News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Barefoot Heart author speaks about migrant experience, education and achievement

Elva Trevino Hart

Elva Treviño Hart taught two journaling workshops at the Spring Conference of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy on Saturday, February 25.

An audience of more than 400 gathered on Friday, February 24 to attend a presentation by Elva Treviño Hart, author of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child.  The program was part of  One Community/One Book  2012, a project jointly planned by The Libraries and the San Antonio Public Library, with broad support from the UT Health Science Center community and funding from Humanities Texas.

More than 320 attended the program in the newly remodeled Holly Auditorium on February 24.  Audiences also watched via video conferencing from the Harlingen and Laredo campuses, from the Institute for Health Promotion Research, and via web link.

Treviño Hart reflected on changes that have taken place in the lives of migrant farm workers over the years:  She believes farm workers are more vulnerable today than in the 1950s because of increased use of toxic chemicals, and because a larger proportion of the migrant workforce is undocumented, and thus unable to press claims when they are treated unfairly.   She responded at length out of her personal experience to a question about folk remedies and healing practices of  Mexican American communities in South Texas.

Ms. Treviño Hart also read two passages from the recently-released book, Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon, by Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa.  One of the passages spoke about the continuing reality of racial prejudice that is experienced even by professional health care workers.  The other was about the beauty of the human brain, which transcends racial and ethnic differences.

Treviño Hart was in San Antonio from Tuesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 26 in connection with One Community/One Book 2012.  Tuesday evening she attended a book discussion hosted by Dr. Eileen Breslin, Dean of the School of Nursing.  She had lunch on Wednesday with the Committee for the Advancement of Women and Minorities, and later attended a book discussion hosted by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries.  On Thursday morning Treviño Hart and Dr. Irene Chapa of the Office of Recruitment and Science Outreach met with 60 students, plus approximately 20 parents, at San Antonio Independent School District’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy; Treviño Hart spoke about the importance of setting personal goals and seeking out the help of others.  Later that evening, she spoke to an audience of 135 at the San Antonio Public Library Central Library.  On Saturday, Hart was the keynote speaker at the Spring Conference of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy.  She conducted two conference workshops on journaling that were attended by 50 teachers.

Altogether, more than 600 individuals have attended One Community/One Book events this year.  Additional discussion groups are scheduled later in March and early April.

Partners in One Community/One Book 2012 include the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching; the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics; the Office of Recruitment and Science Outreach; Michael Lichtenstein, M.D.; and Rajam Ramamurthy, M.D., all of the UT Health Science Center.  The program is also funded in part by Humanities Texas, the local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian

 

 

Primary Care Week is March 19-23: “Everyone’s at the table”

stethoscope

UTHSCSA Primary Care Week, March 19-23, 2012

PRIMARY CARE TOWN HALL & EXHIBITION

March 21, 2012; Exhibition, 11:30 a.m.- 3:00p.m.; Town Hall, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Pestana Lecture Hall (3.104/MS2)

Keynote: James L. Holly, MD, “Progress in Primary Care”

Reception to follow

The Health Science Center will hold its first Primary Care Week March 19-23, 2011.  Sponsored by various UT Health Science Center departments and organizations, the event is planned to honor health professionals who carry out the important work of primary care.

During the week of March 19-23, daily programs will be devoted to discussion of primary care issues and topics led by faculty, students and local health care practitioners.  On Wednesday, March 21, a Primary Care Exhibition and Town Hall will be held in the Pestana Lecture Hall foyer.  An exhibition with poster sessions and exhibits will be featured from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, followed by a Town Hall in the Pestana Lecture Hall from 3:00-5:00 p.m. with Dr. James L. Holly delivering the keynote address.

The Briscoe Library will be an exhibitor at this event, highlighting the services librarians and library staff offer to the campus and health professionals in our region.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Viola Elisco, Department of Family & Community Medicine; Email:  elisco@uthscsa.edu;   Phone: (210) 562-6550.

 

 

Community Service Learning in April: Pediatrician will speak about homeless and at-risk youth

Book cover: Ask Me Why I Hurt

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics will offer opportunities to discuss Dr. Christensen's book.

Randy Christensen, MD MPH, author of Ask Me Why I Hurt, will be a featured speaker at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics‘ Fifth Annual Community Service Learning Conference on April 5, 2012.  The Libraries and the Center are encouraging students, faculty and staff to read Ask Me Why I Hurt and participate in group discussions about the book in advance of the author’s visit.

Dr. Christensen is a pediatrician for Phoenix Children’s Hospital who operates the Crews’n Healthmobile, a 38-foot mobile medical unit that goes out into the streets of central Arizona to provide free healthcare services to homeless and at-risk youth, as well as referrals for housing, food, GED, substance abuse, employment, obtaining identification, legal services, and health insurance.

Ask Me Why I Hurt is Dr. Christensen’s memoir of his work  caring for society’s throwaway kids—the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators.  You can learn more about the book and author at AskMeWhyIHurt.com, and follow Dr. Christensen on Twitter (@AskMeWhyIHurt).

We encourage you to pick up a copy of Ask Me Why I Hurt at the Health Science Center Libraries, the HSC Bookstore, the San Antonio Public Library, or your local library.  The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics will sponsor upcoming book discussion opportunities prior to the event;  check http://bit.ly/csl2012read for more information.  Then join us on April 5, 2012 for the Community Service Learning Conference, where Dr. Christensen and Julie Watson LPN will speak on “Why do you do what you do? Caring for Underserved Populations.” at 3:35pm.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

TEDMED will offer opportunities for inspiration, innovation, and imagination

Collage of images from TEDMEDInteractive Simulcast at the UT Health Science Center, April 10-13, 2012

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.

Normally, onsite delegates to TEDMED pay an event fee of $4,950 to attend.  This April,  TEDMED can be experienced right here at the Health Science Center at no charge.  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) — that puts you in the front row of  TEDMED 2012 right here on campus.

Go to http://bit.ly/tedmedhsc for session times and locations.  If you’re planning to attend, please use the form on that page to RSVP.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Luke Rosenberger at rosenberger@uthscsa.edu or (210) 567-2486.

Librarians in the news

Photograph of Angela MyattAngela Myatt, Curriculum Liaison Librarian, has been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Epidemiology.  Angela will be supporting the mission of the division with literature searches for existing and future  grant applications, by keeping current with grant opportunities relevant to the division and  by instructing  faculty, residents and students on the principles of evidence based clinical practice, including PICO, the evidence cycle, and critical appraisal skills.



Photograph of Chris Gaspard, Katie Prentice, and Eric Willman holding their bookChris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan; Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services; and Eric Willman, Systems Librarian contributed to the newly published Introduction to Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals. The book was edited by Dennis Blessing, Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions,– and Glenn Forister, Director of Physician Assistant Studies.

Introduction to Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals is designed to guide writers through the complete research process.  It begins with the reasons for and importance of scholarship, then continues with the research and writing process and concludes with uses for research.

The three librarians contributed to “Chapter 17: References”, which covers several common writing styles used in scholarly and professional writing.  The chapter includes information about identifying instructions to authors and using the internet for research.  In addition, it covers ethical writing and the basics of copyright.

A copy of the book has been ordered for the Briscoe Library.

 

New consumer website: NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

The National Institutes of Health has created a new website, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You (http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/) to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.

NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/


 
Clinical trials are essential for identifying and understanding ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Research has shown that among the greatest challenges to recruitment of volunteers is the lack of general knowledge about what trials involve, where they are carried out, and who may participate.

Visitors to the website will find information about:

  • The basics of clinical trial participation
  • First hand experiences from actual clinical trial volunteers
  • Explanations from researchers
  • Links on how to search for a trial or enroll in a research matching program

In addition, health care professionals can read about evidence-based strategies for talking with patients about trials, print audience-tested posters to help promote trials in clinics and offices, and find other educational materials.

NIH supports clinical research trials across the country and throughout the world. NIH’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about clinical research and educate potential clinical trial participants about the option of a clinical trial is vital to developing public support and understanding for how clinical research drives medical discovery and improves health outcomes.

Mobile access to TOXNET® is now available

Toxnet Mobile AccessTOXNET®, the National Library of Medicine’s integrated database of hazardous chemicals, toxic releases and environmental health information, is now accessible from any mobile device.

Launch mobile TOXNET at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/pda/.

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

The big picture : gross anatomy The big picture : gross anatomy / David A. Morton, K. Bo Foreman, Kurt H. Albertine.
New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2011.
QS 18.2 M891b 2011.

 

 

Bates' nursing guide to physical examination and history taking Bates’ nursing guide to physical examination and history taking / Beth Hogan-Quigley, Mary Louise Palm, Lynn S. Bickley.
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WY 100.4 H714b 2012.

 

 

Cancer disparities : causes and evidence-based solutionsCancer disparities : causes and evidence-based solutions / Ronit Elk, Hope Landrine, editors.
New York : Springer Publishing, c2012.
QZ 220.AA1 C215 2012.

 

 

 

Netter's head and neck anatomy for dentistry

Netter’s head and neck anatomy for dentistry, 2nd ed. / Neil S. Norton ; illustrations by Frank H. Netter ; contributing illustrators, Carlos A.G. Machado … [et al.].
Philadelphia, Pa. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2012.
WU 17 N886n 2012.

 

 

Principles of translational science in medicine : from bench to bedside Principles of translational science in medicine : from bench to bedside / edited by Martin Wehling ; foreword by Francesco M. Marincola.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2010.
W 20.55.T7 P957 2010.

 

 

 

Systematic reviews to support evidence-based medicine : how to review and apply findings of healthcare research, 2nd ed.Systematic reviews to support evidence-based medicine : how to review and apply findings of healthcare research, 2nd ed. / Kalid Khan … [et al.].
London : Hodder Arnold, c2011.
WB 102.5 S995 2011.

 

Andrea N. Schorr, Collection Resources Librarian

 

News from the Libraries – February 2012

Jove-Journal of Visualized Experiments

The Libraries now subcribe to the Journal of Visualized Experiments. Learn more about it in this issue of News from the Libraries.

In the news this month:

Hear Elva Trevino Hart: Author to speak at noon on February 24

One Community/One Book: Find out how you can participate

Library classes for February and March

Chocolate: Exhibit opens February 10

Briscoe Library adds more hours for study

Anne Comeaux earns designation as Certified Records Manager

Featured resource: Journal of Visualized Experiments

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

New resources from the National Library of Medicine

Hear Elva Treviño Hart: Author to speak February 24

Photograph of Elva Trevino Hart

Elva Treviño Hart will speak in the Holly Auditorium at noon on Friday, February 24.

Elva Treviño Hart, author of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child, is the featured guest for this year’s One Community/One Book program.  She will speak Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Holly Auditorium on the campus of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.  The program will be followed by a book signing.

The program can also be viewed via videoconferencing in Harlingen (RAHC 2.120) and Laredo (AB 1.106).  Update (2/23): For those who can’t attend in person, the program will also be webcast live.  Tune in at http://bit.ly/ETH0224 at 12 noon CST on the day of the presentation.

“My whole childhood, I never had a bed,” Hart’s story begins. It traces her journey from rural South Texas and the beet farms of the Upper Midwest to the graceful campus of Stanford University and, eventually, corporate America.

The book vividly details the deprivation and discrimination faced by the Treviños, along with their joys, triumphs and everyday life. Hart went on to earn degrees in theoretical mathematics and computer science/engineering, which allowed her to make more money than she had ever dreamed possible. Still, she felt out of place, and she ultimately left the corporate world and used writing to bridge her past and present.

The importance of storytelling is a thread that is woven throughout Barefoot Heart.  As a young  child in the mid- 1950s, Hart would wait by the family car during the long hours that her parents and her five siblings worked in the beet fields of Minnesota and Wisconsin.  She would make up stories to pass the time.  Later in the evenings, the family would gather to listen and to tell stories.  In a world without toys, books or television, storytelling was both art and entertainment.

In Barefoot Heart, Hart gathers the stories of several lifetimes within one cover.  Each chapter begins with a dicho, or saying.  She says she organized her writing in this way to honor her father, who sometimes would make  up dichos on the spot, though he also knew many traditional Mexican folk sayings.  Each dicho carries the  same message of the chapter that follows.  “I wanted to take people with me to the migrant camps and the fields so they could see what it was like,” she told an interviewer last March, when Barefoot Heart was selected for a community read in Huntington Beach, California.

“I didn’t start out wanting to write a book,” she says.  Instead, she signed up for a “write your life story” class at a local YMCA.  One of her classmates loved Hart’s stories so much she shared them with her husband, a communications professor, who decided to feature them at an annual short story event he hosted.  At the end of the evening, the professor got a standing ovation, and people said they would like to buy the book. “That’s when I decided it might be a book,” she says.

Elva Trevino Hart’s February 24 presentation on the UT Health Science Center’s Long campus is part of One Community/One Book 2012.  Partners in this year’s program include the San Antonio Public Library– where Hart will speak on the evening of Thursday, February 23, the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching.

The program is  made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

More information about One Community/One Book can be found on the project website: http://library.uthscsa.edu/2012/01/onebook/.

Download a printed flyer for One Community/ One Book, and help us spread the word:

http://library.uthscsa.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ocob2012poster.pdf.

Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian with Sheila Hotchkin, Media Communications Officer