Exhibits

Expanded Exhibit by Physician-Artist Miguel Vazquez Coming in January

You may remember Starletta creator and physician-artist Miguel Vazquez from his appearance during Student Appreciation Week last fall. He’s back this month with The Art of Heart, an expanded exhibit of his work featuring his own perspectives on the heart and its design. In addition to heart subject matter, the exhibit of both 2-D and 3-D work will incorporate human skulls and animal (trophy head) anatomy reflecting a variety of cultural influences.

Dr. Vazquez, shown above in his workshop, works in a number of mediums including leather. Below is one of his leather creations in its early stages and which will now be on display in the Briscoe library.

Please stop by to enjoy when you can!

February: The Art of Heart

Installed on the library’s art wall in January, The Art of Heart exhibit by local physician-artist Miguel Vazquez will be on display through February.

Exhibit pieces featuring the heart include:

Fill, Beat…Repeat: Dry Brush oil on paper; 32 x 26 inches

You Had Me at A: Oil pastel, pencil, and ink, 36 x 27 inches

Florazon: Hand tooled leather, heather dye and stain, 28 x 23 inches

What is Synonymous with Love?: Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

 

From the Archives: Celebrating 50 Years of Nursing

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the UT Health School of Nursing and celebrations are in full swing! Through a unique collaboration with the School of Nursing, the Library is assisting in bringing the rich history of the nursing school to life. This collaboration started a little over a year ago and has proven to be a very fruitful endeavor. Librarians, library staff and nursing school historians have worked together to organize, identify, and digitize hundreds of photographs in preparation for the 50th anniversary.  Many images were used to produce multiple exhibits and slideshows throughout the school during the Open House and Visionary Leader Awards Luncheon on March 2. The library will continue to develop the nursing school historical collection of history books, class photos, and oral histories, which will soon be available in the library’s Digital Archive.

Girl Scout Carnival of Hope

With the help of many dedicated adult leaders, Girl Scout Troop 128 created a one-of-a-kind health event at the Salvation Army Hope Center  Emergency Shelter For Women and Children on Saturday, April 8th. Many UT Health San Antonio campus departments, including the library, volunteered to make this event a success. Women and children who attended the event were treated to many fun and educational activities revolving around  nutrition, exercise, relaxation, health screenings, and more.

Shown above, librarian Kirsten Lorenzen uses an anatomy model to show carnival attendees how to identify organs in the body. Crayons and handouts were available for kids to color in order to learn how to identify nutritious fruits and vegetables.  Girl Scout troop member, Carolina Toboada, eagerly helped at the library exhibit table handing out crayons and coloring sheets.

To achieve the Girl Scout Silver Award,  troop members have also created a website, Worthy Women, that provides support information to homeless women.

To learn more about how the UT Health Libraries can partner with you on community outreach events, contact Peg Seger segerp@uthscsa.edu.

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 – Win Up To $600!

Briscoe Library’s 3rd Annual Image of Research Photography Competition is now open! Submit your photo through March 13th, 2020 for a chance to win up to $600. This is an opportunity for UT Health San Antonio students, faculty, and staff from all five schools to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single visual image. This competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase the UT Health community’s creative visual conceptualization of their research.

1st Place: $400
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $200
IPE Award: $600
Faculty/Staff Award: $400

Visit library.uthscsa.edu/2019/11/ior2020 for more info.

2018 1st Place Winner – Jaclyn Merlo

2019 1st Place Winner – Kristina Andrijauskaite

Image of Research Exhibit and Awards Reception

Briscoe Library’s Image of Research Photography Competition received a number of outstanding entries from UT Health San Antonio students. We welcome you to come view all of the submissions in our Image of Research Exhibit located on the newly completed gallery wall at the entrance of the library.

The library will be holding the Image of Research Awards Reception during Student Appreciation Week on Thursday, November 1st from 2pm to 3pm. All are welcome!

Please stay tuned for announcement of the winners in mid-October.

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.

   

  

Library Entry Wall Redesign Coming

While you may have noticed some missing pieces on the Library entry wall, more changes are coming. The wall is to be redesigned as a display wall for art and other exhibits. In addition to a new surface and paint, new lighting will be installed.

The wall is conceived as a space not only for exhibits but to engage and unite our campus community.