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Academic Update

Volume 1, Issue 12          July 25, 2011

Moodle Migration - Backup Your Courses

SBMI Faculty and Students, Moodle

The School of Biomedical Informatics will upgrade its Moodle course management system to Moodle 2.0 this August. The new Moodle will have a new URL and will contain a clean copy of every online course migrated from the current Moodle. The course category will still be ordered by semesters beginning from Fall 2011.

To access courses offered before Fall 2011 semester, students and faculty will need to log in to the old Moodle ( All the courses before the current fiscal year (before Fall 2010) will be archived and then purged from the old Moodle after migration.

We highly encourage you to begin to copy and save any content and resources that you want to save for future reference. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

What has the Office of Academic Affairs been up to?

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Office of Academic Affairs
School of Biomedical Informatics
7000 Fannin, Suite 800
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713-500-3591
Fax: 713-500-0360

Fall 2011 Registration Now Open!

The Fall 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 Fall 2011 Course Offerings
SBMI Fall 2011 Textbook List

Regular registration: July 23 – Aug. 26; payment due: Aug. 26
Late Registration: Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 ($15 late fee)

Tuition and Fees  

The Registrar’s Office has posted new tuition and fee schedules for the 2011 – 2012 academic year. Please go to and select School of Biomedical Informatics from the lists of academic programs.  Fall 2011 and spring 2012 are grouped together; summer 2012 is shown separately.

Request Your Alumni E-Mail

AlumniAs alumni members, you can now have a life-long UTHealth alumni e-mail address with the format of New graduates may request their alumni e-mail addresses at graduation time. If you have graduated, send an e-mail to the Office of Academic Affairs to request one. Please join our alumni e-mail list to network with other alumni.

Second Life Workflow Simulation

Gathering in the SBMI Ambulatory Care Clinic, students from the SBMI Applied M.S. program watched a simulated workflow for new patient medical history. SBMI faculty members acted as new patient, receptionist, medical assistant, and medical doctor.

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Cooperative Robots That Learn

Basing their strategy for robot language on the structure of human languages, the researchers at the University of Delaware are designing cooperative robots that can operate autonomously and communicate with each other in dangerous situations, such as in a fire or at a disaster site. To read more and view the video, click here.

Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate

Illness PredictionWith more and more people turning to outlets like Facebook and Twitter to update their friends and followers when they get sick, there is now an immense amount of real-time data available on the health of our population. Sickweather's robust algorithm filters and qualifies this data from several public sources (including its own online community) and cross references them with location tags to produce real time "weather maps" of reported symptoms. This information is then used to forecast the movement of everything from stomach bugs to chronic illness and other sickness, including depression.

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