Heejun Kim

1) Research interest
Automatic assessment of the credibility of health information on social media

2) Current academic status
I am in the fifth year of the Ph.D. program at SILS and aim to graduate in summer 2018.

3) Favorite hobby or relaxation activity
Camping with my family is one of my hobbies. I recently had a chance to camp in the Great Smoky Mountain, but I did not expect how much healing I would get from being able to enjoy nature without using mobile (caused by the shadow area).

4) Book/s which inspired me
I would like to recommend “the third wave” written by Alvin Toffler. His insight is surprising because he could foresee the information age which is currently realized in 1980. It would be no surprise to read it today because what he explains might not be very different from what we currently experience. However, it would be fascinating to see what clues he used and how he integrated those clues to predict information age over 30 years ago.

Text mining is the core part of my research. Computational linguistics and tools, statistics and machine learning, and domain knowledge are all essentials for that. Unfortunately, there is still no decent textbook yet that covers both theories and practical parts such as coding. If I have any chance, I would love to write a book about text mining or a part of it.

Manish Kumar

1) Research interests
Health systems, digital health, health information systems, system design and implementation, scale-up and sustainability of health IT initiatives in the low resource settings.

2) Current academic status
I am currently a part-time doctoral student in the Carolina Health Informatics Program. I work full-time as the Senior Technical Specialist for Digital Health and Information Systems in the USAID-funded global health information systems project called MEASURE Evaluation at the Carolina Population Center.

3) Favorite hobby or relaxation activity
I enjoy watching basketball and soccer besides reading motivational books and articles. My favorite relaxation activity is spending time with family and friends.

4) Book/s which inspired me
I am inspired by Robin Sharma’s book ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny’. It has influenced my personal and professional life in a positive way and helped to build a work-life balance. Someday, I would like to write a book that describes how to excel when odds are unfavorable.

Michael Ortiz

1) Research interest
I am deeply interested in the fields of genomic medicine and genomic data science. As we move further into the era of precision medicine; scalable, secure, integrative, and most importantly, intuitive, information systems and software will be a fundamental pillar of critical health information infrastructure.

2) Current academic status
I am currently a full-time doctoral student in the Carolina Health Informatics Program. Outside of my academic and research endeavors at Carolina, I am also an Associate in Research at the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics.

3) Favorite hobby or relaxation activity
I’ve had many hobbies in my life, but none are more important to me than spending time with my wife and family. We enjoy the movies, unique eats, art museums, botanical gardens, and great conversation.

4) Book/s which inspired me
In 2011, my father wrote a book called American Amaranth. A fictional novel on love, family, and war. The story elaborates on and integrates all three in very complex and deeply philosophical ways but somehow always embeds its messages without effort. At the turn of the last page, one can’t help but be inspired to pursue something of value and true meaning in life. The book has been at my bedside for the last six years and will stay there indefinitely. Its hard to think about a book I would like to write someday because in life we have evolving experiences and emotions. I imagine that if I were to describe a book I would want to write, it would be a reflection of a 28 year old me that represents the thoughts and emotions I have in this moment as I write this bio. Nonetheless, a book I would like to write would examine what it means to fail, why we fail, why we have fear of failure, why we dream of failure, and how to harness that fear and channel it into mental and emotional strength with a focus toward the pursuit of success because failure is just a state of mind, it is not the end of all things.

Terika McCall

1) Research interests
m-health, diabetes, electronic health records, patient-reported outcomes, precision medicine

2) Current academic status
Health Informatics PhD student

3) Favorite hobby or relaxation activity
Going to concerts

4) Book/s which inspired me
Book that inspired me: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Book that I would like to write: How to identify opportunities to leverage technology to improve health outcomes

Zhaopeng Xing

1) Research interests
My research focuses on Healthcare Information Retrieval, particularly on studying human’s interaction with intelligent machines (e.g. conversational agents, search engines) in order to acquire health-related information. Recent work has been focused on conducting a usability study of healthcare chatbots and expected to potentially facilitate the research in patient personal assistant system as well as clinical decision support system.

2) Current academic status
I am currently a second year graduate student in the Carolina Health Informatics Program and a doctoral candidate in Health Informatics. I am also a research assistant of data analysis and visualization in Health Technology Initiative at Health Science Library.

3) Favorite hobby or relaxation activity
I love gym workout, playing basketball and traveling with my loved.

4) Book/s which inspired me
I was suggested Harari’s Sapiens for a couple of times by several guys when it came to the world. Some of them are entrepreneurs doing something amazing, and some are researchers dedicated to cutting-edge technologies. I read it for the first time for the admiration for their talents and twice for the insightful perspective to examine 70,000 years human history. Dr. Mostafa also happened to recommend this book to LAIR members and it may be the time to review it again for somehow helping with my PhD study and research.

I would like to write a book that reviews how information revolution and technique advancement happening in healthcare area in this age impacts players in Chinese healthcare industry.