ALS, Popular Reading, and Confronting Violence Exhibits

May – June: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): the Science, the Search, and the Stories

This exhibit looked 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 in the UVM Department of Neurological Sciences, 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.

July – October: Exercise Your Mind with a Book: Popular Reading Exhibit

This exhibit gathered a list of the most current and popular medical and health science-themed books for patrons to check out. It also explored a study that showed a direct correlation between reading books and longevity.

August – October: National Library of Medicine (NLM) Traveling Exhibition Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives

This exhibition highlighted the historical nurses’ movement to raise awareness in the medical profession about domestic violence. With passion and persistence, nurses worked to reform a medical profession that largely dismissed or completely failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Portrayed in six banners, it told the poignant story of the nurses’ campaign for change. The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition with support from the Office of Research on Women’s Health.

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