OCTOBER 30, 2019

Meet PaTH: Alice Livshits

Get to know Temple University’s informatics lead, Alice Livshits

Question: What is your role in PaTH and what does it entail?
Alice Livshits:
I am a Research Analyst and System Administrator at Temple University, and I am responsible for collecting CDM data, responding to queries and data curations, installing and upgrading software, etc.

Q: Did you always want to work in IT? If not, what did you originally want to do?
Both of my parents were among the first people to work with computers, IBM-like mainframes. I thought it was very romantic when I was growing up, so I decided to study Automated Management Systems at the Computer Science Department of Polytechnic University of the Republic of Georgia. I’ve worked in IT since I graduated, but later I studied painting and I have an MFA in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
I consider myself a painter, so when I have some free time I paint. It’s not a hobby for me anymore, more like a second job. As for hobbies, I love to travel, read and cook. I enjoy going to the movies. But whatever I do, there is always a question in my mind: can I paint this?

Q: What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
Shortly after graduation I got a fortune cookie saying that I will have a career in healthcare. I didn’t believe it, but here I am almost 30 years later and the majority of my jobs have been in healthcare.

Q: What is your favorite TV show?
I haven’t owned a TV for at least 10 years now, and I have to admit that I don’t watch any shows. The last one I watched was “Flight of Conchords”, so it must be exactly 10 years.

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