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Since 1981 the United States has celebrated Women's History Month during March. Inspired by this theme Nature recently produced a special issue featuring the challenges women still face in science and the CUMC Office of Communications created an interactive timeline chronicling achievements by women at CUMC. 

Read Nature's coverage of the gender gap in science.

Check out  CUMC Celebrates Women in Medicine


Main themes:

  • Clarity in space designation as individual or group study rooms.
  • Transparency in room management and administration.
  • Room maintenance improvement.
  • Marketing and awareness for better use of study spaces.

The Health Sciences Library is working to address the issues raised by students.  If you did not have a chance to respond or if you have additional comments please feel free to contact the library director, Anna Getselman, at

The library will post a detailed plan to improve your study room experience by the end of March, 2013.


Over the course of two weeks (Feb 14 – Feb 28, 2013) the Health Sciences Library (HSL) solicited feedback from students regarding the Lower Level 1 study rooms.

The survey was distributed via email to contacts at each of the 5 schools (College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) and promoted on the HSL website and display screens. 215 responses were received, predominately from P&S and the College of Dental Medicine (64% and 31% respectively).

The survey findings revealed that most students use study rooms less than five times per semester.  The responses uncovered that many students use rooms without reservation, and are unaware of reservation instructions.  The students reported preference for 2-3 hours of uninterrupted study time (64% of complete responses),  and the period between 2 and 8 pm (2-4 pm at 22%, 4-6 pm at 27%, and 6-8 pm at 32%) was the most popular one.

The survey findings provided useful information on reasoning and purpose to use study room space: for individual study, for collaborative discussion groups, and for exam preparation.  This was also corroborated by comments, where more spaces, both quiet individual and collaborative group study throughout campus was described as most desired.

Survey results confirmed that wipe boards are an important attribute in study rooms (average rating of 4.33 out of 5), and comments suggested to add more wipe boards.

Study room maintenance received mixed reviews. It was rated as up to standards (average rating of 4.1 out of 5).  However, a few comments suggested specific areas for improvement.

Download a PDF copy of the Study Room Survey Findings

Anil K. Lalwani, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Director, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
Director, Columbia Cochlear Implant Center
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Co- Authored:

Recent Advances in Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, 2nd Edition
New Delhi, Jaypee Brother Medical Publishers, 2013


During the month of March, the Health Sciences Library will be providing access to two resources on trail basis; MD Conference Express and Lexicomp Online for Dentistry. These trial subscriptions will allow you to explore and stay up to date on new tools and resources in the marketplace, as well as help us to prioritize the information resources that will make a difference in your work. 

Check out the resources

MD Conference Express

"[A]uthoritative, peer-reviewed highlights from major medical conferences."

Lexicomp Online for Dentistry

"[D]rug, disease and related clinical information" specific to dentistry.

Because New York-Presbyterian already subscribes to another version of Lexicomp you will need to logout and then login with the credentials below to access the Dentistry specific version.

  1. Go to
  2. Click 'logout' from the upper right hand corner.
  3. Click 'here' to login again when prompted.
  4. Enter the Dentistry trial username and password:

username: columbiauni
password: lexicomp

  1. Explore 
  2. Click 'logout' from the upper right hand corner. If you do not logout you will stay logged into the Dentistry trial when you attempt to access the current subscription to Lexicomp.

Let us know what you think

By completing a short survey regarding each product you explore you can be entered into a raffle to win a smartpen by Livescribe. A smartpen operates like a traditional pen, but also records audio and creates synchronized digital notes. To learn more about smartpens visit the Livescribe website.

MD Conference Express Feedback

Lexicomp Online for Dentistry Feedback

Petri Towers 2012

The 13 six-foot-tall towers currently on display Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library lobby are made with plastic petri dishes repurposed from the science labs in the building. The dishes were cleaned, rinsed, and dried. The dried tops and bottoms were coated with paint and then sorted into color families. A hole was drilled through the top and bottom so they could be stacked into towers on metal rods.

Artist's Statement
Reimagining the Proximity of Plastics

In this project I work with plastics, from recycled petri dishes to iPhone packaging to food containers, coated in a layer of discarded house paint, which is itself plastic-based. In repurposing everyday plastic objects that are so ubiquitous in our lives, I am exploring ideas about the accumulation and excess of plastics in our ecosystems. I interrupt and aesthetically reimagine the intended trajectory of these materials with artistic manipulation and relocation. I consider these works to be interventions, even knowing they redirect only a minute portion of the countless plastic objects discarded.

Molly Heron, 2013