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Academic Update

Volume 3, Issue 3          October 22, 2012

Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas Fellowships

CRPIT ImageThe Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research program supports pre-doctoral students who need full-time support and affiliate fellows who need only tuition and expenses. UTHealth students who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in doctoral programs at the School of Public Health, School of Biomedical Informatics, Medical School and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are eligible for the pre-doctoral program. The fellowships may be awarded at admission or to current students who show outstanding promise for research careers in cancer prevention and control.  ICPR also supports a starting class of three full-time supported post-doctoral fellows per year and three affiliate fellows who only need support for tuition, books and travel. The fellows must have a PhD, DrPH, MD or other doctoral degree in a public health, medicine or biomedical informatics related discipline.

Applications for both programs are accepted through Nov. 1, 2012.
>> Pre-doctoral Application
>> Post-doctoral Application

Read more about the pre-doctoral and the post-doctoral programs

Student Scholarship Awardees

Six students were awarded $1,200 scholarships under the James T. and Nancy Beamer Willerson Endowed Scholarship and the Doris Ross Scholarship Fund. The Willerson scholarship awardees were J. Caleb Goodwin and Ning Shang. The Ross scholarship awardees were Jennifer Gardner, Claire Loe, Melissa Resnick and Jodie Condon.

Congratulations students! Keep up the hard work.

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New Grants Awarded to SBMI Faculty

Hongbin Wang, PhD, received an $1 million award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (via subcontract through UT El Paso) to research cyber trust and suspicion. Cyberspace security is a technological issue as well as a human-social issue. Unfortunately, the significant role of human factors in cyberspace security—including the processes and impacts of human operations—has not been fully recognized or understood. The goal for this project is to systematically examine the nature of human trust and suspicion behavior in cyber space, demonstrate how trust and suspicion behavior may fundamentally affect cyber security with humans in the loop and develop a biologically inspired, psychological plausible and computationally sound account for cyber trust and suspicion.  

Jiajie Zhang, PhD, and Amy Franklin, PhD, received the official Notice of Grant Award for the $1.9 million Opportunistic Decision Making, Information Needs, and Workflow in Emergency Care project from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  The broad, long-term objective of the project is to study information management and decision making in the Emergency Department and develop interventions to reduce cognitive burden, improve communication and reduce error. EDs in hospitals are high workload, information intensive, time sensitive, interruption laden, multitasking, error-prone and life-critical environments. Managing information needs and supporting clinical decision making is of great consequence for patient safety and healthcare quality. The project will focus on opportunistic decision making, which is an unplanned switching in the middle of a task or across multiple tasks. In high risk settings such as the ED, it can lead to suboptimal performance and medical errors.

AMIA Board of Directors Election

Amia logoSBMI Professor Dean Sitting, PhD, is running to be one of the four AMIA Directors (out of eight nominees).  An email was sent to all eligible voting members announcing the opening of the voting (Sept. 21). If you did not receive the email and are an AMIA member, contact Kristin Schelin to request the information. Official election results will be announced during the State of the Association Meeting held at the AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium on Nov. 6.

Read more about the AMIA Elections

Associate Professor Honored by Local Nursing Group

Julie BrixeyJulie Brixey, RN, PhD, will be recognized as one of the 20 outstanding nurses of 2012 at the 22nd annual nursing celebration by the Texas Nurses Association District Nine at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Westin Houston, Memorial City. The nursing celebration honors nurses in the Houston area who have been nominated by their colleagues, friends and family because of their contributions to the nursing field. A judging panel reviews the nominations and selects the 20 outstanding nurses based on multiple criteria, including expertise in professional practice, TNA Logoservices as a professional role model, contributions to the quality of health care and commitment to the profession of nursing.

Read the full article
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Interim Dean Featured in Healthcare IT News Cover Story

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Jiajie Zhang, PhD, SBMI Professor and Interim Dean, was featured in the October issue of Healthcare IT News in an article about EHR usability. Zhang is the principle investigator of the Office of the National Coordinator’s SHARPC initiative, which provides leadership in patient-centered cognitive support research and applications in healthcare. A key focus of the SHARPC program is usability along with workflow and cognitive support.

Read the HIT News article

New SBMI Employees

Four new members joined SBMI on Oct. 15.  Hua Xu, PhD, is a new Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Computational Biomedicine.  Xu came from Vanderbilt University and brought with him Yonghui Wu, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow, and Min Jiang, a programmer. Their temporary offices are in Suite 690, and they will move up to the eighth floor once the renovation is complete.

Kristie Ezell also joined SBMI on Oct. 15. Ezell is the new Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs. Stop by the new office at Suite 650 to meet the newest addition to the Academic Affairs team.

We look forward to working with all of the new employees. Welcome to SBMI!

Important Dates

Oct 25               TMC Student Social @ Trevisio from 4p to 6p
Oct 26               Final dissertation defense materials due (PhD graduates only)
Nov 3-7             AMIA Annual Symposium, Chicago Hilton, Booth 710
Nov 5                 Final installment payment due
Nov 9                 Last day to defend dissertation (PhD graduates only)

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