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Academic Update

Volume 13, Issue 2
October 28, 2022

SBMI Bragging Points

Several members of the SBMI Community have recently earned special recognition or contributed to the informatics community. We want to congratulate those individuals on these accomplishments.

image of MS Alumna Stacy Weil, MS '18
  • Associate Dean for Applied Informatics and Associate Professor Robert Murphy, MD co-authored a newly published Open Forum Infectious Diseases article. The researchers focused on "whether in-hospital mortality was impacted by the community surge of COVID-19."
image of Open Forum Infectious Diseases article

Join us at the SBMI AMIA22 Mixer in Washington, DC

If you are attending the AMIA22 Annual Symposium next month, please attend the SBMI AMIA22 Mixer on Monday, Nov. 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM EST.

We encourage all attendees to RSVP if they plan to attend the SBMI Mixer.

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Upcoming Opportunities for SBMI Students

  • Healthcare Machine Learning Challenge

In partnership with Providence St. Joseph Health and the Association for Health Learning and Inference (AHLI), Nightingale OS is excited to announce their first data challenge. They invite researchers from around the world to compete and collaborate on Nightingale’s 70,000+ digital pathology dataset to predict new signals of breast cancer. Nov. 14, 2022 is the deadline to apply. Click here for more information.

  • NCHS/AcademyHealth Data Visualization Challenge

Apply today for an exciting opportunity to illustrate and communicate critical public health issues using public use file data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and non-NCHS public use data. As part of the NCHS/AcademyHealth Data Visualization Challenge, competing graduate students will create interactive or static data visualizations that address social determinants of health and discuss new information provided by the graphic.

The top two teams (individuals or teams of up to 3 people plus a mentor) can choose to either receive complimentary registration to attend the 2023 Health Datapalooza, or an equivalent monetary award. Earn greater visibility as a researcher in the fields of public health and data science and submit your application before the Nov. 14th deadline.

Professor Todd Johnson, PhD will serve as an advisor for any students interested in participating. You can contact him for information or learn more at

  • HIMSS Emerging Healthcare Leaders Poster Proposals

HIMSS is currently accepting proposals to present Emerging Healthcare Leaders Posters during HIMSS23 in Chicago, IL. You are encouraged to apply if you have conducted research on an innovative idea, trailblazing technology, or disruptive development to advance the use of health information and technology. Please contact with any questions. Proposals will be accepted through Nov. 14, so apply today.

  • JAMIA Student Editorial Board (SEB)

JAMIA is seeking applications from biomedical informatics trainees for positions on the Student Editorial Board (SEB). Applicants must be current members of AMIA. The JAMIA SEB has provided outstanding informatics trainees with opportunities to receive in-depth exposure to the peer-review process and the operation of a scientific journal. Additional details about this program may be found in a published editorial in JAMIA or you can contact Associate Professor Kirk Roberts, PhD ( Application deadline is Nov. 29, 2022.


  • Professor Lex Frieden, MA, was quoted in a MedPage Today story about how doctors with disabilities are mistreated more often by patients.
  • Professor Jim Langabeer, PhD was interviewed by FOX 26 News last month. He discussed the fentanyl crisis in Houston and how UTHealth Houston’s HEROES program helps those struggling with opioid addiction.
  • Last month, Dr. Langabeer was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle to explore large-scale issues within America’s health care system.
  • Dr. Langabeer also spoke to Houston Chronicle this month about Optum’s recent purchase of Kelsey-Seybold, and about the large impact of The University of Texas at Austin’s NARCAN program amid the nationwide opioid crisis.


Important Dates

Nov. 2 Research Seminar by Xiaoxuan Cai, PhD
“Causal inference for multivariate time series in the application of mobile health”
12 PM CDT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor (UCT E-612 & E-614)
Nov. 7 SBMI AMIA22 Mixer - RSVP
5 PM EST at Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Nov. 9 Research Seminar presentation by PhD Students Ivan Coronado and Yuntao Yang
12 PM CDT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor (UCT E-612 & E-614)
Nov. 16 Research Seminar presentation by PhD Student Jeritt Thayer “Improving Health System Integration by Uncovering Health Data Attributes”
12 PM CDT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor (UCT E-612 & E-614)
Nov. 30 Research Seminar presentation by Shaun Grannis, MD, MS
12 PM CDT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor (UCT E-612 & E-614)

Important Dates

Nov. 4 Last day to drop with a withdrawal grade of “W” Must process drop form
Nov. 4 Last day to apply for fall 2022 graduation in myUTH
Nov. 4 DHI & PhD - Last day to defend translational project or dissertation
Nov. 4 DHI& PhD - Final translational project or dissertation drafts to Advising Committee for review
Nov. 16 Spring 2023 registration opens in myUTH
Nov. 24 & 25 Thanksgiving Holiday – University is closed