey and report “The Status of School Science Laboratory Technicians in Australian Secondary Schools’, subsequently chaired the working party for the development of Professional Standards for School Science Laboratory Technicians, is a former chairman of LABNETWEST Inc. and former president of Science Education Technicians Australia.
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Rita Steffe
Biological Technicians Certificate & Biological Technicians Higher Certificate, National & VET Teaching & Learning Programs - TAFE
Rita is currently working as a laboratory technician at St George Girls High School in Sydney. Her career spans over 25 years as a technical officer in research and teaching departments at Sydney University in the areas of Medical Bacteriology, Animal Cell Culture, Immunology, Virology and Recombinant DNA Technology. She has lectured and demonstrated at the Sydney Institute of Technology in Certificate and Diploma Courses, co-authored several scientific papers, a book chapter and assessment documents. She was also instrumental in writing and conducting a workshop on 'An Introduction to Laboratory Techniques in Tissue Culture' for the Centre for Continuing Education at Sydney University. Rita has also completed short courses in Radiological Protection, Safety in Laboratories, Blood Banking & OH&S for Workplace Committees.
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Ginny Ward
B.Sc.(Hons) Ph.D.
Ginny has a background in synthetic organic chemistry and has 9 years experience as a laboratory manager in high schools in Adelaide.