Library Events

Upcoming 2016 Events for the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

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The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library are committed to the development and use of an exceptional collection of books and manuscripts relating to the history of medicine and the health sciences. The collection was established through the efforts of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon (1883-1965), who was born in Guadalupe County, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and later built a practice in San Antonio. Your  support of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library  helps to assure that we will be able to maintain, build, and promote the use of the collection, both on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and in the academic communities of the surrounding area.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. It meets on the third Thursday of the month during academic semesters to discuss the historical development of the health sciences and to explore the impact of medicine on society. Membership is free, and meetings are open to the general public.

The next meeting of the History of Medicine Society is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library

The topic will be Orthopedic Eponyms, presented by Fred Olin, MD.

On Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, the 46th Annual Friends Dinner Meeting and Presentation will be held

Kirsten Gardner, PhD, will be speaking on “Patient Decisions: A History of Diabetes Since the Discovery of Insulin”

The dinner is held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara Street

(Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto  Sahara Street.)

Sponsorships for students are available on request. Advanced registration is required.

Please RSVP by October 21, 2016. A link to the reservation form is available below.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library annual dinner reservation form @ frienddinnerreservationform_2016

For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Visit with Gary Taubes October 26th, 2-3pm, AltC 3.304

Vote Held for Naming of New Space in the Library

A newly developed space in the Library seeks a new name!

The space, now filled with new furniture and technology, has been made possible thanks to student funds. In earlier communications, the space had been referred to as the Technology Sandbox, however, the Library would like to open up the choice to students and anyone else who would like to cast their vote.

Voting will be available from Friday, February 3, through Tuesday, February 7.

So far, the vote has brought up some interesting opinions!

Watch for Library Events in April!

Student Fiesta Day

Come for refreshments and Fiesta fun!

 

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Open House

Join us for refreshments and help us celebrate the historical significance

of the library collection in this Tricentennial year in San Antonio!

 

 

We Have a Winner!: The 2018 History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

On March 29, the winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad, was presented with a check by Senior Director of Libraries Owen Ellard. Farhan won the 2018 competition with his essay, Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement. The annual $500 award is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Farhan will be giving a presentation on his essay on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. The presentation will cap off activities during the UT Health Library Student Fiesta and will lead into the P.I. Nixon Library Fiesta Open House also happening on the 24th.

Farhan is a first year medical student at the Long School of Medicine, and is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated from UTSA’s Honors College in the FAME B.S./M.D. program. His essay topic is a historical review of advancements in knee care from major time points in recorded human history.

“The knee,” Farhan explains, “when diseased or broken, is like any part of the body in that it tells a story. However, there is scarce documentation of medical history regarding knee injuries and developments. I found that many advancements in knee care (both operative and non-operative) contributed to and came from general advancements in the history of medicine. Some advancements were helpful to the patient while others may not have been. Ultimately, in every civilization across time, the knee was a universal concern and human curiosity pushed forth new ideas, which I aimed to capture in my essay. As the rates of knee osteoarthritis continue to increase in the U.S., my paper is a timely meditation on the progress we have made so far, as well as a reminder that there is much to discover.”

Where’s Starletta?

The star of the current Library art exhibit of local physician-artist Miguel Vazquez is his creation, Starletta. While Starletta is currently housed in the Library 5th floor Nixon Library Reading Room behind (sometimes locked) doors and within a glass case, she may be caught from time to time wandering the library floors.

As we understand, Starletta wants to get out and meet people and to learn more about what goes on in the library. We might even put her to work!

In order to make Starletta available to her fans, we have set up a schedule for her from October 8th to 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During these hours, you can come to the library to meet personally with Starletta and take pictures.

You will have to guess where she is!

You’re Invited! Friends of the P.I. Nixon Lecture Series

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Lecture Series

Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room, 5th Floor

6:00 PM

Thursday, 9/12/19 – Ruth Stewart, MS, RN, FAAN, History of UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing

Wednesday, 11/13/19 – Tania Roman, MD, MPH, History of Obstetrics

Wednesday, 1/15/20 – Ronald Steward, MD, History of Trauma Care

Wednesday, 2/12/20 – John Calhoon, MD, History of Cardiac Surgery

Wednesday, 3/4/20 – Jacob Canfield, Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue

Wednesday, 4/15/20 – Jason Rosenfeld, MPH, DrPH, History of Community Health & Health Workers

Suggest a Speaker

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library frequently hold historical talks and lectures over topics related to medicine and health care, and we are always looking for interesting and enthusiastic speakers. If you have any suggestions, please email SpecialCollections@uthscsa.edu or call (210) 567-2403.

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