Exhibits

2nd Annual Image of Research Winners and Awards Reception

We are pleased to announce the winners of Briscoe Library’s 2nd Annual Image of Research Photography Competition!

1st Place
Kristina Andrijauskaite, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Winter’s Tale
This picture depicts zebrafish embryo which travels across the crystallized well of the tissue culture plate. There are different animal models used in scientific research. However, zebrafish have many advantages, such as its rapid development, transparency and suitability for in vivo imaging. I use zebrafish to study microgravity induced alterations on vascularization and stress responses. First, I expose them to simulated gravity and then I spend numerous hours looking at them under the microscope and uncovering the world of imagination. I believe you do not have to travel thousands of miles to capture magnificent winter images; as they can be discovered by looking through the microscope lenses in the UTHSCSA lab.

2nd Place
Elliott Moss & Alexander Hutchinson, Long School of Medicine

Hear a Murmur, Save a Life
Cardiac murmurs are found in 1-3% of newborns. Of those with a murmur, as many as half are associated with some degree of congenital anomaly of the heart. With modern day management, babies born with congenital heart defects live to adulthood about 95% of the time. Untreated, congenital heart defects are one of the leading causes of mortality in newborns. These facts help underlie the truth that detecting a murmur and deciding on a correct management plan is a vital part of caring for a neonate as a pediatrician. Unfortunately, there currently is no standardized protocol for the assessment and management of a neonatal murmur. All management decisions are made simply based on the pediatrician’s experience and intuition. Our team is working with the Pediatric Cardiology department of UT Health to implement and refine a standardized protocol for how to proceed when a murmur is auscultated in a neonatal patient by one of our pediatricians. We hope to improve neonatal health outcomes, prevent both insufficient and excessive testing, and help ease the decision-making burden on the pediatricians.

3rd Place
Breeanne Soteros, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

La Reazione Nera
The precise organization of synapses in the brain anatomically define and link the neural circuits that give rise to all our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. At every moment, synapses are formed and restructured with incredible specificity in response to each of our experiences. Our research seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms which enable the specificity of these synaptic events. We utilize various molecular, cellular and behavioral approaches to delineate the genes that govern synapse formation, maintenance and elimination in the central nervous system.

Pictured here, we see the beautifully complex structure of a Purkinje cell – made possible by “la reazione nera” (the black reaction) – a stain invented in the 1870s by the late scientist Camillo Golgi. Golgi’s stain enables the visualization of dendritic spines – fine protrusions along the dendrite where excitatory synapses occur. By use of genetic manipulation and Golgi staining, we can begin to tease apart the genes that shape the synaptic landscape throughout the lifespan.

IPE Award
Kunal Baxi (Cancer Biology), Nicole Hensch (IBMS – Cell Biology, Genetics & Molecular Medicine), and Amanda Lipsitt (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinical Fellow)

Glow Fish Glow
This image shows a 5 day old zebrafish embryo that has been genetically modified to express red, blue, and yellow fluorescent proteins from a transgenic cassette (Brainbow). The gene encoding each fluorescent protein is flanked by two pairs of lox sites that are recognized by the Cre recombinase. Without Cre-induced recombination, the first protein (red) in the array will be expressed. Cre expression results in one of three outcomes: red (no recombination), blue (recombination event 1), or yellow (recombination event 2). When additional copies of the Brainbow cassette are inserted into a cell, these three primary colors can be mixed, thereby increasing possible color combinations. This diversity of color using a single promoter provides a powerful platform for studying a variety of biological processes such as neuronal morphology and cell lineage tracking. We use this system as a tool to study heterogeneity of cells within a soft tissue tumor (rhabdomyosarcoma) using zebrafish as a model system.

 

Briscoe Library’s 2nd Annual Image of Research Photography Competition came to a close with an awards reception during the library’s Fiesta Celebration on Thursday, April 11th. All entrants, Image of Research Judges, contest sponsors, students, faculty, and staff were invited to come view the entries, meet the winners, and enjoy refreshments.

Briscoe Library Announces 3rd Annual Image of Research Photography Competition

Briscoe Library is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Image of Research Photography Competition! This competition is an opportunity for UT Health San Antonio students, faculty, and staff from all five schools to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single visual image. The competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase the UT Health San Antonio community’s creative visual conceptualization of their research.

This is the first year that faculty and staff are invited to participate, and we are excited to see your contributions. Submissions will be accepted from December 1st, 2019 through March 13th, 2020. The awards are listed as follows:
1st Place: $400
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200
IPE Award: $600
Faculty/Staff Award: $400

Visit library.uthscsa.edu/2019/11/ior2020 for more info.

Coming Soon: Pets of UT Health

Be on the lookout for a new interactive exhibit at Briscoe Library featuring YOUR pets! Pets of UT Health will give you the opportunity to show off photos of your furry friends and you’ll even get the chance to be featured on Briscoe Library’s social media accounts.

Bring in or print out a photo of your pet, fill out one of our info cards, and pin it up on our display board for everyone to see. This exhibit will be open to all UT Health students, staff, and faculty. We can’t wait to see your furbabies!

Coming to the Library: Before I Die Interactive Art Wall, May 8 – 16

Candy Chang is an artist who has made an international impact with her reflective, public art projects.  She is probably most famous for her Before I Die walls which have been featured in major cities all over the world.  While the architecture of each wall is slightly different the concept is simple: a wall of wood, paper, or concrete is painted black and then stenciled with the prompt “before I die I want to…”. 

In conjunction with the community viewing of the FRONTLINE special on Atul Gwande’s Being Mortal on Tuesday May 16 in the Pestana Lecture Hall,  a Before I Die wall will be placed on display in the library to stir UT Health San Antonio and the broader community to participate in an open discussion on the meaning of life.

The library wall will consist of black butcher paper on large poster board displays.  The paper will have the prompt “before I die I want to…” in white. Visitors to the library wall will be encouraged to use provided chalk to publicly engage in the contemplation of life and death.

For more information about the “Before I Die” project and photos of these walls from around the world, please visit: http://candychang.com/work/before-i-die-in-nola/

 

Cut Paper and the Tenuous Nature of Human Existence

One of two artists now on display in Briscoe Library, local San Antonio artist Laura Schultz is well known for her work in cut paper. Viewers of her exhibit will be treated to many layers of meaning as they get closer to each piece. Ms. Schultz earned an MFA in fiber and mixed media from the John F. Kennedy University in 1993, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.  She returned to her native San Antonio in 2001, where she maintains a studio and teaches art.

Watch for more news about her artist’s talk and paper-cutting class at the end of October during the library Student Appreciation Week.

Artist Statement

With my work in cut paper I try to evoke the tenuous nature of human existence. Using a small blade, I cut intricate images that are enormous, at times even architectural in scale. The works command attention because of their size, yet when they are combined with the fragile, ephemeral nature of paper as a material, a range of emotions occurs that I find deeply provocative: tension, joy, anxiety, melancholy. This contradiction of power and vulnerability manifests a terrible beauty for me: a size that can overwhelm or intimidate, in a material that emanates susceptibility and fragility.

I draw on memories, dreams, and bits of archaic literature for my imagery. At times, certain stories morph with my personal memories and dreams until it is impossible to see where one begins and the other ends. My intention is to capture an atmosphere of emotion, visually responding to narrative moments that offer a deep sense of human experience.

Artist Laura Schultz installing her work Alphabet of Death.

Dr. Seema Ahuja Exhibits at Briscoe Library

Through personal hardships, Dr. Seema Ahuja has found a sense of renewal through art, gardening and cooking. As a self-taught artist, she has explored many of the themes of her life and the challenges faced as a cancer patient. She brings a unique perspective to the healing process as both a physician and patient.

Her current exhibit now on display at Briscoe Library brings to life a message that applies to us all.

Life experiences have connected me with deep suffering. As a medical doctor in a career spanning three decades, I
often witnessed and tried to lessen the suffering of others. This, along with several personal, life-
changing events…marked a pivot for me; from there I began a journey to understand suffering more intimately.

Dr. Ahuja is a professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health San Antonio and a staff physician at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System – Audie Murphy Division. She joined the faculty at University of Texas Health in 1996 after completing a fellowship in nephrology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ahuja’s exhibit will be on display through the end of August.

Expanded Exhibit by Physician-Artist Miguel Vazquez Coming in January

You may remember Starletta creator and physician-artist Miguel Vazquez from his appearance during Student Appreciation Week last fall. He’s back this month with The Art of Heart, an expanded exhibit of his work featuring his own perspectives on the heart and its design. In addition to heart subject matter, the exhibit of both 2-D and 3-D work will incorporate human skulls and animal (trophy head) anatomy reflecting a variety of cultural influences.

Dr. Vazquez, shown above in his workshop, works in a number of mediums including leather. Below is one of his leather creations in its early stages and which will now be on display in the Briscoe library.

Please stop by to enjoy when you can!