BUFFALO, N.Y. – Roughly a dozen high school students are
getting a crash course on how the information age is improving
healthcare and helping Buffalo develop a world-class medical
Part of an annual summer computing workshop, the students
learned how University at Buffalo researcher Norma Nowak uses
supercomputers for genomic research. They learned how
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute studies proteins to
determine what causes diseases.
And on Monday, they’ll learn how researchers and doctors
are applying information and computer science to improve health
care. The students will have a discussion with Peter Winkelstein,
MD, executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Informatics
in UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Media are invited to join the students. Here are the
When: 10:45 a.m. Monday, July 7.
Where: UB’s Center for Computational Research on
the first floor of the New York State Center of Excellence in
Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
The activities are part of UB’s Eric Pitman Annual Summer
Workshop in Computational Science, a two-week long program that
introduces high school science students to the use of computer
modeling and simulation to solve science and engineering
UB’s Center for Computational Research has hosted the
workshop every year since 1999. Since 2007, it has been held in
honor of Eric Pitman, who was a freshman at St. Joseph’s
Collegiate Institute when he passed away in 2007 after a brief
“The workshop immerses students into some of the most
exciting and cutting-edge science that’s happening in their
backyard,” said E. Bruce Pitman, dean of UB’s College
of Arts and Sciences and Eric Pitman’s father. “It also
shows them that opportunities exist here for wonderful careers in
science and engineering.”