News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

TEDMED Live Streaming

The Briscoe Library has been selected to host the TEDMED live streaming event for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. TEDMEd is a “global community dedicated to unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine.”

The event will be held from September 10 – 12 and will feature live simulcasts from the two main locations Washington DC and San Fransisco. For more information on the event, please visit the TEDMED site.

Stay tuned as we continue to update you about the event.

First Do No Harm – an Exhibit on Medical Ethics

First Do No Harm?, a new exhibit in the Briscoe Library 3rd floor exhibit cases, focuses on medical ethics.  This exhibit describes medical experiments in the United States as well as Germany that actually harmed participants in the name of science.  People were deliberately exposed to plutonium though ingestion of food, total body irradiation, shots, and atomic explosions.  Nazi’s experimented during WW II on concentration camp inmates.  Syphilis studies were conducted on black men in Alabama where treatment was withheld deliberately.  In all cases, the experimenters seemed to justify the harm to their subjects by the knowledge they hoped to gain.

The exhibit will be available March 1 – March 31, 2014.  Contact Anne Comeaux,, or Mellisa DeThorne,, for more information.

Troops of the Battalion Combat Team, U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division, watch a plum of radioactive smoke arise after a D-Day blast at Yucca Flats during Exercise 'Desert Rock I' reaches its peak.  Nov. 1, 1951.  (Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration)

Troops of the Battalion Combat Team, U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division, watch a plum of radioactive smoke arise after a D-Day blast at Yucca Flats as Exercise ‘Desert Rock I’ reaches its peak. Nov. 1, 1951. (Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration)

Calling for submissions: The Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library invite submissions for a student essay competition in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Previously unpublished essays will be accepted on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including the history of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science or profession.

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay. The prize will be presented at the Friends Annual Dinner in November, 2014.

The contest is open to current students in any of the schools of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as to affiliated residents and fellows.

Word limit
No more than 2500 words

October 15, 2014

Please send entries in pdf format to

For further information contact:
Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Special Collections

Book Review: How the NIH can help you get funded

The process for acquiring funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can often be extensive and perplexing. The book, How the NIH Can Help You Get Funded: An Insider’s Guide to Grant Strategy by Michelle L. Kienholz and Jeremy M. Berg attempts to simplify the grant writing process by providing a clear understanding of NIH culture and explaining the mechanisms that drive grant approval. The authors provide tips for identifying program officers, establishing effective channels of communication, and developing strategies for identifying the most appropriate funding opportunities. The book offers practical advice for developing a personal grant strategy, and is recommended for both seasoned and unseasoned researchers.

NIH_imageMichelle L. Kienholz has extensive experience working with scientists, clinicians, and public health researchers to develop grant applications for almost every federal agency. Kienholz is also an avid blogger who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with the research community. Her blog, Medical Writing, Editing and Grantsmanship, encourages productive conversation among researchers from all disciplines.

Jeremy M. Berg was Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the NIH for eight years. Prior to his service at the NIH, Berg spent 19 years at John Hopkins University where he received numerous awards for research and teaching. Currently, he is on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he holds several key administrative positions and continues to conduct research in computational biology and personalized medicine.

This book is available in print at the Briscoe Library. For more information check the library catalog.

Leisure Reading at the Briscoe Library

Wanna get away? Explore the Leisure Reading Collection at the Briscoe Library and escape the stresses of daily life for a while . The Leisure Collection consists of approximately 50 books and 10 popular magazines, and is located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library in the seating area across from the Circulation Desk.

The leisure books include a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, many of which are best sellers. In this collection you can expect to find books about mystery, romance, history, biography, science fiction, and more. The leisure books are provided through a subscription-based service, so book titles are rotated quarterly. New books are selected every three months so be sure to check the shelf periodically for new titles.  All leisure books can be checked out for a period of two weeks.

For a complete list of the leisure books click here.


The popular magazines are located next to the current journals, however they are for use in the library and do not circulate. Some of the titles in the popular magazine collection include: National Geographic, Business Week, PC World, MacWorld, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, and The New Yorker.

The Leisure Collection is funded through library donations. Titles are currently selected by library staff, but suggestions are welcome. Send suggestions to

Lisa Matye Finnie Appointed Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Congratulations to Lisa Matye Finnie, who was appointed in February as the Assistant Records and Archives Librarian.  She will report to Anne Comeaux, Records Management Officer and Asst. Director for Special Collections, and will have her office in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library building.

Lisa received her Masters in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2009.  She has worked part-time since 2009 at the Briscoe Library, where she worked in cataloging print and electronic books, managing electronic book collections, organizing course reserves, and participating in weeding and inventory projects.  She has also added items to the Digital Archive using CONTENTdm and looks forward to adding many more historical materials from the Special Collections so they may be viewed online.

In her new position, Lisa will learn about records management policies for the university and help with answering questions, teaching classes, and performing records reviews.  She will also help with processing of archival records and creating finding aids to help researchers locate needed materials.  Lisa has an interest in history and enjoys working with the many historical materials in the Special Collections.

Lisa Finnie, new Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Lisa Finnie, new Assistant Records and Archives Librarian

Jeremy Mercier Graduates

JeremyJeremy Mercier, a member of the Library Technology Department, completed his Masters in Information Science from the University of North Texas. Jeremy joined the team in October after serving as an intern over the summer. Congratulations Jeremy!

Featured New Books for March 2014

Advances in nutrition and cancer / Vincenzo Zappia, Salvatore Panico, Gian Luigi Russo, Alfredo Budillon, Fulvio Della Ragione, editors.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, c2014.
QZ 266 A244 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Developing evidence-based generalist practice skills [electronic resource] / edited by Bruce A. Thyer, Catherine N. Dulmus, Karen M. Sowers.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Diabetes [electronic resource] : oxidative stress and dietary antioxidant /
edited by Victor R. Preedy.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Endodontics [electronic resource] 4th ed. / edited by Kishor Gulabivala, Yuan-Ling Ng.
Edinburgh : Elsevier, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Essentials of pharmacoeconomics, 2nd ed. / Karen L. Rascati.
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2014.
QV 736 R223e 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Quest for the cure [electronic resource] : reflections on the evolution of breast cancer treatment /
George R. Blumenschein.
Oxford : Elsevier Science, 2013.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Treatment planning for person-centered care [electronic resource] : shared decision making for whole health, 2nd ed. /
Neal Adams, Diane M. Grieder.
London : Academic Press, 2014.
Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Wheater’s functional histology : a text and colour atlas, 6th ed. / Barbara Young,
Geraldine O’Dowd, Phillip Woodford.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Churchill Livingston/Elsevier, 2014.
QS 517 F979 2014.Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



For a complete list of new titles added in the month of March click here.

Purchase suggestions? Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian.

Briscoe and Ramirez Libraries will host workshop on digitization

The Briscoe Library in San Antonio and the Ramirez Library in Harlingen will host an online workshop, What You Need to Know About Starting a Digitization Project, provided by the American Library Association and sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Date: Wednesday, February 19th
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074), and Ramirez Library, RAHC

In this 90 minute workshop, digitization expert Susanne Caro will show you what you need to get started if you are new to digitization. You’ll learn about how to assess different materials for digitization, how to get buy-in and resources for your project, and ways to familiarize yourself with the different tools that can help you do the work.

The program will cover:

  • Basic information and research needs
  • Collection selection
  • Where to find financial and human resources
  • Awareness of digital preservation needs
  • The basics of copyright as it relates to digitization

Participants will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for this event.

For more information contact Andrea N. Schorr, for the San Antonio workshop (210) 567-2403 or email:  Contact Kathy Carter for the Harlingen workshop (956) 365-8857 or email:

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News from the Libraries – February 2014

The February issue of News from the Libraries is now available.  For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

New Library Exhibit Features Children’s Art

Libraries Host Digitization Workshop

Libraries Save Money by Working Together

Library Education by the Numbers

ACP Medicine is now Scientific American

Book Giveaway

Kathy Carter to Lead Ramirez Library

New Face at Circulation Desk

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Library Workshops

Featured New Books

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