SBMI Academic Update - January 2019 - School of Biomedical Informatics
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Academic Update

Volume 9, Issue 5
January 24, 2019

SBMI Hosts Third Annual Health Technology and Policy Speaker Series

On Feb. 26th, SBMI will host the third annual Health Technology & Policy Speaker Series sponsored by Vorys. This year, SBMI will host Kevin Fickenscher, MD, CPE, FACPE, FAAFP, the President/CEO of CREO Strategic Solutions. Dr. Fickenscher will speak on “Embracing the Reformation of Healthcare Through Technology, Transparency, Transformation, and Innovation.”Happy Holidays from the SBMI Community

Photo of Dr. Eric Schneider at SBMI's First Annual Health Technology and Policy Speaker Series in 2017.

The seminar is open to the public and will take place in SBMI’s new building expansion (7000 Fannin St., UCT E-612 & E-614) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served and we hope all from the SBMI Community can attend.

Click here to register.

Spring Semester at SBMI

We hope everyone had a safe holiday season. We want to welcome back all returning SBMI students. To all new SBMI students, we are very happy to have you join the SBMI community here at UTHealth. We are looking forward to a successful spring semester.

Welcome back to school

Now that the semester has started, we want to remind all students to submit their updated, yearly degree or program plans if it has not been completed recently. Please work with your academic advisor to complete the plan and if you have questions, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 713.500.3591 or [email protected] for assistance.

Distance Education Announcements & Reminders for Spring 2019

The spring 2019 semester started on Jan. 14, 2019 and class add/drop via myUTH runs from Jan. 14 to Jan. 30. Please refer to the academic calendar for other important spring semester dates.

Starting this spring semester, on-campus classes will meet in SBMI's new building space. Classroom information for courses offered this semester is on the semester schedule page. Faculty who will use the classrooms this semester can contact [email protected] to schedule a “Classroom Technology Training” session. New and returning students who need their student ID badge activated for access to the new building space should come to the Office of Academic Affairs at UCT E.655.

The Distance Education team would like to remind our students that after adding or dropping a course on myUTH, it may take up to 24 hours for that course enrollment change to take effect in their “Courses” list in Canvas. If your Canvas courses do not match your official enrollment 24 hours after the update in myUTH, please contact [email protected].

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All official SBMI communications, including class related emails, will be sent to students’ UTHealth email address. Enrolled students are required to check their UTH email regularly. Enrolled students are also responsible for making sure their computers and network capabilities meet and exceed the technical requirements for SBMI students in order to complete required coursework at SBMI.

Spring 2019 Scholarship Recipients

SBMI would like to congratulate our recent scholarship winners for spring 2019. We thank all students who applied, as well. These are the recipients:

Doris Ross Scholarship

  • Laila Rasmy Gindy Bekhet – PhD Student

James Turley Endowed Scholarship for Global Health

  • Victoria Kolawole – MS Student
  • Yang Liu – MS Student
  • Ankita Misra – MS Student
  • Carlos Perez-Aldana – PhD Student

James T. Willerson Endowed Scholarship

  • Maryam Garza – PhD Student

Jingchun Sun Scholarship

  • Linda Li – MS Student

Neuosoft Certificate Scholarship

  • Kevin Banks – Certificate Student
  • Stefanie Cavalcanti – Certificate Student
  • Angela Villanueva – Certificate student

SBMI Scholarship Excellence

  • Sridatri Chakraborty – M.S. Student
  • Xinyue Hu – M.S. Student
  • Lisa Thompson – M.S. Student
  • Viralkumar Vaghani – M.S. Student

Important Opportunities for SBMI Students

  • Louisiana State University (LSU) Shreveport invites SBMI students to its 4th Annual Regional Student Scholars Forum to present research. The forum is scheduled for March 15, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the university’s campus in the LSUS University Center. Both oral and poster presentations are accepted and there are no registration fees to participate. For more information, students should contact the LSU Shreveport Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Sanjay Menon, [email protected]. Abstracts are due Feb. 18, 2019.
    • Event website - LSUS Student Scholars Forum 2019
    • Online registration and abstract submission - Student Forum Registration
  • The Houston HIMSS Chapter is accepting student scholarship applications. For eligibility requirements and application materials, students should visit the website. March 1, 2019 is the deadline to apply.

Upcoming SBMI Recruiting Events

SBMI Recruitment

Several SBMI faculty and staff members will be traveling in the coming months to attend conferences to promote our degree programs. We invite any prospective students or alumni in the area to visit us during these events.


  • SBMI’s new building was covered in the Houston Business Journal late last year. Dean Jiajie Zhang, PhD, was also the focus of a TMC News Q&A about the new high-tech space and the future of the industry.
  • Professor James Langabeer, PhD, MBA, was recently interviewed by KTRH Radio and discussed how the mandate for hospitals to post their list prices online is confusing for patients. KODA (Sunny 99.1 Radio) also aired the interview.
  • Dr. Langabeer is also the PI for the HEROES program. He was recently interviewed about the opioid abuse prevention program and the story was aired by KPRC-TV Channel 2 News.


Save the Dates
Jan. 30 Building High-Throughput Three-Dimensional Models of Tissue at the Cellular Level
David Mayerich, PhD
SBMI Research Seminar in UCT E-612 & E-614, 12 p.m.
Feb. 6 Classification for nested data
Jose-Miguel Yamal, PhD
SBMI Research Seminar in UCT E-612 & E-614, 12 p.m.
Feb. 13 Computational ethnography: learning from EHR log data
Deevakar Rogith, PhD
SBMI Research Seminar in UCT E-612 & E-614, 12 p.m
Feb. 20 Pancreatic cancer discovery and detection
Anirban Maitra
SBMI Research Seminar in UCT E-612 & E-614, 12 p.m.
Feb. 26 SBMI Health Technology and Policy Speaker Seminar
UCT E-612 & E-614

Important Dates
Jan. 30 Add/Drop ends in myUTH for students already registered
Feb. 4 Late tuition payment fees are due
Feb. 11 Last Day for reinstatement with $200 fee
Mar. 1 Last day to drop courses & receive grade of WP or WF (May impact GPA)
Mar. 18-22 Spring Break – no classes will be held

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