Kathy J. Kuipers
The Sociology Department's Small Groups Labs (SS 308 and 310) are available for use by Department faculty and students by request. Past research projects ranged widely, and have included perceptions of stereotypes and their influence on identities, willingness to hire employees with clearly visible tattoos, focus groups to discuss experiences of guilt in response to discrimination against others, and overcompensation when gender or rural identities are challenged. Anyone withing to use the facilities should email Kathy Kuipers, Chair of the Sociology Department.
The Fred W. Reed Social Science Research Lab is run by Chuck Harris, the lab administrator. Gabe Downey is the lab research assistant and lab monitors' supervisor; Downey is a Graduate Teaching Assistant, receiving his Master's in Criminology. In addition to Chuck and Gabe, there are lab assistants who are on duty every weekday and occasionally on the weekends. Assistants receive training on some of the specialized software and hardware tools in the labs. You are welcome to check the assistants' schedule posted in SS252 at the beginning of the semester, and drop in for lab-related assistance. All lab personnel can be reached through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main lab room (262) is usually available for student work. There may be days when 262 (or a portion of it) is reserved for instruction, so check the schedule on the door if you are entering.
Room 258 is a lab classroom. Each semester, a schedule of classes will be posted on the door. Please consult this schedule, and if a class is in session, do not enter. However, if there is no class scheduled, you are welcome to use the computers in this room for independent work. Be aware that if you are working in 258, you must leave when scheduled classes begin.
Users of the SSRL facilities are asked to abide by a few basic rules:
- PCs are normally switched on by the first lab monitor, and shut down at the end of the day. During the day, be sure to "log off" of your workstation. If you work late in the day or on evenings and/or weekends, and no one is waiting to use your PC, go ahead and "shut down" when you leave.
- Don't give out the door combinations to anyone, and don't prop the door open.
- Don't set any food or drink on the same work surface as any computer. (While food and drink are allowed in the lab, unlike most other labs on campus or elsewhere, they should NEVER be placed near the computers).
- Don't install any software on any computer. If in doubt about a browser application or other tool, ask a lab monitor.
- Leave your computer desktop and work area neat and clean when you leave.
For more information about the SSRL, please visit the SSRL website.