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Academic Update

Volume 1, Issue 11          June 17, 2011

Biomedical Informatics Becomes a STEM Program

Biomedical Informatics is in the list of the fields that have been recently added to the STEM designated degree programs by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE). SBMI students on F-1 visa are now eligible to apply for additional Optional Practical Training period of time of 17 months following the first 12 months all F-1 students qualify for. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of International Affairs. The OPT STEM Extensions information and Request Form can be found on the UTHealth International Office’s website.

Job Opportunities at SBMI

SBMI currently have a postdoctoral position and a research assistant position open for applications. The successful postdoc candidate will work with the NIH-funded biomedical informatics component of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research. The research assistant will help with a veterinary informatics project. His or her job will be focusing on the handling of survey instrument and the data collection and analysis. For more information, please visit the SBMI job opportunities website.

Follow Us on SBMI Twitter  

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Follow us on SBMI Twitter @UTHealth_SBMI for the latest news in Health Informatics, upcoming conferences/webinars, and SBMI news/updates.

Visit the SBMI Job Opportunities webpage and follow us on SBMI Twitter @SBMI_Jobs to read any job announcements you might be interested in.

Interview with Dr. Scott Erdley in Second Life

While being interviewed by Dr. Juliana Brixey from the School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth in Second Life, Dr. Scott Erdley shared his thoughts and insights about this innovative immersive technology.

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Dr. Erdley has professional interests in the areas of nursing information, information seeking, and use of high-fidelity simulation in education and health care informatics. His current and past research projects include studies of nursing information and knowledge development. Dr. Erdley has taught classes about health care informatics as well as the intersection of technology and care in acute care environments to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Erdley has an interest in the ethics in SL.

Dr. Erdley holds the position of Special Projects Simulation Education Specialist at the Behling Simulation Center, University at Buffalo, SUNY. He is co-author of a book chapter titled "Emerging Technologies and the Generation of Knowledge," included in Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge.

Subscribe to the SBMI Tutorials YouTube Channel

Have problems logging into Moodle or enrolling in a Moodle course? Don't know how to set up your microphone correctly in Second Life? Subscribe to the SBMI Tutorial YouTube channel for the answers to these and any other questions you might have about distance education technologies. To subscribe, please click here.

We update our tutorials regularly to cover any questions SBMI instructors and students have. If you have any requests for a specific video tutorial, please send an e-mail to

Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate

The School of Biomedical Informatics is now an institutional member of the Sloan Consortium, which gives our faculty access and discounts to resources dedicated to quality online learning. Faculty now have access to research, effective practices, practitioner documents and survey reports, as well as discounts to online faculty development workshops and face-to-face conferences.

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The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education. The Sloan-C Certificate prepares educators to teach and improve online courses using Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education. The certificate consists of a 9-week foundation course and a variety of electives or learning specializations that focus on improving overall competency within a specific area of academic focus. Participants achieve a Sloan-C Certificate by completing 3 chosen electives. Specializations will be cited on the candidate’s certificate of completion. 

We highly recommend our faculty members take this opportunity to register for the Sloan-C Certificate program. Next 2011 sessions will be offered September 7th – November 11th. For more information, please click here.

If you are interested in the program please speak with Dr. Vogler.

June/July Important Dates

Summer 2011 session 1st 6-week:

July 1     Last class day
July 1     Last day to drop course & receive grade of “WP” or “WF”
July 5     Final exams

Summer 2011 session 2nd 6-week:

June 13 – July 5   Course registration
July 6                   Class begins
July 6 – July 11    Late registration

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