McGoogan News

11th Annual Davis Lecture on April 16

Ron Philo, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, UT Health San Antonio, will give the 11th annual Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. History of Medicine Lecture at noon on April 16 in the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health, room 3013. 

The title of Dr. Philo’s lecture is “Leonardo the Anatomist,and he will focus on Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings. This year marks the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death.   

Lunch will be available for the first 75 attendees.  

The event can be watched online here.

Dr. Philo, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, UT Health San Antonio, retired in 2010 after more than 30 years of teaching medical, dental and health professions students in The University of Texas Health Science Centers in Houston and San Antonio.  He was the director of willed-body programs at each institution.  He is a former Chair of The Anatomical Board of The State of Texas.  In addition to scientific articles and a Guide to Human Anatomy, Dr. Philo has contributed to three art catalogs of the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.  Each was coauthored with Martin Clayton of Royal Collection Trust. These catalogs are Leonardo da Vinci: The Anatomy of Man (1992); Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man (2010); and Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist (2012).  The catalogs were prepared for exhibitions of Leonardo drawings in Houston, Vancouver and London, respectively.  An app was produced with the Leonardo: Anatomist book—it is ‘Leonardo da Vinci Anatomy’, by Royal Collection Trust, Primal, and TouchPress.  Ron has continued his interest and studies in the Leonardo anatomicals while in retirement.  Dr. Philo earned BS and MS degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).  His Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences/Anatomy Program was granted in 1978 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He is a native Texan and currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Joyce Anne LeMaistre, MD.

The Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., History of Medicine Lectureship brings national experts to the UNMC campus to discuss the history of medicine, in support of special collections at the McGoogan Library, including rare books and works on the history of medicine. The lectureship is supported through an endowed fund given by the late Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. (1926-2010), professor emeritus of internal medicine at UNMC, and his wife, Jean. Davis supported this lectureship out of his long-standing interest in the history of medicine; he was a faculty member at UNMC from 1969-1994.

Author reading with Lydia Kang, M.D. February 27

Lydia Kang, M.D. will read from her work on February 27, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, in the McGoogan Library of Medicine’s South Rare Book Room, on the eighth floor of Wittson Hall.

Dr. Kang is a physician at Nebraska Medicine and a professor of internal medicine at UNMC. She writes young adult fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction, and poetry.  Her works include “Quackery,” “A Beautiful Poison,” and “The Impossible Girl.” Learn more about her books at 

The reading will be livestreamed.  Light refreshments will be provided. Outside food may not be brought into the Rare Book Room.

Women in Science event, February 11

UNMC’s Women in Science: Our Voices, Our Stories

A Celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Monday, February 11, 2019

Durham Research Center Auditorium, Room 1002 (livestream available)

4 – 5 p.m.

Listen to UNMC women scientists discuss their journey in the science professions, including the obstacles they have faced along the way. Gain inspiration from their stories and also learn about the important work they are undertaking at UNMC. To learn more about International Women and Girls in Science Day, visit


Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT(ASCP)
Program Director, Cytotechnology Program
College of Allied Health Professions

Tammy Kielian, PhD
Choudari Kommineni, D.V.M., Ph.D. Professor of Pathology (2014)
UNMC 11th Science Laureate (2016)
Department of Pathology and Microbiology, College of Medicine

Jasmine Riviere Marcelin, MD
Assistant Professor
Associate Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Department of Internal Medicine – Infectious Disease, College of Medicine

Ashley Wysong, MD
Founding Chair and Associate Professor
William W. Bruce, M.D. Distinguished Chair of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine

Sponsored by the McGoogan Library of Medicine in cooperation with the UNMC Women’s Mentoring Program and UNMC Faculty Development.

Dogs, snacks, and extended hours for exam week

To help students relax while finishing out the semester, the McGoogan Library of Medicine will host relaxation breaks during the weeks of December 3 and 10. All are welcome.

Events include:

Pet therapy: Volunteers from Paws for Friendship, a local pet therapy organization, will bring dogs to the library to help students and others de-stress, on the sixth floor of Wittson Hall on Tuesday, December 4, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Healthy snack break: Grab a healthy snack in the Linder Lounge located on the sixth floor of the library. Snacks will be available (while supplies last) starting at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 6.

Relax with animals: Enjoy calming views of puppies, kittens and other animals livestreaming on a monitor in the library’s sixth floor lobby area.

Wellness Corner and the Reflection Room: For additional relaxation, don’t forget to spend time in the library’s Reflection Room located on the eighth floor, or the Wellness Corner, located on the northwest side of the sixth floor. Massage chairs are located in both areas.

Extended Hours: The library will have extended hours during final exam week:

  • Sunday, December 9: 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 10 through Thursday, December 13: 7:30 a.m.-12:00 midnight

Winter break hours will begin December 14. For a full listing of the library’s hours, please see the library website.

Exhibit on display: From DNA to Beer

The McGoogan Library of Medicine will be hosting From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, on the 6th floor of Wittson Hall from November 12th to December 14th.  The traveling exhibit, created by the National Library of Medicine in cooperation with the National Museum of American History, explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use living organisms.

Microbes—tiny organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye—have altered human history. Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages for our consumption.  Scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques to harness the powers of these microbes. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines. Drawing from the collections of the National Museum of American History and the National Library of Medicine, From DNA to Beer will help to promote public understanding of the dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine.

The six-banner traveling exhibition presents these case studies of major scientific and medical accomplishments in the fields of biotechnology while showcasing the union with industry in how to best market and produce such discoveries to the public at large.

After viewing the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to enter a drawing to win an Amazon gift card.

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