McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics Monthly Message - October 2023 - Monthly Message Newsletter - News - $
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Monthly Message

Volume 14, Issue 2
October 26, 2023

McWilliams Bragging Points

Members of our McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics Community have recently achieved noteworthy accomplishments. We want to recognize and applaud these individuals.

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  • Associate Dean Susan Fenton, PhD has earned a new title. Effective Nov. 1, she will be the first Vice Dean for Education at McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics. For more information, visit our website.
  • Edward Yao, MS '17 successfully defended his Translational Project defense earlier this month. Edward began his academic journey at the school in 2015 as an Undergraduate Accelerated Master’s (4+1) program student and he is now earning his DHI degree.
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    • Two staff members at the Center for Quality Health IT Improvement (CQHII) and one McWilliams Student were recently honored with an American Heart Association Quality Outpatient Award. The staff members collaborated with a team from the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health on a project for the Target: BP program.
    • Pictured in the photo: (l-r) McWilliams MS Student and project GRA Jabria Pittman, CQHII staff members Tracy Swoboda and Alexa Poole, Sr. Project Manager Roshanda Chenier, EdD, and Co-PI William Perkison, MD.
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McWilliams hosts a Halloween Party

The entire McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics community is invited to attend the school’s Halloween Party from 11:30 AM to 1 PM (CT) on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Wear your costume and join us for some scary fun.

Photo of McWilliams Halloween Party 2023

If you cannot attend in-person, there is a Teams meeting for virtual partygoers. We hope to see you there!

Academic Updates – Degree Plan
Holds and Withdrawal Deadline

Spring 2024 course registration will open on Nov. 15th. As McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics students prepare to enroll for the next semester, please note that Degree Plan Holds have been placed on many student accounts. As such, plan accordingly when submitting your completed degree plan to the Office of Academic Affairs. Remember that degree plans must include your student name, student ID number, all courses (including planned or completed), semesters and years of enrollment, grades earned (if applicable), student signature, and faculty advisor signature.

The last day to withdraw from a McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics course is Friday, Nov. 3rd. Note that after that date, students can no longer be issued a W grade for fall 2023. All Withdrawal forms must be completed and submitted by 5 PM CT on Nov. 3rd. The required form is available online: Drop/Withdrawal Form (pdf) (Docusign).

As a reminder, utilizing DocuSign for your degree plan and/or Withdrawal form is the fastest way to get the document signed. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Join us for the annual AMIA Mixer

If you are planning to attend the AMIA 2023 Annual Symposium from Nov. 11-15 in New Orleans, we invite you to attend our annual McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics Mixer.

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We will host the event at Fulton Alley on Monday, Nov. 13th from 5 to 7 PM. We will provide light bites and drink tickets. Don’t forget to come prepared for some bowling fun!

RSVP Today!

McWilliams In The News
  • Professor Dean Sittig, PhD, talked to CT Mirror in Connecticut about hospitals recovering from cyberattacks.
Upcoming Events

Oct. 31 McWilliams Halloween Party
11:30 AM CT at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(near the staircase)
Nov. 1 Research Seminar presentation by PhD Students Yiming Li & Zehan Li
12 PM CT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(UCT E-618)
Nov. 4 Student InterCouncil (SIC) Annual Sports Day
10 AM to 2 PM CT at the Auxiliary Enterprises Recreation Center Fields, 1832 West Road
Nov. 8 Research Seminar presentation by PhD Students Bingyu Mao & Sheikh Muhammad Saiful Islam
12 PM CT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(UCT E-618)
Nov. 13 McWilliams Mixer at AMIA Symposium
5 to 7 PM CT at Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton Street,
New Orleans, LA
Nov. 15 Research Seminar presentation by PhD Students Yan Chu & Yanfei Wang
12 PM CT online and at 7000 Fannin Street, 6th floor
(UCT E-618)
Nov. 28 Registration Exploration for Spring 2024
4 PM CT via Zoom (pre-registration is not required)

Visit our website for a full list of research seminar dates and access to recordings for past seminars.

Important Dates

Oct. 27 Last day to submit Change of Academic Plan
Nov. 3 Last day to drop with a withdrawal grade of “W” Must process required form
Nov. 3 Last day to apply for fall 2023 graduation in myUTH
Nov. 3 DHI & PhD - Last day to defend translational project or dissertation
Nov. 3 DHI & PhD - Final translational project or dissertation drafts due to Advising Committee
Nov. 7 Election Day
Nov. 15 Spring 2024 registration opens in myUTH
Nov. 23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday – University iS closed
Dec. 8 Last Class Day for fall 2023
Dec. 8 PhD - Last day to defend proposal
Dec. 11 McWilliams Fall Poster Session