BIME associate professor John Gennari, PhD, was selected to join the National Library of Medicine's study section, the Biomedical Library and Informatics Research Committee (BLIRC). His four-year term will begin with the review meeting in the Fall of 2015.
On December 10, Melissa Clarkson successfully defended her dissertation titled “Understanding and Communicating Spatially-Oriented Ontologies.” Her supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. Jim Brinkley and included Drs. David Farkas (HCDE), Daniel Cook (Biological Structure, Physiology & Biophysics), and Wanda Pratt. Dr. Brinkley commented, “In her work Melissa combined strong skills in illustration, design, computation and ontology to come up with novel ideas for characterizing ontologies, as well as creating user interfaces for visualizing them. This work should make ontologies much more usable for end users than they are now, and is a great example of the many things I’m sure we'll see from her in her chosen field of computational design.” Congratulations, Melissa!
On December 8, Nolan Nichols successfully defended his dissertation titled “Reproducibility in Human Cognitive Neuroimaging: A Community-Driven Data Sharing Framework for Provenance Information Integration and Interoperability.” His supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. Jim Brinkley and included Drs. Susan Coldwell (Dentistry), Nick Anderson (UC Davis), and Thomas Grabowski (Radiology, Neurology). Dr. Brinkley commented, “Over the years I’ve been working with him, Nolan has exhibited not only technical and design skills, but also leadership in the larger neuroinformatics community. This latter skill is highly unusual in a PhD student, and has resulted in much of his work already being adopted by other groups. I look forward to great things from him as he starts his new postdoc at Stanford and Stanford Research Institute.” Congratulations, Nolan!
Mikles SP, Foltz JL, Painter I, Lober WB. Automated collection of electronic health record healthy weight data for surveillance. Presentation at the 2014 International Society for Disease Surveillance Conference; Philadelphia, PA.
Sanger PC, Hartzler A, Han SM, Armstrong CA, Stewart MR, Lordon RJ, Lober WB, Evans HL. Patient perspectives on post-discharge surgical site infections: towards a patient-centered mobile health solution. PloS one. 2014;9(12):e114016. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114016. PubMed PMID: 25436912.
Yetisgen M, Klassen P, Tarczy-Hornoch P. Automating data abstraction in a quality improvement platform for surgical and interventional procedures. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). 2014;2(1). doi: 10.13063/2327-9214.1114
AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science Presentations
The following have been accepted for presentation at the 2015 AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science in San Francisco in March:
Estiri H, Chan Y-F, Baldwin L-M, Jung H, Cole A, Stephens KA. Visualizing anomalies in electronic health record data: the variability explorer tool.
Lee ES, Black T, Harrington R, Tarczy-Hornoch P. Characterizing secondary use of clinical data.
Starren J, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Shirts B, Williams M, Herr T. Challenges of implementing genomic decision support in the real world—experience from the eMERGE and CSER Networks.
Stephens KA, Lee ES, Estiri H, Jung H. Examining researcher needs and barriers for using electronic health data for translational research.
Yetisgen M, Klassen P, Tarczy-Hornoch P. Automating data abstraction with natural language processing in a surgical quality improvement platform.
Yim W, Evans HL, Yetisgen M. Structuring free-text microbiology culture reports for secondary use.
On December 4, Thai Le successfully defended his dissertation titled “Design and Evaluation of Health Visualizations for Older Adults.” His supervisory committee was chaired by Dr. George Demiris and included Drs. Hilaire Thompson (Nursing), David McDonald (HCDE), and Cecilia Aragon (HCDE). Dr. Demiris commented, “Thai completed a series of important studies examining visualization needs and design for older adults and produced a prolific, significant and highly cited body of research articles for his dissertation. His work is a significant and innovative contribution to the intersection of gerontology and informatics.” Congratulations, Thai!