28 November 2016

28 November 2016

This is the second and last part of the update about the College computers, printers and general IT support at Volta. The College would like to thank the staff in the College Office - Chiara Monlarini and Stefania Longo  and contract engineers Luca Ruzza and Davide Busnelli for their work toward this project and convey the following additional informationn to students:

Computers. Responsibility for College computers has now been transferred to an external computer engineering company that has responsiblity for maintaning both hardware and software.  The six College PCs are loaded with the following software packages:.   The four College iMacs are loaded with the following software: Open Office, Acrobat Reader, Safari and Chrome.  Students have responsibility for transferring/removing their data at the end of each session. Personal files left on communal College computers will be removed regularly as these computers are not deemed to act as storage devices. Request for new software and problems with computer access or performance should be submitted to the College Office or the College Director. 

Printers. The two Nashuatec printers now available have been tested extensively and perform well.  Both printers can also be uses as scanners and instructions on how to do so are posted in each of the computer rooms.  Requests for replacement cartridges - when ink levels become low - and any other problem should be submitted to the College Office.


8 October 2016

This is the first part of a post in order to update all College members about computers, printers and IT support at Volta.

Computer Rooms. The two main computer rooms (S72 in the South wing and G207 in the North wing are equipped with several PCs, details of which will be given tn the second part of the post and 4 iMacs: 2 in G207 collegiovolta_1 and collegiovolta_2, iMac1 and iMac2 for short) and 2 in S72 (collegiovolta_3 and collegiovolta_4, iMac3 and iMac4 for short). Both iMac1 and iMac2 have been misused and are being reconfigured although iMac1 remains usable. iMac3 and iMac4 only require minor reconfiguration.

Mice and Keyboards. The mice and keyboards of iMac1 and iMac2 require batteries and, when flat, students are required to take the hardware to the porter’s desk where they can be fitted with new batteries.  The mice and keyboards of iMac3 and iMac4 are rechargeable and, when flat, students are required to collect the connecting cable from the porter’s desk, recharge and return the cable to the porter on duty. Such connecting cables are no longer left in room S72 because several have been stolen.

Data Storage. The College computers, whether iMacs or PCs are not for data external. External drives are extremely cheap and students are expected to keep/transfer their data on their own external drives or on web but not on the College computers. There are a few folders floating on the desktops of iMac1, iMac3 anD iMac4 These will be discarded on Monday the 17th of October. The data owners, therefore, should transfer the data to their own external device before the 17th of October.

Printers. The College has replaced old(er) printers with two high-performance Nashuatec MP400 and MP500 printers (one in room S72 and one in room G207). The printer in S72 is operational. The printer in G207 will be operational on 17 October 2016 as the installation of a new wifi switch is  required. These printers connect wirelessly to the iMacs and PCs from which students can print. The printers operate via a card system; cards are available from the College office. Students load their own paper onto the printer in order to avoid (past) abuse of communal paper.

Troubleshooting. The College computers, printers and the wifi network are maintained by external contractors who also ensure upgrades of the system and educational software present on the computers. Problems of any kind should be reported to the College office.  Damage to College computers, printers and wife switches will be recovered from the students financial depostis.







25 November 2016

The second seminar of the College series on Research Assessment will be given by Stefan Hornbostel on Monday the 5th of December at 5.00 pm in the College lecture theatre. Stefan Hornbostel is joint Director of the Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), the German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies and Professor of Social Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Germany is the country in Europe with the largest investment in Research & Development and for decades it has sustained a policy of strong funding for its Research Centres (Maxk Planck Institutes, Helmhotz's Centres, etc)  and equal funding opportunities for its Higher Education Institutions, which include a number of world-famous Universities (von Humboldt, Tubingen, Heidelberg, etc),  Stefan Hornbostel will offer a historical background of research policy and assessment in post war Germany and will discuss major and recent changes in policy such as the Excellence initiative that is targeting funds to selected German Universities,  

All College students are invited to attend this and the other seminars of this important series. Further details about the series and Stefan Hornbostel's seminar can be found on the dedicated seminar page.  The poster of the seminar can be downloaded here. The seminar will be streamed at: http://smarturl.it/CollegioVoltaStream

Image: German scientist Alexander von Humboldt, a geographer, naturalist and explorer who laid the foundations for major developments in Geography and Botany. He was the younger brother of Wilhem von Humbolt, a distinguished linguist and subsequently Prussian minister for Education, and the man responsible for changing the paradigm of University teaching from one based merely on tradition to one based on new and original research.





24 November 2016

The first seminar of the College series on Research Assessment will be given by Annick Harel-Bellan on Monday the 28th of November at 5.00 pm in the College lecture theatre. Annick Harel-Bellan is Director for International Affairs of the Haut Conseil de l’ evaluation de la Recherche et de l’ enseignement superieur (HCERES) and Director of Research at the Service de Biologie Intégrative et Génétique Moléculaire (SBIGEM)  of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Saclay.

Annick Harel-Bellan's talk will provide insights on how French government has devised and implemented procedures for evaluating the research performance of dedicated Research Institutions and the research and teaching performances of French Universities. All College students are invited to attend this and the other seminars of this important series. Further details about the series and Annick Harel-Bellan’s seminar can be found on the dedicated seminar page. 

The poster of A Harel-Bellan's seminar can be downloaded here. The seminar will be streamed at:http://smarturl.it/CollegioVoltaStreamhttp://smarturl.it/CollegioVoltaStream

Image: French scientists Francois Jacob and Jacques Monod at work in their laboratory circa 1971.  Together with Andre' Lwoff, Francois Jacob and Jacques Monod won hte Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1965 or their work on the lac operon. which opened the way for understanding gene regulation.





24 November 2016

Not yet sure on how you will vote on December 4th when the polls will open for the Italian Referendum Costituzionale ? 

You will find your answer at Collegio Golgi 1 at 6.00 pm in Wednesday the 30th of November when Ernesto Bettinelli and Quirino Camerlengo will discuss the reasons for voting either way.  Ernesto Bettinelli and Quirino Camerlengo are both lecturers at the University of Pavia.  The debate chaired by College Master Stefano Colloca.

All Volta students who have not yet made up their mind on how to vote - and those who already have as well - are invited to attend.  The poster of the meeting can be downloaded here.



23 November 2016

Access to the 4 College iMacs (two in the South wing adn two in the North wing) has been re-configured in order to enable external computer engineers contracted by EDiSU to maintain the hardware.

College students can access the computers through a Guest User account and are encouraged to contact the College Office or the College Director for suggestions for extra software. 

Students who had left data on the iMacs desktop can find their data in a USB dirve available from the College Office.  Students are encouraged, however, not to store data on these communal computers but transfer their data at the end of each session via email, USB drive, etc.




19 November 2016

The 2nf of 6 College teaching seminars offfered during the academic year 2016/17 by Carmelo Sgarlata, a medical postgraduate and member of Volta, will take place on Friday the 25th of November in the College lecture theatre at 6.00 pm. 

All College medical students are strongly invited to attend. The abstract of the talk and Carmelo's biographical sketch can be found here where the slides of the actual seminars can also be found.  Carmelo's teaching page is here.



19 November 2016

The College increasingly requires high-quality images of life and work at Volta (teaching, seminars, sport events, buildings, etc) for the College web pages, regular reports to EDiSU and University and new applications for funding.

There are certainly a number of College students with a passion for photography and College would like one or more of these students to come forward and contribute to a new set of images of life and work at Volta. Interested students are asked to contact the College Director in order to discuss this further. Collegio Volta will give due and full credit to students for any art work shared with College. 


18 November 2016

Collegio B Griziotti has organised an interesitng vocal coaching event on Monday the 21st of November at 9.00 pm.  The event is a hands-on master class with vocalist Alessandro Imelio and will involve theoretical as well as practical teaching. 

Collegio B Griziiotti, just like A Volta, is out of town but is connectes to town by bus n 6 that reaches via Abbiategrasso, the road flanking the South wing of Volta.  Students of Volta interested in music and, specifically, in vocal music are warmly invited to attend.  The poster of the event can be downloaded here.


18 November 2016

The College has received several enquiries recently - especially from foreign students - about the provisions for medical care available to them. The University has collected this information on a dedicated web page entitled Medical Care for students of the University of Pavia that summarises the general care available to Italian and foreign students, provisions for dental care, advice on contraception and procedures to be followed in the case of a medical emergency.

College students are encouraged to study the information provided by the University and should contact the College Director if they need further advice,


18 November 2016

The Harvey Meciical Society, the official students' body of the Harvey Medical Course of the University of Pavia, has organised a  series of four  films and discussions in the College lecture theatre. The series includes Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi, 2008), Gadjo dilo (Tony Gatlif, 1997), la vie d' Adele (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013) and Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1996). 

The four films will be shown at 7.00 pm on the 17th and 24th of December and on the 1st and 8th of December  All interested participants are welcome. The poster of the series can be downloaded here.


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