In our previous issue of TLR we announced the release of WordPress as a new addition to our suite of web-based communication, collaboration and publishing tools on Spark (

Since the launch this summer, people from all across the university have been creating new and interesting sites using the tool. Here are just a few examples. If you have created a site and would like to be included in this gallery please


Departmental Sites

Humanities at Tufts


Chris Strauber, Reference Librarian Tisch Library, Tufts University – “The purpose of the site is to provide a friendly place to go to see what’s new at the library and in the world for faculty and others interested in classics, literature, philosophy, and religion. It also gives the faculty in my departments a sense of what sorts of things I can help them and their students with. A few examples would be my discussion of Wikipediaa review of a redesigned database, and a guide to browsing for literature in the stacks.”



Research News, Event, Opportunities for Tufts School of Engineering


Eric Miller, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering – “The purpose is to provide timely information about the research activities of the faculty, students, and research staff in the School of Engineering. It is intended to be a centralized location for people wishing to learn about the research interests of the folks in SoE as well as the projects that are taking place in the school.”



Personal Web Sites

Jenny Aker


Jenny C. Aker, Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics – “The purpose of my site is to share information – about my background, my research interests, the great field projects on which I’m working in Africa, and the documents that describe the results of these projects.”






William A. Masters


William A. Masters, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy – “The main (and in my case the only!) objective of the site is to provide a stable URL from which to disseminate research results and teaching materials. With that URL I can easily point people to papers or slides, or they can find these materials themselves via Google or word of mouth. For convenience it is really necessary for me to be able to upload materials immediately as soon as it’s done, and it’s necessary to have a brief URL that’s easily remembered.”




Jackie Gonzalez


Jackie Gonzalez, Graduate Student, Child Development – “I love thinking critically about issues like gender and media literacy, but I don’t always wish to be so formal about it. A blog gives me the opportunity to share my research-related interests in a much more casual way.”





Course Sites

 Urban Borderlands


Deborah Pacini, Professor, Anthropology and American Studies – “The WordPress blog provides me with an elegant way to simultaneously accomplish three important goals underpinning my community-based research class (Urban Borderlands, Anth 183): the blog’s public pages, in which students reflect and comment on their projects as they evolve, allows them to participate in an ongoing public dialogue regarding the impact of the Green Line Extension on Somerville’s immigrant communities; the blog’s password-protected pages provide students with private places to store text and image files that are accessible to their classmates but not to the general public; the systematized collection of digital files will greatly facilitate the transfer of materials to Digital Collections and Archives at the end of the semester.

WordPress elegantly meets my needs for a combination of both public and private spaces for students to store and post their work—and as a bonus, it will greatly facilitate the transfer of digital files to DCA at the end of the semester. ”




Cars, Culture, and Place


Cathy Stanton, Lecturer, Anthropology Department – “My objective for the site was to see whether students will embrace the openness of the blog to contribute materials and ideas over the course of the semester. I’ve used wikis as my main course sites for the past few semesters, and wanted to compare that experience with a blog format. I liked the way the WordPress blogs look like websites but allow for multiple authors to post things very easily. ”




Student Organization Sites 

Tufts Hybrid Racing Team


Christopher Jackson, Student, Mechanical Engineering – “The objective of our site is to introduce people to the Tufts Hybrid Racing team and the Formula Hybrid Competition, and give people a way to follow our team through the blog. We also hope to attract sponsors for our team with the site. ”





Tufts University Engineers Without Borders


David Meyers, Student, School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering – “The main objective of the site is to connect members of our chapters to one another, to other groups in the school, and to other groups around the country and world by sharing our resources. In using the site as an online database for all of the work on our projects, we are easily able to disseminate the information between anyone interested in any of our projects, whether that be a new member to our organization, or an EWB chapter on the other side of the country that wished to learn about our ideas, and learn from our mistakes. WordPress is the perfect venue for us to do this. ”


Project Sites

 Tufts Civil Rights Protests


Peniel Joseph, Professor, History Department – “This is an informative web interface with archival material, oral histories and student writings about the civil rights protests at Tufts in 1969. The website was developed by students collaborating with each other.”





Project ABC


Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics – “The purpose of this site is to share information on an innovative, mobile phone-based development project with policymakers and other international organizations – so that they know what it is, how to do it and potentially replicate it themselves if they so choose.”

David Grogan, Manager of the Curricular Technology Group , UIT Academic Technology

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