Artist Michael Duncan – a Louisiana native who has deep roots in Chicago but currently lives and creates in Dallas – pioneered a genre he calls “soundism”, which draws upon music as a conduit for expressing the rich tapestry of human … ...


“Bio-structural”: exhibit by artist Michael Duncan explores the fundamentals of life

Artist Michael Duncan – a Louisiana native who has deep roots in Chicago but currently lives and creates in Dallas – pioneered a genre he calls “soundism”, which draws upon music as a conduit for expressing the rich tapestry of human emotional experience through paints and canvas. His extensive work as a sculptor and painter has focused on humanity and life as emotionally resonant themes. In his new exhibit called Bio-structural, Michael explores the vibrant patterns and rhythms inherent to all life forms on Earth.

“At the cellular anatomical level, everything is based on the smallest of things,” Duncan explains. “Plants, animals, bacteria…all living things share the same essential building blocks of life. Trees have veins to carry the nutrients of life, just as we and other animals have veins that transport oxygen. We share a common anatomy across the spectrum of life encoded by DNA.”

The works featured in Bio-structural possess organic qualities that create striking visual connections between microscopic and macroscopic living systems. The vital, supportive forces of nature are illustrated using the spine and other anatomical structures.

Bio-structural will be on display at the South Campus Library (Florence Building, Room E2) from October 15, 2018, to January 31, 2019. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 5-7 p.m.


New service changes coming to Interlibrary Loan service in mid-September

Beginning in mid-September, a few changes are coming to the UT Southwestern Digital Library and Learning Center’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

Delivery Service Changes

We are excited to offer an expanded free and convenient delivery service of books directly to all UT Southwestern-affiliated borrowers on campus. Additionally, the Bass Center ILL office (BL5.500) will be the only pick-up location available during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Pick-Up Options

  • Delivery Service – This free and convenient service is available to affiliated clients on-campus.
  • In Person Pickup – The Bass Center ILL office is located at the Bass Center, 6363 Forest Park Rd (Tower #2), Room BL5.500, during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The South Campus Library will no longer be a designated pick-up location.

Drop-Off Options

  • South Campus Main Library Book Drop Slot (near E2.408, 24/7 badge access)
  • North Campus Branch Library (ND2.300, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • Bass Center ILL Office  (BL5.500, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

New Terms of Agreement

The Library has a new ILL Terms of Agreement. When logging into your ILLiad account to request materials, you will receive a one-time request to accept the new terms.

For any questions or help, please contact the ILL office during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) by email, on LiveChat, or by phone at 214-648-2002.

Interested to learn more about getting help with or using ILLiad? Go to the ILLiad FAQs.


Looking to increase productivity and efficiency? Try the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)!

Did you know that the Library offers a resource that can help UT Southwestern labs increase productivity and efficiency?

JoVE’s Science Education collection offers simple, easy-to-understand videos that teach and reinforce laboratory fundamentals. JoVE developed this on-demand learning approach in collaboration with experts at top institutions, ensuring high quality, trusted content. The Library-funded Basic Biology Science Education video database can reduce time spent teaching laboratory basics or providing refreshers to research assistants, students, post docs, and other researchers.

Read about a recent case study at one of UCLA’s labs, which describes how they were able to increase productivity and reduce lab expenses with the animal research training videos that are part of the Basic Biology collection.

Users can view concise lessons repeatedly at any time to help improve learning and retention. An added bonus is the accompanying translation option that allows one to watch the videos and download the accompanying text in other languages such as Chinese, German, and Spanish.

JoVE’s Basic Biology Science Education collection includes the following components:

In addition to the Basic Biology Science Education collection, the Library provides access to all JoVE video journals that focus on biological and medical research. The journals provide experimental techniques, using the same high-quality visual format, with detailed text protocols for increased scientific reproducibility and productivity. JoVE is the leading peer-reviewed, PubMed/Medline indexed methods journal with more than 8,000 published articles. JoVE journal sections include Behavior, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Cancer Research, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology and Infection, Medicine, and Neuroscience.


Vote now for the On My Own Time People’s Choice Award

The On My Own Time People’s Choice Voting is now available until August 28, 2018. Due to technical issues, the voting was postponed.

Go to the On My Own Time People’s Choice Voting web page, and use your UT Southwestern username and password to cast a ballot from the pull down list after the photos of all the entries.



New traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine highlights global contributions of physician assistants

Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, is coming to the South Campus Library from July 30 through September 8, 2018. This exhibition was curated by Loren Miller, PhD, an independent historian and curator.

Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine as a dynamic part of a team, alongside doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals and work within diverse communities to treat patients and improve lives by addressing health care shortages. Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care describes how the profession developed as a solution to meet the social and health care needs of the mid-20th century and continues to evolve today. The exhibit features stories of PAs in communities all over the world and on the front lines of health crises, like the recent Ebola epidemic. It also features PAs from the highest echelons of government, including Congresswoman Karen Bass from California and George McCullough, the first White House PA.

Visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine website for more information on Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care.


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