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Associated Resources

While not designated UT Core Facilities, the following are invaluable resources for researchers at the University of Tennessee.

Bioinformatics Resource Center

Resource Contact: Dr. Robert Murdoch
The Center for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB) is building a Bioinformatics Resource Center (BRC) with the goal of assisting researchers with computational nucleic acid sequence analysis. Currently, the BRC provides access to five workstations with CLC Genomics Workbench, a powerful and comprehensive bioinformatics software package for nucleic acid sequence analysis. Dr. Robert Murdoch manages the BRC, which is located in room 736 in the SERF building. The BRC mission is to support researcher in analyzing their sequence data by providing bioinformatics expertise and access to state-of-the-art computational resources.

Newton High Performance Computer

Resource Manager: Gerald Ragghianti
The Newton program is a joint effort between the Office of Research, the Office of Information Technology, and the departments of the University of Tennessee to establish a campus research computing environment. We operate a general purpose cluster computing system designed for use by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The cluster performs functions such as general research computing and also code testing and fine tuning, prior to use on larger computing facilities such as those of the UT/ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Science.

OIT’s Research Support Computing Group

Resource Contact: Robert A Muenchen
The mission of the Research Computing Group is to help UT researchers use computing and analytic methods. We provide up to 10 free hours of support per semester for research computing including:

  • – Windows system with an extensive set of research software, some of which is centrally available only there. With special arrangements, jobs can run multiple days and use up to 24 gigabytes of system memory. Software is listed at
  • Statistical Consulting – including assistance with experimental design, sample size determination, web survey design and deployment, data graphics, data analysis, data and text mining, and writing/editing results sections.
  • Qualitative Research Consulting – assistance with research design and methodology, data organization and analysis, framework and research question development, and computer-based analysis.
  • Science & Engineering Support – assistance with MATLAB, Mathematica, ImageJ, etc.
  • Data Management Consulting – includes importing data from a wide range of formats, transforming, merging, concatenating, reshaping, and exporting.
  • Scantron Services – this high speed device reads data from standard or custom forms such as surveys.

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