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Physics and Astronomy Mailing Lists


The best-known public list is physics-announce, which receives announcements for colloquia, seminars and other events, for interested people outside the School.

To subscribe

To unsubscribe

If you're a member of the School, and already receiving physics-all, there's no need to subscribe to this list, you will already be receiving these messages.

Internal physics lists

Members of the School are subscribed to several lists automatically, by being included in the school directory.

The best-known of these is physics-all, which is used for general informational messages. Any subscriber can send to this list. Please use discretion in what you send, reserving its use for matters that are mostly business-related. You should never forward spam messages to any mailing list.

Other automated lists exist, which depend on your role in the department, eg staff, grads, etc.

What lists are available, and how to subscribe

Many mailing lists exist on the School's list server, too many to attempt listing here.

The “Mailing lists” section in MyPhys shows you all the lists you are subscribed to, and lets you set whether or not to receive mail from them. You can't manually subscribe or unsubscribe from our automated lists such as physics-all, but if for some reason you don't want to receive messages from them, you can change this in MyPhys.

Also available in MyPhys is an exhaustive list of what mailing lists exist and who is in charge of them. This is similar to the “list of lists” available in the mailing lists system itself at http://lists.physics.umn.edu but may also show some which are not visible there.

You can subscribe to any of these lists similarly to “physics-announce” above - send an email to sympa@physics.umn.edu with the subject SUBSCRIBE listname. Depending on the specific list, this will either subscribe you, or send your request to the list owner.

Some other list operations have to be performed directly in the lists system web interface at http://lists.physics.umn.edu, where you can log in using your Physics account. Log in to the site with the username username@physics.umn.edu (replace username with your own physics username), and your physics password.

The lists are subdivided into categories:

  • Astronomy - lists set up for the Astronomy Department
  • Physics (Departmental) - lists for Physics departmental use (eg , “faculty”, “grads”, etc).
  • Physics (Classes) - lists related to classes
  • Physics (Projects) - lists related to research projects, workshops, or other individual projects.

unsubscribing from a different address

If you have to send your unsubscribe request from a different address other than the subscribed one - for example, if you have changed your email address - include the subscribed email address in the unsubscribe command, as below (where my@email.com is the address you want to unsubscribe):

UNSUBSCRIBE physics-announce my@email.com

The mailing list system will send you a confirmation message, to which you'll need to reply to complete the unsubscription.

Creating new lists

At this time we are not supporting the creation of new lists on the existing SPA mail server. Suggested university supported alternatives include:

computing/accounts/email/lists.txt · Last modified: 2018/02/19 13:26 by bren