Invitation to SSCC Computer Orientation

SSCC staff will be offering a hands-on computer orientation on Wednesday, August 29, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in SSCC's PC classroom in Sewell Social Science 3218 for new members arriving this Fall. We want to extend an invitation to any SSCC member who might also like to attend. Maybe you've been a member for a while, but haven't used your account much, or maybe you arrived mid-year and didn't get a one-on-one orientation. Whatever the reason, you are welcome to attend. Please e-mail Ann Lewis( if you plan to attend so we have enough materials for everyone.

New Sociology graduate students have already received their invitations, but if you know of other new arrivals -- post docs, faculty, staff, visitors -- please extend them an invitation.

SSCC's Fall Training Schedule

SSCC's Fall training schedule is now available on SSCC's training web pages. This semester we'll be offering a class on Mata, the new matrix language built into Stata. Mata is comparable to R, Matlab or Gauss, but features compiled code for faster execution. It also takes advantage of the parallel processing features of Stata/MP, and can be used on the SSCC's Condor flock. For a full list of features, see Stata's web site.

Once again we are teaming up with Sociology 365, Computing in Social Research, so you'll find many topics offered Tuesday/Thursdays, 11:00-12:15, including several SAS classes. Remember that all SSCC training sessions (including Soc 365 sessions) require preregistration. Register early before sessions fill!

Reserving Computer Classroom for Fall Semester Courses

Now is the time to get a jump on reserving the 3218 classroom or mobile lab for your fall semester class before your spot gets taken by someone else. Reservations are filling very quickly. Contact Ann Lewis ( to reserve. Ann's office is in the 4226 office suite and her phone number is 2-0862.  Visit for more information about the 3218 classroom and the mobile lab.

Even if you do not need to reserve the classroom or lab, you can arrange for your students to have access to SSCC's drop in labs (3218 and 4218 Social Science) for doing their homework. Ann can help you with this as well.

Doug Hemken (, statistical computing specialist for SSCC, is available to help students with homework and class projects. You can also arrange for Doug to come to your class and provide instruction on statistical software. Doug's office is in the 4226 office suite and his phone number is 2-4327.

Bringing PCs into the Building

SSCC has the following policy in place for anyone bringing in computers and connecting to the building's network for the first time:

  • Any computer brought into the building that will use the building's wired network must be taken to the SSCC Consulting office, Soc. Sci. 4226, for scanning and any necessary installation/update of antivirus software. This process usually takes a few hours but can take much longer as the volume of requests increase. SSCC's Consulting Office is open 8-12, 1-4, Monday through Friday. Computers only connecting to DoIT's wireless network do not have to be scanned, although we are happy to do so.

If you don't log into the PRIMO domain, it is extremely important that you keep your operating system patched and your antivirus software up-to-date. If you need assistance, contact our Consulting office by phone at 2-9917, by e-mail at, or drop in 4226 Social Science 8-12, 1-4 M-F.

SSCC Publication, Keeping Your PC Secure, contains a lot of very useful information, especially for home PCs, or any other PC that doesn't log in to PRIMO.

Mac users -- There is no need to bring Macs into the Consulting office for scanning. Just make sure you are running Software Update monthly.