The Secrets of UNSW

Welcome back to SCISOC's fortnightly newsletter! This week, along with our upcoming events, we also have written up a highlight on features that UNSW offers for free that you might not have heard of. To top things off, this week on "Find your Future", we're interviewing UNSW Science faculty staff member Vivian Yean, and finishing off the newsletter with a Fun Corner about the science of music. Hope you all have enjoyed your Flexi-Week and are ready to head right back into the rest of the term!
Sitting Down with Super Start-ups

Are you interested in starting your own company, rather than working a mundane 9-5 office job? 

Come along to our careers webinar, featuring three startup companies that will all provide input of what starting a start-up company ensues. The three companies joining us are Coviu (a telehealth company used by over 1100 healthcare professionals), ExSitu (a company that helps create documents for their clients, to guide the direction of their healthcare) and Verbotics (a company that develops automatic robot programming software for welding).

Wednesday 15th July | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

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Is it late at night? Have you got nothing to do? Don’t worry; we didn’t either! Which is why we’re here to present to you a little game: The Wiki Game, but UNSW Style. For those of you who don’t know what the Wiki Game is, the rules are simple. You’ll receive two randomised articles on Wikipedia (most likely non-related). The aim is to get from the first article to the second via the hyperlinks within the page. No back tabbing, no ctrl + f, no reading through the second article to get hints about where to go. We’ve decided to put a twist on this game by instead providing pages on the UNSW website, which you’ll have to navigate to from the home page. Good luck, have fun, and hopefully you’ll come out of this experience knowing a bit more about the secret features on the UNSW website you’ll stumble upon in your journey.
First Challenge: From the Main Page to UNSW's Resumé Checker
UNSW’s Resumé Checker is an online tool that gives you tailored feedback and improvements on your resume. It provides feedback on presentation and layout, use of active words, whether it’s detailed or not and how you can improve (e.g. adding quantitative statistics) and any missing information that should be included in your resume. It will also grade you out of 100, but you have 10 uploads per year to perfect your resume. Log in with your UNSW email here.

Resume Checker

First Challenge: From the Main Page to UNSW's Virtual Internships 
UNSW’s Virtual Internships offers students an opportunity for an internship over the internet, as the name would suggest. With InsideSherpa, students get to learn valuable and practical skills online, which they could use to boost themselves and make themselves more appealing to the job market, all for the very pricey cost of your dedication and time. That’s right; this experience is free!  And not only is it free, but there's no application process either! Virtual internships are an amazing way to increase your experience and enhance your practical skills, which, while being a very good thing to have in your arsenal like previously stated, also looks very nice on your resumé and LinkedIn profile.
In this week’s issue of "Find Your Future”: a spotlight into science graduates, alumni and UNSW Science faculty staff, we interviewed Vivian Yean, who found her career pathway through her Bachelor of 🧬👩‍💻Bioinformatics Science and Genetics 🧬👩‍💻.

Take a look at what Vivian has to say about her journey in finding out about what her science bachelor would entail, and also her experience of going through an honours year to learn more about research!
What degree did you study?
I started in Bioinformatics Engineering, and ended up with Bioinformatics Science and Genetics Honours.

How did you choose your major? Did you ever consider changing throughout your degree?
I chose my major with some input from my brother who had finished two degrees already - we looked through a lot of uni booklets that were given to us either on open days or those giant ones from school. I think what really made up my mind was my wanting to learn more about biology, with a side serving of computing. 

I eventually found out that the side serving was a rather large salad, so decided to ask for a smaller, more manageable one.

After finishing the science degree and being thoroughly destroyed by the salad, I was at a loss for what to do, but luckily got an opportunity to learn more about research through an honours year, as the bioinformatics skillset has a high demand in biology. It turned out to be the toughest but most valuable year in developing those skills.

How did your major influence the intern/research/grad roles that you applied for/currently working in now?
Those experiences played a huge role in working out how to go about deciding on a career path - the confidence and analytical skills I gained from honours made me feel more comfortable in applying for roles in technology in various industries such as banking, which is where I currently work.

Read Full Interview Here

In this week’s Fun Corner, we delved into the science behind pop music. We researched what makes music popular and also the psychology behind pop music and its effects on individuals on a mental and emotional level.

If you’ve ever wondered why so many trending songs sound similar to each other, you’re probably right in that much of today’s pop music follows a “formula” in terms of tempo, harmonics, structure and sometimes lyrics.

In a study led by University of Bristol’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory, an equation was produced: Score = (w1 x f1) + (w2 x f2) + (w3 x f3) + (w4 x f4), etc, (where each “w” represents song aspects such as length, dynamics, tempo, and MFCCs, zero-crossing rate, bark coefficients, and tempograms). The study determined that if a song had at least 60% accuracy to this equation, it would make it to the top charts.


During a challenging or especially tiring aerobic exercise (like cycling), a 2010 study revealed that listening to pop music can improve endurance and possibly enhance physical performance. Listening to music releases endorphins, which gives us a heightened feeling of excitement. It can help with anxiety, ease pain and reduce the effects of stress. 

Another study that surveyed 834 people with age range of 8 to 85 years old has said that music helped with self-reflection and self-awareness, acted as a distraction from the outside world, was like an escape from reality, improved abilities to cope with worries and finally, music gave comfort and added meaning to life. 
UNSW Science Society is proud to announce our continued partnership with GradReady through 2020. GradReady provides GAMSAT Preparation courses for anyone looking to pursue Medicine after they graduate.
This process starts earlier than you think, so if you’re studying medical science or just have that passion, check out what they have to offer!
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