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Academic Update

Volume 1, Issue 2          September 17, 2010

SBMI in Second Life

The academic sessions undertaken in Second Life are starting to get off the ground. Within a month of announcing the establishment of SBMI Second Life virtual campus we have welcomed 87 members to our Second Life group. Among them 69 are students. Three faculty members have implemented Second Life in their teaching activities, which include virtual lectures, chat sessions, and group discussions. We are aiming to create a SBMI Community within Second Life and welcome you to join in our group. If you wish to join our group please e-mail your real name and avatar’s name to

SBMI in SL Images

New Logo, New Program & New Brochure  

Do you know what educational programs SBMI offers? As the first school in the country devoted exclusively to graduate programs in health informatics, the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston offers certificate programs, Master of Science in Health Informatics (on campus and at a distance), Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics (beginning Spring 2011), Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics, and dual degree programs with the School of Public Health.

Please check out the new brochures and distribute them to your friends, colleagues, and anyone who might be interested in our programs. The brochures will be available on our website soon.

Cognitive Informatics Brochure Cognitive Informatics Brochure Inside

Study Biomedical Informatics in Brazil

Brazilian StudentsWe are happy to have eight students from Brazil joining us this semester. They will stay in Houston during the fall semester and take courses at SBMI. These students are recipients of the USA-Brazil consortium for biomedical informatics education grant. The grant program is jointly administered by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the Brazilian Ministry of Education, which provide grants for up to four years of consortia of at least two academic institutions each from Brazil and the United States. Read more...

There are opportunities for up to four UTHealth students with an interest in Biomedical Informatics to travel to Brazil. If you are interested in this grant program please e-mail Dr. Sriram Iyengar at for more information.
SBMI Student Photo Contest

As a student in SBMI you are welcome to participate in a photo contest to win a kindle or a $50 Amazon gift card. The theme of the contest is a day in the life of a biomedical informatics student. Please document what you do as a student on a daily basis through photos. You can use your own digital camera or pick up a free disposable camera from the school (see time listed below). All disposable cameras and photos are due by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 24.

FREE Disposable Camera Pick Up Dates/Time:
Monday, September 20
3:00-4:00 PM
UCT 610C

Tuesday, September 21
10:00-11:00 AM
UCT 610C

The most creative photo (limited to one person) will be judged by a small group of faculty and staff, and the winner will receive a Kindle. The most popular photos (limited to two individuals) will be judged by students, faculty, staff, and friends on Facebook. Photos will be uploaded to the SBMI Facebook page and the top two photos with the most votes (likes in facebook) will win. Winners of the Most Popular category will receive a $50 Gift Card.

Please click here for more details.

Student Community Service Learning Mini-Grants

The John P. McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics is currently accepting proposals from UTHealth students who wish to develop mentored community service learning projects. Applications will be accepted from September 2010 through September 2011. The award will be up to $500.

To be considered for funding, projects must include the following:

  • A UTHealth faculty or community mentor
  • Collaboration between UTHealth and one or more community organizations
  • Stated objectives as to how the project reflects an approach to community service learning
  • A realistic work flow, time frame, and budget
  • Documented hours of service, number of beneficiaries, and hours spent in mentorship activities
  • Preparation of reflections and cumulative report.

For additional information please visit their website at or e-mail

Important Dates to Remember

Last day to drop classes for fall is October 15. You can do it through UT Link:

Fall poster session is Monday, December 13, 4-6 pm

Students planning to graduate Fall 2010 must submit an application to graduate with the Registrar's Office.

All State of the Science and Dissertations submissions are due Friday, December 3, 2010 to the Office of Academic Affairs.

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