IT Connects

IT Connects is designed to enhance and enrich the UChicago IT community.

IT Connects is UChicago IT’s grassroots staff development and recognition program that is primarily by and for IT staff. IT Connects helps to foster community and relationships with a focus on mentoring and coaching, teaching and learning, and awareness and recognition.

Mentoring and Coaching

IT Coaches: On-call coaches to help address challenges and develop skills.

IT Mentors: Structured year-long one-on-one mentoring program.

Teaching and Learning

IT Learns: Timely leadership development seminars, workshops, and programs.

IT Shares: Monthly brown bag lunch leadership discussion series.

Awareness and Recognition

IT Matters: Occasional speaker series hosted by the University CIO, bringing IT staff together with topic experts to share ideas and gain perspective.

IT Recognizes: Year-round awards and recognition program.

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IT Matters: Driving Research and Discovery

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: Monday, November 26, 9 to 11 a.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall

Join Kevin Boyd, associate vice president and CIO, as he welcomes Ian Foster, Robert Grossman, and Samuel Volchenboum for an engaging conversation on research and high performance computing. The guests will share their perspectives on the importance and role of institutions like UChicago in supporting and driving research and discovery.

A continental breakfast will be provided, and the event will include time for networking with colleagues from across campus.

More about the guests for the November 26 IT Matters:

Ian Foster, Senior Fellow, is the Director of the Computation Institute, a joint institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science. His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as climate change and biomedicine. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures. Dr. Foster is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the British Computer Society.

Robert Grossman is a faculty member in the Section of Genetic Medicine, as well as the chief research informatics officer for the Division of the Biological Sciences. He is also a senior fellow in the Computation Institute and the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology. His research group focuses on bioinformatics, data mining, cloud computing, data intensive computing, and related areas. He is also the founder of Open Data Group, which has provided strategic consulting and outsourced services in analytics since 2002, specializing in building predictive models over big data. His current research is focused on bioinformatics, especially developing systems, applications, and algorithms so that large datasets of genomics data can be integrated with phenotype information extracted from electronic medical records and analyzed to deepen our understanding of diseases.

Samuel L. Volchenboum is an expert in pediatric cancers and blood disorders. He has a special interest in treating children with neuroblastoma, a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system. In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Volchenboum studies ways to harness computers to enable research and foster innovation using large data sets. He directs the development of the International Neuroblastoma Risk Group Database project, which connects international patient data with external information such as genomic data and tissue availability. The Center he runs provides computational support for the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, including high-performance computing, applications development, bioinformatics, and access to the clinical research data warehouse.

IT Matters is a speaker series hosted by Kevin Boyd, associate vice president and CIO. During these sessions, Kevin welcomes guests to the IT Matters stage to discuss the important work of the University and the key role information technology plays in enabling and advancing the efforts of faculty, students, staff, and community partners.


9 to 11 a.m.
– Network and connect with colleagues: 9 to 9:30 a.m.
– Discussion: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
915 E 60th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Registration is closed.

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