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Academic Update

Volume 1, Issue 6          January 28, 2011

Virtual Self

“In this world of new media, people spend a lot of time interacting with digital versions of one another.”
--Jeremy Bailenson

As a virtual identity, your avatar can affect how you are in the real world. The following NSF News story features research studies conducted by the Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) at Stanford University about avatars to affect on human’s behaviors in different ways.

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Getting Started with Second Life  

SL imageYou might be new to Second Life and do not know where to start. The school of Biomedical Informatics provides a series of tutorials to help you start your journey in Second Life. You will learn how to join Second Life, how to communicate in Second Life, and other useful skills.

Joining Second Life
Communication in Second Life
Basic Skills in Second Life

If you need further assistance please e-mail SBMI Distance Education.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (Fall 2011)

NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic goals and missions. This call for graduate fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. Universities on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue Master’s (e.g., M.S.) or Doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions. Selected canditates will perform graduate student research both on their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and, in the future, also at nonprofit U.S. Research and Development (R&D) laboratories. For more details, please read here. NASA logo

Proposals due: February 23, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET
Announcement of new fellowships: May 18, 2011
Fellowship acceptance deadline: May 27, 2011
Start date of fellowships: August 1, 2011


Join us on SBMI LinkedIn Alumni Network

SBMI LinkedIn pageConnect and network with SBMI alumni through Linkedin. As a social network, LinkedIn attracts more than 8.5 million experienced professionals from around the world representing 130 industries. By joining the network, you increase your visibility and improve your connectability

The School of Biomedical Informatics regularly posts new job opportunities on LinkedIn. Don’t miss the opportunity to view these jobs. If you aren’t already part of the Linkedin network, sign up for your free account today and join the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics Alumni Organization.

Please click here and choose “Join Group.”


Comparative Effectiveness Workshop

You are invited to attend the second workshop in a series designed to promote collaborative interaction. The Comparative Effectiveness Workshop will define Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), identify funding opportunities, and provide an overview of the different types of CER. The talks will address a wide variety of CER topics and methods and be relevant to basic scientists, clinical investigators, and others.

All students, faculty, and staff from all UTHealth Schools are invited to attend on Thursday, February 3, 2011 in MSB 2.135 from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Scheduled speakers are John Tyson - Center for Clinical Research & Evidence Based Medicine, UTHMS; Bruce Kone – Division of Renal Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, UTHMS; James Grotta - Department of Neurology, UTHMS; and Xianglin Du - Department of Epidemiology & Disease Control, UTHSPH.


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