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Academic Update

Volume 7, Issue 10
June 17, 2016

AMIA 10x10 Course Begins August 1

AMIA 10x10Dean and Glassell Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Informatics Excellence Jiajie Zhang, Ph.D. will teach Healthcare Interface Design as part of the AMIA 10x10 program for 2016. The online course, which will focus on EHR, human-computer interaction, human factors and Health IT usability, will be offered from Aug. 1 to Oct. 10, 2016.

The course includes two parts: 11 web-based units that are interactive and taught online plus an intensive half-day optional in-person session held in conjunction with the AMIA Annual Symposium, which will be in Chicago in Nov. of this year.

Visit the AMIA 10x10 website for more information or to register for the course.

Summer 2016 Scholarship Awardees

SBMI would like to congratulate all summer 2016 scholarship recipients and thank all students who took the time to apply.

  • Margolis, Phipps & Wright Charitable Foundation Presidential Scholarship
    • Xiaohan “Shannon" Zhang – M.S. student
  • SBMI Scholarship – Excellence Fund
    • Michael Lugo – Certificate student
    • Avinash Raju – Certificate student
  • Vaughan Transformation & Hope Scholarship
    • Isela De La Cerda – Dual Degree student
    • Stephany Diaz – Dual Degree student
    • Sreedevi Nair – Certificate student
    • Vishnupriya Sridharan – M.S. student
    • Xun Xu – M.S. student
  • Willerson Endowed Scholarship
    • Pratikkumar Chaudhary – M.S. student
    • Jose-Franck Diaz Vasquez – Ph.D. student
    • Alessandra Gonzales – Certificate student
    • Digant Shah – Dual Degree student

SBMI Bragging Points

Members of the SBMI Community have recently achieved noteworthy accomplishments and we want to recognize them.   

  • SBMI M.S. student Vikas Mandadi recently attended Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) after submitting a mobile application and winning a scholarship to attend the conference. WWDC is the annual conference held by Apple to inform the public of key Apple releases and to educate developers on the latest technologies.
  • Xiaohan “Shannon" Zhang, who is also a M.S. student at SBMI, is in Austin this summer working for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Medicaid and CHIP department as a research specialist. She will be developing informatics solutions to promote e-prescribing of controlled substances statewide and the adoption of other Medicaid initiatives among various stakeholders, aiming to improve better quality of care for all Medicaid clients.

If any SBMI alumni or current students want to announce a recent professional accomplishment in a future Academic Update, please share the details with Chelsea Overstreet via email at

Upcoming SBMI Recruiting Events

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

SBMI Recruitment

  • June 26 – 28 – TXHIMA Convention & Expo in Galveston, TX
  • June 26 – 28 – Annual Research Meeting in Boston, MA


  • SBMI Professor Dean Sittig, Ph.D. was quoted in a Reuters article recently that discussed the ability patients have to access their own e-health records.
  • Newswise published a news story this month exploring the UT System Clinical Data Network project SBMI Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Elmer Bernstam, M.D. M.S.E. is spearheading.

Mark Your Calendar

Save the Date

June 20 System-Oriented Approaches for Robust Integrative Analysis of “Omics” Data
Byung-Jun Yoon, Ph.D.
Special Research Seminar at UCT 1414, 12 p.m.
June 22 Towards Metformin Repurposing: Driving Molecular Discovery and Personalized Medicine Opportunities with Pharmacoepidemiology and Translational Bioinformatics
Matthew Breitenstein, Ph.D.
Special Research Seminar at UCT 1414, 12 p.m.
June 23 Why do clinicians know so little about the outcomes of the care they provide - can health data close the gap between clinical practice and performance improvement?
Dr. Tim Shaw
Special Research Seminar at UCT 1414, 12 p.m.
Aug. 15 Summer 2016 Poster Session
UCT 1414, 4 p.m.

Important Dates

June 11 - July 7 MyUTH Registration open - 2nd six week session
July 4 Independence Day - University is closed
July 6 First class day - 2nd six week session
July 6 - 11 Late Registration ($25 late fee due) - 2nd six week session
July 6 - 13 Class add/drop for students already registered - 2nd six week session
July 20 Last day to drop courses & receive grade of 'WP' or 'WF' (may impact GPA) - 2nd six week session

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