Event Announcement

TEDMED: Interactive simulcast sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges airs April 10-13

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Since 2009, TEDMED has been the conference where the world’s most creative minds have gathered to meet healthcare’s most innovative science. An offshoot of the renowned TED (Technology+Entertainment+Design) conferences, TEDMED is an unparalleled interdisciplinary experience, bringing together great minds from dozens of medical and non-medical fields for a new kind of intellectual cross-pollination. The result is a unique opportunity for inspiration, innovation, and imagination — a chance to envision the future of health and healthcare in entirely new ways. To get a sense of the experience, see http://tedmed.com/videos to view past TEDMED talks.

TEDMEDLive is an interactive simulcast sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and hosted here by the Libraries, Information Management & Services (IMS), and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET).  Session times and locations can be found at http://bit.ly/tedmedhsc. Please use the form on that page to RSVP.

For additional information, contact Luke Rosenberger at rosenberger@uthscsa.edu or (210) 567-2486.

The Graduate Dean’s office will host a second science communication workshop in November

Speaking to the public, the media and legislators about science:

“Can you hear us now?”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Room AAB 114/116/118

Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte
“Talking science to legislators: When, where and how?”

Dr. Thomas Baldwin, Dean, University of California Riverside
“Talking science to non-scientists: The role of universities”

Mr. Benjamin Corb, Public Affairs, ASBMB
“Talking science: How your professional society can help you”

Dr. Carmen Rios, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
“Talking science: Students and postdocs can do it too!”

with Dr. Bettie Sue Masters, panel moderator

The Graduate Dean will host a reception immediately following the presentation.  For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Kraig, Kraig@uthscsa.edu.

The Libraries wish you a Happy New Year!

The Briscoe Library

The Laredo Regional Campus Library


The Ramirez 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.

Two Cups of Coffee- photos document a medical service experience in Ethiopia

In June of this year Dr. Richard Usatine and eight students from the School of Medicine departed for a four-week medical service experience in Ethiopia.  Lester Rosebrock, a photographer and videographer who works with IMS- Academic Technology Services, accompanied the group on a trip that took them through Washington D.C. on the way to Addis Ababa, and then on to the village of Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia.  Two Cups of Coffee, a series of fifteen photos currently on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons, documents their time in Africa.  The exhibit has been planned to coincide with the UT Health Science Center’s International Education Week activities.

In recent years, the  Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics has provided 204 students with opportunities to experience medical service abroad.  In addition to Ethiopia, students and faculty have traveled to Guatemala, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and India.  Students engaged in global health work participate in medical rotations and help communities do planning to address common and preventable conditions.  They bring back information that can be incorporated into research projects, gain leadership experience, and provide compassionate care.

“My approach to photography is photojournalistic,” Rosebrock says of his exhibit. “It’s exciting to visit a country for the first time and explore it with a camera.  When we drove from the airport to the hotel, I was amazed to see so many people just standing around, and shocked to see people sleeping on the ground wherever they could find a little shade.  People in the city, seeing that I was white and probably having money, tried to sell me anything and everything.  They were so persistent that I wound up staying in my hotel room.  But once we traveled to Aleta Wondo, people became very friendly.  Everybody loved to have their photo taken and laughed when they saw their image on the back of the camera.”

In addition to Dr. Usatine and Lester Rosebrock, the team that traveled to Ethiopia included Elena Bery, Julia Boster, Eric Brown, Adam Dunstone, Nicholas Harrell, Amanda Lipsitt, David Meyer, and Lauren Scalercio.

Lester hopes his photos will inspire others to learn about global health opportunities, and possibly to undertake a global health  journey of their own.  The exhibit will be on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons through the end of the year.

Susan Hunnicutt

Special Projects Librarian


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


Upcoming lecture: Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough

Dr. Fernando Guerra, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UT Health Science Center, and recently retired Director of Health for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will be the speaker at the 41st Annual Meeting, Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  The event will take place Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Airport Hotel.

The topic of Dr. Guerra’s presentation, “Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!” will provide the occasion for him to reflect on the health care system, its institutions, professionals, personnel, technology and investments, as well as measurable progress in the delivery of health care over the past forty years. Dr. Guerra will also consider ongoing challenges and opportunities, especially in light of the Affordable Health Care Act.  How is it possible to fill the gaps when doctors and dollars may not be enough?

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite all those interested in the history of medicine   to an enjoyable evening of good food and conversation.

The cost of attendance is $40/person.  Advance registration is required.  Student attendance is $30 and includes Friends membership.  Opportunities to sponsor student attendees at the dinner are available.

Please RSVP by October 31, 2011:  The registration form should be mailed to Briscoe Library – MSC 7940 UTHSCSA 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-9674.  For more information, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian: Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

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.



What’s in a name? History of Medicine lecture will present an informal approach to “Hispanic” genetics and history

The ten largest Latino population groups in the U.S. by country of origin (based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth). By Permission: Pew Hispanic Center.

Monday, August 8, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room Briscoe Library

In this noon hour presentation, Dr. Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D., distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, will explore multiple aspects of Hispanic identity in the U.S. “If we start drawing medical conclusions,” he says, “we need to be clear what we are talking about.” 

The talk will move in the direction of a working genetic definition that takes account of the variety of Hispanic populations in the U.S., including Peninsular, Native American, African, and others.

Dr. Ludueña’s lecture is a sponsored activity of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and is open to the public. 

For more information about this event, or about how to become a member of the Friends group, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, at Borchers@uthscsa.edu.