News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries – September 2020

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News from the Libraries – August 2020

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News from the Libraries – July 2020

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2020 Image of Research Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of Briscoe Library’s 3rd Annual Image of Research Photography Competition!

1st Place
Breeanne Soteros, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Cortical Maps
Flattened cortical brain sections stained for glutamate transporter VGlut2 reveals the somatotopic organization of the mouse barrel cortex. Each “barrel” (in blue) corresponds to the major facial whiskers of the mouse, with the topographical organization of the cortex closely resembling the whisker pad itself. Co-staining for the immune protein C1q (in orange) reveals an unexpected pattern – this complement cascade molecule appears to decorate the borders of each barrel. In the human brain, the complement protein C1q is important for shaping the synaptic landscape, as it tags synapses for elimination. Could this immune help define these barrels by eliminating excess synapses at the border? What might this pattern of staining reveal about the ongoing synaptic maintenance of sensory circuits in the brain? Through a combination of genetic and molecular techniques, we hope to tease out the mechanisms of synapse maintenance & elimination that govern the organization of both the mouse and human brain.

2nd Place
Pragya Singh, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

When Your Cells Can Reborn Again!
It was early 2018 I had a breathtaking moment when I first saw iPSC clones during my Master’s research here in UTHSA. I was reprogramming fibroblast into stem cell-like cells known as induced Pluripotent Stem Cells or iPSCs. These iPSC clones are so malleable that you can influence any cellular fate you wish to generate. This pristine clone was further induced to generate Retinal Ganglion Cells to understand the molecular mechanism of Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, a rare genetic disease that leads to vision loss.

3rd Place
Sonam Khurana, School of Dentistry

3D Dummy Corpse
This three-dimensional (3-D) animation you are seeing is depicting nerve and blood supply to the teeth. The model is a complicated piece of art, requiring lots of practice and skills to be produced. 3-D animation has been used in entertainment industry (like in movie theaters!) to create a range of exciting videos, short cartoons and full-length videos. The health care industry also uses 3-D animations create models that everyone can examine. The use of anatomical models is ubiquitous in health education. Realistic looking models allow the user to move away from complex cadaveric dissection, which is not a readily available resource any way. Models are very useful to explain anatomical relationships and function in structures that may be too small to discern adequately in a cadaver. Learning anatomy is challenging, and an adaptation of new methods that are user-friendly is essential. We hope that our research based on creating anatomical models will help the transition from dissection to the use of 3-D animations. It will not only help health professionals to learn anatomy nimbly, but also offer them a tool that is easy to show and explain to their patients. Let the journey begin!

IPE Award
Rafael Veraza (Anesthesiology), Jaclyn Merlo (Immunology and Infection), and Kristina Andrijauskaite (Molecular Medicine)

The BLUE Heart
This combined image consists of ischemic cardiac pig muscles overlaid with a blood vessel. The tissue was removed and stained from an ischemic heart placed in cold storage; the traditional method of heart preservation for transplantation. Our aim is to extend organ tissue preservation beyond the time constraint of 4 hours via novel biomedical devices. This will increase the viability of organs for transplantation beyond the current standard of care. The BLUE heart represents the lack of time in the field of tissue preservation. BLUE encompasses our limitations on delivering a warm RED heart to a transplant recipient. Our multidisciplinary group preserves tissues of the heart, colon, and limbs for periods of 24 to 48 hours outside of the body and studies hypoxia makers to further improve transplant outcomes.

Faculty/Staff Award
Sang Hyun (Ryan) Chun, Research Associate, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Stars in Our Brain After Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been garnering attention as one of the most prevalent neuropathogenesis. Injuries occurring from sports related activities, wars, and domestic violence are the few examples of many TBI related incidents. The underlying mechanism of TBI and its therapeutic intervention have been poorly defined and must be addressed. Astrocytes have been regarded as a key agent in maintaining brain homeostasis. Astrocytes are the most abundant glial cells in our central nervous system. As the name implies, astrocytes are known for having a star shaped characteristic in the brain. In addition to sustaining brain homeostasis, astrocytes have shown key neuroprotective role after TBI. After injury, the astrocytes undergo what is known as astrogliosis in which morphological and molecular changes occur. In our study, we use cytoskeletal protein called glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) as a biomarker to look at how the astrocytes function after the injury. The image is displaying a cortical region of the mouse brain after TBI. GFAP labeled astrocytes and nuclei are shown in green and blue, respectively. This image captures how the brain tries to react to the injury by undergoing astrogliosis and the enlarged astrocytic “stars” are being activated as a neuroprotective measure.

All of the submissions that Briscoe Library received were very impressive. The photos were all scored based on visual impact, connection between image and research, and originality by our multidisciplinary panel of judges. While we had initially planned on having an Image of Research Awards Reception this Spring, the reception has been postponed. Please stay tuned for updates.

Click here for more information regarding the competition rules, guidelines, and details.

News from the Libraries March 2020

The March issue of News from the Libraries is now available. For links to individual articles, see the table of contents below.

We’re Still Here! Just Virtually…

Briscoe Buddies Visit the STRF

Briscoe Librarians on Predatory Publishing

Nixon Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Historical Medical Instruments on Display at Local Heritage Center

Featured New Books/eBooks for March 2020

See all past issues of News From the Libraries


We’re Still Here! Just Virtually…

During this difficult time, library liaisons and all other library staff are on the job and ready to help.

All library resources are available and services (other than face-to-face, and with a few other exceptions) are fully operational. Librarians and library staff remain available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to answer your questions by phone, email, and chat. Requests that come in outside of those hours will be handled as soon as possible on the next business day.

For more information, please see the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information: UTHSA Library Response.

Briscoe Buddies Visit the STRF


On Friday, March 6th, Briscoe Buddies Angel and June visited the South Texas Research Facility (STRF) for a puppy picnic to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. Accompanied by their handlers, Dana Whitmire and Andrea Schorr, both Angel and June joined STRF faculty and staff for a walk on the greenway followed by lots of cuddles.

For more information about the Briscoe Buddies contact


Briscoe Librarians on Predatory Publishing

Librarians Emme Lopez and Chris Gaspard published an article entitled, “Predatory publishing and the academic librarian: Developing tools to make decisions” in the Jan-Mar issue of Medical Reference Services Quarterly. Confusion exists around identifying trustworthy journals, especially those without the benefit of name recognition. Authors often turn to their librarian for help determining whether a journal is potentially predatory. Academic librarians need to be prepared with tools to help review potential publishing outlets and facilitate decision-making for authors. While the tools outlined in the publication are intended for academic librarians in the health sciences, they may be adapted and used more broadly.

Click here to view the citation information in PubMed. UT Health San Antonio affiliates can read the full text here.

Nixon Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago the Bexar County Medical Society gifted a collection of rare and significant medical historical books to the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, now known as UT Health San Antonio. The collection originally belonged to distinguished San Antonio physician Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, who was the founder of the Bexar County Medical Society Library in 1919. Today, the collection is named after Dr. Nixon in honor of his tireless efforts to build it, and is housed in the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of Briscoe Library.

Over the years, the Nixon Library collection has drawn campus-wide, local, and world-wide interest. This interest has evolved into programming and events that focus on the origins of healthcare and their impact on the future of medicine. Today the Nixon Library continues its legacy of preservation, promotion, and engagement through the tireless efforts of the Briscoe Library and the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library Board.

For more information about the Nixon Library visit

Check out the Treasures Blog for more historical anecdotes and announcements about the Nixon Library as we celebrate this momentous year!

Featured New Books/eBooks for March 2020

For a list of the newest titles at the Briscoe Library click here.

Purchase suggestions?
Complete the online Purchase Suggestion Form or contact
Andrea N. Schorr, Associate Director of Resource Management.