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Welcome back to PRISM, the SCISOC newsletter! As the end of the term has approached us and exams are soon upon us, stress levels are at an all time high. That's why in this issue of PRISM, SCISOC presents to you a relaxing and de-stressful read, featuring a recap of our events this term, book reviews courtesy of our careers portfolio, and a quick guide on what to eat before exams. Make sure to stay tuned to keep up to date with any events that SCISOC has planned in the near future, and we wish you the best of luck for your exams!
SCISOC Masterchef 
This term, SCISOC kicked it off with a bang as we showcased the talents of aspiring culinarians across the campus in our very own Masterchef event! We had many contestants, each bringing something unique and delicious to the table, and an audience that feasted their eyes upon the main courses and desserts being prepared right in front of them (of course, not literally, since we’re law-abiding citizens adhering to the bounds of quarantine). The night ended spectacularly, with our winner being Elina Miao and her beautifully prepared tiramisu!
SCISOC Hoodies
The SCISOC community voted and we delivered with our stylish hoodies, designed to keep you cosy for the remainder of 2020. Thank you for your continuous support of SCISOC, we had an unprecedented number of orders in these unprecedented times and offered 5 spectacular colours, pink, black, grey, white and gold. We are excited to announce that the hoodies will be arriving soon, so if you placed an order please check your emails and respond to stay up to date with when you can get your hands on them!
Sitting Down with Super Startups (15/7/20)
SCISOC also featured three innovative start up companies 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) in our Sitting Down with Super Start-ups event.
This insightful webinar connected students to industry and showcased how an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for science can shape your career and ambitions.
Level Up (1/8/20)
Level Up was not only fast paced and competitive, but frantically fun and a spectacular way to end the term. We had three teams go up against each other in this challenge, working under a time crunch to try complete as many of the challenges provided to them as they could in a race to score points for a chance to win a copy of Jackbox! Congratulations to Connie Xie, Elina Miao and Ruby Lai for winning the event!
For a chance to compete in our future events and win some amazing prizes, visit us at our Facebook page or our website!
Have you found yourself running short on reading material during quarantine? For this week’s fun corner, we’re catching up with the SCISOC Careers portfolio and taking a peek at what they’ve been reading on the weekend. Their reading material all focuses on taking and maintaining control over your life, and while the topics may differ vastly from your typical mystery or fantasy novel, they’re just as interesting and perhaps even more helpful and applicable to your daily life.
Simon Sinek's 'Leaders Eat Last'
- Alex Nguyen
Simon Sinek’s 'Leaders Eat Last' highlights the true nuance and psychology that underpins effective leadership. It captures the kind of thought and analysis behind the scenes that you otherwise wouldn’t think of.

One of the most significant messages Sinek has to offer is the need to separate people from mere numbers and the value of a real, personal connection. The book makes us realise the truly jarring effect of social media and popular culture on negotiation and our relationships as a whole... (cont'd)
Dr Spencer Johnson's 'Who Moved My Cheese?'
- Keiran Phillips & Charlotte Chan
Dr Spencer Johnson’s 'Who Moved My Cheese?' is a short story that will inspire your views and beliefs on change. In the modern era, it has become increasingly important to be resilient and adaptive to change. These 80 pages explore one of humanity’s engrained flaws, ‘entitlement’, that stops us from being happy, which is metaphorically represented by “cheese”.

Johnson simplifies this notion into cartoon-like characters that embody these complex ideas to make this book an enjoyable read for all. It also allows anyone to easily compare themselves to these cartoon characters to reflect upon... (cont'd)
Stephen M.R. Covey's 'The Speed of Trust'
- Erica Mai
Stephen M.R. Covey's 'The Speed of Trust' provides a pragmatic set of guidelines to understanding, restoring and building trust in the new global economy. By contextualising trust as a tangible asset with quantifiable, economic value, Covey asserts how trust underpins the quality of every relationship and business venture that we are and will engage in; whereas the dividend received from high trust elevates engagement, innovation and speed of execution, interpersonal friction acts as a performance tax, perpetuating divisiveness and bureaucratic structures that impede the progress of an enterprise. (cont'd)
Studying hard is not the only thing that can help you ace your finals. It is important to also nourish your body with the calories, vitamins, and minerals it needs to function optimally. Some foods, however, are better than others when it comes to supporting your cognition and memory. Let's take a look at some of the foods we snack on while studying and before exams:
Dark Chocolate
Some studies have shown that dark chocolate increases neuroplasticity in the brain, which could increase memory, cognition and mood. This is extremely helpful when studying and preparing for an exam. Moreover, cocoa is also found to reduce the risk of heart diseases and lower cholesterol levels. It is a healthier alternative to other chocolates, while still being able to satisfy some cravings. However, consume dark chocolate in moderation because it still contains lots of calories and is easy to overeat.
Nuts are extremely healthy as they contain many vitamins like vitamin E and minerals. Nuts are also high in antioxidants, especially walnuts, which reduces risk of infection and improves heart health. Some studies show that pistachios help retain information and boost brain function, which is especially beneficial during exam periods.
Blueberries contain antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, which may contribute to brain aging. The antioxidants in blueberries have also been found to improve communication between brain cells. Studies have also shown that blueberries may improve memory and delay short-term memory loss - perfect for those last minute cram sessions!
Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are abundant in micronutrients, such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. Magnesium is essential for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body, and has been found to support learning, memory, and nerve function. Zinc and copper are also crucial for nerve signalling. Also, iron is an important mineral for combatting fatigue, brain fog, and concentration difficulties. And of course, pumpkin seeds are also a powerhouse of antioxidants to protect your brain from free radicals.
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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