News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Nov 7 Webinar: Lessons Learned from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks Angelo State

The Briscoe Library is hosting a Texas Department of State Health Services Grand Rounds webinar.

Date: Wednesday, Nov 7
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074)

On October 4, 1951 Henrietta Lacks, an African-American mother of five died of cervical cancer on a segregated ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore at the age of 31. Yet her legacy lives in an immortal cell line generated from her cancerous tumor. Known as HeLa, the cells harvested and disseminated without her knowledge or consent contributed to major scientific breakthroughs including the polio vaccine, cloning, and chemotherapy, that continue to advance medical research today.

Written by Rebecca Skloot in compelling prose, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles the story of this poor and largely illiterate tobacco farmer and the impact the celebrity of her cells had on her family.

Please join Dr. Kathryn Artnak, a bioethicist and Professor of Nursing at Angelo State University, for a discussion of the many ethical issues surrounding this intriguing narrative.

Continuing Education Credit Hours Available: 1.5 contact hours for Continuing Medical Education (CME); Continuing Nursing Education (CNE); Social Workers; Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and Master-Certified Health Education Specialists (M-CHES); Registered Sanitarians; LCDC, LPC, LMFT; and certificate of attendance. Ethics credit for physicians and social workers.

To register to earn CE Credit:

  1. Sign up for a TRAIN Texas account; use your full email address as your login name.
  2. Register for TRAIN Course ID 1034529, click on the “Registration” tab, select the type of credit you wish to receive, and click the “Register” button to the right of the  the location “UT Health Science Center San Antonio”.

Copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks are available for checkout at the Briscoe Library and the Ramirez Library at the Ramirez Library at the RAHC, and at the San Antonio Public Library.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was the One Community/One Book selection for 2010.

Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections

History of Medicine lecture on November 8- Apocalypse Cow: The Strange Rise and Fortunate Decline of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Gregory Anstead MD, PhD, Director, Immunosuppression and Infectious Disease Clinics, Veterans Healthcare System, will be the speaker at the next Noon Lecture of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.  He will speak on the topic, Apocalypse Cow- The Strange Rise and Fortunate Decline of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, popularly known as Mad Cow Disease.  The Noon Lecture Series provides opportunities for informal learning and conversation. Everyone is invited.  Please feel free to bring your lunch.

For more information about the Noon Lecture Series contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian,


The Many Faces of India – Exhibit for International Education Week on Display in November and December

Saffron TurbanThe Many Faces of India, photos by San Antonio photographer Deborah Keller-Rihn, opens in the Information Commons of the Briscoe Library on Wednesday, November 14.  The International Relations Committee will host a reception at noon in the Howe Conference Room of the Briscoe Library.  The exhibit, which has been planned in connection with International Education Week activities, will remain on display through the end of December.

Deborah Keller-Rihn has served as fine arts facilitator at Edgewood Independent School District, education curator at the San Antonio Museum of Art, program director at Bihl Haus Arts, arts program manager at Centro Cultural Aztlan, and as an independent curator and organizer for exhibits, cultural events, workshops and classes in the San Antonio area for over 25 years.  Currently, she teaches classes in photography, fine arts and the humanities at Northwest Vista College, and also maintains a studio in the Blue Star Arts Complex.

Keller-Rihn describes herself as a community oriented artist and teacher, and views art as a powerful tool for spiritual growth and social transformation.

Remembering Pat Ireland Nixon Jr., MD

P.I. Nixon, Jr. passed away on October 20, 2012.

We are sad to report the recent passing of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon Jr., son of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, for whom the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is named.

The younger Dr. Nixon, who passed away on October 20 at the age of 99 years old, was a constant friend and an ardent supporter of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Born May 28, 1913, Dr. Nixon graduated from the University of Texas, Austin and went on to attend Duke University Medical School, graduating in 1939.  He completed his internship in Baltimore, MD and served in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Hospital, where he met his wife, Army Nurse Lt. Ruby Baker. Together, they had three children, Pat III, Margaret and John.  Dr. Nixon was stationed at West Point during World War II, and practiced medicine in San Antonio from 1946 until his retirement.

Dr. Pat, as he was known, is survived by his wife, Della; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Kennedy and Mrs. Nancy LaBounty and two sons, Pat Ireland Nixon III and John Nixon and his brother, Thomas A. Nixon, and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

The family of Dr. Nixon has generously asked that memorials be sent to the P.I. Nixon Medical History Library.  Checks can be made to UTHSCSA Library and sent to the University of Texas Health Science Center, Briscoe Library Mail Code 7940, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio Texas 78229.  

Whiteboard walls? We’re trying them out on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library

Whiteboard WallsWhiteboard walls are being tested in three group study rooms on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.  If they prove to be durable and problem-free, they will be installed in additional study rooms.

The walls use whiteboard film that is applied over a prepared wall surface, beginning three feet from the floor and extending to the ceiling.  Special markers are available in each room, and must be used on the whiteboard surface.

Librarians participate in Medical Library Association chapter meeting

The South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association held its annual meeting October 13-17 in Lubbock.  Briscoe librarians Jonquil Feldman, Katie Prentice and Peg Seger attended committee meetings and general sessions. Katie’s attendance at the meeting was sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-South Central Region, as a recipient of a one-year Emerging Leaders Fellowship.  Jonquil was appointed to the Chapter’s Nominating Committee.

Presentations included:

  • Poster by Peg Seger, Rajia Tobia, Jonquil Feldman, and Greysi Reyna, “Outreach to South Texas Health Professionals: A legacy of over 20 years of service at the UT Health Science Center Libraries.”
  •  Paper by Jonquil Feldman, Chris Gaspard, Angela E. Myatt, Katie Prentice, Peg Seger and Rajia Tobia, “Changing All Those Changes: Staying flexible and dynamic in times of transition.”

Health Science Center recognizes two members of the library staff for their years of service

Patrick Lemelle and Louie Barcenes both received service awards in October.

Patrick Lemelle and Louie Barcenes both received service awards in October.

Two members of the library staff received milestone service awards in October:

Patrick Lemelle, Senior Outreach Library Assistant, received his 20 year service award.

Louie Barcenes, Senior Library Clerical Assistant, received his 25 year service award.

We congratulate Patrick and Louie on their service to the UT System and at the University of Texas Health Science Center!



Two new databases support career development

For those in need of assistance with job searching or contemplating a change in career, The Libraries have made available Learning Express Library and Job and Career Accelerator, both compliments of the TexShare state-wide library resource sharing program.  Links to the databases can be found on our database list on the library’s webpage.  Both sites require registration to fully access the content.

Learning Express Library is an online platform that provides a comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources.  It provides over 800 practice tests and tutorials in some career fields, exercises, skill-building courses, and other information needed to assist in finding a job or starting a new career.  GED, SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and other test practice exams are also included.  Individuals can prepare for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests in civil service, firefighting, EMS, and healthcare among others.

Job and Career Accelerator is an integrated online career advancement and job search platform.  It assists in searching for a job or career, helps to create a resume, and allows users to apply for one of many jobs listed on their site.  Individuals can create a resume using more than 120 model resumes, 750 action words, and nearly 25,000 keywords by job classification.  Job and Career Accelerator also provides resources in learning basic computer skills, as well as computer programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

Louie Barcenes, Senior Library Clerical Assistant

Job and Career Accelerator


New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library in November

A Primer on Clinical Experience in MedicineA primer on clinical experience in medicine : reasoning, decision making, and communication in health sciences / Milos Jenicek.
Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, c2013.
WB 102 J51p 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Neuro-0phthalmologyNeuro-ophthalmology / editors, Peter J. Savino, Helen V. Danesh-Meyer.
Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WW 17 S267c 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




APA Style Guide to Electronic ReferencesAPA style guide to electronic references.
Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2012.
WZ 345 A512pe 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




The Patient HistoryThe patient history : an evidence-based approach to differential diagnosis, 2nd ed. / edited by Mark C. Henderson, Lawrence M. Tierney, Jr., Gerald W. Smetana.
New York : McGraw-Hill Medical, c2012.
WB 290 T564c 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Publishing & Presenting Clinical ResearchPublishing and presenting clinical research, 3rd ed. / Warren S. Browner.

Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2012.
WZ 345 B884p 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Endoscopic Sinus SurgeryEndoscopic sinus surgery : optimizing outcomes and avoiding failures / edited by Rodney J. Schlosser and Richard J. Harvey.
San Diego : Plural Publishing, c2012.
WV 340 E57 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record




Evidence Based Physical TherapyEvidence based physical therapy / Linda Fetters, Julie Tilson.
Philadelphia : F.A. Davis Co., c2012.
WB 460 F421e 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record



Physician salary & benefits report 2012 : hospital-based and group practice.
Oakland , N.J. : Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service, c2012.
WX 16 C737 2012. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record

News from the Libraries — October 2012

New Furniture 5th Floor

Student response to the new furniture on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library has been very positive. Learn more about recent changes in this issue of News from the Libraries.

 Briscoe Library’s new furniture gets rave reviews

History of Medicine Society will hold organizational meeting October 3

 Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library- Annual Dinner and Presentation is November 7

Library classes for October and November

UT Health Science Center Libraries will participate in October health literacy events

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Red Cross releases mobile hurricane and first aid apps

Regulation of Research on Human Subjects: American Association of University Professors issues a new report

Reach Out and Read: Physician Assistant program is collecting books for children

New to the shelves of the Briscoe Library

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