News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine: Calendar of Events

Illustration of an alchemy workshop, courtesy National Library of Medicine

Opening Reception and Presentation

Monday, October 11, 2010 – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.,
Howe Conference Room

C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D.
Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion, Department of Religion, Trinity University

“Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Isaac Newton

What do Sir Isaac Newton, Albus Dumbledore, and Professor Severus Snape have in common?  What is the difference between the Philosopher’s Stone, a Horcrux, and a Crucifix? What does J.K. Rowling share with the gospel writer Matthew?  Dr. C. Mackenzie Brown will answer these questions in exploring the relation of religion and natural philosophy in the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and their role in the development of modern science.

Friends Lunchtime Presentation

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Pestana Lecture Hall

Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cellular & Structural Biology, UT Health Science Center

“Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance”

Would you like to have a recipe for a “good vomit” or learn how to make an effective theriac?  Do you know why Professor Sprout wore earmuffs or how to diagnose melancholy from a urine sample? You will find the answers to these questions in the talk by Dr. Charleen Moore on the medicinal practices of the Renaissance. She will also discuss the humeral basis of disease and describe two of the oldest medicinal botanical gardens in the world at Padua and Oxford.

Saturday Event for Young Readers

Saturday, October 23, 2010 – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Howe Conference Room

Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Texas at San Antonio

“A Little Muggle Magic: The Wisdom of Harry Potter for Families”

Having read the entire Potter series eight times over  and gathered insights from a large brood of grandsons, Dr. Thompson is eminently qualified to reflect on the most interesting customs of both the muggle and the magical worlds.

For Students Attending Science Expo

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Howe Conference Room

Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UT Health Science Center

“Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages”

In the Middle Ages, there were a few good doctors and lots of bad ones, operating in a context of  ignorance.  The practice of medicine was very dangerous for patients—and even for doctors– who met various unpleasant ends when their medicine failed, as it often did.

Keith Cogdill selected for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Keith Cogdill, Director of South Texas Regional Information Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Libraries, has been selected to be a member of the 2010-2011 class of the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program. Dr. Cogdill has been paired with a mentor, Cynthia L. Henderson, Executive Director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University.  In the coming year he, along with four other fellows, will have the opportunity to develop his knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment.   The purpose of the fellowship program is to prepare emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.

Libraries partner with School of Nursing, others, in diabetes study

Dr. Adelita Cantu of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing and colleagues from UTSA, the Texas Diabetes Institute, and The Libraries recently received funding from the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science for a one-year pilot project on diabetes education. The purpose of the partnership is to learn more about how Mexican Americans with diabetes or at risk for diabetes use health information to make daily decisions about self care.

Investigators hope to determine whether participation in Salsa Caliente, a specially tailored curriculum, and enhanced education about accessing health information on the Internet will make a difference in diabetes awareness, management, and knowledge versus participation in Salsa Caliente alone.

Half of the participants in this project will receive a laptop computer to use at home and will be trained to use MedlinePlus, Healthy Texas and other reliable Internet sites. The other half of the participants will receive general education and will not have immediate access to a computer.   The project will end on April 30, 2011.

Farewell to Gary Goodson

Gary Goodson

The staff of The Libraries wish Gary Goodson, Outreach Library Assistant in the Briscoe Library, all the best as he and his wife Robin prepare to move to Atlanta. Gary’s last day in the library was Thursday, September 23.

Gary has made many significant contributions to the library’s outreach programs. Thanks to his efforts, the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) website has been revamped, and we now have online evaluation instruments for our outreach activities. Gary has also prepared  monthly newsletters for all CLHIN participants. He represented The Libraries at several health fairs, and  provided valuable program support at the evidence-based practice summer institute in July. He has also done a masterful job coordinating the renewal of our contracts with CLHIN institutions.

Once settled in Atlanta, Gary will continue his online studies in the Master’s of Library Science program at the University of North Texas, while his wife completes a fellowship in public health at the Centers for Disease Control.  We wish them all the best!

Student Global Health – Organization mounts photo exhibition accompanied by narration in the Briscoe Library

Twenty photographs currently on display in the Briscoe Library Information Commons document the global health experiences— struggles, failures and triumphs—  of a group of students and faculty members from the School of Medicine.  The exhibit, which was created by medical students Sheridan Fielding and Katie Gong, includes photos taken in  the far-flung cities of Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Viet Nam.

Narration for the images can be accessed by phone at (210) 390-2077, using stop numbers for each photo.

When the exhibit concludes at the end of November, the photos will become part of the Global Health Silent Auction which will take place Thursday, December 2nd, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the foyer of the Health Science Center Auditorium.

2010 EDUCAUSE Online Conference: In the Briscoe Library October 13-15

The UT Health Science Center Library and Academic Technology Services will co-sponsor viewing of the 2010 EDUCAUSE Online Conference.   The conference begins on Wednesday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude on Friday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m.  Group viewing of the program will be held on October 13 in the Briscoe Library 4th floor Collaboratory and on October 14-15 in 2.011, the library’s electronic classroom. 

A complete schedule for EDUCAUSE Online can be found online.  Please note that the online schedule reflects Pacific time, so times need to be converted to two hours later for Central Standard  Time.  The time zone of the online schedule can be adjusted using the “Change Timezone” link on that page, just above the daily schedule tabs. 

For further information, contact Luke Rosenberger, Director of Library Technology and Historical Collections,

6th Annual Health Literacy Conference: Register now!

Memory Lessons, by Dr. Jerald Winakur

Memory Lessons, by Dr. Jerald Winakur

Friday, October 8, 2010

Doubletree Hotel 502 W. Durango San Antonio TX 78207

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jerald Winakur, author of Memory Lessons—A Doctor’s Story.

To register online, please log on to and click on the main page banner.

News from The Libraries – September 2010

September 2010

In the news this month:

2010-2011 Library Committee Announced

One Community/One Book: Talking About The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Cancer Cell Research: The Way of All Flesh

Libraries offer access to new web-based Netter Presenter

The Libraries launch new e-books page

NCBI Bookshelf: Another source for biomedical books online

September library classes

Jude Lynch to retire after 25 years of library service

Reminder: ERes system to retire in December

Students asked, we listened: Technology upgrades in the Library

Anne Comeaux receives scholarship from ARMA SA

Coming to the Briscoe Library in October: Harry Potter’s World

A printable pdf of this months newsletter is also available.

2010-2011 Library Committee Announced

The mission of the Library Committee is to serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Academic Administration and to work with and assist the Executive Director of Libraries in making recommendations for library practices and procedures; to review and advise in the development of priorities in the areas that have an impact on academic efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that the services provided by the library reflect the needs and interests of the academic community.

The staff of The Libraries wish to thank Dr. Daniel Johnson of the Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, for his service as chair of the Library Committee in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

We are pleased that Dr. Adelita Cantu of the School of Nursing has agreed to chair the Library Committee in 2010-2011.

Faculty Members

Adelita G. Cantu (Chronic Nursing Care) [*committee chair]

Martha X. Baez (Community Dentistry)

Subramanian Dhandayuthapani (Microbiology & Immunology)

Dana English, (Health Professions)

Cherri A. Hicks (Family Nursing Care)

Daniel A. Johnson (Ophthalmology)

Craig M. Klugman (Infectious Disease)

Robert Marcovich (Urology)

Charleen M. Moore (Cellular & Structural Biology)

Martin Schwacha (Surgery)

Helen Sorenson (Health Professions)

Edward F. Wright (Restorative Dentistry)

Student Members

Michelle Falcon (Health Professions)

Whitney G. McBrayer (Dental)

Rehman Sheikh (Medical)

Raymond Taylor (Nursing)

Michael Walsh (Graduate School)

Ex Officio (non-voting) Members

David Hotchkiss (Academic Technology Services)

Rajia C. Tobia (Executive Director of Libraries)

One Community/One Book: Talking about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

In August twenty-six individuals representing UT Health Science Center schools, University Health System, UTSA, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research,  and Southwest Research Institute attended noon-hour workshops to train small-group discussion leaders for One Community/One Book 2010.

Discussion opportunities resulting from the workshops will be posted on the library Web site throughout September as we are notified about them by discussion group leaders.

To register a discussion opportunity and/or post it on the project Web site, fill out the online form (doc file).

For more information about One Community/One Book, about currently listed discussion events, and about related resources, visit the Join the Conversation page.

Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be the featured speaker at the Frank Bryant, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics.  The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics,  will take place in the Parman Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.