Celebrating Books by OSU Authors - 2010
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Charles Abramson, author of Betty the Boozing Bee and co-author of Animal Ethological Activities and Zoo-scope: Animal Behavior Activities for the National Zoo of Slovenia
Dr. Charles Abramson is a Regents Professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University. His teaching interests include Learning and Memory, Comparative Animal Behavior, Biological Psychology and History of Psychology.
While Dr. Abramson's current research involves understanding the neuronal mechanisms of learning and memory (particularly in invertebrate systems), comparative analysis of behavior, and behavioral pharmacology of pollutants and drugs, he maintains an active and diverse line of research.
Betty the Boozing Bee represents a new genre of children's book blending real science with a story. The book describes the problems of an alcoholic honey bee named Betty and is based on actual research using honey bees to study ethanol induced behaviors. A unique feature of the book is the Introduction. The Introduction discusses the problems of alcoholism and the science behind the studies portrayed in the story. The book is not for regular bed time reading but is used when discussing the dangers of excess drinking and alcoholism.
Zoo-Scope is a book of animal behavior activities designed for the National Zoo of Slovenia located in the capitol city of Ljubljana. The goal of the book is to teach grade school students how to the study animal behavior. A unique feature of the book is that all activities are designed specifically for animals housed at the zoo. Students learn about the nuances involved in observing and recording behavior, exhibit design, the role of temperature and diet.
Animal Ethological Activities is designed as a companion to Zoo-Scope. The activities are more complex and not necessarily tied into the National Zoo. The book describes how to create ethograms and conduct learning experiments in Pavlovian and Operant Conditioning.
Brant Adams, Composer of Laudate pueri and Arranger of Violin Solos for Worship, Cello Solos for Worship, French Horn Solos for Worship and Oboe Soloes for Worship
Originally from Gallipolis, Ohio, Brant Adams holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Capital University, a master of music degree in music theory from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in theory from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied composition with Donald Grantham. He taught at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and since 1987 at Oklahoma State University, where he currently serves as department head, professor and coordinator of the theory/composition area, coordinator of music business and academic adviser.
In 1992, Dr. Adams was awarded the Distinguished Composer of the Year Award by the Music Teachers National Association for his Masque and Bacchanalia for woodwind quintet and piano. In 1994, he wrote the incidental music for the off-Broadway play Exchange produced at the Soho Repertory Theatre in New York City. In 2000, he arranged and orchestrated Sing for the Cure, a compilation of choral compositions of ten composers from around the US commissioned by the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and which has been performed in dozens of cities across the country. Recent new works include Heartland Trilogy for orchestra and Sing Oklahoma! for mixed choir with children's chorus and Metropolitan Opera star Leona Mitchell. Both works were commissioned for the Oklahoma centennial celebration in 2007.
His compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations have been performed and recorded around the world by orchestras and choral ensembles in England, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, the Czech Republic, the Middle East, and across the United States. His choral compositions are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Mark Foster Music (Shawnee Press). He is widely known for his orchestrations and instrumental arrangements of sacred music which are published by the Lorenz Corporation, Shawnee Press, Alfred Music, and Southern Music. Performances of his music at regional and national meetings of professional music organizations include the Society of Composers, Inc., Music Teachers National Convention, American Choral Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, and the National Flute Association.
Dr. Adams also works periodically in the recording and publishing industry as a producer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor. At OSU, Dr. Adams has received several awards including two Outstanding Faculty Member awards, the Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor award, and the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence.
Violin Solos for Worship, Cello Solos for Worship, French Horn Solos for Worship and Oboe Soloes for Worship are the next four volumes in the Brant Adams Instrumental Series for orchestral solo instruments with piano accompaniment. A CD recording of the solos and also of the accompaniment alone is included with each book. With one exception, all CDs feature OSU faculty with Adams on the piano.
Brett Carver, editor of Wheat: Science and Trade
Originating from Atlanta, GA, Dr. Carver studied at the University of Georgia in Athens, where his contact with several influential agronomists, such as Dr. Weaver (cotton geneticist and breeder) and Dr. R.H. Brown (crop physiologist), shaped and directed his career in crop science. After earning the B.S. degree in 1980, Dr. Carver continued his education at North Carolina State University, conducting research in soybean lipid biochemistry under the direction of Dr. Rich Wilson (M.S. program) and in soybean genetics and breeding (PhD program with Dr. Joseph Burton). Dr. Carver immediately joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University upon graduation in 1985.
As one of the world’s largest and most versatile crops, wheat has been the subject of much research from around the globe. Wheat: Science and Trade compiles classic principles of existing research and expands them to include recent advancements in genetics and industry trade for the most comprehensive reference work to date.
Wheat: Science and Trade is divided into four major sections covering all aspects of the wheat plant, crop, cultivar and industry. Section one offers a firm grounding in the development and domestication of wheat with an extensive overview of diseases and pathogens following in Section two. Section three focuses on genetic strategies including QTL detection and marker-assisted selection, genome organization and comparative genomics, and synthetic wheat as an emerging technology. Section four concludes the text with a discussion of changes in industry trade, quality assessment, and new uses for wheat and modified wheat products.
Written by a global team of expert authors, Wheat: Science and Trade is presented in a user-friendly format making it equally accessible to a wide variety of readers. Applicable for the academic, research, consulting, and end-user communities, this text is a must have reference on this key staple crop.
Stephen Damron, author of Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social and Industry Perspectives
Dr. Stephen Damron is a Professor of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. He received his B.S. in Agriculture and Animal Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He followed with a M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science and Animal Nutrition from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interest is teaching and learning methodology.
Introduction to Animal Science: Global, Biological, Social, and Industry Perspectives, Second Edition presents a complete, up-to-date discussion of the traditional disciplines that are so essential to a solid foundation in Animal Science, including nutrition, digestion, feeds, genetics, reproduction, disease, and animal behavior. Species-focused chapters include the major species (horse, dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, goat, poultry. and seine) as well as the minor species (aquaculture. pets/companion animals, the lamoids, and rabbits).
However, this text is more than a traditional treatment of Animal Science. The Study of modern Animal Science also requires a comprehensive, non-traditional approach that effectively introduces the discipline as an ever-changing and integral part of every aspect of human existence—a task that is well-accomplished in this unique text by author W. Stephen Damron. In his own informal and engaging style. Dr. Damron not only covers all of the major species and their concerns but also challenges the reader to consider the many pressing interests relevant to Animal Science as it influences and is influenced by society today: Animal welfare and animal rights, animals as consumers of grain, food safety, factors affecting world agriculture, the value of animals to humans, careers in animal science, the role of animals in sustainable agriculture, worldwide systems of agriculture production, biotechnology and genetic engineering, and vertical integration.
From the discussions of West Nile virus in horses to Agribusiness as a career, this new edition provides everything that is necessary for an outstanding, cutting-edge introduction to this exciting field.
Kyle Eastham, author of Good Enough for Government Work: How to Squash Mediocrity in Government
Kyle Eastham is a professional speaker who helps government, corporate and association audiences build a culture of excellence and accountability. Eastham worked in state and federal government for 23 years as a buyer, game warden, trainer and HR manager before launching his own business. Eastman holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from OSU and a Master's degree in Public Administration.
Two books in one, Good Enough for Government Work is the fable of Josh Robinson, a senior manager in a ficticious government agency and his challenges in managing employees and their performance. The other half of the book contains short articles, quotes, examples (of the best and worst of government employees), as well as a Jeff Foxworthy-esque list of ways to determine if you might be a government employee. Good Enough for Government Work is an edgy, yet humorous look at how to squash mediocrity in government or any other organization.
Brian Flota, author of A Survey of Multicultural San Francisco Bay Literature, 1955-1979: Ishmael Reed, Maxine Hong Kingston, Frank Chin and the Beat Generation
This work examines how writers in the San Francisco Bay Area developed a multiculturalist American literature. This study counteracts popular narratives of multiculturalism's boom in the late 1980s and early 1990s by showing that a large group of culturally eclectic writers in the Bay Area were re-envisioning American identity many years earlier. The Beat Movement brought national attention to the Bay Area as a creative and political alternative to New York City, home of the most powerful publishing houses and arbiters of taste. Analyzing Allen Ginsberg's Howl (1956), Jack Kerouac's On the Road (1957), the work of Ishmael Reed (1967-78), the early work of Jessica Hagedorn (1972-5), the Yardbird Reader (1972-6), the Third World Communications anthologies (1972-5), Frank Chin's plays (1972-4), Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior (1976), and the influence of the Free Speech Movement, the Black Panther Party and the Third World Strikes, this study illustrates the historical, subversive exchange of cultural and political ideas generated from the Bay Area during this period.
James Good, co-author of Winding: Machines, Mechanics and Measurements and editor of Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Web Handling
Dr. Good is a Professor and the Noble Foundation Chair of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, where he has served since 1980. His bachelors, masters and doctor of philosophy degrees were obtained at OSU with experience gained at Rockwell International and Cessna Aircraft Company between degrees. He has been active in research within the Web Handling Research Center at OSU since 1986 which focuses on research related to the transport of thin media such as paper, films, foils, non-wovens, or buildups thereof through web process machinery. He performs research in the areas of web wrinkling, winding mechanics, spreading mechanics, and traction as affected by air lubrication. He has authored several publications on these topics. He is the Program Chair for the International Conferences on Web Handling (IWEB) that have occurred biennially at OSU since 1991. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and he is a member of TAPPI from which he was honored with the Thomas Busch Award in 2001 for his research in web handling in support of the paper industry. Dr. Good is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the state of Oklahoma.
Web processing involves the transport of thin media (webs) through automated machinery where value is added prior to the web becoming a final product. Thousands of consumer products are made using this manufacturing process which is known for high productivity. Winding is a multiphysics problem which is necessary since the wound roll form is the only convenient form in which literally miles of web material can be stored. The difficulty is winding and unwinding these materials without damaging them. To understand what deformations and stresses that winding machines instill in webs within wound rolls requires the coupling of nonlinear elasticity, thermoelasticity, viscoelasticity, air lubrication, and contact mechanics theories. The mission of this book is to develop the mechanics of winding such that science can be used to eliminate web damage and increase profitability.
Web handling is the science of transporting thin materials (webs) through web process machinery. As consumers we are surrounded by webs. The clothes we wear are textile webs. The body of the automobile we drove today was once a metal or plastic web. Probably one of the first webs was paper which we get to enjoy in books. Web process machinery transport webs at incredible speeds which may be very delicate. OSU is the home of the world's only Web Handling Research Center which was founded as an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in 1986. Every two years since 1991 the WHRC has sponsored an International Conference on Web Handling. We review abstracts from authors around the world who if accepted write journal quality papers for submission and presentation at this conference. Authors from nine countries participated at the ninth conference. Papers are presented on a variety of topics including web dynamics and tension control, lateral mechanics, web instability, winding and other topics. The mission of this conference is to sustain an international dialog for those who perform research in some facet of web handling, probably the most efficient means of manufacturing known.
Lane Greer, author of Woody Cut Stems for Growers and Florists
Lane Greer's experience with woody cuts originates from her own cut flower farm, where she raised an acre of annuals, perennials, and woody shrubs. She received a PhD from North Carolina State University and taught at Mississippi State University. She honed her sustainable agriculture skills at ATTRA, the national sustainable agriculture information service, providing information to growers around the country on production and marketing of ornamentals.
Woody Cut Stems presents detailed information on more than 100 genera used for cut stems, including those grown for flowers, fruits and foliage. The authors provide extensive production guidelines along with explanations of techniques such as coppicing, forcing and wildcrafting. Rounding out the book are useful charts and tables that list species according to characteristics such as color, season of bloom, use and fragrance.
Sandip Harimkar, co-author of Laser Fabrication and Machining of Materials
Dr. Harimkar is an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests encompass the processing and characterization of advanced materials, including nanomaterials, biomaterials and amorphous materials. His scholarly articles have appeared in major journals including Journal of Applied Physics, Scripta Materialia, Acta Materialia and Acta Biomaterialia. He is currently serving as a Vice Chair of Surface Engineering Committee of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). He is also a lead organizer of a symposium "Surface Engineering for Amorphous-, Nanocrystalline-, and Bio-materials" in TMS-2010 conference.
Laser machining is an emerging area with a wide variety of applications, ranging from bulk machining in metal forming to micromachining and microstructuring in electronics and biomedical applications. The unique properties of lasers allow for use in flexible manufacturing techniques such as laser-assisted mechanical machining (LAM) and laser-assisted chemical machining (LCM). Laser Fabrication and Machining of Materials provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles and emerging applications of lasers related to material removal and forming processes, and also provides a link between advanced materials and advanced processing and manufacturing techniques. Laser Fabrication and Machining of Materials introduces readers to the fundamental properties and physical phenomena of laser machining and its applications on the macro, micro and nano scales. Examples of existing, emerging and potential techniques are discussed, giving students and practicing engineers alike the opportunity to expand their use of lasers in such disciplines as mechanical processes, electronics, materials and manufacturing.
Thomas Lanners, Performing soloist on Ned Rorem: Piano Works, Volume 2
Thomas Lanners, professor of piano at OSU, has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the U.S. and abroad, presenting his New York solo debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004. His performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally on programs such as National Public Radio’s Performance Today and RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany in Ireland, among many others. Lanners received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, after earning his Bachelor of Music degree at Florida State University. His recordings of piano music by American composers, released worldwide on the Centaur label, have garnered much critical praise. Of his recording of the complete piano works of Leonard Bernstein, critic Jed Distler wrote for ClassicsToday.com: “Thomas Lanners totally understands this music, pointing up the jazzy qualities to idiomatic perfection as well as projecting Bernstein’s lyrical generosity without milking it … All told, Lanners’ loving mastery easily holds its own in any company. Warmly recommended.” Of his CD of Ned Rorem’s piano sonatas, Mark Lehman of American Record Guide wrote: “Anyone who cares about mainstream 20th Century piano music should seek out this superlative recording.”
Lanners’ latest recording, Ned Rorem: Piano Works, Volume 2, was released worldwide by Centaur Records in 2009. The disc has received much critical praise, including the following from respected critic Donald Rosenberg’s review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “The piano pieces on this fine recording attest to Rorem’s penchant for lyrical and dramatic contrast. … Thomas Lanners brings exceptional detail and urgency to the repertoire, taking as much care with inner voices as he does with arching statements. Grade: A.” Thomas’ previous CD, Ned Rorem: The Three Piano Sonatas, was released in 2007. Robert Schulslaper wrote recently, in a Fanfare magazine review of both Rorem volumes: “Lanners plays [all the virtuoso pieces] to the hilt … and he’s also a sensitive musician who communicates the essence of Rorem’s varied moods. Additionally, his album notes are so ‘spot on’ that I felt obliged to quote him throughout my review. Recommended.” The first pianist to ever record Rorem’s complete solo piano output, Thomas was awarded a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording in New York to record the sonatas of this Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer.
Bin Liang, co-author of China's Drug Practices and Policies: Regulating Controlled Substances in a Global Context
Bin Liang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. He received his Ph.D. and J.D. from Arizona State University. He has published a number of articles on studies related to crime and the legal system in China. He is also the author of two new books, titled The Changing Chinese Legal System, 1978 - Present: Centralization of Power and Rationalization of the Legal System with Routledge (2008) and China's Drug Practices and Policies: Regulating Controlled Substances in a Global Context with Ashgate (2009). His current research interests include globalization and its impact on the Chinese legal system, crime and deviance in China, and the drug court in Tulsa County, Oklahoma.
In the context of global efforts to control the production, distribution, and use of narcotic drugs, China's treatment of the problem provides an important means of understanding the social, political, and economic limits of national and international policies to regulate drug practices. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, China was known for its national addiction to opium, but its drug-eradication campaigns from the 1950s to the 1970s achieved unprecedented success that ultimately transformed China into a 'drug-free' society. Since the economic reforms and open-door policy of the late twentieth century, however, China is now facing a re-emergence of the production, use, and trafficking of narcotic drugs. Employing case studies and a comparative historical approach, and drawing on a variety of data sources including historical records, official crime data only recently made available, and news reports, China's Drug Practices and Policies is the first English-language publication to provide such a comprehensive documentation and analysis of the nature of China's legal regulation of controlled substances. The authors also offer theoretical approaches for studying drug regulation, aspects of drug consumption cultures, the socio-political treatment of drugs during various historical periods, and ongoing efforts to legislate drug trade, criminalize drug use, and manage the drug addict population within national and international contexts.
Carol Mason, author of Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy
Carol Mason is director of Gender and Women's Studies and associate professor of English at Oklahoma State University. Mason's interdisciplinary scholarship on race, gender, sexuality and the rise of the right since the 1960s complements teaching interests in feminist pedagogy, critical theory and American culture. Her first book, Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-Life Politics was published by Cornell University Press in 2002 and funded in part by a Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University. A grant from the Rockefeller Foundation supported her second book, Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy, which arrived from Cornell in 2009. Mason's articles have appeared in Cultural Studies, National Women's Studies Association Journal, The Journal of Constitutional Law, Appalachian Journal, Hypatia and many edited collections.
"In this captivating book, the Kanawha County textbook war of 1974 becomes a pivotal saga in the rise of the New Right because of the longstanding national need to strip-mine the Appalachian region for its myths and moral lessons. Cutting through the liberal and conservatives discourses that have simultaneously romanticized and demonized the poor whites of Appalachia, Carol Mason convincingly portrays the textbook protests as a 'discursive crossroads' that cast West Virginia's working class as both backward and modern, as violent racists and innocent victims, and ultimately as Christian warriors battling to save the American soul." Matthew D. Lassiter, University of Michigan, author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South.
Gary Meek, co-author of International Accounting (Sixth Edition)
Dr. Gary Meek is the Oscar S. Gellein/Deloitte and Touche Professor of Accounting at Oklahoma State University.
Clear writing and a focus on the essentials of international accounting make this award-winning book the quintessential source for international accounting. Capital markets and financial/managerial analysis underpin the “theme” of the book. The authors realize that international aspects of accounting are becoming more important as they become more common.
Topics include comparative accounting, foreign currency translation, accounting for changing prices, international accounting harmonization, international financial statement analysis, managerial planning and control, financial risk management, and international taxation and transfer pricing.
Lance Millis, author of How to Go to College Cheaper
Lance Millis has more than 20 years of service to OSU, including 7 in high school and college relations and more than 13 in Student Services in the College of Education. He has been involved in new student enrollment, taught Freshmen Orientation courses, and has won campus awards for his academic advising. Millis has been advisor to student organizations, a volunteer for new student orientation, and served on and headed campus committees including the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Committee and the enrollment appeals committee.
Millis created the web sites College Answer Guy and CollegePrep-101 (an award-winner) aimed at helping students and their families prepare for and succeed in college. Hundreds of thousands have visited the web sites since 1996, and literally thousands of students have been helped through the difficult transition from high school to college. College Answer Guy is also a published newspaper column.
Millis also published College Prep 101 in 2007. Millis holds both BS and MS degrees from Oklahoma State University (BS, Recreation Management; MS, Natural and Applied Sciences, Interdisciplinary Sciences Option), served as Pistol Pete in 1987-88, and is a graduate of Bartlesville High School. He is married and has two children.
Whether you are a prospective college student or a current one, or even a parent, grandparent, high school counselor, teacher, consultant or just know a college student, you'll find useful ideas you can implement immediately in How to Go to College Cheaper. The book is divided into three sections, each chock full of suggestions. The sections include: Preparing for, Applying and Going to College Scholarships and Financial Aid at College and Beyond. More than 400 ideas are shared on money-saving topics including: the application process, college savings, 529s, ESAs, scholarships, loans, grants, textbooks, saving on tuition, spending money, campus jobs, housing, energy savings, supplies, shopping, CLEP, AP, military educational benefits, health, entertainment and more. In addition, tons of useful web links are provided.
Roger Moore, author of Glory Beyond the Sport: The Military and Wrestling
Roger Moore is a Persian Gulf veteran, serving in the United States Army from 1990-95. A Stillwater native, Roger is a freelance journalist who has also been a part of the Oklahoma State wrestling broadcast since 1998. He also served as sports editor for the Daily O'Collegian in 1997 and was sports editor at the Stillwater Newspress from 1998-2008. Roger is currently enrolled at Oklahoma State, studying history.
The relationship between the Armed Forces and the sport of wrestling dates back thousands of years. From the early days of mankind to the modern soldier, wrestling, also known as combative arms by the military, has been a big part of battle and modern-day training. Glory Beyond the Sport explores this relationship.
Michael H. Morris, co-author of Rethinking Marketing: The Entrepreneurial Imperative
Michael H. Morris is the N. Malone Mitchell Chair in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He earned his B.A. and M.S. in economics and an M.B.A. from Wright State University. He earned his Ph.D. in marketing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Rethinking Marketing: The Entrepreneurial Imperative rethinks the basic building blocks of marketing with an entrepreneurial perspective. It asks questions using a "what if?" compass in which the emphasis is on asking the right questions, rather than finding the right answers. This book is designed for entrepreneurs looking to make sense of the many new contributions that have redefined marketing.
Jeretta Horn Nord, editor of A Cup of Cappucino for the Entrepreneur's Spirit
Jeretta Horn Nord is the founder and CEO of Entrepreneur Enterprises, LLC, founder of A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur’s Spirit book series and a professor in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Nord recently served as a Fulbright Specialists Scholar in Europe and has spent time as a Visiting Scholar at UCLA and the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Dr. Nord has served as Associate Dean for the Spears School of Business at OSU and is currently Executive Editor of the Journal of Computer Information Systems. Jeretta has spoken at international conferences in 15 countries and is the author of numerous articles and a textbook.
A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur’s Spirit Women Entrepreneurs’ Edition, features women entrepreneurs’ true short stories written to inspire, energize and teach the reader. The stories include adversities, challenges, triumphs and successes experienced by the entrepreneur to help readers discover passion and basic principles they can use to live the entrepreneurial dream. Touching both the heart and the head, these stories provide inspiration and education.
David Oberhelman, co-editor of The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko
David D. Oberhelman is an associate professor in the humanities social sciences division of the OSU Library, and prior to that was on the faculty in the department of English at Texas Tech University. He holds a Ph.D in English with an emphasis in critical theory from the University of California, Irvine and a masters in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh. He has written a book on madness in the fiction of Charles Dickens, as well as book chapters and articles on the 19th Century British novel and on Anglo-American fantasy literature, particularly the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He is also the North American Editor of Reference Reviews and Administrator of the Mythopoeic Fantasy and Scholarship Awards, and serves in many leadership roles for various library and literary associations. He has widely presented and published on topics ranging from emerging technologies in libraries and scholarly communication to the history of the book.
A number of contemporary Native American authors incorporate elements of fantasy into their fiction, while several non-Native fantasy authors utilize elements of Native America in their storytelling. Nevertheless, few experts on fantasy consider American Indian works, and few experts on Native American studies explore the fantastic in literature. Now an international, multi-ethnic and cross-disciplinary group of scholars investigates the meaningful ways in which fantasy and Native America intersect, examining classics by American Indian authors such as Louise Erdrich, Gerald Vizenor and Leslie Marmon Silko, as well as non-Native fantasists such as H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. Thus, these essayists pioneer new ways of thinking about fantasy texts by Native and non-Native authors, and challenge other academics, writers and readers to do the same.
Dennis Preston, co-editor of Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages
Dennis R. Preston is Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University and has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Hawaii, Arizona, Michigan, Copenhagen, and Berkeley and a Fulbright Researcher in Poland and Brazil. He was Director of the 2003 Linguistic Society of America Institute, President of the American Dialect Society, and has served on the Executive Boards of those societies and others, as well as the editorial boards of numerous journals and panels of granting agencies. He is a member of the advisory committees to several international research projects and is invited frequently for presentations in both academic and popular venues. His work focuses on sociolinguistics and dialectology, including four recent NSF grants, two in folk linguistics and two in language variation and change. His most recent book-length publications are, with Nancy Niedzielski, Folk linguistics (2000), with Daniel Long, A handbook of perceptual dialectology, Volume II (2002), Needed research in American dialects (2003), with Brian Joseph and Carol G. Preston, Linguistic diversity in Michigan and Ohio (2005), and with James Stanford, Variation in indigenous languages (2009). He is a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic in 2004.
Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages collects, for the first time, work done in the variationist sociolinguistic model on a number of the world's less well-studied, minority languages and varieties. The motivation is not only to fill the gap in such research but al to shed light on governing factors of variation, both linguistic and social, that have not surfaced in the study of the more mainstream languages to which this methodology has been historically applied.
James Scott, co-author of Choosing to Lead: Understanding Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurs
James M. Scott, Professor and Head of Political Science at Oklahoma State University, is co-author (with Ralph G. Carter) of Choosing to Lead: Understanding Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurs (Duke University Press, 2009), and the author, co-author or editor of four other books and more than 40 articles, chapters, and other publications. A former president of both the International Studies Association's Midwest region (2000) and its Foreign Policy Analysis Section (2001), he is currently a co-editor of the journal Foreign Policy Analysis.
Shedding new light on how U.S. foreign policy is made, Ralph G. Carter and James M. Scott focus on "congressional foreign policy entrepreneurs," the often unrecognized representatives and senators who take action on foreign policy matters rather than waiting for the executive branch to do so. In Choosing to Lead, Carter and Scott examine the characteristics, activities and impact of foreign policy entrepreneurs since the end of the Second World War. In so doing, they show not only that individuals members of Congress have long influenced the U.S. foreign policy-making process, but also that the number of foreign policy entrepreneurs has grown over time. Carter and Scott combine extensive quantitative analysis, interviews with members of Congress and their staff, and case studies of leading foreign policy entrepreneurs, including Frank Church, William Fulbright, Jesse Helms, Edward Kennedy, Pat McCarran, and Curt Weldon. By illuminating the roles and impact of individual members of Congress, Carter and Scott contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the broader U.S. foreign policy-making process.
Marcella Sirhandi, author of Royal Nepal: Through the Lens of Richard Gordon Matzene
Marcella Sirhandi is a specialist in 20th century and contemporary art of South Asia, with 3 books on Indian and Pakistani artists, a book on the history of modern and contemporary Pakistani art and 4 catalogs on Indian and Pakistani art and artists. She is currently working on 2 books: Social/Political Content in Neo-Miniature Painting in Pakistan and The Art of Mohan Samant
A New York painter born in Mumbai, India, Richard Matzene was only the 27th foreigner ever to enter the closed borders of Nepal. Invited in 1930 by the Prime Minister, whose ancestors had deposed the king and had de facto control of the country, Matzene won royal trust with his charismatic personality and admiration for his photographic talent. Already one of American’s greatest portrait photographers of the 1920s, Matzene chose Ponca City as his home in 1926. Sirhandi located descendents who identified all photographs on her 2007 trip to Kathmandu. She recorded anecdotes and family secrets, as well as the political and cultural context of Nepal’s ruling class in an environment of court intrigue, fratricide and the highly ritualized Hindu society.
Jill Talbot, co-editor of The Art of Friction: Where (Non)Fictions Come Together
Jill Talbot earned her Ph.D. in Contemporary American Literature and Film from Texas Tech University. She received her MA in creative writing from the University of Colorado, where she was twice the recipient of the Jovanovich Award for best manuscript. She has published poems, essays, and craft essays in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Under the Sun, Blue Mesa Review, Cimarron Review, Segue, and Ecotone.
The Art of Friction surveys the borderlands where friction and nonfiction intersect, commingle and challenge genre lines. It anthologizes 19 creative works by contemporary, award-winning writers including Junot Diaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, Thomas Beller, Bernard Cooper, Wendy McClure, and Terry Tempest Williams, who also provide companion pieces in which they comment on their work. These selections, which place short stories and personal essays (and hybrids of the two) side by side, allow readers to examine the similarities and differences between the genres, as well as explore the trends in genre overlap. Functioning as both a reader and a discussion of the craft of writing, The Art of Friction is a timely, essential book for all writers and readers who seek truthfulness of lived experience through (non)fictions.
David Ullrich, author of Complex Made Simple
Perhaps uniquely among mathematical topics, complex analysis presents the student with the opportunity to learn a thoroughly developed subject that is rich in both theory and applications. Even in an introductory course, the theorems and techniques can have elegant formulations. But for any of these profound results, the student is often left asking: What does it really mean? Where does it come from? In Complex Made Simple, David Ullrich shows the student how to think like an analyst. In many cases, results are discovered or derived, with an explanation of how the students might have found the theorem on their own. Ullrich explains why a proof works. He will also, sometimes, explain why a tempting idea does not work. Complex Made Simple looks at the Dirichlet problem for harmonic functions twice: once using the Poisson integral for the unit disk and again in an informal section on Brownian motion, where the reader can understand intuitively how the Dirichlet problem works for general domains. Ullrich also takes considerable care to discuss the modular group, modular function, and covering maps, which become important ingredients in his modern treatment of the often-overlooked original proof of the Big Picard Theorem. This book is suitable for a first-year course in complex analysis. The exposition is aimed directly at the students, with plenty of details included. The prerequisite is a good course in advanced calculus or undergraduate analysis.
John Weir, author of Conducting Prescribed Fires: A Comprehensive Manual
John Weir is a Research Associate in the Natural Resource Ecology Management Department at OSU where he teaches courses on conducting prescribed burns and holds workshops on this subject for the government, private landowners and other agencies. He had conducted more than 760 prescribed burns in the last 22 years in several states and various vegetation types.
Conducting Prescribed Fires is a practical step-by-step guide for anyone interested in implemented a prescribed burn. It is based on years of first hand knowledge and experience. From the issues of liability, safety and public relations to the fundimentals of ignition devices, smoke management and mop-up, this thorough, practical, how-to manual will help provide guidance and expertise for those whose circumstances favor the use of this environmentally sound practice.
Rao Yarlagadda, author of Analog and Digital Signals and Systems
Dr. Yarlagadda taught for more than 40 years at Oklahoma State University and is retired. He co-authored the following three textbooks: Hadamard Matrix Analysis and Synthesis with Applications to Communications and Signal/Image Processing, Klewer Academic Publishers, 1997; The Elements of System Design, Academic Press, 1994; and Data Transportation and Protection, Plenum Publishing Corporation, 1986. Dr. Yarlagadda is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The book addresses some of the main concepts of analog and digital signals, convolution and correlation. It includes transforms, signals and linear system interactions, system stability, bandwidths, analog and digital filter designs, and signal modulations. More than 400 example problems are presented in detail throughout the book. Also, more than 400 end of chapter problems are provided.