MAD ABOUT SCIENCE
STIRLING mum Rina Fu wants young children to engage with science and to give them a glimpse into the life of a biomedical research scientist through her first children’s book.
Dr Fu teaches biomedical sciences at Curtin and Edith Cowan universities, and worked in a pathology lab before completing her doctorate on combating malaria drug resistance at the University of Western Australia.
Her research took her from state-of-the-art labs in Cleveland to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, winning her the John Frederick Adrian Sprent Medal from the Australian Society of Parasitology.
She wrote and illustrated My Mad Scientist Mummy while coming out of post-natal depression in August 2016. The book, which targets kids aged three to eight, features a scientist mum who takes her daughter into a laboratory with exotic equipment.
The mother of two said the idea of her book came from a trip to a library with her son, who had a hearing impairment, and found there were not a lot of science books for young children.
“I thought it would be nice to share my passion and work with the little ones; you usually either bring them to work or you can share them with a story format,” Dr Fu said. “It was the illustrations that took forever; I had to learn how to draw digitally.”
With Australia making science, technology, engineering and maths studies a priority, Dr Fu aims to filter her book, teaching materials and song I’m a Little Scientist into schools.
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Dr Rina Fu with Kazran (4). Picture: Jon Hewson