Services & Resources

Wireless Connectivity

There are more than 150 wireless access points across the PAB, Knudsen, and Kinsey Pavillion areas to provide reliable wireless network connectivity for faculty, students, staff, and visiting scholars.

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Undergraduate Computer Labs

A computer lab is available for declared Physics & Astronomy undergraduate students as well as students who are currently enrolled in Physics & Astronomy classes requiring access to lab computers. The labs are open during the Knudsen building's hours of operation, and are available after hours to students who have keyed access to the Knudsen building.
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Shared Printers

Network laserjet and wide format printers are available in the PAB and Knudsen buildings for faculty, staff, and graduate student use.
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Most classrooms and meeting rooms in the PAB, Knudsen, and Kinsey Pavillion facilities are equipped with projectors. Portable projectors are also available for checkout by faculty, staff, and graduate students.
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Physics & Astronomy department e-mail accounts are available for faculty, staff, and students. Departmental e-mail accounts are provisioned with 10GB of storage space and provide collaborative functionality including a calendar, address book, task list, and file storage "briefcase." E-mail accounts can be accessed through a webmail interface or client software installed on your computer.
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VPN/Remote Access

VPN connectivity is available for accessing the Physics & Astronomy network from remote locations.
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Software Licensing & Purchasing

The computing group manages volume licenses for software used by the department. Through Microsoft MCCA licensing, faculty, staff, and students are able to download Microsoft Windows and Office software products for use on their work computers. The group also manages volume licenses for Mathematica and IDL.
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Wiki Hosting

Two wiki platforms are available for administrative and research group collaboration: Apple Wiki and TWiki. Both platforms offer comprehensive access control, SSL encryption, and are integrated with the department's authentication systems. Apple Wiki also provides a shared group calendar and blog.
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Web Hosting & Development

The computing group provides web development, web hosting, and content management services for research and administrative groups. Research groups may request a Drupal-based website. Administrative groups may request development of custom web applications to automate business processes or create internal databases.

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IT Helpdesk

The IT helpdesk is provided as a means for faculty, staff, and students to contact the computing group staff. The helpdesk is manned by all IT staff, and questions are addressed as quickly as possible. The helpdesk is available at

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Network Management

The computing group manages the core network infrasturcture of the PAB, Knudsen, and STRB facilities. To request acitvation of network ports or to report network issues, please submit a help desk request.

Hardware/OS Support

The computing group provides hardware and operating system support for faculty and staff members. Please submit a help desk request for hardware and OS support requests.

Application Hosting

The computing group is able to host and manage resource-intensive business or research applications upon request. Please submit a help desk request to inquire about application hosting.