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Physics and Astronomy Mailing Lists

Automatic lists

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

List subscriptions and web access

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.

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.


The best-known public list, for interested people outside the School is physics-announce, which receives announcements for colloquia, seminars and other events. To subscribe, please send an email to sympa@lists.physics.umn.edu, containing the message body:

SUBSCRIBE physics-announce

To unsubscribe, send a message to the same address sympa@lists.physics.umn.edu, with the text:

UNSUBSCRIBE physics-announce

For further information on controlling your mailing lists subscription, you can send an email to the same address, containing the command


or you can visit the lists web site http://lists.physics.umn.edu

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.

Other Mailing Lists

Many mailing lists exist on the School's list server, which you can find at the web site http://lists.physics.umn.edu/

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.

Clicking “List of lists” towards the top of the page gives, amazingly, a list of all the available mailing lists.

Creating new lists

If you have a physics account, you can request creation of your own mailing list by logging in to http://lists.physics.umn.edu.

Other lists provided by the University

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