Category Archives: Research Highlights

Hungry eyes: Poppy Watson awarded DECRA grant for her work on attentional distraction

By Charlotte Beloe Only three years out of her PhD, UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champion alumnus Poppy Watson has hit the ground running, being awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) last month. This prestigious grant aims to provide focused…

Ladies who R

By Jessica Lee I love R. I’m that person who is always talking about R and encouraging other people to try it. When I found out that a Sydney chapter of R-Ladies was starting, I knew I had to join. R-Ladies is a global…

A vision of success: Champion Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith awarded NHMRC grant

By UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Hot off the heels of winning the UNSW Staff Diversity award, the UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions have seen more success with Champion Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith being awarded an NHMRC (National Health and…

Champions win UNSW President’s Award for Embracing Diversity

Our champions accepting the President's Award for Embracing Diversity

By Sara Loo Last week, our very own UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions were awarded the UNSW President’s Award for Embracing Diversity. The UNSW President’s Awards recognise UNSW staff not only for their work, but how they conduct their work – be it…

How do we ensure the world has enough clean drinking water? Ask the Namib desert beetle! 

By Parisa Moazzam Approximately 2 billion people of the world’s population are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources. As a result, three in ten people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and water scarcity affects more than…

Conjugated Polymers – Plastics with Funky Properties

By Kristina Fidanovski If you don’t know what a polymer is, let alone a conjugated polymer, don’t panic. I guarantee you’ll get it by the end of this article. You use polymers every day – they’re things like plastics and resins, DNA and…

Hand Up Who Likes Programming?

By Dr Poppy Watson When people think of computer programming (coding) they might picture a group of hackers trying to steal bank details or people making video games and coding YouTube algorithms. However, coding is an important tool across many industries and it…

Beauty and the Bleach–Studying Coral Bleaching in the World’s Southernmost Tropical Coral Reef

By Rosie Steinberg Have you ever dreamed of going to gorgeous islands surrounded by coral reefs for work? I certainly have ever since I was a little girl, and throughout March I got to realise that particular dream in Lord Howe Island Marine…

What is Psychology?

By Dr Poppy Watson When I tell people that I work as a researcher in the School of Psychology they tend to be quite baffled. “Does that mean that you treat patients?” they often ask. I have to tell them that I am…

Shedding New Light on Dark Matter

By Dr Mireia Montes Using the Hubble Space telescope’s past observations, astronomer Dr Mireia Montes’ group demonstrated that intracluster light—the diffuse glow between galaxies in a cluster—traces the path of dark matter, illuminating its distribution more accurately than existing methods. Galaxies are collections…