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Academic Update

Volume 2, Issue 4          Novemeber 18, 2011

Spring 2012 Registration is Now Open!

The spring 2012 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 Spring 2012 Course Offerings

SBMI Spring 2012 Textbook List

Registration is open now for the School of Biomedical Informatics.

Open registration:
Nov. 19 – Jan. 6, 2012; payment due: Jan. 6
Late Registration: Jan. 9 – Jan. 13, 2012 ($15 late fee)
Add/Drop: Jan. 17 – Jan. 25, 2012

Zoomerang Course Survey

The office of Academic Affairs distributes and collects instructor and course surveys at the end of each semester to evaluate faculty’s teaching performance. Beginning from this semester, the online survey will use Zoomerang software that is not associated with Moodle, results will be anonymous. Your instructors will not get the survey results until after grades are submitted. We highly encourage every student to take the opportunity to evaluate the courses and instructors.

Course Survey Pic

Three weeks before the end of the semester, you will receive a survey e-mail from Zoomerang. If you are taking more than one course this semester, you will receive multiple e-mails. Please follow the link(s) in the e-mail to finish the survey(s). Let’s work together to enhance our teaching and learning experience. Thank you for your cooperation and input.

SBMI Solicits Students' Feedback on
Tuition & Fees Proposal for FY13-14

As part of the annual UT system process, UTHealth is currently reviewing tuition and fees for FY13-14 for all the schools, including SBMI.  The school leadership has reviewed tuition and fees for a number of other schools of biomedical informatics to analyze our costs.  SBMI tuition/fees continue to be well below other schools/programs.  That said, we have strived to keep our costs affordable. 

After much research and discussion, we propose to keep our tuition unchanged for FY13-14 so as to continue to make SBMI one of the most affordable biomedical informatics programs in the nation. However, in order to provide the highest quality information technology and support, we do propose to post a "technology fee" of $200 per semester (or $400 annually) per student. The fee will allow us to continue to provide cutting-edge information technology, including software, hardware, and technical support, for our students. Items top on our list for using the new fee include licenses for Second Life (extensively used in our Applied MS program and being gradually adopted by more faculty), Endnote for students, Turnitin, and our high-quality distance education staff support. Without the additional funds, these items, which are essential to our academic program, will likely be compromised. The proposal is not yet final, and we are soliciting students' feedback. Your opinions and feedback are essential to the process. 

Please send your feedback to Toby Berster (, your fellow student and SBMI’s representative to UTHealth Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC). We appreciate your consideration of this proposal.

AMIA 2011 DVD  

Missed some sessions of AMIA 2011 that you wish you had not missed? Or missed AMIA 2011 entirely? Now you can experience what you missed and recap what you heard with the AMIA 2011 DVD-ROM. The DVD-ROM contains crystal-clear audio recordings of 114 sessions including presentations and Q&A. The school has purchased a copy so our students can share. The DVD-ROM has not yet arrived, but stay tuned. We will let you know as soon as it arrives. In the meantime, to check out the complete AMIA 2011 program click here.

AMIA Symposium

YouTube Series: Meet the Faculty

If the video does not appear, please click here.

Want to know more about our faculty and their respective area of research? Now you have the opportunity! Check out our “Meet the Faculty” YouTube video series. This month we are featuring Sriram Iyengar, Ph.D.

Fall '11 Poster Presentation

It is time for the Poster Session again! If you have done a project or multiple projects during the Fall 2011 semester, you are welcome to attend the poster session and present your work to an audience of peers and faculty.

Location: 14th floor of the UCT Building
Time: Monday, December 12, 4-6 p.m.

For those who have never attended a poster session, please check the Poster 101 page for more information. For those who cannot come to Houston for the poster session, we provide the option of doing virtual poster presentation in Second Life. Please send an e-mail to if you are interested in presenting your work virtually.

Lex Frieden Employment Award

Lex FriedenSBMI Professor Lex Frieden, MA, LLD (hon) was interviewed on KUHF 88.7 FM by Business Reporter Andrew Schneider for a story about the Led Frieden Employment Award. The annual employment awards were recently renamed after disability rights champion and independent living movement leader Lex Frieden, one of the architects of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Each year during the month of October (National Disability Employment Awareness Month), a local committee in Texas hosts the Annual Employment Awards Ceremony, and the winners in each of several categories are introduced to an appreciative audience.

This year’s winners of the Lex Frieden Employment Award are:
PSCI Inc. of Killeen
Johnson Controls of San Antonio
Taco Cabana of Austin
The Laredo Independent School District

To listen to the radio interview, please click here.

December Important Dates

Dec 2              State of the Science & Dissertation papers due to Academic Affairs
Dec 9              Last Class Day
Dec 12            SBMI Poster Session
Dec 12-16       Final Exams
Dec 20            Grades due in UTLink

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