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SIGCIS 2009 Workshop

SIGCIS 2009 Workshop:
Michael Mahoney and the Histories of Computing

Sunday, October 18, 2009, Hilton Hotel, Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania

This was the inaugraual SIGCIS workshop and we had not quite settled into our routine of posting the CFP on a page and then adding the full program details to the same location as we progressed. However, we did post the full schedule, abstracts, and the full text of papers in the sessions with precirculation formats and these are all available from the links below.

Call for Roommates: 2009 SIGCIS Workshop

Several attendees of the 2009 Workshop in Pittsburgh have expressed interest in reducing the costs of staying in the conference hotel. An easy way to do this is to find a roommate to split the bill. If you're interested in finding a roommate, just post a reply and look each other up in the Member Directory.

History of Computing Prominent at 3 Societies Conference

The 2008 Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS (aka 3 Societies) held at Keble College, Oxford in July was the site of several talks and sessions of interest to SIGCIS.

Michael S. Mahoney has passed away

Renowned historian, and friend and colleague of many SIGCIS members, Michael S. Mahoney, died last night. Further information, including UPDATES, is posted below.

UPDATE 7/28/08: Times of Trenton published an obituary, "Princeton University loses a 'master teacher'". The Times article relays Angela Creager's apt summary of Mike's gifts as a teacher.

Call for Syllabi

One of the missions of SIGCIS is to create a repository of history of computing syllabi. The subject is taught all over the world, but there's not enough interaction between those who teach it. What better way to start than to share the syllabi we've developed?

If you would like to contribute yours to the collection here, just email it to

SHOT Deadline is June 30

If you want preferential rates for registering for SHOT, you need to register before June 30.

Tom Haigh writes:

Hello everyone,

SHOT registration time is rolling around -- rather earlier than usual this year. Must be the Germanic efficiency of the organizers. Registration is online for the first time this year.


Old computer journals available

Zachary Schrag (George Mason Univ.) is giving away many volumes of the Communications of the ACM and Computing Reviews. Below, I've reposted his message (originally from H-SCI-MED-TECH).

Subject: Old computer journals available
From: "Zachary Schrag"
Date: Sat, January 12, 2008 3:55 am

My stepfather, Robert Fenichel, is cleaning out his Washington, D.C.,
basement and would like to know if anyone wants the following
computer journals:

GenBank at 25 Celebration at NIH

The GenBank database is turning 25 this year and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will be holding a major celebration on April 7-8, 2008. The mood of the event seems to be quite triumphal. Speakers include J. Craig Venter, Sydney Brenner, Francis Collins, and Elias Zerhouni. The event is open to all but registration is required. See:

Commodore 64 turns 25

To mark a quarter-century of C64 history, has posted "Commodore 64 still loved after all these years" as its headline story (12/07/2007). The article also mentions the Computer History Museum's celebration of the anniversary, which will be held on 12/10/2007.

Encyclopedia of American Technology (ABC-CLIO) is looking for entries

ABC-CLIO has circulated a few messages asking for contributors to its upcoming Encyclopedia of American Technology, edited by Dr. Ed Pershey of the Western Reserve Historical Society. I've posted their H-SCI-MED-TECH call for entries below.

Subject: Encyclopedia of American Technology
From: "Steven Danver"
Date: Wed, November 14, 2007 7:28 pm
(Distributed on H-SCI-MED-TECH on 11/14/2007)


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