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A month for celebrating women in maths

By Sara Loo Across the globe, May 12th is a day of celebration for women in mathematics. The May 12th initiative was started by several international associations that support and represent women in mathematics. It came as a response to growing awareness of…

Reading between the lines: some simple maths in the time of COVID-19

By Sara Loo You don’t need me to tell you that things are not as they used to be. Unless you have recently emerged from a 3-month long hike, you should be well aware of the current global atmosphere. Working from home, social…

2020 Vision for Women in STEM

By Charlotte Beloe At the end of 2019 Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, Astronomer and Women in STEM Ambassador, gave an address at the National Press Club of Australia. The focus of this address was on promoting gender equity in STEM and as the first…

Science in Sixty Seconds! UNSW Champion Georgina Carson Wins 1 Minute Thesis Competition

By Lisa Nivison-Smith What do you think when you hear the word thesis? Long? Complicated? Boring? With the average PhD thesis being 150 pages and covering up to 4 years of research, it’s not surprising that those outside the scientific world would think this…

Children’s Stereotypes of Scientists are Changing

By Dr Poppy Watson A recent study has reported that children are drawing more women than ever when asked to draw a picture of a scientist. In the 1960’s and 1970’s more than 99% of primary-school children in the United States drew a…

Looking at the shadow–The first picture of a black hole

 By Mireia Montes Quiles Astronomers have captured the first image ever of a black hole. As part of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project, the team simultaneously took observations using telescopes around the globe to take one of the most detailed images ever…

SciArt: Breathing Life into Research

By Rosie Steinberg and Melissa Pappas If the eyes are the window to the soul, can art be the window to the soul of science? Those who work and study at UNSW may have noticed some new art appearing near the Matthews Food…