Event Announcement

“Night of the Arts”: Support the Health Science Center’s Student-Run Free Clinics

NOTA_logo_bannerOn the evening of March 21, the UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s Student-Run Free Clinics organization will be hosting its annual fundraiser, “Night of the Arts.” These clinics provide free medical care to the underserved of San Antonio, as well as valuable learning experiences for HSC students.

Interested in auditioning? Tryouts will be held Feb. 28.

E-mail auditionforNOTA@gmail.com for more details.

The event features performances from several local groups, as well as Health Science Center students and faculty. It will be held in the UT Health Science Center Holly Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://srfcnota.eventbrite.com.

Up-to-date details about the event and about making donations can be found at http://www.utmedsa.net/nota.

Eva Galvan, MS-2

2010 EDUCAUSE Online Conference: In the Briscoe Library October 13-15

The UT Health Science Center Library and Academic Technology Services will co-sponsor viewing of the 2010 EDUCAUSE Online Conference.   The conference begins on Wednesday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude on Friday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m.  Group viewing of the program will be held on October 13 in the Briscoe Library 4th floor Collaboratory and on October 14-15 in 2.011, the library’s electronic classroom. 

A complete schedule for EDUCAUSE Online can be found online.  Please note that the online schedule reflects Pacific time, so times need to be converted to two hours later for Central Standard  Time.  The time zone of the online schedule can be adjusted using the “Change Timezone” link on that page, just above the daily schedule tabs. 

For further information, contact Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections, rosenberger@uthscsa.edu.

ABCD Workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen

The UT Health Science Center Libraries are
Proud to Announce:

ABCD Workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen
(Asset-Based Community Development)

 Building community connections and partnerships in support of
medical research, education and practices
that really work to impact community health.

 The workshop will be presented by H. Daniels (Dan) Duncan, a consultant and faculty member of the ABCD Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. Dan is a longtime human services professional who helps agencies recognize the value of working with citizens and community organizations.

You are invited to attend either of the following workshops:

San Antonio – UT Health Science Center Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library

To Register Click Here 

Thursday, February 21, 2013 – Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Harlingen – Mario E. Ramirez Library
  To Register Click Here

Thursday, March 7, 2013 – Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Aging Across America: A photo exhibit in the Briscoe Library

An opening reception for Aging Across America, featuring  an introduction by Dr. Jerald Winakur and a poetry reading by Lee Robinson, will take place Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 9:00 a.m. Briscoe Library— Special Collections Reading Room– 5th floor


Aging Across America, an exhibit featuring the photography of Dr. Jeffrey Levine, will be on display in the 3rd Floor Information Commons of the Briscoe Library February 1 – April 30, 2011.

Dr. Levine, a gerontologist who lives and works in New York City, began photographing the very old early in his career.  At first he documented the manifestations of old age for lectures and medical publications.  “One day I pulled my camera back to see my subjects in their environment and daily life, and a new world of visual imagery opened up,” he says.

Dr. Levine’s photographic art has been inspired by medical doctors who in the past have used the arts to educate, inspire, and create a better world:  “America’s perception of aging is often mired in stereotype, negativism, and a large dose of denial.  Thus the need for a new view of growing old– a view that presents optimism, vitality and participation while acknowledging the realities of illness.” More information about Dr. Levine and his work can be found at http://www.levinemdphotos.com/.

Dr. Levine’s photographs are accompanied by a cell phone audio tour with narration by Dr. Levine, as well as readings by Lee Robinson, poet and adjunct faculty member in the School of Medicine, whose displayed poems were inspired by the photos. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be available during normal library hours.

The SCOOTER Store has generously provided support for this exhibit.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

Announcing the Noon Lecture Series: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library have planned a series of lectures on the history of  infectious diseases for the coming months.

The Noon Lecture Series provides opportunities for informal learning and conversation in the Howe Conference Room (5.076) on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.  Everyone is invited.

mosquitoSeptember 20, 12:00 noon – Death Delivered on Gossamer Wings:  the Resurgence of West Nile Virus Encephalitis in Texas, 2012

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD, Director, Immunosuppression and Infectious Disease Clinics, Veterans Healthcare System will be the speaker.


Florence Nightingale, Cholera patients, Crimean WarOctober 25. 12:00 noon – Cholera: Ancient Plague, Current Scourge

George Crawford, MD, MACP, Internal Medicine Program Director, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will be the speaker.




November 8, 12:00 noon – Apocalypse Cow- The Strange Rise and Fortunate Decline of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD, Director, Immunosuppression and Infectious Disease Clinics, Veterans Healthcare System will be the speaker.


For more information about the Noon Lecture Series contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu



Announcing the One Community/One Book selection for 2013

Are You In?

Become part of One Community/One Book 2013

Howe Conference Room- Briscoe Library 5.076

Friday, November 30, 12:00 noon

Peer pressure can sometimes lead people to make unwise choices.  But it can also inspire courage and promote a more expansive vision of the world. According to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg , peer pressure draws its energy from the powerful human desire to be connected to others.  How peer pressure might be deployed in the service of better health is one question that will be considered during the UT Health Science Center’s fifth One Community/One Book program, which will feature Rosenberg’s book, Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.

The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics will host an event, Are You In?, on Friday, November 30 at noon to kick-off  One Community/One Book 2013.  The event is open to faculty, staff, students and members of the San Antonio health care community.  The first ten attendees to arrive  will receive a free copy of Join the Club.  Information will be available about the One Community/One Book workshop:   “How to Lead or Host a Book Discussion,” that will be offered twice, on January 23 and February 4, 2013.

The goal of the book give-away and the workshops is to encourage reading and conversation about what Rosenberg calls “the social cure.”  Book discussions will take place in February and March, leading up to Rosenberg’s appearance on campus on April 4, 2013, as the keynote speaker at the annual Community Service Learning Conference organized by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.

Copies of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World are available in the Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Library at the RAHC, and the library at the Laredo Regional Campus  (HM 831 R813j 2012) .  The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center Bookstore for $12.71, a 25% discount off the retail price.

One Community/One Book 2013 is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian:  Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu  or (210) 567-2406.


April 18: Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries will host Medical Library Association webcast on mobile technologies

MLA-CE eLearning LogoThe Briscoe and Ramirez libraries will host an educational webcast — Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries — Wednesday, April 18, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with current practical applications of mobile technologies in clinical and curricular support settings. Topics will highlight innovative uses of mobile technologies, address technology challenges, and provide best practice guidance for applying in viewers local environments.

The program will:

  • Define how mobile technologies can be used in clinical settings
  • Define how mobile technologies can be integrated into curricula
  • Identify challenges faced when using mobile technologies in different settings
  • Explain challenges faced in clinical and curricular settings that mobile technologies can help solve
  • Demonstrate how mobile technologies can be used in your own setting
  • Plan how to work with vendors and IT support to enable use of mobile technologies
  • Identify opportunities for library resources via mobile technologies in multiple settings
  • Compare different mobile technologies and choose which might be appropriate for your own setting

For information and to register for the webcast, contact Peg Seger at the Briscoe Library in San Antonio: segerp@uthscsa.edu; or Greysi Reyna at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen: reynag@uthscsa.edu.

Artist’s work examines color and its impact on emotional life

Leanne Venier’s work is currently on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and in the medical school’s Lecture Hall Foyer.

Leanne Venier, an Austin area artist whose work explores the healing properties of color and, more generally, the relationship between color and the emotional life, will speak in the Briscoe Library on Thursday, June 9 from noon to 1 p.m.

Leanne’s work has received international recognition:  She was awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury for Outstanding Artwork in Vico del Gargano, Italy. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in Houston, and has been profiled in the Touch Décor international design magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Austin Woman magazine.   She has been interviewed numerous times on Austin Radio stations KUT 90.5 FM and KOOP 91.7 FM.

Leanne’s June 9 presentation, on The Color Effect, will take place in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.  The talk is free of charge and open to all.

Leanne’s paintings can be viewed through the end of June in the Briscoe Library Information Commons and the medical school’s Lecture Hall Foyer.

For more information contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian:  Borchers@uthscsa.edu.

Ask Me Why I Hurt: Book discussion in the library April 4

The Briscoe Library will host a discussion of Ask Me Why I Hurt, a first person account by Dr. Randy Christensen of his work as a pediatrician serving homeless children through a mobile van clinic in Phoenix, AZ.

Wednesday, April 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, 5th floor, Briscoe Library

Dr. Randy as he is called, and Julie Watson, LPN, a clinical nurse who works with him, will be featured speakers at this year’s Community Service Learning Day to be held on Thursday, April 5.

Ask Me Why I Hurt is about primary care at its most primary, helping those who often cannot help themselves.  The book is a fascinating memoir of Dr. Randy, his dedication to his work, the frustrations he often feels with the health care system, and his own personal struggles to raise a family while dealing with long hours and the most needy children.  The book is also a compelling example of inter-professional teamwork.

Copies of Ask Me Why I Hurt are available for check-out at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, the Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, and the Regional Campus Library in Laredo.  Books are also available for purchase at the UT Health Science Center bookstore.

Dr. Randy will be signing books at 5:00 p.m. on April 5 following his presentation at Community Service Learning Day.  For more information about Community Service Learning Day, visit the website for the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics: http://www.texashumanities.org/cslconference.

To RSVP for the book discussion on April 4, email Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries,  tobia@uthscsa.edu.  Feel free to bring your lunch to the book discussion.  Dessert will be served.

Barefoot Heart- Volunteer to lead a discussion group, and receive the book for free

Barefoot Heart- Book coverThanks to a community project grant award from Humanities Texas, The Libraries are once again able to provide books to individuals who volunteer to lead or host a discussion group in connection with the One Community/One Book program.

The first of several workshops for discussion group leaders and hosts will take place Monday, December 12, 2011 at noon in the Collaboratory of the Briscoe Library.  Online registration is available.  For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, at hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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