BABSOC Beer Brewing

BABSOC’s first ever Beer Brewing Workshop was a day not to miss! We had a great mix of attendees: undergraduates, honours students, post-graduates, post-docs and even some academics. We used the innovative ‘Brew in a Bag’ system. We created two different brews, a Pale Wheat Ale and an Amber Ale. The workshop mashed two different malts (Pale Wheat Ale grain mix and an Amber Ale grain mix), followed by the hops and yeast. The two brews had different combinations of hops added and the yeast used to ferment it will provide unique flavour profiles to each brew. The brewing was led by A/Prof Chris Marquis, Lucien Alperstein and Lawrence Menz. Lucien was leading the practical aspect of the workshop, introducing the different elements of brewing and what we were doing specifically that day. Chris provided extra information on each stage of brewing, including how to customise your brew. He also provided some great anecdotes and brewing history. We finished the day with...
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CRISPR. Not the name of your favourite chips.

Genetic engineering is reaching a stage where modern science is rivalling science fiction. The ability to genetically redesign plants, animals and even humans for optimal functionality is on the horizon. Genetically modified organisms have been in existence since 1982 and are an area of concern among the wider community. These early modifications took years of research and thousands in funding, however, the ability to perfectly edit parts of a genome in a simple, cost-effective and quick manner has arrived, CRISPR-Cas9 technology. This technology consists of a targeting molecule and a cutting molecule. 1) The cutting molecule is an enzyme called CRISPR Associated Protein 9 (Cas9). It can cut double stranded DNA (allowing for additional techniques to be used to add, modify or remove genes). 2) The targeting molecule is called the guide RNA (gRNA), and is a designed RNA molecule that has complementarity to the target gene. The gRNA ‘guides’ the Cas9 enzyme to the exact location where DNA needs to be cut in...
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BABSOC Careers Night 2017

BABSOC Careers Night 2017

BABSOC is having Careers Night. The theme is innovation, entrepreneurship, and start-ups! Come along to learn about some awesome companies that have roots with UNSW and also find out how UNSW can help you launch your very own startup! Ever wondered what your science degree may take you? BABSOC is having an innovation themed Career's Night with BioFoundry, Regeneus, Ziggy Labs and CancerAid as our guest speakers. Interested in helping to make the world a better place? Then come join us and talk to some of the most innovative companies in Australia and get involved!" ...
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BABSOC x BABS Photo Competition

Bringing out the artist talent of BABS, BABSOC in collaboration with the school of BABS launched a new and exciting photo competition amongst all students, staff and researchers. With our new E26 biosciences building currently empty with endless walls of white, this event opened up the opportunity to feature exceptional artwork amongst the people of BABS whilst being able to proudly decorate our building with the aesthetics of science. The event was an amazing success, with the entrance of almost a hundred participants and a social outreach of countless more. This was a skyrocket in engagement of the BABS community with entries ranging from the ancient academic druids of BABS to our foetus undergraduates. This event also marked the beginning of our new social media channel, Instagram @babsoc.unsw, which was used to share every submission made on Facebook in hopes to "get with the trends" of the young'ins. With the closure of the photo submission, we celebrated the winners and commemorated the event...
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In love with Science

“Do you love Science?” This question was asked by a lecturer in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS). People tend to think of Science as the subjects of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology, but what about Computer Science or Pharmacology? Do they count as Science? Well of course! The lecturer also said that if you love Science, you can do well with it. It may take a couple of weeks to wrap your head around that difficult concept, but you’ll get there! BABS subjects can look daunting: Cell Biology, Human Biochemistry, and Biotechnology. This is because we are trying to link together several different concepts. If you are studying Medical Physics, you need a background in Cancer, Cell Biology, and Radiopharmaceuticals. So how do you have the energy to get up in the morning to attend your 4-hour long lab, followed by 6 hours of lectures and 5 hours of assignments each day? Love. Love is the greatest...
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Careers Night 2016

Careers Night 2016

Careers in Government WHEN: 21st September 2016 Come along to BABSOCs Careers Night to hear from a range of speakers from various government and industry backgrounds. See where your science degree can take you and even stay around for pizza and networking with our guests afterwards. Our Speakers include: Office of Gene Technology Regulator Bayer Pharmacuticals IP Australia Environment Protection Authority Dept. Agriculture and water resources Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Cancer Australia Check out the Facebook Event here....
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Sem 2 Welcome Back BBQ

Sem 2 Welcome Back BBQ

Hi BABSOC members! Hope you've all been enjoying semester 2 so far! If you're feeling the drain of uni, fear not - the BABSOC team invites you to a social BBQ! You will get the opportunity to catch up with all your friends, meet new people and enjoy a delicious sausage sizzle, veggie patties and drinks. When: Wednesday 17 th August, 4th week of Semester. 12-2pm Where: The Wilton Tea Room (Level 1 Samuels Building). Hope to see you all there! ...
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