Event Announcement

Open call for art

The Briscoe Library is offering gallery space for student artists in the month of February 2016.

This is our first annual call for art on a theme. All types of art accepted from poems to installations.

artist's rendering of a heart
Theme for the year: The Heart
Gallery opening: 2/2/2016 @ 5:30pm (Students will be expected to stand by their piece and discuss it from 5:30-6pm).

To participate, email Emme Lopez by 1/15/2016 outlining the scope of your piece.

All art due at the library to prepare for display by noon on Friday, 1/29/2016.

Plan to attend the 1st Annual Postdoctoral Research Forum and Distinguished Lecture

UTHSCSA sculptureThe 1st Annual Postdoctoral Research Forum and Distinguished Lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 12:45-6:00 p.m. at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute.

Poster presentations from this event will be judged and the winning posters will be displayed in the Briscoe Library following the Research Forum.

Registration for the Research Forum is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RegistrationFormforPRF.

Reach Out and Read: Physician Assistant program is collecting books for children

Each year one-third of all children entering kindergarten lack the basic skills needed to learn to read.  By fourth grade, most of these children who were initially behind in reading will not catch up with their peers.  Juvenile delinquency, absenteeism, polysubstance abuse, and school failure have all been shown to have an association with poor reading skills in childhood.  These statements, from the evidence base for Reach Out and Read, highlight the importance promoting literacy skills in children before they begin elementary school.

In light of these staggering statistics, this year Reach Out and Read was selected as the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) President’s Project.  TAPA President Lauren Dobbs chose Reach Out and Read because it is a national, non-profit organization that trains medical providers to counsel parents during well-child visits on the importance of reading aloud to their children.  Reach Out and Read also provides children’s books to participating pediatric clinics to be given out every six months for the child’s first five years of life.

During this year’s National Physician Assistant (PA) Week, October 6th through 12th, the seven Physician Assistant education programs in Texas will be competing to see which program can collect the most books for Reach Out and Read.  Faculty, staff and students at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are encouraged to donate new or used children’s books (ages 6 months to 5 years old).  All books collected will be donated to the Center for Children and Families, a Reach Out and Read-participating clinic.  Donation bins will be located in the Dolph Briscoe Library, 3rd floor lobby, Texas Star Café, Research Administration Building lobby and the Christus Santa Rosa Professional Pavilion Suite 1295.  To make arrangements for a special pick-up, please e-mail Amanda Miller at millera4@livemail.uthscsa.edu.

For more information on TAPA please visit www.tapa.org

For more information on Reach Out and Read please visit www.reachoutandread.org.

Amanda K. Miller, MPH, CPH


Save the date: Former Director of the U.S. Army Burn Center to speak at the Annual Dinner of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D.

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will be the speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, Thursday, November 7, 2013.  He will speak on the topic, San Antonio’s National and International Center of Excellence for Burn Care and Research.

Dr. Pruitt, a graduate of Harvard College and the Tufts University School of Medicine, began his affiliation with the burn center when he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston as a draftee in 1959.  He completed his residency there in 1964, and was named Chief of the Burn Study Branch and Chief of the Clinical Division that same year.

In his early days at Fort Sam Houston, Dr. Pruitt traveled regularly to Viet Nam, where he provided medical care for wounded soldiers during air transport to an Army hospital in Yokahama, Japan.  After they were stabilized he would accompany the soldiers back to Texas for treatment.  In 1967, Dr. Pruitt volunteered for a tour of duty at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam, where he served as Chief of Professional Services.   When he returned to San Antonio he was named Commander and Director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, a post he held for 27 years.

The Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of November 7 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, 10223 Sahara Street in San Antonio.  Everyone is welcome, and paid sponsorships are available for students in any of the UT Health Science Center’s academic programs.  Sponsorships include a one year membership in the Friends group.  For more information, or to inquire about student sponsorships,  contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu, or call 210-567-2406.


Shakespeare and the Four Humors: Exhibit opens Wednesday in the Briscoe Library


This image of the sanguine personality type was created by Henry Peacham in 1612. In Shakespeare’s day, sanguine personality was believed to be associated with the predominance of blood in relation to the three other bodily humors– yellow bile or choler, black bile or melancholer, and phlegm. Image courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Dr. Mark Bayer, guest speaker

February 13, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library

William Shakespeare’s (1564–1616) characters are timeless, yet he described human personality in the language of his age.  The theory of  the four bodily humors—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm–  extends across Shakespeare‘s works, and is connected with the belief that emotional states have physical causes.  In Elizabethan England the four bodily humors were thought to engender the passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear— emotions that drive much of the action in Shakespeare‘s plays.

There’s the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors is a  traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library to explore the inner logic of humoral theory as well as its connections to modern medical thought and practices.

The exhibit will open in the Briscoe Library at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of February 13 with a guest presentation by Dr. Mark Bayer, a member of the faculty in the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Dr. Bayer will speak on the topic, Why the Four Humours Make Sense: Shakespeare and the Four Humours.

The exhibit will remain on display through March 22.

In another event planned in conjunction with the exhibit,  Dr. Charleen Moore of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology will speak on the topic,  A Balancing Act: Medical Practices and the Four Humors in the Renaissance. Her presentation will take place at noon on Wednesday, February 27th.

Both presentations are programs of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, and will take place in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.


The Many Faces of India – Exhibit for International Education Week on Display in November and December

Saffron TurbanThe Many Faces of India, photos by San Antonio photographer Deborah Keller-Rihn, opens in the Information Commons of the Briscoe Library on Wednesday, November 14.  The International Relations Committee will host a reception at noon in the Howe Conference Room of the Briscoe Library.  The exhibit, which has been planned in connection with International Education Week activities, will remain on display through the end of December.

Deborah Keller-Rihn has served as fine arts facilitator at Edgewood Independent School District, education curator at the San Antonio Museum of Art, program director at Bihl Haus Arts, arts program manager at Centro Cultural Aztlan, and as an independent curator and organizer for exhibits, cultural events, workshops and classes in the San Antonio area for over 25 years.  Currently, she teaches classes in photography, fine arts and the humanities at Northwest Vista College, and also maintains a studio in the Blue Star Arts Complex.

Keller-Rihn describes herself as a community oriented artist and teacher, and views art as a powerful tool for spiritual growth and social transformation.

Upcoming events: Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Wonder Bugs vs. Super Drugs: Dr. Jose A. Cadena Zuluaga to speak

Thursday, September 19 at noon

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

Jose A. Cadena Zuluaga, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Director, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology for the South Texas Veterans’ Health Care System, will talk about the struggle to preserve the utility of our antibiotic arsenal.

Dr. Cadena’s lecture is the first in a three part noon lecture series organized by Gregory M. Anstead, M.D., Ph.D., current president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.


History of Medicine Society: Ron Philo, Ph.D., will talk about the anatomical art of Leonardo DaVinci

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

The History of Medicine Society is a newly-formed interest group within the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The student-led History of Medicine Society meets monthly to discuss the historical development of medicine and the health sciences, and the impact of medicine on society.  Membership is open to everyone who is interested in the history of the health professions.

Ron Philo, Ph.D., retired Senior Lecturer, will speak about The Anatomical Drawings of Leonardo DaVinci at the group’s first fall meeting on September 25.

More than 100 individuals from the campus and the community attended meetings of the History of Medicine Society in 2012-2013.


BasilPruittSave the date: Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D. to speak at Annual Meeting of the Friends 

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Old San Francisco Steak House

Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.M., will be the guest speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The evening’s program, to be held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, will explore a significant chapter in San Antonio’s history, reviewing the treatment innovations developed at the Army Burn Center that have revolutionized care and improved the survival of even massively burned patients.
Dr. Pruitt received his M.D. degree in 1957 from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He was drafted in 1959. Assigned to the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research (ISR) at Fort Sam Houston, he completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1964 and went on to serve 31 years with the ISR. For 27 of those years, he was its commander and director.

Nixon Dinner InformationComplete information about the Annual Dinner and Presentation, and other activities of the Friends, can be found in the organization’s newsletter:

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library – Newsletter 2013

Friends of the Nixon Library – Membership and Dinner Reservation Form

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian


UT Health Science Center Libraries will participate in October health literacy events

On October 5th, the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library will exhibit at the 8th Annual San Antonio Health Literacy Conference. The theme selected for this year’s conference, held at the Hilton San Antonio Airport, is Health Literacy in the Electronic Age: High Tech/High Touch. Exhibitors will focus on the promotion of health literacy through the use of technology such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

The Briscoe Library exhibit will feature hands-on demonstrations of online and mobile resources available through the National Library of Medicine. Over 200 conference attendees will include community service providers, dieticians, health educators, healthcare professionals, nurses/nursing students, patient navigators, pharmacologists/pharmacy students, physicians, promotoras, public health officials and others who are involved in health literacy throughout the state of Texas. Click here to see a video of last year’s conference.

On October 10th, the UT Health Science Center Ramirez Library in Harlingen will participate in a Health Literacy Symposium sponsored by the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and Valley Baptist Medical Center.

Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services

UTHSCSA Toastmasters: Consider becoming a member

ToastmastersUTHSCSA Toastmasters Club meets the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month on the 2nd level of the Briscoe Library.  Current Toastmasters include students, faculty and staff of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as members of the community.  New members are always welcome!

The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7 at noon in LIB 2.088.

Club meetings provide an opportunity for members to practice giving prepared speeches, as well as brief, impromptu presentations.  There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters program allows each person to progress at his or her own pace.

To learn more, and for current meeting locations, visit the UTHSCSA Toastmasters Club website:  uthscsa.toastmastersclubs.org.