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News From the Libraries: March 2021

Briscoe Library 2020 Annual Report

Briscoe Library is pleased to present our Annual Report for 2020. Please click here to view a PDF version.

Virtual Fiesta Celebration

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History of Medicine Spring Lecture Series

Early Medical Practice in 19th Century Texas, Dr. Charleen M. Moore

Wednesday, March 24th at 6pm via Zoom

In this presentation on early medical practice in Texas, Dr. Charleen Moore will focus on Galveston, San Antonio and the German settlements of the Hill Country in the 19th century.  She will discuss the common diseases and injuries that affected the early settlers and the home remedies on which they relied. She will also discuss the training of the early physicians in this area and the treatments they employed.

Dr. Charleen Moore is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy at UT Health San Antonio.  She taught in the University of Texas System for almost 45 years in the areas of medical genetics, gross anatomy and the history of medicine.  She has published over 100 articles in these areas and has received numerous teaching awards and grants at the local, state and national levels.  She has been active in the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library for many years, including serving twice as president.  During retirement, Dr. Moore has become a certified Texas Master Naturalist and has developed a strong interest in the natural world and the history of Texas, especially of the Hill Country where she lives.  She volunteers as an interpretive guide at Guadalupe River State Park/Honey Creek State Natural Area and serves on the Board of the Friends of Guadalupe River/Honey Creek.

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The Neuroinfectious Pandemics and Epidemics from Antiquity to the Present, Dr. Eithan Kotkowski

Wednesday, April 28th at 6pm via Zoom

What is the closest we have come to a zombie apocalypse? If this present COVID-19 pandemic has done anything, it is reinvigorated our interest, fascination, and fear of apocalyptic scenarios spurred by infectious diseases. More specifically, popular culture has indicated that our fascination is biased towards infectious diseases that target the nervous system. In this presentation, we will discuss neuroinfectious diseases of history that have reached pandemic or epidemic status, and what that means for the future of pandemics.

Eithan Kotkowski, Ph.D. is undertaking the final year of UT Health's 8-year-long M.D., Ph.D. program. He obtained his Ph.D. in Radiological Sciences: Neuroscience Imaging in 2019, will be graduating from medical school in May of 2021 and will begin his residency in Neurology in July of 2021. Eithan also served as the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library's first student president in 2018.

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Student Life Moving to Briscoe Library

Office of Student Life to find new home in the library

Published On: March 5, 2021
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The Office of Student Life will relocate to Briscoe Library March 15 as part of a larger initiative to gather offices of the Division of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs into a single location. The move follows the relocation of the Registrar’s Office and Office of International Services earlier this year.

“With this move will come more accessibility for students,” said Le’Keisha Johnson, director of the Office of Student Life. “Where we were originally located in the Medical School Building, we were kind of off the beaten path, so being in a location where students are already used to going increases our accessibility to them and vice versa. It’s going to be a supportive environment for our students where they can get all of their needs met and engage with us in one place.”

The new office will be located in the main lobby area of the third floor of the library, in room 3.056. Staff will offer assistance virtually during the move, so there will be no break in services, Johnson said.

Because many students already have a collaborative relationship with the library, and because it is one of the few places on campus where students from each of the five schools regularly convene, housing the Office of Student Life and other Division of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs offices in the library is a natural choice, said Samantha Yee, fourth-year PhD student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and president of the Student Government Association.

“The student body really values the working relationships we have with all the different populations on campus,” Yee said. “I think having all these offices move to the library will bring more awareness to all the different groups on campus that are helping students and trainees to have a better, more positive learning experience.”

Click here to read the article in This Week.

Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States

Greenwich Mothers' Club of the Henry Street Settlement, New York City, ca. 1932. Courtesy National Library of Medicine

New from the National Library of Medicine, Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States, an online exhibition that “explores the history of ideas about immigrant health and immigrants’ and migrants’ experiences with U.S. health care since the late 1800s. Health care and medicine have played a role in inclusion and exclusion, in ‘assimilation’ and discrimination, in dividing communities and strengthening them.”

The online exhibition includes an
education component featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module developed by the guest curator. The digital gallery showcases a photo album from the 1930s created by and depicting visiting nurses from the Henry Street Settlement social service agency, at work caring for an immigrant community in the Bronx.


This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Nursing and Libraries – Powerful Forces in Motion

Nursing and Libraries – Powerful Forces in Motion, by Patti (Patricia) Brennan RN, Ph.D., Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

In honor of Black History Month, February 2021, Dr. Brennan featured the reflections of nurse colleagues on what libraries mean to them. As Dr. Brennan observed, Black nurses have made huge contributions to the health and well-being of people and are foundational to the health care system as we know it today. Libraries play an important role in ensuring equity of access to information.

Author: Patti Brennan RN, Ph.D.
Director, US National Library of Medicine. View all posts by Patti Brennan.

Featured New Books/eBooks for March 2021

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.