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.

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/

 

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!

February: The Art of Heart

Installed on the library’s art wall in January, The Art of Heart exhibit by local physician-artist Miguel Vazquez will be on display through February.

Exhibit pieces featuring the heart include:

Fill, Beat…Repeat: Dry Brush oil on paper; 32 x 26 inches

You Had Me at A: Oil pastel, pencil, and ink, 36 x 27 inches

Florazon: Hand tooled leather, heather dye and stain, 28 x 23 inches

What is Synonymous with Love?: Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

 

From the Archives: Celebrating 50 Years of Nursing

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the UT Health School of Nursing and celebrations are in full swing! Through a unique collaboration with the School of Nursing, the Library is assisting in bringing the rich history of the nursing school to life. This collaboration started a little over a year ago and has proven to be a very fruitful endeavor. Librarians, library staff and nursing school historians have worked together to organize, identify, and digitize hundreds of photographs in preparation for the 50th anniversary.  Many images were used to produce multiple exhibits and slideshows throughout the school during the Open House and Visionary Leader Awards Luncheon on March 2. The library will continue to develop the nursing school historical collection of history books, class photos, and oral histories, which will soon be available in the library’s Digital Archive.

Girl Scout Carnival of Hope

With the help of many dedicated adult leaders, Girl Scout Troop 128 created a one-of-a-kind health event at the Salvation Army Hope Center  Emergency Shelter For Women and Children on Saturday, April 8th. Many UT Health San Antonio campus departments, including the library, volunteered to make this event a success. Women and children who attended the event were treated to many fun and educational activities revolving around  nutrition, exercise, relaxation, health screenings, and more.

Shown above, librarian Kirsten Lorenzen uses an anatomy model to show carnival attendees how to identify organs in the body. Crayons and handouts were available for kids to color in order to learn how to identify nutritious fruits and vegetables.  Girl Scout troop member, Carolina Toboada, eagerly helped at the library exhibit table handing out crayons and coloring sheets.

To achieve the Girl Scout Silver Award,  troop members have also created a website, Worthy Women, that provides support information to homeless women.

To learn more about how the UT Health Libraries can partner with you on community outreach events, contact Peg Seger segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Image of Research Exhibit and Awards Reception

Briscoe Library’s Image of Research Photography Competition received a number of outstanding entries from UT Health San Antonio students. We welcome you to come view all of the submissions in our Image of Research Exhibit located on the newly completed gallery wall at the entrance of the library.

The library will be holding the Image of Research Awards Reception during Student Appreciation Week on Thursday, November 1st from 2pm to 3pm. All are welcome!

Please stay tuned for announcement of the winners in mid-October.

Image of Research Winners and Awards Reception

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

1st Place
Jaclyn Merlo, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Rodent Kidney Extracellular Scaffold
The image presented is of a de-cellularized rodent kidney displaying the collagen matrix of the renal vasculature, tubules, and glomeruli. Rapid de-cellularization is accomplished by perfusing a surfactant solution through the renal artery, under exposure to an electric field within a bioreactor. The novel bioreactor, developed at UT Health San Antonio, removes resident cells ten times faster than by traditional de-cellularization technology while preserving elements of the matrix that are critical to directing stem cell differentiation.

High-quality extracellular scaffolds are indispensable for research in regenerative medicine, gene transfer, cancer, and tissue transplantation. The extracellular scaffolds of specific animal tissues can provide templates for the differentiation of human stem cells for the study of diseases in more relevant models, thus facilitating translation to human medicine. Further, the technology is scalable and can prepare large animal and human tissue extracellular scaffolds.

2nd Place
Fabio Vigil, Long School of Medicine

The Universe Within
This image is the merge (overlay) of two photos. The first is a fluorescent microscope photo of a brain slice with the nucleus of all brain cells shining in blue (DAPI) and occasional immune cells shining in green (Iba1). These kind of photos are taken everyday in neuroscience laboratories. The second image is a photo of the Cat’s eye nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope. Looking simultaneously through the microscope and the telescope, this image invites you to think of your brain as a universe within you. The resemblance of the fluorescent cells to stars in the sky is astounding. The image also alludes to a fractal repetition of the same shapes and structures in different scales.

3rd Place
Camila Pereira, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Airway Space Tour – A 3D Ride
The airway should be free of obstacles such that air can follow its course from the nasal cavity into the lungs. Our research investigates the airway space imbalance that affects children who breath through their mouth while sleeping. Dental 3D radiograph should be used as opportunistic screening tool for sleep-related breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea. These disorders could be caused by hypertrophied tonsils and nasal obstruction between others. Due to the lack of good sleep, children could have low grades at school, difficulty to concentrate, and disturbed cognitive abilities. Other signs such as delayed growth, tiredness, irritability, or lack of energy even to play are related. Ultimately, 3 dimensions of life are affected: craniofacial growth, intellectual development and quality of life. When the dysfunction is detected early enough, the consequences can be reduced or even eliminated. We hope the translation of our research project will increase awareness and raise the attention of the dental professionals’ and the general public to this matter. The sleep disordered breathing is a public health issue and surveillance is essential. Let’s take this ride!

IPE Award
Sarah Khoury & Daryl Gaspar, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Treatment in the Stars
Astrocytes carry great potential for stroke treatment and research conducted in the past has generally ignored their ability to heal neurons. Research suggests that use of fatty acid oxidation by astrocytes may be useful for healing, and protecting tissues that have been affected by stroke. Triiodothyronine (T3), a thyroid hormone, stimulates fatty acid oxidation, stimulating the production of ATP in astrocytes. In mice treated with T3 stroke lesion volumes are smaller than those without treatment. In this image the brighter activated astrocytes indicate a stressed brain, one that has experienced an injury. T3, the constellation found in the middle of the image may one day be used for stroke treatment.

 

Briscoe Library’s Image of Research Photography Competition came to a close with an awards reception during Student Appreciation Week on Thursday, November 1st. 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.