Information Technology Group (ITG) is just one of our eight technical services in Chemistry, but it is unique in that it serves and assists the whole of Chemistry - faculty, staff, and students—in their their academic, administrative, and research-based computing activities.
Many devices exist within the Chemistry network, including printers, Apple systems, Windows workstations/servers, UNIX servers, HPC clusters, climate control/monitoring systems, STC labs, acquisition systems, and instrumentation systems. ITG is responsible for monitoring, securing, and maintaining all 2014 of these devices on and off the network.
ITG maintains sixteen departmental servers that provide web servers, SQL database management, point of sales, application/database serving, file serving, backups, domain/email administration, and print serving to the department. The group also utilizes a system that monitors network security for Chemistry workstations. ITG supports appliances in the Chemistry Building, Simon Hall SB1, and at Wrubel Computing Center Machine Room for chemists.
ITG also supports specialized clusters of Intel/Windows and Macintosh systems. These systems include not only the extensive software available to students in the public clusters, but specialized Chemistry software as well. ITG also maintains a two Shared Resources Centers with peripherals such as scanners, printers, wide bed plotters, laminators, film recorders, and projectors. These resources are used by other departments such as Biology, Math, Life Science, IN Geological Survey, and Physics.
ITG serves as the technical leader in the development of the Chemistry Department's Computer Assisted Learning Method (CALM). CALM is a distant outreach learning tool designed to provide students with enhanced problem-solving skills through directed inquiry. Based upon a Socratic pedagogy, it presents students with individualized, algorithmically-generated questions on a given topic that provide immediate feedback. Currently CALM supports several active Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Courses assisting more than 3200 students in a school year. Outreach to high school chemistry programs has been emphasized within Indiana, reaching over 200 schools, but CALM can also be found in schools as far away as New Jersey. With a focus of harnessing the power of the educational community as a whole, CALM is an evolving tool that empowers teachers with the means of accessing the rapidly growing impact of technology to enhance the learning environment, at no cost to the teachers or students that use it.
The Biology department Biocomputing Office is headed by Don Gilbert, who is internationally known for molecular biology software that he develops, and for the IUBio Archive server of biology software and data.