UNSW proxy

UNSW library has a great many journal subscriptions you can use to access sources for your research. We often need to work with these sources when we are off-campus, but the library restricts access to those within its network. A proxy server allows us to be “within UNSW’s network” even when we are far from campus. Here’s how to use ours. Let’s say I need to download the colloidosome article below: You see the PDF link is greyed out and if I click on it will be told I don’t have access.

Group Bibliography

Any group has a lineage and history that has informed its focus and expertise. We are a fairly interdisciplinary group, blending engineering, physics, chemistry, foods, and biology, and the below texts are recommended as introductory and reference materials for anyone wanting to deepen or broaden their pursuit of complex fluids behaviour with us. Depending on your project, some will be of more use than others. I’ve grouped them below into three tiers, higher tiers indicating greater difficulty or specialisation, spanning several subjects.

Compilation of our tips and tutorials - FAQ

Mostly particle tracking with some Python links

A lot of our microstructural work is performed in concert with microrheological measurements using microscopic observations of colloidal tracer particles moving within a complex fluid. The analysis of these movies is easy these days, thanks to people who developed a number of open and freely available routines to ease the initial steps: Particle tracking microrheology is performed by many folks using IDL: Particle tracking using IDL or Matlab routines: The Matlab Particle Tracking Code Repository

Poster tips

As your work progresses, either in an Honours thesis, Master’s, or PhD, you will likely need to present a scientific poster at some point. The hosting organization will often supply a template or guideline for the poster format, and this is especially helpful to avoid changing the settings of PowerPoint (or LaTeX) yourself to print on larger-than-usual paper. Branded templates are available on MyUNSW. More important than paper size, the content, organization, and style of your poster is your responsibility and should be your main concern.

Presentation tips

Whether you pursue an Honours thesis, Master’s, or PhD, you will definitely need to make an oral presentation to your group, or a broader audience, at some point. When you become aware of this, the first thing you need to determine is the time allotment you’ll have, including questions. Make sure you are clear on that: is it 15 minutes total or 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions? There are a number of good tips in this document: Stuart Prescott’s Presentation guidelines

Professor Pratsinis' PhD rules

Doing a PhD is a singularly personal pursuit, and fields differ greatly in their standards, but a common factor is often the ease with which a student can become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task at hand. This often makes it hard for them to take a pragmatic approach and keep some distance between their project and their identity/self-esteem. Back at the dawn of the Internet, when I did my PhD, my supervisor gave everyone a much-circulated copy of his rules for PhD students.

How do I write an article?

Writing is a part of any honours or PhD project, and it usually models itself on published scientific works like journal articles. Everyone has a different style and approach, but one thing you will always hear from me is to START WRITING EARLY. Beginning researchers almost always assume they should wait until they are done all experiments before beginning writing, but you should start as soon as possible. This is because writing requires organization to form a narrative.

Tools you need: ImageJ and Fiji

At the core of much of your work in this group is the handling of data in the form of digital images. Image processing is therefore data processing. This is great for a number of reasons: Images immediately communicate a concept and aesthetic to people Images are numerical matrices that hold a LOT of useful information Combining several images makes a movie, a natural way to convey change with time and other variables Even if you have no experience processing digital images, you likely have experience making them using your phone.

Welcome and Travel kit for Sydney Visitors - FAQ

Now that I’ve been here a while I do what I can to get other people to experience Australia. I’ve had a lot of visitors and have put together a FAQ that I supplement with each visit and experience. The New York Times did something similar recently, with a nice frugal spin, see what they said. General facts Sydney is a very safe city, only thing to watch is kids crossing the street but crime is non-violent and limited.