The Cooke 218 Classroom and Lab

This lab is used by the Department of Biological Sciences for a variety of instructional needs. It is comprised of Apple Macintosh Mac Pro systems, configured in a dual-boot mode using Apple's "Boot Camp" software so they can run both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows XP. Users can also run Windows applications using a VMware Fusion virtual machine or via the SENS Citrix servers.


Entry to this lab is via a card reader system to authorized users only.

For a map of the facility, which also shows the status of the systems in it, click here.


The schedule for this classroom is coordinated by the BIO Department. Click here for the current schedule.


This lab features a lecturer's system with projection capabilities.

System Configurations

Manufacturer: Apple
Model: Mac Pro
CPU Speed/Type: 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

Naming Convention

There are 25 systems in this lab, named for types of cheese:

  • Bleu
  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Cheddar
  • Edam
  • Emmental
  • Feta
  • Fontina
  • Gorgonzola
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Havarti
  • Jack
  • Mahon
  • Manchego
  • Mascarpone
  • Mozzarella
  • Munster
  • Parmesan
  • Provolone
  • Raclette
  • Ricotta
  • Stilton
  • Swiss
  • Taleggio

(If you see the hidden pun in this naming convention, congratulations!)


A picture of the 218 Cooke Hall facility