IST announces campus network upgrade
A message from Information Systems & Technology (IST).
An upgrade to the campus network Ethernet switching and routing infrastructure will begin later this year. The current, aging equipment will be replaced with new enterprise-class hardware designed specifically for scalability, security, and energy efficiency. This will be the first upgrade of this equipment since IST assumed responsibility for campus wide network management in 2011.
This upgrade will provide, for the first time, a standardized deployment from the ground up with scalability, quality of service, performance, redundancy, and reliability at the forefront. This new deployment, designed by IST (Network Services), will be flexible, adaptable, and able to accommodate additionally complex and varying requirements that may arise through faculty, staff, and researcher initiatives. By using advanced hardware and feature-sets in combination with a flexible design this upgrade will offer a reliable and stable environment to support the campus community and their mission in the advancement of learning and knowledge.
While many users use wireless, a switched network environment still provides the foundation to support WiFi, servers, storage, desktop computing, research computing, VoIP telephony, and infrastructure services such as access control, surveillance systems, HVAC, and building automation; and with the advancement of the Internet of Things, their integrations.
For additional information, visit the IST news site.
Vanier scholar looks at the downside of building up
This is an excerpt of an article originally posted on the Faculty of Arts news site.
The research of PhD candidate Robin Mazumder will have important insights and implications for 21st century urban planning – especially for mitigating the negative effects of tall buildings on the wellbeing of citizens. His dissertation project, titled The Downside of Building Up: An Exploration Into the Stress Impact of Exposure to Skyscrapers in Urban Centres, has recently received a prestigious boost of confidence from a federally funded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
The scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 annually for three years, is awarded for academic excellence, research potential, and leadership ability. The Vaniers are distributed equally by the three granting agencies: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Mazumder, who holds a SSHRC-funded Vanier, joins three current Vanier Scholars based in the Department of Psychology.
"I'm very honoured and humbled to receive this award and to be in the company of the extraordinary members of the Vanier Scholar community. This award also signals that my research is seen as beneficial to Canadian society, and that means a lot to me", says Mazumder, whose supervisor is psychology professor Colin Ellard, an expert on the effects of natural and built spaces on movement, wayfinding, emotion and physiology.
Read the rest of the story on the Faculty of Arts news site.