GHC: Poster Presentations and Grants — Submit!

Tina Pratt of the Anita Borg Institute is inviting you to not only attend the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, but to present a poster as well. Can’t afford to attend, but find your interest piqued anyhow? Read on: there’s the possibility to attend for free.

The mission of the Anita Borg Institute ( is connecting, inspiring, and guiding women in computing with each other and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.

By attending the Grace Hopper Celebration ( for Women in Computing (GHC), students have the opportunity to Grace_Hopperconnect with resources that can help them find jobs, internships, and academic programs in computing.

So why might you want to submit a poster presentation?

Students can present their work to other women in the field and expand their network of potential collaborators. They may also inspire future research ideas.

Submit to present at the poster session @ 

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2014

GHC Scholarship Grant recipients will gain visibility and be connected with leading technical organizations who are grant sponsors. Grants cover registration, meals, and lodging expenses for attending. It also includes a reimbursable travel award. Undergraduate, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty are encouraged to apply. Faculty grants cover conference registration only.

Learn more and apply @ 

Application Deadline: April 16, 2014

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Stuff that Matters — Open Source in Healthcare

6127243966_0de6283cd8_o-2INF 496 — Special Topics Course in Informatics, (class#0010)

Open Source in Healthcare: Stuff that Matters

This class is a 1 credit 8 week course, starting 3/13/2014 and occurring on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 2:45-4:05pm in Business Administration 222.

This course will focus on current open source trends in Healthcare. Specifically students will be introduced to VistA, which is the most comprehensive Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in the world, and related concepts.

Why should you care about that? Because there is an increase in the demand for people who are familiar with these concepts. This is real and relevant training for a future position in Healthcare.

The US spends 18% of its GDP in Healthcare. This is close to 2.8 Trillion dollars a year, making of healthcare one of the largest activity sectors in the economy. Until 2004 less than 20% of the 5,700 hospitals in the US were using computerized medical records. The large majority of institutions were keeping medical records on physical paper. After $20 billion of stimulus funding provided by the Federal government, the proportion of adoption has now increased to close 50%.

In this class, we will introduce VistA, the most comprehensive Electronic Health Records (EHR) system in the world. VistA was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and it is freely available as open source software. VistA is deployed universally across the VA at more than 1,500 sites of care, including 153 hospitals, 765 outpatient clinics and nearly 300 VA Vet Centers. It serves 7.84 million patients.

VistA is written in MUMPS, a language with a built-in NoSQL database that used by the largest EHR systems, both proprietary and open source ones. VistA is currently being deployed in State hospitals in New York and North Carolina, as well as private hospitals in California and Tennessee. It is also being considered for deployment in the UK.

In this class we will cover basic MUMPS programming, principles of electronic health records systems, basic VistA management, and modern web-based interfaces to VistA suitable for mobile devices. No preliminary knowledge of VistA or MUMPS is required.

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Want an internship or job?

If you are looking for a job or internship (and who isn’t?), sign up for the CCI-CAREERS listserv! We post opportunities there for all CCI students, undergrads and graduate students, and alumni! To subscribe:
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We also have many other listservs, so if you’re interested in keeping updated, subscribe to some of our CCI listservs! You will receive important information regarding your major/program, upcoming events, job postings, internship opportunities, and much more. Below are instructions on how to subscribe to a listserv and how to find the listserv that best suits you.

Which listserv is right for you…

I am an information science/informatics minor undergraduate student: INFUG

I am an information science Masters student: IST-L

I am an informatics PhD student: INFPHDSTU

I am a computer science undergraduate student: CSIB-L

I am a computer science graduate student: CSIG-L

I am a woman in CCI: CCIWIT

I am a student group officer: CCIGROUPOFF

Also, don’t forget the Career Fair on February 12 and all the activities leading up to it!
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UCAN: Career advice from Alumni

How can you make the UAlbany alumni network work for you as you plan your career? UCAN, the UAlbany Career Advisory Network, is an online database that offers you the opportunity to get “real world” information, advice and access to professional networks from alumni professionals working in your field.

UCAN is a free service offered by your UAlbany Alumni Association. This network of more than 1,900 alumni is accessible to all students and alumni. You can search for an advisor on any number of criteria, including job type, company, region, key words and more. You can use the network as often as you like to connect with alumni around the globe for informational interviews, advice and networking.UCAN__students

To find out more, visit

Today a Student. Forever a Great Dane.

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