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Changes to the Dana Classroom Allow for a More Flexible Space

As part of the new Larner Learning Commons, the classroom has been upgraded with new furniture, technology, paint and carpet. To create a multi-functional and flexible space, new tables and chairs have been installed. The room contains seating and tables for 18, which, for instructional classes and workshops, may be arranged in a variety of ways. An instructor’s computer and projection system are available and personal laptops may be connected to the projection system. In order to accommodate classes scheduled through mid-July, nine computer workstations are available in the room. After July 14, these computers will be removed in order to support active learning strategies that can take advantage of the variety of classroom configurations now possible.

Dana Classroom Reservation Policy:
The Dana Classroom is primarily for library instructional use. The room can be reserved by UVM faculty and staff and UVM Medical Center employees for exams, instruction, workshops, or training for 1 or more sessions up to 6 months in advance. The classroom will not support a recurring curriculum class.  Please contact Kate Bright at 656-0695 for more details.

Dana Exhibit Takes a Closer Look at ALS

A new exhibit looks at the presence of ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in the Champlain Valley and the research being done at UVM in search of a cure. A study spearheaded by Dr. Rup Tandan, a professor of Neurology at the Larner College of Medicine, finds a connection between the presence of the neurotoxin beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA), found in blue-green algae blooms in local bodies of water, and the higher number of recorded cases of ALS in the surrounding areas. The Champlain Valley has been cited as one of these areas.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes motor neurons to degenerate and die off.  When this happens, the brain is unable to relay signals to those muscles and control voluntary muscle movements. About 20,000 Americans can have this disease at any given time.

The exhibit also highlights books and movies on ALS, as well as people whose lives have been affected.

Stop by the exhibit cases and learn more! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.


Construction Update: Work is being completed throughout the Library

Renovations in the Dana Medical Library will continue for the next several weeks. Here are some key projects to be aware of when using the library:

Work continues on the new group study room in the back south end of the library. They are now painting the room. Expect construction activity and noise in this area.

Carpet installation has been completed in all areas of the library.

Books have returned to the back north end of the library. Please ask at the Main Desk if you need assistance finding a book.

New furniture is being assembled and installed in the library. Please be aware of workers throughout.

Work has been completed in the area that was once the Medical History Room. The hallway extends further and will accommodate additional seating for studying. Dana’s Administrative offices has gained a front door at the end of the hall.

Work continues in the room that was previously known as the Medical Student Quiet Study room. This area has be split into two rooms: one being an office for a librarian and the other being the new Medical History room.

Painting continues in main areas of the library. Please pay attention to signs. Paint is no VOC and water-based, however there is an associated odor. Please be aware that painting is occurring in areas where study space is in use. Carrels and tables will be moved away from walls during painting and patrons are welcome to study in these locations. There will be added noise and activity throughout. Thank you for your patience!

Thank you for your patience as there renovations are completed. Question about Dana’s Renovations? Contact Marianne Burke, Dana Medical Library Director, at 656-3483.

Construction in the Concourse Beginning Early Saturday Morning

Dana Medical Library will open at Noon on Saturday, March 25th, due to construction in the Medical Education Center Concourse. The Concourse will be closed at certain times during the weekend to complete the work. Traffic will be rerouted outside during these times. Please see the following Construction Update for more information:

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Saturday and Sunday, March 25th & March 26th

LOCATION OF WORK: Medical Education Center Concourse from Medical Education Pavilion Building to the UVMMC.

Contractors will be on site on Saturday and Sunday, March 25th and 26th beginning at 6:30AM. They will be sawing through the concrete in the concourse to install new electrical services to the west side (window side) of the concourse.  This work will be disruptive, as the use of concrete saw cutters and chipping hammers is expected. Portions of the concourse will be shut down to pedestrian traffic and will be rerouted outside throughout the weekend.

If you plan to utilize the  Medical Education Center Concourse during this time period, please dress appropriately as everyone will be using the outside walkways to go back and forth between the hospital and UVM.

Cara Hanson, UVM Facilities Design and Construction or 656-3426

Sue Williams, LCOM Dean’s Office or 656-9459

Elayna Mellas-Hulett, LCOM Dean’s Office or 656-0377

Thank you for your patience & understanding as we renovate our facilities!

Workers to Begin Installation of New Carpeting in Dana

Starting on Wednesday, March 22, workers will be installing new carpeting at the south end of the library. This is the study area that is closest to the bathrooms. We will keep you updated as we learn more about accessibility to this area. We apologize for the inconvenience!

For questions or concerns about the current renovations in the library, please contact Library Director Marianne Burke at 656-3483.

Dana Exhibit highlights 14th Annual Gibbard Memorial Lectureship Program

Learn more about this upcoming lecture in April, sponsored by the Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, Department of Psychiatry.

You are cordially invited to attend The 14th Annual Bruce A. Gibbard, M.D. Memorial Lectureship Program featuring Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D., Insight For All: Psychotherapy for Homeless Adults and Children.

Friday, April 7, 2017
The Davis Auditorium, UVM Medical Education Center, Burlington

Morning Program:
10:15 – 10:30 A.M. Vermont Psychiatric Association Presentation of the
Bruce A. Gibbard, M.D. Award for Clinical Excellence for 2017
10:30 – 11:45 A.M. Gibbard Lecture (Grand Rounds Workshop # 17-128-28)
Insight For All: Psychotherapy With Homeless Adults and Children
12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Lunch Reception—Davis Auditorium Lobby

Afternoon Program:
1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Clinical Workshop* (Davis Auditorium)
Winnicott, Lacan, and the Treatment of Homeless Adults
*The Afternoon Workshop is open to Clinicians and Mental Health Professionals only. Attendance and clinical affiliation will be taken at the door.

Lecture and Workshop Descriptions:
Morning Lecture: Insight For All: Psychotherapy With Homeless Adults and Children Therapies derived from psychoanalysis are typically assumed to be elitist and irrelevant to the poor and socially marginalized. This presentation will suggest that a desire for self-reflection and the capacity to form a therapeutic alliance are not limited to people of means. A program in Philadelphia called Insight For All (IFA) which connects analysts willing to work pro bono with homeless and formerly homeless adults and children will be described, as well as programs in other cities that have emulated its mission. While IFA does not have research tools or results available, anecdotal evidence after 12 years seems promising.

Learning Objectives: PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO: 1) Describe the challenges of working in an insight-oriented way with homeless and formerly homeless persons living in residence. 2) Identify two important features of a viable psychotherapy program for the homeless.
3) Summarize the important historical precedent of Freud’s free clinics in 1920s Europe.

Afternoon Workshop: Winnicott, Lacan, and the Treatment of Homeless Adults The program will begin with a 20-minute video about homelessness in Philadelphia. The presenter will describe Insight for All–her group of volunteer psychoanalysts who have been treating homeless patients for over a decade. Key concepts from the work of Donald Winnicott (the holding environment, impingement, fear of breakdown) and of Jacques Lacan (the three registers, the importance of names, and the jouissance of the symptom) which have proven useful in this work, will be outlined. Short case examples will be offered, followed by a discussion of Heinz Kohut’s idea that the goal of all psychotherapy should be achieving a sense of being at home.

Learning Objectives: PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO: 1) Define two key ideas of Winnicott’s in terms of their relevance to caring for homeless patients. 2) Define one Lacanian concept and its relevance to homelessness. 3) Discuss Heinz Kohut’s idea that the goal of all psychotherapy should be the construction of a sense of home.

About Our Speaker:
Dr. Deborah Anna Luepnitz is a faculty member in the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia and a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is author of two books: The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and Family Therapy (1988) and Schopenhauer’s Porcupines (2002). She has presented lectures nationally and internationally on an array of topics including Devotion and Desire, Winnicott and Lacan, Dream Interpretation in Couples Therapy, and Psychotherapeutic Work with Homeless Patients. She has received awards from the International Society for Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology (2013), and the Distinguished Educator Award from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (2014). Dr. Luepnitz maintains a private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Continuing Education Credits:
The morning lecture (Workshop # 17-128-28) is part of the UVM Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds Series. Attendees will receive 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This educational activity is designated for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Afternoon Workshop is not accredited for CME Credits for physicians. Application has been made for 2 hours of CE Credit for the Afternoon Workshop for Psychologists, Social Workers, and Mental Health Counselors.

Registration and Program Fees:
No registration is required for the morning program. Attendance and clinical affiliation will be recorded for the afternoon program. The annual Gibbard Lectureship Program is provided at no charge to participants, thanks to donations made to the Bruce A. Gibbard M.D. Lectureship in Psychiatry Fund at The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

To learn more about the Gibbard Lectureship Fund or to make a donation, contact Allison Searson at 656-5270 or email:

Directions to Davis Auditorium:
From the UVM Medical Center Parking Garage Level 2 (orange), enter the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). Once inside, follow the signs to the Medical Education Center. At the snack kiosk, turn left through the double glass doors. Davis Auditorium is on the right.

Directions to UVM Medical Center Parking Garage:
Enter “UVM Medical Center Parking Garage” into Google Maps for best directions.

Questions? Contact: UVM Gibbard Committee Co-Chairs Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D. at 802-651-7506 or
James Jacobson, M.D. at 802-847-4560, or Committee Members: Debra Lopez, M.D., Mina Levinsky-Wohl, M.D., LCMHC or Geri Oppedisano, Ph.D.

Create Origami Butterflies to Support COTS

Dana Medical library has set up an origami butterfly-making station at the front of the library in support of COTS, the Committee on Temporary Shelter, Burlington.  Take a break from your studies and research to help out by folding a few butterflies!

Why Butterflies? A note from COTS:

In honor of our annual Walk and the opening of our newly renovated program facility, we are celebrating “transformations” and “second chances,” as symbolized by the butterfly.
“I think that by our COTS Walk, my office will be filled to the brim with origami butterflies,” Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach said.

We’re calling this: The Butterfly Project.
Our goal: Fold 3,500 origami butterflies – 100 butterflies for each of COTS’ 35 years of service to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community. Enable hope. Empower transformation.
Guests in our program shelters and services, volunteers, staff, and various groups have already folded more than 1,000 origami butterflies, and, nothing would make us happier than to blow long past our original goal of 3,500 butterflies!
Would it be too much to hope to reach 30,000 butterflies, with each butterfly representing a person helped by COTS over our 35-year history? Want to help us try? We’ve already filed paperwork to be considered for a new Guinness book of world record for most origami butterflies.
As for the plans with the butterflies, we aim to display them at the COTS Walk and in our new building, said Gillian Taylor, our Development Database Manager. “We’re actually hoping to work with local artists to create an aesthetically pleasing view of them.”

COTS welcomes anyone interested in creating origami butterflies to participate. All colors, types, sizes of paper butterflies are invited.

More about COTS:
COTS, the Committee on Temporary Shelter, Burlington, is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont.
Becoming Homeless
There are many misconceptions about what causes homelessness. While the root causes are many and varied, it is surprisingly easy for people to become homeless if they have no savings or family to lean on for help. Here is a real-life example based on a working, two-parent household that ended up living in shelter at COTS in late 2008.

Steve and Alice Jones have two kids, ages 7 and 9, and have lived in their apartment in Burlington for seven years.  Steve works 40 hours a week at an auto parts store and Alice works as a teacher’s aide at a local school.

Their monthly budget (wages are based on $9 and $11/hrly wages)
Alice hurts her back helping a disabled student and has to stop working. As an hourly employee, she does not qualify for disability benefits. She cannot work for four months.

She and Steve do the best they can, but they fall behind in their rent payments. They are unable to catch up and now they have credit card debt because they used a cash advance to help pay for their monthly expenses.
Three months after Alice stops working, their landlord begins the eviction process. The Jones family receives notification from the sheriff that they must vacate their apartment. They arrive that same day at a COTS family shelter.

On any given payday, thousands of working families are struggling to balance increasing expenses against flat or falling wages.  One unforeseen expense — a medical emergency, a drop in wages or a major car repair — can result in a desperate financial situation, which can lead to a family’s becoming homeless.
*The average fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Chittenden County is $1,015 — 44% higher than the national average. Wages required to afford that rent are $19.48 an hour or $40,518 a year.

For more information, contact Laura Haines at 656-4143.

UVM Libraries Celebrate Fair Use Week! February 20th – 24th

What is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week?

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions. Under these terms, copyrighted materials are allowed use without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use is one of the traditional safety valves intended to balance the interests of copyright holders with the public interest in the wider distribution and use of creative works by allowing certain limited uses that might otherwise be considered infringement.

While students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material employ fair use and fair dealing on a daily basis, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week celebrates this important right.

How do you determine fair use in your research or education?

To determine if a use is “fair use”, there are typically four factors used to evaluate the work in question. Read more, and find more information, about these four factors at the University of Texas Libraries website page on Fair Use. Here is an infographic that points out Myths and Facts about Fair Use.

Contact Jeanene Light at 656-0521 with questions about Fair Use Week at UVM.

Follow Dana Medical Library on Social Media!

As part of the UVM Libraries system, Dana posts weekly about library events, news, and services on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can find links to UVM Libraries social media at the top of Dana’s Homepage. We also keep up-to-date on news from our medical and science community: the Larner College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the UVM Medical Center. We make a point to like, re-post, and share the news that is important to you! Following UVM Libraries is a great way to keep informed about everything that is happening in your medical library as well as in your medical community. Helpful hint: Along with regular updates on the current library renovation project, we will give you tips on how to navigate your changing library. So follow us today!

For more information, contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

The New Year Brings New Electronic Resources to Dana

Happy New Year from Dana Medical Library! Hopefully you all had an enjoyable holiday and are ready to tackle the new year. The library has a couple of belated presents for you in the form of two new electronic resources.

LWW Health Library
LWW Health Library includes materials in a wide variety of formats including ebooks, videos, cases, self-assessments and more. Some of the key titles included are Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy and Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. You can find this collection by going to the library home page: click on Articles and Databases, scroll to E-Books and E-Texts section, and click on LWW Health Library. Off-campus access is available by logging in with your UVM NetID and Password.

BrowZine is a program that allows you to browse, read, and monitor journals that are available from Dana Medical Library. You can also create bookshelves for fast and easy access to key titles.
The easiest way to use BrowZine is to get the app on your mobile device and use it on the go. Follow the instructions on how install or email Gary Atwood at for a printed copy. There is also a web browser version of BrowZine.

New/Updated E-books
We now have a number of new e-books and a handful of titles that have been recently updated. The complete list is now available. Also, search for titles directly by using the CatQuest search box in the upper right hand side of the library homepage.

If you have problems locating or accessing an e-book, please contact Gary Atwood for assistance.