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Academic Update

Volume 2, Issue 5          December 13, 2011

Time for Course Evaluation

Your input counts! If you are taking courses this fall semester, please take a few minutes to fill out the course and instructor evaluation form(s). You should have received an e-mail from Zoomerang on December 9th about the access information. If you are taking more than one course this semester, you should have received multiple e-mails. Please follow the link(s) in the e-mail to finish the evaluation(s).

Zoomerang is not associated with Moodle so results are anonymous. We highly encourage every student to take the opportunity to evaluate the courses and instructors. Let’s work together to enhance our teaching and learning experience. Thank you for your cooperation and input.

Geriatric Interdisciplinary Student Competition

All SBMI graduate students are invited to participate in the 2012 Annual Geriatric Interdisciplinary Student Competition. This team competition will involve working on an interdisciplinary team to assess and analyze the needs of community-dwelling elders and make appropriate recommendations regarding community service resource allocations. The experience will require a minimum of 24 hours of commitment over 3 months’ time. All students will receive a certificate of participation and a medallion with a ribbon in their school colors to wear at graduation. Students may also register for independent study credit with a faculty member from their discipline.

Check the flyer and participation form for more details.

YouTube Series: Meet the Faculty

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Want to know more about our faculty and their respective areas of research? Now you have the opportunity! Check out our “Meet the Faculty” YouTube video series. This month we are featuring Trevor Cohen, MBHcD, MD, PhD.

Check New Job Postings on LinkedIn

SBMI JobsThe School of Biomedical Informatics regularly posts new job opportunities, available within the TMC as well as nationwide, on LinkedIn. The purpose is to bring awareness to the booming employment opportunities in the fields related to biomedical informatics. Check our SBMI LinkedIn group page for details of the following job openings.

  • Harris County Hospital District at Houston, TX: Associate Medical Director of Informatics
  • The Catholic University of America: Clinical Assistant Professor with possibility for tenure-track appointment
  • University of Virginia: Health Care Systems Engineering tenure-track faculty openings at all levels

If you are not yet part of the LinkedIn network, you should sign up for your free account today and join the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics Alumni Organization.

Please click here and choose “Join Group.”

YouTube Video: Research at SBMI

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Dr. Amy Franklin, SBMI Assistant Professor, discusses her research with the METI Human Patient Simulator.

Recording and Podcasting Your Course Semester

Panopto, a recording platform provided by the School of Biomedical Informatics, has been used widely by instructors for live class session recordings. The recorded class sessions can be posted to the Moodle courses automatically as audio or video podcasts. Students who were not able to attend classes and wanted to review the archived class sessions showed interest in this alternative way of distance learning delivery methods and gave positive feedback.

Panopto RecorderWe will continue to provide this service during the coming Spring 2012 semester. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Upon receipt of your request, we will set up an account for you and set up a folder for your class. We will provide training and assistance, if needed.

Please note that if you plan to use Panopto for recording or use Adobe Connect Pro for teaching, you will need to reserve the mic system in advance. Please contact Marcos Hernandez for reservation requests.

Happy New Year

We want to take this opportunity to wish all our students, faculty, and staff a productive new year. Thank you all for your hard work.

Happy holidays!

January Important Dates

Jan 6              Tuition & Fee Payment Due
Jan 9              Spring Classes Begin
Jan 9-13         Late Registration
Jan 16            Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan 17-25       Add/Drops - for students already registered
Jan 25            Application for Spring Graduation

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