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Academic Update

Volume 1, Issue 9          April 18, 2011

Congratulations, SBMI Graduates!

The School of Biomedical Informatics’ 2011 commencement is scheduled for Thursday, May 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the UT Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases Beth Robertson Auditorium. We welcome all faculty, students, and friends and family of the SBMI graduates to attend this special event.

Please join us to congratulate the following students who received their Master’s or PhD degrees and will walk this May. May your new path take you where you want to go and bring you pleasant surprises!

Master’s Students

Summer 2010 Graduates

Fall 2010

Spring 2011 Graduates

Jeffrey Claassen

LaRaun Lindsey

Devadatta Tata

Carlos Andres Garcia

Himali Saitwal

Marla Daves

Sharyn Smalls

Stephen Jones

John D’Amore


Circe Tsui

Nnaemeka Okafor



Pamela Bozza-Silva



Nancy Tucker

Doctoral Students


Fall 2010 Graduates

Spring 2011 Graduates

Curtis Kennedy

Mary McGuire

Min Zhu

Arunkumar Srinivasan


Roxana Maffei

Time for Course Evaluations  

Your input counts! If you are taking courses this semester, please take a few minutes to fill out the course and instructor evaluation form(s) in Moodle. The form(s) can be found in your course's home section. The questionnaire is anonymous, and instructors will get results only after grades are submitted. We appreciate your feedback.



Ready for the Spring Poster Presentation?

Please join us for the Spring Poster Session and Reception.

Date: May 2, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6: 00 p.m.
Location: 14th Floor, UCT Building

Applied Master’s Program Virtual Poster Session
Date: May 3, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Second Life Gallery Garden (virtual)

We hope you'll take advantage of this great opportunity to share your research interest with your instructors and fellow students and discuss topics of interest with them.

If you plan to present your work, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs:

7000 Fannin, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77030
Tel: (713) 500-3591

You can stop by UCT 800 to pick up your poster board before the Poster Session day.

Information Visualization

Information visualization focuses on the creation of approaches for conveying abstract information in intuitive ways. Using various visualization tools, students from the Applied Master’s Program compared the relationship between five electronic records. Join us to view a YouTube video of Dr. Julie Brixey’s avatar explaining what information visualization is and how it can be used in health informatics.

If the video is not displaying properly, please click here.

Want to keep up on the latest SBMI news? Now you have a channel to do it! Subscribe to the UTHealth SBMI YouTube channel for the latest news about the school. New SBMI videos will be posted biweekly. Whether it is about our faculty or students at national conferences or innovative teaching and learning technologies, you will know about it first. To subscribe, please visit the following link.

If you would like to have a video produced about your course, program or research, please contact SBMI Distance Education.

Recording and Podcasting Your Course Next Semester

More and more instructors used Panopto, a recording platform provided by the School of Biomedical Informatics, to record their live class sessions this semester. The recorded class sessions are posted to their Moodle courses automatically as audio or video podcasts. Students who were not able to attend classes and wanted to review the archived class sessions showed interest in this alternative distance learning delivery method and gave positive feedback.

We will continue to provide this service in the coming Summer 2011 semester. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Upon your request, we will set up an account for you and set up a folder for your class. We will provide training and assistance, if needed.

Please note that if you plan to use Panopto for recording or use Adobe Connect Pro for teaching, you will need to reserve the wireless microphone system in advance. Please contact our A/V technician Marcos Hernandez ( for reservation requests.

Summer 2011 Registration Now Open!

The Summer 2011 Schedule of Classes is currently available on the Registrar’s website. You can also check the SBMI website for the course offerings and textbook information.

SBMI Summer 2011 Course Offerings
SBMI Summer 2011 Textbook List

All summer sessions registration is now open for the School of Biomedical Informatics.

Early registration (SBMI): A-D, Apr. 18; E-J, Apr. 22; K-O, Apr. 20;
P-T, Apr. 21; U-Z, Apr. 19
Regular registration: Apr. 23 – May 20; payment due: May 20
Late Registration: May 23 – May 26 ($15 late fee)

Second 6 weeks session registration: Jun. 13 – July 5; payment due: July 5
Second 6 weeks Summer session late registration: July 6 – July 11

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