Library Updates

February 2019 UT Health Faculty Publications List

To support our faculty’s research efforts, Briscoe Library has added an additional feature to our monthly newsletter. You are now able to view citations and link to articles from our UT Health Faculty Publications list.  As an added feature, altmetric information is also included. This list is produced monthly by our Library Liaison group who can also provide further assistance with scholarly publication efforts. If you do not see your publication listed, you can provide us with the proper citation information by completing this form.

Click here to view the citations for February 2019 publications.

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.

History of Brain Mapping: an HOM Society Event on Thursday, February 16th


Upcoming History of Medicine Society Event at the Briscoe Library:

The History of Brain Mapping, a presentation by Eithan Kotkowski, MD/PhD student.

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Where: Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

Membership to the History of Medicine Society is free, and meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments will be served!

Hope to see you there!

Image of Research – New Faculty/Staff Award

Briscoe Library’s 3rd Annual Image of Research Photography Competition will be taking place again in Spring 2020. As with the previous two years, awards will be presented for 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and an IPE (Interprofessional Education) category. However, this year we are introducing a new award category! For the first time, UT Health faculty and staff will be invited to submit a photo for consideration for the Image of Research Faculty/Staff Award.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. In the meantime, please visit Briscoe Library to view our new exhibit featuring the winners from the previous two years’ Image of Research competitions.

Image of Research Winners and Awards Reception

We are pleased to announce the winners of Briscoe Library’s Image of Research Photography Competition!

1st Place
Jaclyn Merlo, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Rodent Kidney Extracellular Scaffold
The image presented is of a de-cellularized rodent kidney displaying the collagen matrix of the renal vasculature, tubules, and glomeruli. Rapid de-cellularization is accomplished by perfusing a surfactant solution through the renal artery, under exposure to an electric field within a bioreactor. The novel bioreactor, developed at UT Health San Antonio, removes resident cells ten times faster than by traditional de-cellularization technology while preserving elements of the matrix that are critical to directing stem cell differentiation.

High-quality extracellular scaffolds are indispensable for research in regenerative medicine, gene transfer, cancer, and tissue transplantation. The extracellular scaffolds of specific animal tissues can provide templates for the differentiation of human stem cells for the study of diseases in more relevant models, thus facilitating translation to human medicine. Further, the technology is scalable and can prepare large animal and human tissue extracellular scaffolds.

2nd Place
Fabio Vigil, Long School of Medicine

The Universe Within
This image is the merge (overlay) of two photos. The first is a fluorescent microscope photo of a brain slice with the nucleus of all brain cells shining in blue (DAPI) and occasional immune cells shining in green (Iba1). These kind of photos are taken everyday in neuroscience laboratories. The second image is a photo of the Cat’s eye nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope. Looking simultaneously through the microscope and the telescope, this image invites you to think of your brain as a universe within you. The resemblance of the fluorescent cells to stars in the sky is astounding. The image also alludes to a fractal repetition of the same shapes and structures in different scales.

3rd Place
Camila Pereira, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Airway Space Tour – A 3D Ride
The airway should be free of obstacles such that air can follow its course from the nasal cavity into the lungs. Our research investigates the airway space imbalance that affects children who breath through their mouth while sleeping. Dental 3D radiograph should be used as opportunistic screening tool for sleep-related breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea. These disorders could be caused by hypertrophied tonsils and nasal obstruction between others. Due to the lack of good sleep, children could have low grades at school, difficulty to concentrate, and disturbed cognitive abilities. Other signs such as delayed growth, tiredness, irritability, or lack of energy even to play are related. Ultimately, 3 dimensions of life are affected: craniofacial growth, intellectual development and quality of life. When the dysfunction is detected early enough, the consequences can be reduced or even eliminated. We hope the translation of our research project will increase awareness and raise the attention of the dental professionals’ and the general public to this matter. The sleep disordered breathing is a public health issue and surveillance is essential. Let’s take this ride!

IPE Award
Sarah Khoury & Daryl Gaspar, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Treatment in the Stars
Astrocytes carry great potential for stroke treatment and research conducted in the past has generally ignored their ability to heal neurons. Research suggests that use of fatty acid oxidation by astrocytes may be useful for healing, and protecting tissues that have been affected by stroke. Triiodothyronine (T3), a thyroid hormone, stimulates fatty acid oxidation, stimulating the production of ATP in astrocytes. In mice treated with T3 stroke lesion volumes are smaller than those without treatment. In this image the brighter activated astrocytes indicate a stressed brain, one that has experienced an injury. T3, the constellation found in the middle of the image may one day be used for stroke treatment.

 

Briscoe Library’s Image of Research Photography Competition came to a close with an awards reception during Student Appreciation Week on Thursday, November 1st. All entrants, Image of Research Judges, contest sponsors, students, faculty, and staff were invited to come view the entries, meet the winners, and enjoy refreshments.

   

  

Image of Research: Final Call for Submissions

Now is your final chance to submit your photo to Briscoe Library’s Image of Research Photography Competition. We are accepting submissions through Monday, March 18th. Stop by the library to check out our exhibit of last year’s submissions! For more information visit: library.uthscsa.edu/2019/01/ior2019/

Library has Access to State Medical Society Journals

 

The UT Health Libraries now have access to an archive of State Medical Society Journals through an open access initiative led by the Medical Heritage Library. The State Medical Journals Collection encompasses nearly 50 state medical journals and includes 117 titles dating back from 1900-2000. Journals found in the collection have been provided free of charge by individual journal publishers agreeing to open access to journal content currently under copyright.

State medical society journals document the transformation of American medicine in the twentieth century at both the local and national level.

Access the State Medical Journal Collection here.

Library Liaisons: Who, What, Where, When

WHO

Chris Gaspard, MSLS
Head of Liaison Services & Liaison to the School of Medicine

Jeff Lacy, MLIS
Liaison to the School of Dentistry and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Rebecca Ajtai, MLIS
Liaison to the School of Health Professions

Emme Lopez, MLS
Liaison to the School of Nursing

WHAT

UT Health Briscoe Library Liaisons are the primary point of contact in the library for the faculty, staff, and students in their respective schools.  Our services include:

  • Connecting patrons with the resources they need – when they need them.
  • Helping our patrons leverage the library’s collection of books, journals, and databases.
  • Consulting with users to develop search strategies for literature reviews; to find evidence and data; and to identify useful resources that will assist educators, researchers, and clinicians in support of grant applications, publication submissions, and patient needs.
  • Supporting users with reference management applications such as RefWorks and EndNote.

Liaisons can field questions on practices and issues related to:

  • Scholarly publications, including open access
  • Copyright and fair use guidelines
  • Research data management
  • Where to publish
  • Publication impact and metrics

We provide instruction, within the curriculum, on how to develop research skills and apply models of information-seeking, such as evidence-based practice.

WHERE:

  • We can meet at the library or your location.
  • We can come to your classroom and conduct individual or group consultations/presentations.
  • We can meet you in person, on the phone or virtually via CANVAS conference or Jabber.

WHEN:

  • Liaisons are available during regular business hours for drop-in consultations or by appointment.
    • If your class or information need occurs outside of regular business hours, connect with your liaison for case-by-case consideration.

CONTACT YOUR LIBRARY LIAISON FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

Library Space Planning: UT Health Library Staff Visit UT Austin Libraries

 

UT Health Library Senior Director Owen Ellard and staff librarians traveled to the UT Austin campus in December to tour recently renovated library space as shown above. Hosted by UT Austin Library staff, the tours allowed time for discussion of renovation and space planning to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.  Areas toured included the UT Austin Fine Arts Library and its new maker space called “The Foundry” as well as newly renovated areas of the Perry-Castaneda main library. The transformation of library space was made visible through the range of technology, furniture, and artwork used throughout the UT Austin Library spaces.  In light of recent print shelf removal at the UT Health Briscoe Library as shown below, librarians and staff will be working with students and faculty to adapt the newly open spaces to meet the needs of UT Health campus communities.

New 3D Printing Charges as of July 1

 

The Library has been able to provide 3D prints free of charge for two years for faculty, staff, and students as a result of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant.  Now that the grant-funded filament is running low, the Library will need to implement a fee-based model for 3D printing as of July 1.  PLA, a hard plastic filament, will cost $0.10 per gram while PVA (a dissolvable filament) and Ninjaflex will each cost $0.15 per gram.  All 3D print requests received prior to July 1 will be honored as free of charge. Funds received by the Library for 3D printing will be used to replenish filament.

With the fee-based model, printing should be low-cost and librarians will contact the requestor with an estimated cost prior to printing.  All print requests may be submitted via the 3D Print online form linked through the library’s homepage.

Please contact Kelly Minars, Creative Technologies Librarian, with any questions.