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News From the Libraries: May 2018

Image of Research Photography Competition

Briscoe Library has launched a new photography competition called Image of Research. This competition is an opportunity for UT Health San Antonio students, residents, and fellows from all five schools to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in a single visual image. The competition and its accompanying exhibition showcase students’ creative visual conceptualization of their research.

The Image of Research competition is put on by libraries in colleges and universities all over the world, including Kansas University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Alberta, and University of Leicester.

Briscoe Library’s Image of Research competition is currently accepting submissions now through September 21, 2018. As submissions are received, they will be printed and displayed throughout the library. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as an Interprofessional Education award. Awards will be presented during a ceremony and reception in the Fall.

Click here for more information or to submit your photograph!

Student Fiesta Fun!

On April 24th, UT Health students got to have some fun with their own Fiesta! Sponsored by the Library, students took part in a Fiesta photo wall, coloring portions of a super-sized fiesta-themed poster, painting, and making fiesta flowers. There were also two therapy dogs on site.


Later in the day, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted an Open House and exhibited photos of the collection that were taken by a former UT Health librarian.


Students Gather for Essay Award Presentation

The Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library which is housed on the Briscoe Library 5th floor. The competition is open  to all students, residents and fellows at UT Health in San Antonio. This year, due to a generous donation by Rajia Tobia, the past Executive Director of the UT Health Libraries who began the competition in honor of her late husband Danny Jones, there were five award winners. Winners were recognized during the Library Student Fiesta. From left to right in the first photo below are: Farhan Ahmad (1st place winner), Amanda Lipsitt (3rd place), Rajia Tobia, Adeyinka Dayo (5th place Honorable Mention), and Steven Bunin (4th place). The 2nd place award winner, Omar Akram, is not pictured. In the second photo, Farhan Ahmad presents on his essay topic.


Essay Titles:

  1. Farhan Ahmad, School of Medicine – Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement
  2. Omar Akram, School of Medicine – Bad Blood: Medical and Ethical Implications of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
  3. Amanda E. Lipsitt MD, first year fellow – The History of the Disease of “Stigmata” and a Reflection on How History Can Create Biases that Negatively Affect Medical Management
  4. Steven Bunin, School of Medicine – Human Dissection and Attitudes Regarding this Procedure in the History of Medicine and Medical Education: Degradation Becomes Honor as the Cadaver is Transformed
  5. Adeyinka F. Dayo, School of Dentistry – The Evolution of the X-Ray and Its Implications for Humanity

YWCA and CPS Health Fair and Family Day

Photo credit: YWCA San Antonio

Karen Barton, Liaison and Community Engagement Librarian, represented the Library at the YWCA and CPS Health Resource Fair and Family Day on Saturday, April 14, at Sul Ross Middle School. The event had over 65 vendors, who were each tasked with providing a kid-friendly activity at their tables, and more than 100 attendees. There were free health screenings, free groceries provided by HEB, and a range of resources given away. Additionally, over 50 door prizes were raffled, including one (shown in the photo) that was provided by the Libraries. The event was intended to reach kinship care families and was in part funded by a grant received by San Antonio Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (YWCA). Child advocates and community leaders such as Senator Jose Menendez, State Representative Ina Minjarez, and Judge Peter Sakai were also present and spoke during the event.

Thank You to Library Exam-Time Refreshment Sponsors!

While students are hard at work in the Library studying for exams, a number of generous sponsors have been providing refreshments on some evenings. The refreshments give students a chance to take a short break in the Library to re-energize and socialize before getting back to an evening of study.

Monday, April 30th: School of Nursing

Tuesday, May 1st: Student Life

Wednesday, May 2nd: School of Health Professions

Wednesday, May 9th: Graduate Student Association

The Library hopes to continue exam-time refreshments each semester. If you or your school, department or committee are interested in providing a sponsorship, please contact Peg Seger, 210-567-6398,

Featured New Books/E-books for May 2018

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, Head of Resource Management.