This section of TLR Innovations provides short updates on projects, partnerships, and services offered by UIT’s two academic technology services groups – Educational and Scholarly Technology Services (ESTS) and Research and Geospatial Technology Services (RGTS).


Research & Geospatial Technology Services

Cosmic Strings Presentation on Viswall

Last Fall, Professor Olum of the Tufts physics department presented a talk on cosmic string simulation to the broader physics community. His 3D video presentations at the Tufts Center for Scientific Visualization ( made clear the unique nature and evolution of cosmic strings. His computational efforts made extensive use of the Tufts Research Cluster for data generation and the VisWall at the Tufts Center for Scientific Visualization for display. For any questions about the Viswall, please contact

Medical School Cluster Software Repository
Dr. Lax Iyer, researcher at the Tufts University School of Medicine, is currently collaborating with the UIT Research and Geospatial Technology Services (RGTS) lead, Dr. Lionel Zupan, to promote UIT research technology services to researchers in health and life sciences. Dr. Iyer and RGTS jointly developed a unique approach to support public domain research codes used by the Medical School’s research community on the Tufts Research Cluster. By maintaining a software repository, applications can be explored and locally shared resulting in short installation turn-around time and fine tuning of local software configuration requirements. Dozens of new bioinformatics applications are now available through this repository. For further information, contact or

Tufts Carma Subscription
In Fall 2010, UIT Research and Geospatial Technology Services (RGTS) purchased a subscription to Carma, the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis, which is an interdisciplinary center devoted to helping faculty, graduate students and professionals learn of current developments in various areas of research methods and statistics. This subscription provides to the Tufts community web access to Carma video lectures. A broad range of applied statistical and methodological topics is presented covering the social, management and behavioral sciences. Anyone at Tufts interested in viewing these lectures must register with a Tufts email address. Directions and further information is available on the website at

SAS Genetics for Researchers
After surveying departmental chairs at the Tufts Medical School and Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, UIT Research and Geospatial Technology Services (RGTS) purchased the licensing of the SAS Genetics module as an add-on to the SAS Educational Analytic Suite software bundle that Tufts renews every year. The SAS Genetics module is now available at no additional cost to users who already have a SAS license that has been purchased under Tufts’ annual volume license renewal. The only restriction pertains to the SAS version in use. SAS has only released the Genetics module for SAS version 9.2, 32-bit and SAS version 9.2 64-bit. Therefore, use of the new SAS Genetics module may require upgrading to one of these 2 versions of SAS. Please contact your local FSP if you need to purchase SAS or have SAS Genetics added to your current SAS installation.

New Matlab Toolboxes
As part of its ongoing support of research activities at Tufts, UIT Research and Geospatial Technology Services (RGTS) has added two new Matlab toolboxes to support Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Tufts. These new licenses are accessible from the Research Cluster or from local desktops where installed. They are listed as Bioinformatics Toolbox and SimBiology Toolbox.

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For general interest and questions contact via email,

Another Private Node added to Cluster
Since the Fall of 2009, Tufts computer science professors Khardon and Cohen, electrical engineering professor Miller, and civil engineering professor Abriola have contributed their own compute nodes to the Tufts Research Cluster to support their research work. As explained on the cluster wiki page,, arrangements have been made to allow their groups priority access. In December 2010, physics professors Austin Napier and Krzysztof Sliwa contributed one additional node to the cluster. For any questions about contributing your own computing nodes to the Tufts high-performance computing cluster, please contact or


Educational & Scholarly Technology Services

Tufts SLOAN-C Membership for Distance and Blended Learning

UIT Educational & Scholarly Technology Services (ESTS) has purchased a one-year SLOAN-C institutional membership for Tufts University in support of distance and blended learning. Please see the information below about setting up your individual account at SLOAN-C so that you can partake of the available resources: workshop and conference discounts, archives, research, and interaction with other SLOAN-C members. Affiliate yourself with “Tufts University” in your account profile to gain institutional membership access across the SLOAN-C site.

Account Set-Up/Log-in Instructions: If you do not have a free SLOAN-C account already, or know a colleague who does not, one must be created at Once registered, create your own profile (under “My account)” and affiliate yourself to “Tufts University” to access member benefits:

Please share any particularly rich resources you glean from the SLOAN-C publications, workshops, conferences, etc!

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