Automatic Software Updates (YES)

“Should I let my computers update their software automatically” has traditionally been the subject of debate. Opinions vary on the merits of keeping your computer protected against the latest security threats versus the possibility of breaking your existing configuration.

At present, sadly, I am convinced that you must agree to automatic updates for operating system software and any other software that interacts with files you download from the internet. The threats seem to be imminent (an example) and you really won’t have enough time to decide before it’s too late.

As of today, the greatest threat is to Windows XP users, who should be double-checking that their computers are up-to-date.

For general advice on automatic updaters, see the Bio wiki pages for Mac OS, Windows, and Linux.

steven

Quantitative Biology Lecture Competition

Trisha Murray wrote:

The Quantitative Biology Program at Brandeis University, supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is now soliciting applications for an award for preparing an outstanding set of three pedagogical lectures on a subject at the interface of the physical and biomedical sciences. These lectures will be given at the Quantitative Biology Bootcamp to be held Sunday, January 11 & Monday, January 12, 2009. The award consists of a cash prize of $2,000.

Any graduate student or postdoctoral research associate currently at Brandeis is eligible to apply. The application packet should consist of short curriculum vitae and a one page outline of the three lectures. QB faculty will work with the successful applicant in preparing the lectures. Applications should be submitted before Monday, December 1, to Trisha Murray, either by campus mail (MS009), or via E-mail.

*An information session for potential applicants will be held Monday, November 10, Kosow Conference Room (2nd floor) 1 -2 pm.

Construction Updates

Work continues on the new building. Among next week’s tasks: installing fume hoods and environmental rooms.

To get updates on progress and warnings about potential disruptions, see the capital projects website

new Brandeis science building

new Brandeis science building

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Maintenance on wireless network

LTS will be working on the campus wireless network Monday, Nov 3, starting about 6 pm. See bulletin board for details.

Policy on postdocs

While searching the Brandeis web for something totally different, I stumbled across Brandeis’s stated policy on postdoctoral fellows. Might be worth a quick read if you’re a postdoc or faculty member.

http://www.brandeis.edu/osp/policies/postdocpolicy.pdf

dnastar-users mailing list

I created a new mailing list dnastar-users for those who use our group license for DNA* Lasergene.

Mostly this is so I can nag people to quit Lasergene so they stop using up licenses. Please quit Lasergene if you are not using it. Leaving it open all day is not acceptable.

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