About SIGCIS - Officers

SIGCIS Officer Positions 2017

  • Chair: Andrew Russell, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Vice Chair, Operations: Jason Gallo, Science and Technology Policy Institute
  • Vice Chair, Meetings: Laine Nooney, NYU
  • Vice Chair, Outreach & Mentoring: Marie Hicks, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Treasurer: Gerardo Con Diaz, University of California-Davis
  • Immediate Past Chair (ex-officio):┬áThomas Haigh, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

These officers together make up the SIGCIS Executive Committee.

Position Responsibilities:


  • Coordinate the activities of the SIG.
  • Represent the SIG to SHOT.
  • Chair the SIG's annual lunch meeting.
  • Organize sessions for the annual SHOT meeting.
  • Manage the SIG's finances.

Vice Chair, Operations

  • Attend and help to run all SIGCIS events at the SHOT annual meeting, including the business lunch and SIG workshop.
  • Administer the SIGCIS email lists (including maintain and enforcing the acceptable use policy).
  • Edit material and policy documents on the SIGCIS website dealing with the SIG and its activities.
  • Maintain the SIG's online membership directory, reviewing and editing entries as needed and prompting members when entries are in need of update or clarification.
  • Welcome new members to the SIG and create accounts as needed.
  • Organize Executive Committee meetings.

Shared Duties of All Officers

  • Represent and promote the SIG at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Seek out new SIG members.
  • Post relevant material to the SIG website and email lists on a regular basis.
  • Host informal SIG gatherings at conferences where others with an interest in the history of computing are likely to attend.


B. Alexandra Szerlip's picture

I understand that you're interested in expanding your audience. I believe that would require the possibility of a less "academic" (but not less professional) approach - at least to some extent. One that makes a concerted effort to embrace "information and society" beyond issues of computing.
This is something I aim for in my bi-monthly column, "Vintage Tech,"
the first three of which can be accessed at the links below. FYI, VT#4, due out on April 16th, explores the royal purple snail dye of antiquity and where that "technology" stands today.