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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.


Dana’s 2016 Annual Report is Now Available

Check out what has been happening at YOUR library in the last year. The Annual Report gives you statistics on library, website, and collections use, as well as updates to our services at the Main Desk, education, and outreach. Also learn about newsworthy topics, events and exhibits.

The The Dana Medical Library 2016 Annual Report can be found on Dana’s website under “About Dana Medical Library” on the right-hand toolbar. Or pick up a paper copy at the Main Desk. Enjoy!

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Dana has a New Look!

If you haven’t walked through our doors recently, you may not realize how much things have changed around here. After months of renovations, Dana is finally returning to a space of quiet study and research.

Though we have maintained our resources and services throughout the construction, one big change is that our books have returned to the library. They are now located in the back north end and mark the completion of construction.

There are still a few more last minute renovation items to be completed. Our classroom has new furniture and is close to being completed. Instead of a presentation-style room, the new tables are moveable so that the room can be a more multi-functional space, allowing for round-table discussion sessions and group collaborations. We will soon have a new Medical History room that will house both our Medical History collection as well as new educational models for student study and practice. We will have a new small group study room in the back south end of the library. The technology and whiteboard have been installed in this space. It will soon have a table and chairs, and will be open for use.

New furniture and interesting study spaces can now be found throughout the library. Make sure you stop by the library and check them out.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our changing library, please contact Director Marianne Burke at 656-3483.

Dana Library has a New Anatomical Model

The Dana Medical Library has acquired a life-size human skeleton model for use in studying gross anatomy. The skeleton can be checked out for use within the library for 2-hour periods. Since the model is on a rolling stand, it can easily be moved to small group study areas or other study spaces.

The skeleton is not only anatomically correct in terms of height and proportions, it contains approximately 200 bones which are numbered.  It has a flexible vertebral column, muscles, ligaments, and a removable three-part skull.  Ligaments are flexible, so the model can demonstrate movements.

The skeleton can be checked out by going to the Main Desk and asking for the supporting pamphlets that accompany it.  It will eventually be moved to the newly renovated Medical History/Anatomy space.

The skeleton model was ordered through 3B Scientific. They have named him “Sam the Superskeleton.”


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.

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: allison.searson@uvm.edu

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.

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.

Statistics Help Available at Dana

Alan Howard, M.S. Biostatistics, from UVM Statistical Software Support and Consulting Services, is available to assist students and faculty with statistics and data methods questions. He will be holding open hours at Dana Medical Library from 2 to 4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email Alan to make an appointment or stop by with your questions.

For more information, go to the Statistical Software Support and Consulting Services link on the UVM Libraries website.

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.