Library Updates

Image of Research 2021

2021 Image of Research Photography Competition
Rules, Guidelines, and Details

Briscoe Library’s 4th Annual Image of Research Photography Competition 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.

Students:
Individual Submission Form
Group Submission Form

Faculty and Staff:
Faculty/Staff Submission Form

Dates:

Submission opens: December 1, 2020
Submission deadline: March 12, 2021
Announcement of the winners will occur at the beginning of April.

Awards:

Awards for Students
First Place: $400
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200
IPE Award: $600

Awards for Faculty and Staff
Faculty/Staff Award: $400

The First Place and Faculty/Staff Awards are sponsored by the Office of the VPR. The Second Place, Third Place, and IPE Awards are sponsored by AFSA.

A multidisciplinary panel of judges will select one first, second, and third place winner, with separate awards for the Interprofessional Education and Faculty/Staff categories.

2021 Judges
Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D.
Mark Nijland, Ph.D.
Joann Jordan, M.A., RDH
M. Danet Lapiz-Bluhm, Ph.D., RN, MSCI

IPE Judges
Keith Krolick, Ph.D.
Meredith Quinene, Ph.D., MPAS
Temple Ratcliffe, M.D.

Entrants must accept the contest terms to be eligible for awards.
All images may be printed and displayed at Briscoe Library throughout the duration of the competition and after the competition.

Click here to view the winners from 2018.
Click here to view the winners from 2019.
Click here to view the winners from 2020.

Requirements:

Who can submit?
Entries for the main competition can be submitted by all current UT Health San Antonio students.
Individual and group entries are welcome. Students may submit as individuals even if they are part of a research group. Multiple students from the same research group may also submit as individuals, as long as they use their own photograph/image.
A group entry should consist of two or more students working on the same project. A separate award will be given for an Interprofessional Education category (two or more students from at least two different disciplines).
Entries for the Faculty/Staff portion of the competition can be submitted by all current UT Health San Antonio faculty or staff members. If a faculty or staff member also falls under the student category, they may choose which competition they would like to submit to. Residents and fellows may also choose which competition they would like to submit to.

Students:
Click here for the Individual Submission Form
Click here for the Group Submission Form

Faculty and Staff:
Click here for the Faculty/Staff Submission Form

What should the image be?
The image should represent your research, whether concrete or abstract. The submission will also include a brief narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research. Your narrative should be written in a clear, concise manner that captures the attention and imagination of both specialists and general audiences.
The image, while in the format of still photography, may depict 2D, mixed media, or 3D content. Animation and/or video content is outside the scope of this competition and will not be accepted.

Research
While all students and faculty at UT Health San Antonio perform research throughout their academic career, research takes place in multiple settings and is framed in a diverse manner. Broadly speaking, research is an iterative process that involves asking questions, seeking answers from multiple information sources, and remaining open to new or contradictory ideas. The way research and the research process are defined frequently vary by discipline. Image of Research welcomes submissions from novice to advanced researchers in any discipline reflecting any stage in the research process in any research that you’re involved with in some capacity.

The submission will be judged on three criteria:
Visual Impact
Connection between image, text, and research
Originality

Individual and group entries will be judged together to determine one first place, one second place, and one third place winner. A separate award will be given to one group entry for the Interprofessional Education category (a group of students from two or more disciplines). Faculty and staff submissions will be judged separately from student submissions to determine one winner of the Faculty/Staff award.

The entrant must be principal creator of the image. Third party content can be used (for example, mixed with other content), but submitting a third party image unaltered is not permitted. Entrants are responsible for ensuring that any use of images or materials that are under copyright by a third party either falls under fair use or that relevant permissions have been sought, that no copyright has been infringed, and that any necessary release forms have been signed.

What is required for submission?
⋅ A title of less than 100 characters
⋅ A 100-200 word narrative that articulates the connection between the image and your research
Images should be of the best quality and must meet the following requirements:
– Maximum file size of 50 MB
– Minimum resolution of 300 ppi
– Image must be in JPEG, PNG, or other image file format
Submissions that fail to meet these criteria may need to be changed.
Please keep in mind that all submissions may be printed and mounted for display and may be used for other functions in print or digital format.

If people other than yourself are present in your image, please provide a Model Authorization Release Form for each subject with your submission.
Download the Model Authorization Release Form here.

You must agree to the following license agreement that allows the University to display and provide access to your image:
I am entering a submission to The UT Health San Antonio Libraries’ Image of Research Photography Competition. For purposes of this Release, my Work consists of: my submission; title and description of my submission; my name; and my biographical material. I do hereby grant The UT Health San Antonio Libraries, and those acting pursuant to its authority, a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable license to:

  1. to reproduce the Work in copies;
  2. to prepare derivative works based upon the Work;
  3. to distribute copies of the Work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  4. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual Works, to perform the Work publicly;
  5. in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic Works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual Work, to display the Work publicly; and
  6. in the case of sound recordings, to perform the Work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

I warrant that to the best of my knowledge my Work does not infringe any copyright, invade any right of privacy, or infringe or violate any other right of any person or entity. I further indemnify and hold harmless The UT Health San Antonio Libraries and its licensees, agents and assigns from any claim, suit, damage, loss or expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the foregoing warranties and representations.

For any questions, please contact Kirsten Lorenzen – lorenzenk@uthscsa.edu

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.

New E-book Collections

The UT Health Science Center Libraries now have access to four new e-book collections.

ACS
The American Chemical Society e-book collection
Includes access to ACS Symposium Series 1974-2011 and Advances in Chemistry 1950-1998
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

IOP
Institute of Physics e-book collection
Includes access to titles between 2013-2015.
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

ASM
American Society for Microbiology e-book collection
Includes access to titles between 1993-2015
Purchased through the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement funding.
Access: database page and library catalog

cp
Current Protocols in Molecular Biology e-book collection
Includes access from 1987 to the present.
Access: database page and library catalog

New England Journal of Medicine Backfiles Now Available

The Briscoe Library now has access to the complete run of  New England Journal of Medicine. Access for NEJM begins with 1928 and previous titles range from 1812-1927. This backfile collection was purchased through our consortial partnership with the University of Texas System using Academic Library Collection Enhancement Program (ALCEP) funds allocated by the UT System Board of Regents for one-time collection purchases.

 

New Hours for AskALibrarian Services – August 2016

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