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Reminder: Libraries to retire ERes system in December

As reported in May, The Libraries will retire the ERes system (http://eres.library.uthscsa.edu/) used for electronic course reserves at the end of December 2010.  Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted for course reserves.  All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard.

If you need assistance with your ERes account, please contact the Briscoe Library Information Desk at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu. To get started using Blackboard for your courses, call Blackboard Support at (210) 567-7777 option #4.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Reminder: 2014 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

Hieronymous Brunschwig, 1494

Attention students, residents, and fellows!

Is there a story from the history of the health sciences or public health that has inspired you in some way?  That has shaped your understanding of humanity’s quest for scientific knowledge or the development of effective clinical or public health practice?   If so, consider submitting an essay for the 2014 Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Student Essay Competition. The essay can be on any topic related to the history of the health sciences, including history of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, or any other health science or profession.  Previously unpublished essays, including non-winning essays submitted previously, will be accepted.  A prize of $500 will be awarded to the best essay and will be presented at the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library’s Annual Dinner on November  6, 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 Deadline October 15, 2014 Format Please send entries in pdf format to comeaux@uthscsa.edu   For further information contact: Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library 210-567-2428

Reminder: ERes system to retire in December

As reported in May, the Libraries will retire the ERes system (http://eres.library.uthscsa.edu/) used for electronic course reserves at the end of December 2010.  Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted at The Libraries for course reserves.  All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard.

If you need assistance with your ERes account, please contact the Briscoe Library Information Desk at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu. To get started using Blackboard for your courses, call Blackboard Support at (210) 567-7777 option #4.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Report finds that searches for health information continue to rank high among Internet users

According to Health Topics, a report released in February by the Pew Research Center and the California Healthcare Foundation, eight in ten Internet users, or 59% of the U.S. population, search for health information online.  Searches for health information are the third most popular online activity, behind checking email and using search engines.   The report was based on telephone interviews conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010.

Among possible health-related searches, the most frequent (by 66% of respondents) was for information about a specific disease or condition.  Searches of this type have occupied the top spot since 2002, ahead of searches for information about specific medical treatments or procedures, information about physicians and other health professionals, and information about health care facilities.

The Health Topics report is part of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.  The full text of the report can be found online.

Chart: The % of internet users who have looked online for information about...

Resources for Distance Learning Students

Ron Philo to speak about the anatomical art of Leonardo DaVinci

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th Floor

The History of Medicine Society is an interest group within the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The student-led group meets monthly to discuss the historical development of medicine and the health sciences, and the impact of medicine on society.  Membership is open to everyone who is interested in the history of the health professions.

Ron Philo, Ph.D., retired Senior Lecturer, will speak about The Anatomical Drawings of Leonardo DaVinci at the group’s first fall meeting on September 25.

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School of Medicine Class Group Pictures

Class of 1970

Class of 1970 – The Medical School’s First Graduating Class

The Project

The first class picture for the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio was taken in 1970 of the first graduating class.   The class pictures hung for many years in the hallway of the Medical School near the Medical Dean’s office.  They were donated by the Dean’s office to the University Archives in 2014 and have been digitized for inclusion in the Digital Archive.

Pictures for graduating classes for the years 1979-1981, 1984, 1987, 1999-2002,  and 2012-2014 are currently missing from the Digital Archive; if you have a copy of any of these years, or a better copy of those we do have, and would like to lend it to the library for digitization, please contact the Digital Archive Team at DigitalArchive@uthscsa.edu or Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections, at comeaux@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2428.

View Class Pictures

School of Medicine Classes 1970 – 2011

School of Medicine Classes 1970 – 1974

 

Class of 1970

Class of 1970

1970 Commencement Program

Class of 1971

Class of 1971

1971 Commencement Program

MS Class of 1972

Class of 1972

1972 Commencement Program

Class of 1973

Class of 1973

1973 Commencement Program

Class of 1974

Class of 1974

1974 Commencement Program

ScienceDirect and Scopus Maintenance

ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Saturday, July 20 from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM. It is also possible that you may experience service disruptions such as slower response times and unexpected outages throughout the day.

 

Special Collections receives preservation assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Graham Watts was a founding member of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Dr. F.M. Hicks practiced surgery in San Antonio from 1888 to 1929 and was one of the first Texans to be elected to the American College of Surgery.

In January the Special Collections of the UT Health Science Center Libraries received a $5,547 Preservation Assistance grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Special Collections houses the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, a collection of rare and historical books on the history of the health sciences; and the University Archives, a collection of historical papers and audiovisuals documenting the history of the university and of physicians and other health care professionals practicing in San Antonio and Central and South Texas in the 1800’s and 1900’s.   The books and archives are housed in several different locations on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors of the Briscoe Library.

The NEH grant will pay for a preservation/conservation assessment of the collections by a professional materials conservator, who will help draft a long-range plan for the care of the collections.  The conservator , Rebecca Elder, will visit the Special Collections to assess policies, practices, and conditions affecting the care and preservation of the collections.  She will make recommendations for improving the storage or re-housing of collections, prioritize future preservation action on aging materials, and suggest appropriate preservation supplies.

The grant will also pay for the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, allowing library staff to track environmental conditions in the various collection locations, and to adjust temperature, humidity, and dew point to create the best preservation conditions possible.

Anna Beyer, a University of North Texas Library and Information Science student, will work as an intern in Special Collections during Spring 2011.  She will help with the preservation needs identified by the consultant and record and analyze environmental data information.

Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections