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Questions tagged [facilities-services]

On academic facilities and support services in a university or other academic environment.

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As a Head of Department, how can I make my faculty happier?

I am HoD for a department with over 30 members. The dept is socially inactive with only one or two social gatherings per academic year. No politics or "serious personal issues" among members. Just ...
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Are there known issues with Black / glass dry erase boards?

I'm considering using a black erase board in my lab/classroom, primarily for aesthetic reasons. Are there any issues with using a black erase board in teaching situations?
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Is it okay to file administrative complaints about problems with the facilities and services in an academic settings? [closed]

Background Information: I am a doctoral student at a premier institute which is also a hospital. Most of the administrative positions are handled by professors who are also clinicians and researchers....
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Is it okay to refuse a laptop from a new university if you already have your own personal laptop?

I got a postdoc position and I am moving to a new university. I was contacted by my new professor about choosing a laptop that the department would buy for me. The option they have is roughly the ...
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Buying Internet hosting from an academic institution [closed]

Back in the nineties, before hosted servers were readily available, some Internet companies like Yahoo and Google got started in universities, using the institution's servers and Internet bandwidth, ...
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When should service providers (core or external) expect authorship?

There are a number of areas of biology research where specialist knowledge requirements or expensive equipment mean that it's more efficient to outsource work to core or external facilities. This ...
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How to complete laboratory courses after building fire?

A couple of weeks ago there was a fire in my department. While it only directly affected one research lab, the whole building is currently closed due to safety reasons while the place is cleaned. The ...
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Is there any guide or organisation solution for increasing utilization of laboratory and lab equipment?

We obtained a report for the last academic year. A shocking revelation was that the capacity utilization* of lab equipment, laboratories, instruments and machines is only 37%. Everyone seems to be ...
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Why do most science classrooms use similar black-covered desks?

Why is it that most science classroom desks seem to be built out of wood, but have the desk area covered in some black material? I'm talking about desks like this: http://st.hzcdn.com/simgs/...
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Dry erase boards: glass vs. white board

I've been tinkering with the idea of installing several glass boards in the lab & offices instead of white boards. They look cool, and seem to erase better. But I do not have extended experience ...
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What is the name of the office in an institution where graduates and alumni are helped with employment?

When I went to college, I remember there was an office that would help students, graduates and alumni get their first job. What is that office called? P.S. If you feel the English Stack Exchange ...
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How to make lessons more concrete for undergraduate students when my institution lacks lab facilities?

I have question related to teaching. I don't have facilities for doing real time applications for my undergraduate students related to automatic control design (like inverted pendulum), and the ...
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Lab computers: high end now or average system and repurchase in a couple of years?

I have been asked to recommend systems for upcoming computer labs. I see 2 options. Buy high end systems now. They will be expensive but will last longer. Buy average systems now and buy again in a ...
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What is the etiquette for using empty desks in a communal grad student office?

I will soon be visiting a friend who is a graduate student. She works in a communal office with around 50 other desks (which are mostly occupied by other grad students). Is it appropriate for me to ...
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University metalshop / makerlab - metric or imperial?

I'm applying for some funds to set up a small makerlab-type metalshop in my department (American research university, although I should note that I'm in the social sciences). My plan is to get a CNC ...
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Why do university campuses have glass blowing services?

I noticed that my university has a glass blowing service in the same building as the chemistry precinct, supposedly to make the glassware for the chemistry labs. At first I thought this was kind of ...
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Best practices for keeping a campus computer network from getting brought down by inappropriate use?

I work at a California community college that has chronically underinvested in computing and networking. The school has been gradually increasing wifi coverage, which now includes all but a few areas ...
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What are some good ways to provide computer labs for the students?

Our university provides computer lab rooms for the students. We will soon build some new ones, and possibly re-build some of the old ones, and we are looking for new solutions. What we have now looks ...