News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Students Gather for Essay Award Presentation


The Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library which is housed on the Briscoe Library 5th floor. The competition is open  to all students, residents and fellows at UT Health in San Antonio. This year, due to a generous donation by Rajia Tobia, the past Executive Director of the UT Health Libraries who began the competition in honor of her late husband Danny Jones, there were five award winners. Winners were recognized during the Library Student Fiesta. From left to right in the first photo below are: Farhan Ahmad (1st place winner), Amanda Lipsitt (3rd place), Rajia Tobia, Adeyinka Dayo (5th place Honorable Mention), and Steven Bunin (4th place). The 2nd place award winner, Omar Akram, is not pictured. In the second photo, Farhan Ahmad presents on his essay topic.


Essay Titles:

  1. Farhan Ahmad, School of Medicine – Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement
  2. Omar Akram, School of Medicine – Bad Blood: Medical and Ethical Implications of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
  3. Amanda E. Lipsitt MD, first year fellow – The History of the Disease of “Stigmata” and a Reflection on How History Can Create Biases that Negatively Affect Medical Management
  4. Steven Bunin, School of Medicine – Human Dissection and Attitudes Regarding this Procedure in the History of Medicine and Medical Education: Degradation Becomes Honor as the Cadaver is Transformed
  5. Adeyinka F. Dayo, School of Dentistry – The Evolution of the X-Ray and Its Implications for Humanity

YWCA and CPS Health Fair and Family Day


Photo credit: YWCA San Antonio

Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, represented the Library at the YWCA and CPS Health Resource Fair and Family Day on Saturday, April 14, at Sul Ross Middle School. The event had over 65 vendors, who were each tasked with providing a kid-friendly activity at their tables, and more than 100 attendees. There were free health screenings, free groceries provided by HEB, and a range of resources given away. Additionally, over 50 door prizes were raffled, including one (shown in the photo) that was provided by the Libraries. The event was intended to reach kinship care families and was in part funded by a grant received by San Antonio Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (YWCA). Child advocates and community leaders such as Senator Jose Menendez, State Representative Ina Minjarez, and Judge Peter Sakai were also present and spoke during the event.

Thank You to Library Exam-Time Refreshment Sponsors!


While students are hard at work in the Library studying for exams, a number of generous sponsors have been providing refreshments on some evenings. The refreshments give students a chance to take a short break in the Library to re-energize and socialize before getting back to an evening of study.

Monday, April 30th: School of Nursing

Tuesday, May 1st: Student Life

Wednesday, May 2nd: School of Health Professions

Wednesday, May 9th: Graduate Student Association

The Library hopes to continue exam-time refreshments each semester. If you or your school, department or committee are interested in providing a sponsorship, please contact Peg Seger, 210-567-6398,


Featured New Books/E-books for May 2018

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Resource Management.


Student Fiesta Fun!


On April 24th, UT Health students got to have some fun with their own Fiesta! Sponsored by the Library, students took part in a Fiesta photo wall, coloring portions of a super-sized fiesta-themed poster, painting, and making fiesta flowers. There were also two therapy dogs on site.


Later in the day, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted an Open House and exhibited photos of the collection that were taken by a former UT Health librarian.



News from the Libraries April 2018

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

Get Some Exercise at the Library!

Library Fiesta Events on April 24

We Have a Winner!: The 2018 History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

Diane Fotinos: Former Physician Assistant, Future Librarian

Book Giveaway April 16-20

Featured New Books/E-books for April 2018

See all past issues of News From the Libraries

Get Some Exercise at the Library!

Did you know that you can exercise and study at the same time?

Well, now you can, and you will have a great view of our beautiful campus!

Come to the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library to check out the new equipment.

There are 3 exercise bikes with attached desk-tops that can be used night or day, 24/7/365.

Standing power hubs are also available to charge your phone or laptop while you are exercising.

Stay tuned for a treadmill desk coming soon.

Library Fiesta Events on April 24

Save the date for the Student Fiesta and Fiesta Open House on April 24.

The Student Fiesta will run from 11am to 2pm with lots of fun activities and refreshments.

The Fiesta Open House from 4pm to 7pm will showcase the collection of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library with a focus on local San Antonio history in light of the Tricentennial.

Connecting both events will be a presentation by the student award winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad.

Please join us for a day full of enjoyment and enlightenment!

We Have a Winner!: The 2018 History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

On March 29, the winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad, was presented with a check by Senior Director of Libraries Owen Ellard. Farhan won the 2018 competition with his essay, Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement. The annual $500 award is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Farhan will be giving a presentation on his essay on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. The presentation will cap off activities during the UT Health Library Student Fiesta and will lead into the P.I. Nixon Library Fiesta Open House also happening on the 24th.

Farhan is a first year medical student at the Long School of Medicine, and is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated from UTSA’s Honors College in the FAME B.S./M.D. program. His essay topic is a historical review of advancements in knee care from major time points in recorded human history.

“The knee,” Farhan explains, “when diseased or broken, is like any part of the body in that it tells a story. However, there is scarce documentation of medical history regarding knee injuries and developments. I found that many advancements in knee care (both operative and non-operative) contributed to and came from general advancements in the history of medicine. Some advancements were helpful to the patient while others may not have been. Ultimately, in every civilization across time, the knee was a universal concern and human curiosity pushed forth new ideas, which I aimed to capture in my essay. As the rates of knee osteoarthritis continue to increase in the U.S., my paper is a timely meditation on the progress we have made so far, as well as a reminder that there is much to discover.”

Diane Fotinos: Former Physician Assistant, Future Librarian


Diane Fotinos, Library Clerical Assistant, is earning a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) degree from the University of North Texas and applying her knowledge and skills in medicine, cataloguing, archives, and materials preservation in the Resources Management unit at Briscoe Library. Diane has a unique background that makes her an invaluable asset to the library. She is a former Physician Assistant with eight years of experience in Pediatrics and Dermatology. As a student in the Child Health Associate program at the University of Colorado Medical School, she completed clinical internships in Neonatology in East Los Angeles and worked with the Navajo population in Gallup, NM.

After relocating every few years with her husband, a now retired Air Force MD, and taking time off to raise her two children, Diane said she was looking for a career change, yet still wanted to use her medical background. A good friend of hers who is a librarian suggested that she consider medical librarianship. She emailed Briscoe Library to inquire about volunteer opportunities, then applied for the clerical position when it became available. In her initial role at Briscoe Library, Diane assisted the library with creating cases and providing demos of the BodyViz 3D anatomy visualization software as part of the Simulation and Immersion Technology unit.

Diane expects to graduate in 2020 with an Archival Studies certificate in addition to the MSLS. Also, she has been accepted into the 17th annual Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University, a week-long summer program that provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to the history of books and printing. Diane said that she really enjoys special collections, rare books, and the creativity of archiving and cataloguing, and loves anatomy and the history of anatomy, so her dream job is working in an academic or medical academic archival setting.