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Brant Adams bullet Gregory Bell bullet Denise Blum bullet Cindy Brakhage bullet Robert Burnap bullet Kathryn Castle bullet Clint Clausing bullet Bruce Crauder bullet Larry Crosby bullet W. Steve Damron bullet Dursun Delen bullet Benny Evans bullet Jeff Fortney bullet Evelyn Ferchau bullet Brian Frehner bullet Perry Gethner bullet Reuel Hanks bullet Rebekah Herrick bullet Derina Holtzhausen bullet Paul Hsubullet Robert Hungerbullet Sheila Kennisonbullet David Knottnerusbullet Michael Larranaga bullet David Leslie bullet Jayson Lusk bullet Leslie Miller bullet Shabana Mir bullet Seungho Moon bullet Michael H. Morris bullet Lynne Murnane bullet Dave Neal bullet Brad Njaa bullet Alan Noell bullet Jeretta Nord bullet Bailey Norwood bullet David Oberhelman bullet Tim Passmore bullet Susana Perea-Fox bullet Brenda Phillips bullet Lionel Raff bullet Gerardo Diaz Ramos bullet Eric Rebek bullet Eric Reitan bullet Ramesh Sharda bullet Louise Siddons bullet Anthony Slater bullet Lindsey Smith bullet Robert J. Sternberg bullet Jessica Stewart bullet Fred Stowell bullet Michael Sturzenbecker bullet Michael Wieder bullet Rick Wilson

 

Brant Adams

Brant Adams, composer and arranger of Trumpet Solos for Worship, Vol. 2 with CD Recording and Flute Solos for Worship, Vol. 2 with CD Recording

Originally from Gallipolis, Ohio, Brant Adams (b. 1955) holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Capital University (Columbus, Ohio), 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 has served as professor and coordinator of the music theory and composition areas, coordinator of music business, academic advisor, and since 2008, as Head of the Department of Music.

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, including two performances at Carnegie Hall. 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 former 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.

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.

Trumpet Solos for Worship, Vol. 2 has eight hymn arrangements for solo trumpet and piano for advanced players intended for use in church services, as well as festivals, competitions and recitals.

Flute Solos for Worship, Vol. 2 has eight hymn arrangements for flute and piano intended for the advanced level performer, available in music stores throughout the US and on the publishers website www.lorenz.com.

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Gregory Bell

Gregory Bell, author of Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology: Advanced Management Principles

Dr. Greg Bell is the Wayne and Jean Huffine Endowed Professor of Turfgrass Science at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.  After many years as an industrial supervisor and business owner, Dr. Bell returned to school at the Ohio State University to finish a B.S. in Turfgrass Management followed by a Masters and Ph.D. in Agronomy with specialty in turfgrass science.  Greg has published a number of scientific papers, book chapters, and trade journal articles in turfgrass science and was part of a research team that was awarded the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award in 2002.  He was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Advisor in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University in 2001 and was awarded the Faculty Phoenix Award dedicated to the outstanding graduate student advisor of the year at Oklahoma State University in 2003.  Dr. Bell teaches classes in Introductory Turfgrass Management, Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology, and Personnel and Financial Management in Horticulture.

Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology: Advanced Management Principles is written for students or practitioners who are familiar with the basic science and management of turfgrasses either through study or practice.  General plant physiology, primarily photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration are described in a very basic, easy to understand format.  The author describes how the understanding of these basic physiological concepts influences management decisions.  The book specifically addresses basic ecological concepts and how they can be used to manage a turfgrass environment with minimal to no offsite effects.  Each major component of the turfgrass environment is discussed.  The management practices suggested or described and the plant responses expected are supported by nearly 500 scientific references.

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Denise Blum, author of Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values: Education the New Socialist Citizen

A former public school Spanish teacher, Denise F. Blum is an Assistant Professor in Social Foundations at Oklahoma State University, teaching Qualitative Methods, Comparative Education, Pop Culture and Education and Educational Sociology. She is an educational anthropologist and received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include Latino/Latin American K-12 education and anthropology of education.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Havana's secondary schools, Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values is a remarkable ethnography, charting the government's attempts to transform a future generation of citizens. While Cuba's high literacy rate is often lauded, the little-known dropout rates among teenagers receive less scrutiny. In vivid, succinct reporting, educational anthropologist Denise Blum now shares her findings regarding this overlooked aspect of the Castro legacy.

Despite the fact that primary-school enrollment rates exceed those of the United States, the reverse is true for the crucial years between elementary school and college. After providing a history of Fidel Castro's educational revolution begun in 1953, Denise Blum delivers a close examination of the effects of the program, which was designed to produce a society motivated by benevolence rather than materialism. Exploring pioneering pedagogy, the notion of civic education, and the rural components of the program, Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values brims with surprising findings about one of the most intriguing social experiments in recent history.

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Cindy Brakhage

Cindy Brakhage, editor of Fire and Life Safety Educator

Cindy is a Senior Editor at Fire Protection Publications and has worked there for 30 years. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and lives in Stillwater.

The primary audience of Fire and Life Safety Educator is anyone who practices the multidisciplinary profession of fire and life safety educator, including uniformed and nonuniformed fire service personnel and others outside the fire service. The manual is intended to educate the educator rather than train the educator. In this way, the educator will be able to apply his or her knowledge.

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Robert Burnap

Robert Burnap, co-author and editor of Functional Genomics and Evolution of Photosynthetic Systems

Robert Burnap developed an interest in photosynthesis during a summer field course in marine biology at Woods Hole (Massachusetts, USA), while an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan from where he graduated in 1977. He obtained Masters of Biology at the University of California Los Angeles and later joined the laboratory of Robert Trench, at the University of California Santa Barbara, a world’s expert on symbiosis and Cyanophora paradoxa—an organism representing a ‘missing link’ in the evolution of chloroplasts. The result was a thesis, entitled “Biogenesis of the Endosymbiotic Cyanobacteria (Cyanelles) of Cyanophora paradoxa”. That project began the life-long fascination with oxygenic photosynthesis as conducted by the originators of this earth-transforming process: the Cyanobacteria. Following his PhD research, Rob joined the laboratory of Louis Sherman at Purdue University to focus on Photosystem II (PSII), the system that splits water. He became a member of the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1991. He teaches several courses in the area of molecular biology and developed the first course in Bioinformatics in the state. He maintains an active laboratory research investigation of oxygenic photosynthesis—Nature’s Solar Energy for which he has funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. The underlying theme of the research is to understand the structure, function, and evolution of photosynthetic systems. How is it that organisms have evolved mechanisms to efficiently capture solar energy and convert it to usable metabolic energy to drive cellular growth and reproduction? How do the individual components of the photosynthetic machinery work and how do they integrate with each other to optimize the overall performance photosynthetic process? Rob has served as a rotating Program Director at the United States National Science Foundation where, besides his regular duties in the Division of Cellular Molecular Biochemistry, he helped develop a special program for fielding and funding innovative proposals in photosynthesis research. For further information on Rob, see his web page at: http://microbiology.okstate.edu/faculty/burnap/

The book is inspired by the new possibilities brought about by the stunning number of genomic sequences that are currently, or will soon become, available for photosynthetic organisms. The explosive growth DNA sequence data continues to impact all areas of biology and has largely outstripped our ability to fully assimilate its biological meaning. In the world of photosynthetic organisms, ranging from plants to phototrophic bacteria, the task of translating the genomic DNA sequence information is in full swing and “Functional Genomics and Evolution of Photosynthetic Systems” provides a window into the laboratories of top researchers utilizing experimental and bioinformatic tools to decode this wealth of new data. It highlights promising approaches in analyzing sequence information and the resultant insights that these analyses are providing regarding the function and evolution of photosynthesis. It provides a good introduction to some of the many aspects of the genomics of photosynthetic systems in relation to the variety of photosynthetic mechanisms that have evolved. The book provides detailed views of specific cases and thereby illustrates important new directions that are being taken in this fast-moving field—a field that involves the integration of bioinformatics, molecular biology, physiology, and ecology. The book is intended for a wide audience but it is designed specifically for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and for researchers in photosynthesis who are interested in functional genomics, bioinformatics, and evolution of photosynthesis.

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Kathryn Castle

Kathryn Castle, author of Early Childhood Teacher Research

Dr. Kathryn Castle, Professor and Chuck & Kim Watson Endowed Chair in Education, is a faculty member and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Teaching & Curriculum Leadership in the College of Education. Dr. Castle has been at OSU since 1975. She has authored 7 books including 2 children’s books, numerous book chapters and monographs, over 30 peer reviewed journal articles, and numerous other publications. She serves on 2 national boards of professional associations and on 3 editorial boards of professional journals. She is a member of the Teacher Research Steering Committee of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition to 2 national research awards, she is the recipient of the national Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award, the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, and the OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award. Before coming to OSU, she was an early childhood teacher and the director of test evaluations for a national learning foundation.

Early Childhood Teacher Research is an exciting new resource that will address the sorts of questions and concerns that pre- and in-service teachers of young children frequently have when engaging in teacher research.

Accessible and interactive, this book touches upon the important issues every early childhood teacher should know—the uniqueness of early childhood teacher research, reasons for doing it, and how to do it. In this comprehensive guide, Kathryn Castle explores each stage of teacher research, from conceptualization, generating research questions, identifying data sources, gathering and analyzing data, interpreting results, sharing results, to taking action based on results.

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Clint Clausing

Clint Clausing, editor Fire Investigator

Clint Clausing currently serves as Editorial and Curriculum Project's Coordinator with Fire Protection Publications. He joined FPP as a Senior Editor five years ago. Clint has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with an option in education from Oklahoma State University. He has served as project manager for two FPP: Fire Investigator, 2nd Edition and Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, 8th Edition.

Fire Investigator, 2nd Edition is designed to provide fire investigators with the information, data, and resources necessary to meet the job performance requirements for fire investigators as defined in NFPA® 1033. The 2nd edition features a new, single column format with new, full-color photos and illustrations. In addition, the book has been reorganized to put more of an emphasis on area of origin and cause determination with expanded information about fire pattern analysis.

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Bruce Crauder

Bruce Crauder, co-author of Quantitative Literacy: Thinking Between the Lines

Bruce Crauder graduated from Haverford College in 1976, receiving a B.A. with honors in mathematics, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1981, writing a dissertation on algebraic geometry. After post-doctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Utah, and the University of Pennsylvania, Bruce went to Oklahoma State University in 1986 where he is now a Professor of Mathematics and also Associate Dean.

Bruce's research in algebraic geometry has resulted in 10 refereed articles in as many years in his specialty, three-dimensional birational geometry. He has since worked on the challenge of the beginning college math curriculum, resulting in the creation of two new courses with texts to support the courses. He is especially pleased with these texts, as they combine scholarship with his passion for teaching.

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Larry Crosby

Larry Crosby, co-author and editor of MBA Preferred — Celebrating 50 Years

Lawrence Crosby, globally recognized expert on the measurement and management of customer relationships, became Dean and Professor of Marketing for the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, effective May, 2010.

First as an academic and then as a consultant and business leader. Crosby has helped evolve the field of customer relationships from satisfaction to loyalty to the branded experience. Crosby's work has been widely published, and his measures, models, and management principles have been adopted by Fortune 500 companies around the world. Most recently, Crosby served as chief loyalty architect of the Customer Experience Practice at global market research company Synovate Ltd. He founded and served as chairman and CEO of Symmetrics Marketing Corporation, a customer loyalty research and consulting business. He sold Symmetrics to Synovate in 2004.

Crosby earned a doctoral degree in business administration, a Master's of Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in general studies from the University of Michigan. Before founding Symmetrics, he served as CEO and managing director of CSM Worldwide, an affiliate of Walker Information, and served on the faculty at Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Nebraska.

Crosby's appointment also carries with it the titles of Norman & Suzanne Myers Chair for Excellence in Business and Richard W. Poole Professor for Excellence.

MBA Preferred features profiles of distinguished Oklahoma State University alumni who are graduates of the Master of Business Administration program over the past 50 years. Each story includes adversities, challenges, successes and advice from the honored MBA Alumnus. MBA Preferred will provide the reader with inspiration, education and an understanding of the importance of an MBA--a highly coveted graduate degree--in providing diverse career options.

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W. Steve Damron

W. Steve Damron, author of Introduction to Animal Science

W. Stephen Damron received B.S. M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. He joined the Animal Science Department Oklahoma State University in 1988. Dr. Damron has received 30 awards and recognitions for teaching and advising excellence, including the Carnegie Foundation’s Oklahoma Professor of the Year in 2010. In Dr. Damron’s teaching career of nearly 30 years, he has advised over 2000 students and taught over 20,000 in his classes.

He is a successful textbook author. The fifth edition of his Introduction to Animal Science (2013) is available. He has served the Animal Science Department as Teaching Coordinator and Scholarship Coordinator, teaches honors, independent study and graduate courses, advises approximately one-hundred undergraduates, is an effective college and campus leader, has developed several innovative courses, champions effective outcomes and general education assessment, raises funds for scholarships, is an active student and faculty mentor, supports and participates as a faculty leader in study abroad courses, and contributes to the scholarship of teaching.

Dr. Damron is currently serving as Interim Assistant dean of Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Damron lives outside Stillwater, Oklahoma with his wife Rebecca and children, Joshua and Aubryana, both students at OSU.

Introduction to Animal Science provides a text for introductory courses in Animal Science. The major, traditional biological disciplines and how the science of each of these contributes to the whole of Animal Science are included. There is information on how to feed, manage, breed, and care for animals. Because the scope of Animal Science is so broad, this book examines how animals fit into all of society and how they contribute to the well-being of humans from a worldwide perspective. The text takes a brief tour to look at the various types of agriculture found around the world. It explores other uses that we have found for our domesticated animals. It individually considers the species of primary importance to humans. This text also discusses the industries that have arisen around those species and their effects on our society and our economy.

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Dursen Delen

Dursun Delen, author of Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis for Non-Structured Text Data Applications

Dr. Dursun Delen is the William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration and Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management from OSU in 1997. Prior to his appointment as an Assistant Professor at OSU in 2001, he worked for a privately-owned research and consultancy company, Knowledge Based Systems Inc., in College Station, Texas, as a research scientist for five years, during which he led a number of decision support and other information systems related research projects funded by federal agencies, including DoD, NASA, NIST and DOE.

Dr. Delen’s research has appeared in major journals including Decision Support Systems, Communications of the ACM, Computers and Operations Research, Computers in Industry, Journal of Production Operations Management, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Expert Systems with Applications, among others. He recently published four books: Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis for Non-structured Text Data Applications with Elsevier, 2012; Business Intelligence: A Managerial Approach, with Prentice Hall, 2010; Decision Support and Business Intelligence Systems with Prentice Hall, 2010; and Advanced Data Mining Techniques with Springer, 2008. He is often invited to national and international conferences for keynote addresses on topics related to Data/Text Mining, Business Intelligence, Decision Support Systems, and Knowledge Management. He served as the general co-chair for the 4th International Conference on Network Computing and Advanced Information Management (September 2-4, 2008 in Soul, South Korea), and regularly chairs tracks and mini-tracks at various information systems conferences. He is the associate editor-in-chief for International Journal of Experimental Algorithms, associate editor for International Journal of RF Technologies, and is on editorial boards of five other technical journals. His research and teaching interests are in data and text mining, decision support systems, knowledge management, business intelligence and enterprise modeling.

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Benny Evans

Benny Evans, co-author of Quantitative Literacy: Thinking Between the Lines

Benny Evans received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1971. After a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, he went to Oklahoma State University where he is currently Professor of Mathematics. In his tenure at OSU, he has served as Undergraduate Director, Associate Head, and Department Head. His career has included visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, Rice University, Texas A&M, and University of Nevada at Reno.

Benny's research interests are in topology and mathematics education. His record includes 28 papers in refereed journals, numerous books and articles, and 25 grants from the National Science Foundation, Oklahoma State Board of Regents, and private foundations.

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Evelyn Ferchau

Evelyn Ferchau, author and editor of Shawn's Life Begins and Shawn's Second Year Begins

Evelyn Ferchau has been in the habit of composing (mostly) rhyming poetry since she was six. As with her favorite artist, Norman Rockwell, she attempts to write about things in such a way that it will trigger a general cord of recognition in others. Along with these two personally published booklets, Ferchau has written about 100 additional poems that she hopes to incorporate into an autobiography titled Taking the Back Roads Home.

Ferchau attended Kingston, Michigan, public schools, and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor's of Education from Central Michigan University. Shortly thereafter she entered the Regular Army where she was an E5 training NCO, 45th Medical Battalion, Federal Republic of Germany, for three years. Since joining the OSU staff in 1978, she has worked her way from secretary, Psychology Department, to Manager, Correspondence Education. After the death of their only son in 2001, the Ferchau family instituted the Ben Ferchau Memorial Fund, which has annually donated a music camp scholarship to Stillwater High School and a youth news carrier's tuition scholarship in conjunction with the Stillwater NewsPress, and presents a safety booth at area driver's training sessions.

The two booklets of original poetry were composed and produced by the author to celebrate the birth of an only grandchild, a grandson named Shawn Rose. His birth in 2009 was especially meaningful to the family because of the death of the author's only son at age 15 in 2001. The booklets attempt to express the many changes children and their parents undergo in their first few years of life—some very visible and others, not so much.

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Jeff Fortney

Jeff Fortney, editor of Principles of Vehicle Extrication and Fire and Emergency Services Orientation and Terminology

Jeff Fortney is a senior editor at Fire Protection Publications (FPP). He has served as project manager on International Fire Service Training Association’s (IFSTA) Plans Examiner (1st edition), Industrial Exterior and Structural Fire Brigades (1st edition), Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (5th edition), Vehicle Extrication (3rd edition), Orientation and Terminology (5th edition), and Company Officer (5th edition) manuals. He has also served as a photographer on numerous FPP and IFSTA projects over the last 10 years.

Fortney spent more than 12 years in the United States Air Force as a Fire Protection Specialist, Rescue Crew Chief, and ARFF Driver/Operator and Crew Chief at Davis-Monthan AFB (AZ), Kunsan AB (ROK), and Williams AFB (AZ). He served as a Master Instructor at the USAF Fire School at Chanute AFB (IL) during his time in the USAF and as a Department of Defense civilian Master Instructor and Training Specialist at the DOD Fire Training Academy at Goodfellow AFB, Texas.

The 3rd edition of Principles of Vehicle Extrication contains updated information on the hazards presented by extrication operations, vehicle extrication incident management, vehicle anatomy, passenger restraint systems, vehicle extrication tools and equipment, hybrid-powered vehicles, machinery extrication situations and procedures, and emergency medical system considerations at extrication operations.

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Brian Frehner

Brian Frehner, author of Finding Oil: The Nature of Petroleum Geology, 1858-1920

Brian Frehner is an associate professor of history at Oklahoma State University. He received a Bill and Rita Clements Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship for the Study of Southwestern America in 2004–5 and is the coeditor of Indians and Energy: Exploitation and Opportunity in the American Southwest. He is currently at work on a project that documents the history of geophysical exploration for oil.

Oil has made fortunes, caused wars, and shaped nations. Accordingly, no one questions the idea that the quest for oil is a quest for power. The question we should ask, Finding Oil suggests, is what kind of power prospectors have wanted. This book revises oil’s early history by exploring the incredibly varied stories of the men who pitted themselves against nature to unleash the power of oil. The author shows how, despite the towering presence of a figure like John D. Rockefeller as a quintessential “oil man,” prospectors were a diverse lot who saw themselves, their interests, and their relationships with nature in profoundly different ways. He traces their various pursuits of power from 1859 to 1920 as a struggle for cultural, intellectual, and professional authority, over both nature and their peers. Here we see how some saw power as the work they did exploring and drilling into landscapes, while others saw it in the intellectual work of explaining how and where oil accumulated. Charting the intersection of human and natural history, their story traces the ever-evolving relationship between science and industry and reveals the unsuspected role geology played in shaping our understanding of the history of oil.

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Perry Gethner

Perry Gethner, co-author of A Trip to the Country

Perry Gethner is a scholar of early modern French literature, especially drama and opera. I have published numerous critical editions and translations, plus articles on a variety of drama-related topics.

A Trip to the Country is the first-ever translation of an experimental French novel from 1699 by a controversial woman author, the Countess de Murat. It criticizes French political and cultural life and features as inserts some examples of newly popular literary forms, such as fairy tales and ghost stories.

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Reuel Hanks

Reuel Hanks, author of Encyclopedia of Geography Terms, Themes and Concepts and Global Security Watch: Central Asia

Reuel Hanks is Professor of Geography at Oklahoma State University, and serves as the editor of the Journal of Central Asian Studies. Dr. Hanks was a Fulbright Scholar in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1995 and has published more than a dozen articles and book chapters on Central Asia on Islam, nationalism and identity, foreign policy and political geography. He is the author of Uzbekistan (1999), an annotated bibliography in the World Bibliographical Series published by ABC-CLIO, Ltd; Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook (2005, ABC-CLIO, Ltd); Global Security Watch:Central Asia (2010,Praeger International) and the Encyclopedia of Geography Terms, Themes, and Concepts. He has given over twenty public lectures in Central Asia, and has taught at Tashkent State Economics University, Samarkand State Institute for Foreign Languages, KIMEP (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and Eurasian National University (Astana, Kazakhstan). He resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his wife Oydin Uzakova and daughter Kamila.

The Encyclopedia of Geography Terms, Themes and Concepts offers a broad coverage of terminology and concepts, serving as both an encyclopedic dictionary of geography terms and an approachable overview to the human and physical aspects of world geography. Approximately 150 geographic terms and concepts are defined and discussed, providing an accessible reference for anyone who requires a deeper knowledge of the language and ideas that are important to geography as a discipline. Helpful sidebars are provided to shed light on unusual or controversial theories and concepts.

Global Security Watch—Central Asia is the first authoritative examination of the security issues affecting, and affected by, the region where Russia, South Asia, China and the Middle East meet. It provides a comprehensive account of the strategic importance and challenges facing Central Asia for policymakers, students, researchers, and interested general readers alike.

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Rebekah Herrick, author of Representation and Institutional Design

Rebekah Herrick is a professor of political science. Her areas of interest include gender and politics and legislatures. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Research Legislative studies Quarterly and several other journals.

Representation and Institutional Design addresses the issues of institutions and representation by examining how variation in institutional design can affect many aspects of how legislators represent their constituents. It examines the relationships between legislative design—electoral laws, term limits, professionalism, and district size and magnitude—and many aspects of representation—symbolic, service, and policy representation, as well as legislators' incentives to represent.

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Derina Holtzhausen

Derina Holtzhausen, author of Public Relations as Activism: Postmodern Approaches to Theory and Practice

Dr. Derina Holtzhausen (Ph.D. University of Johannesburg) is professor and director of the School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University. Holtzhausen, a native South African and naturalized U.S. citizen, joined OSU in July 2008 after serving 11 years at the University of South Florida’s School of Mass Communications as, among others, graduate studies director and program coordinator. She teaches courses in strategic communication management, media management, media entrepreneurship and research at undergraduate and graduate level. In South Africa Holtzhausen practiced for 25 years as a journalist, a partner in an advertising and public relations agency, and a communication executive in both the public and private sectors. She is a recipient of the Pathfinder Award from the U.S. Institute of Public Relations for her original research agenda on postmodern public relations. She is a fellow of the Journalism Leadership in Diversity (JLID) program, the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute, and of the first Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at Arizona State University. She also is a faculty fellow of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship of the OSU Spears School of Business. Since moving to the United States 14 years ago she has published 24 articles and book chapters and presented more than 30 papers. For the past seven years she has been serving as the co-editor of the International Journal of Strategic Communication, which she co-founded. Her book titled Public Relations as Activism. Postmodern Approaches to Theory and Practice was released by Routledge in 2011.

The book applies postmodern theory to public relations, providing an alternative lens to public relations theory and practice and developing public relations theory within the context of postmodernism. It focuses on two key issues and their application to public relations theory and practice: the postmodernization of society, and the possibilities postmodern theories offer to explain and understand public relations practice in today’s changing society. Holtzhausen's argument is that existing theory should be evaluated from a postmodern perspective to determine its applicability to postmodernity. Utilizing practitioner perspectives throughout the volume, she explores the practice of public relations as a form of activism. The text challenges existing historical interpretations of the development of public relations, views history as narrative, and critiques traditional representations that situated public relations practice in the context of capitalism and the military-industrial complex. The text also challenges modernist interpretations of the relationship between ethics and the law and argues that the many ethical standards set for public relations practitioners relieve them from their own moral responsibility. One of the major focus areas of the book is the role power plays in both theory development and practice and how it shapes the role of practitioners, particularly in institutional context.

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Paul Hsu

Paul Hsu, author of Dr. Boot's Pocket Sketch Book

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Po Siu Hsu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to USA in 1979. He enjoys mountain hiking, camping, sketching, wood sculpture and cooking. He teaches graphic and design studios at landscape architecture program, Oklahoma State University. His is an associate professor and Program Director in Landscape Architecture Program, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

His scholarship interests include areas of graphics, sculpture, art, journal drawing, watercolor painting, grading and drainage site plan, water garden and constructed wetland system. Other scholarship areas include public service projects, integration of computer technology such as CAD, multi-media interactive instruction, digital graphic presentation, web design, digital portfolio and design studios as integral part of teaching curriculum. Involvement in academic computing issues, student outcome assessment execution, and multi-cultural and minority development are other extended areas of his scholarship.

When Mr. Po Siu Hsu came to Oklahoma State University someone asked him what was his last name and he replied that "my name is HSU, it pronounces like SHOE". The man yelled, "In cowboy country, we do not wear shoes, we wear BOOTS!!!" Henceforth, professor Hsu has a nick name "Dr. Boot". This sketch book reflects his philosophy towards life and teaching. It is his believe that positive mind and loose graphic will give the most esthetic communication.

There are times one should be loose in sketches (we call this stage bubble diagram and conceptual) but there are also times that one should be more concise on what you are sketching of (we call this stage schematic and design development details).

This graphic potpourri is a collection of my past sketches, sculptures, art work, and digital renderings during my good, bad, leisure, or working time. I hope you will enjoy this pocket sketch book and get some sort of inspiration to master the skills of your own.

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Robert Hunger

Robert Hunger, co-author and editor of Compendium of Wheat Diseases and Pests

Robert Hunger was raised in Colorado on a dairy farm and obtained his degrees from Colorado State University (BS and MS) and Oregon State University (Ph.D.). He became an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University in 1982, where he advanced to full professor in 1992. His current responsibilities include collaborating with the Oklahoma State Wheat Improvement Team to develop new and improved wheat varieties adapted for production in Oklahoma and the Southern Plains, working with wheat producers to resolve disease problems, conducting research on practical disease problems of wheat, and teaching or co-teaching graduate courses in host plant resistance and career skills.

The Compendium of Wheat Diseases and Pests, Third Edition combines the contributions of more than 70 plant pathologists and entomologists to produce a compendium describing the diseases and insect pests of wheat. This includes descriptions of wheat disease symptoms, causes, life cycles, and control practices. Numerous photographs and figures are incorporated in the compendium to augment the written description of wheat diseases and insect pests.

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Sheila Kennison

Sheila Kennison, co-author of Research Methods: A Contemporary Approach

Dr. Sheila M. Kennison is President of the Southwestern Psychological Association and an Associate Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. She received her undergraduate degree in linguistics and psychology from Harvard University and master’s and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She currently co-directs an NSF-funded research experience for undergraduates program at Oklahoma State University, which focuses on the biological basis of human and animal behavior. She is actively involved in conducting research on hemispheric differences in language processing, the relationship between thinking styles and resilience, and the relationship between death anxiety and risk-taking, which is the topic of her presentation at SWPA this year. She joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 2000. In 2002 & 2003, she received the Outstanding Faculty Award for the Department of Psychology. In 2004, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Oklahoma Psychological Society. In 2007, she received the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award. She co-directs the Oklahoma Network for Teaching of Psychology and also the Preparing Future Faculty in Psychology Program at Oklahoma State University.

The conversational, easy-to-read style of this textbook on research methods captures and holds student interest. The examples are up-to-date and relevant to student life. Study questions follow each chapter and help students focus on important points that are reflected in the test items as well.

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David Knottnerus

David Knottnerus, author of Ritual as a Missing Link: Sociology, Structural Ritualization Theory and Research and co-author of Elder Care Catastrophe: Rituals of Abuse in Nursing Homes—and What You Can Do About It

J. David Knottnerus is Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. He earned an undergraduate degree in sociology from Beloit College and a M.A. and PhD in sociology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Knottnerus has published extensively in the areas of social theory, social psychology, group processes, social structure/inequality, and ritual dynamics. Most of his efforts in recent years have focused on the development of structural ritualization theory and research. This perspective focuses on the role ritual plays in social life. He is currently the coeditor—with Bernard Phillips—of the series Advancing the Sociological Imagination with Paradigm Publishers. His most recent books are, coedited with Bernard Phillips, Bureaucratic Culture and Escalating World Problems: Advancing the Sociological Imagination (Paradigm Publishers), coauthored with Monica K. Varner, American Golf and the Development of Civility: Rituals of Etiquette in the World of Golf (LAP Lambert Academic Publishing), Ritual as a Missing Link: Sociology, Structural Ritualization Theory and Research (Paradigm Publishers), coauthored with Jason S. Ulsperger, Elder Care Catastrophe: Rituals of Abuse in Nursing Homes—and What You Can Do About It (Paradigm Publishers), and, coedited with Sing C. Chew, Structure, Culture and History: Recent Issues in Social Theory (Rowman & Littlefield).

As the baby boom generation enters retirement age, greater numbers of people eventually will enter nursing homes. Portraying people who have lived in worked in long-term facilities, and family members struggling with nursing home issues, Elder Care Catastrophe reveals how organizational dynamics and everyday rituals have unintentionally led to resident neglect and abuse. It is the only book on nursing homes to use systematic research and sociological theory to understand different types of nursing home maltreatment. The book provides critical information to any lay person, nursing home employee, policymaker, student or researcher concerned with elder care issues, and offers alternative models for lessening the maltreatment of people living in nursing homes.

Why do people behave the way they do? Up to now, ritual has been seriously underutilized for studying human behavior, i.e., ritual. The structural ritualization theory, attempts to narrow this gap in our understanding of the social causes and consequences of our actions by focusing on the ritualized behaviors that define much of our daily lives. Taking a broad approach to science in sociology this perspective is grounded in a commitment to three goals: the development of theory, substantiating these concepts through empirical evidence, and the application of this knowledge to social problems, dehumanizing conditions in contemporary society, and enriching our personal lives. This book is the first to comprehensively describe the structural ritualistic theory, which since its inception a decade ago, has developed in several directions involving different lines of cumulative research. This book shows how structural reproduction has occurred throughout the world, how rituals can be strategically used and power can influence rituals, and how the disruption of ritualized practices and the reconstitution of ritual subsequent to such events are of crucial importance for human beings. Weaving its way through the book Knottnerus discusses why ritual provides a missing link in sociology and helps us better explain the extreme complexity of human action and social reality.

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Michael Larranaga

Michael Larranaga, author and editor of Engineering Reference Manual

Michael Larrañaga is Simplex Professor and Department Head of the School of Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Larrañaga serves as Director of the Boots & Coots Center for Fire, Safety and Pressure Control and the US Department of Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Scholars program at Oklahoma State. He has extensive experience in forensic engineering and incident investigation. He is a registered professional engineer, certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional. He earned a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State, a MS in Environmental Science-Industrial Hygiene from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering-Ergonomics/Human Factors from Texas Tech University. He is currently pursing a master’s degree in security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

The Industrial Hygiene Engineering Manual provides a single source for the practicing industrial hygienist and environmental health professional to locate technical information on industrial hygiene and exposure science.

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David Leslie, co-author of Handbook of the Mammals of the World, Volume 2, Hoofed Mammals

David Leslie is the co-author of the most comprehensive chapter on the family Bovidae, the horned ruminants, and wrote 40 species accounts.

Hoofed mammals include many families of large, well-known animals. In the second volume of HMW they are revealed in all their fascinating detail, in riveting accounts written by some of the most renowned authorities in the world. The species accounts supply complete and up-to-date information at a time when new and increasingly sophisticated methods of DNA analysis are reshaping our knowledge of these species; to give just one example, the family Bovidae has almost doubled its size in the last five years, to the 279 distinct species known today.

 

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Jayson Lusk

Jayson Lusk, editor of Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy and co-author of Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare

Jayson L. Lusk is Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. He has previously served on faculty at Purdue University and Mississippi State University. Dr. Lusk earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 2000 and a B.S. in Food Technology from Texas Tech University in 1997. Lusk conducts research related to consumer behavior and decision making, food and livestock marketing and policy, and non-market valuation. In the last 10 years, Lusk has published 4 books and over 100 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, and has been invited to present his research at over 25 Universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Lusk currently serves as associate editor for six academic journals including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Lusk is past chair of the American Agricultural Economics Association’s Food and Agricultural Marketing Policy Section and has served on the executive board of the Western Agricultural Economics Association, the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Lusk recently co-authored a book on experimental auctions published by Cambridge University Press and is also a co-author of an undergraduate textbook on agricultural marketing and price analysis published by Prentice-Hall. His 2011 books include one on the topic of animal welfare with Oxford University Press and the co-edited volume: the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy. He has a forthcoming book entitled Food Police to be released by Crown Forum.

About Compassion by the Pound: For much of human history, most of the population lived and worked on a farm, but today people’s information about farm animal is more likely to come from children’s books than hands-on experience. When romanticized notions of an agrarian lifestyle meet with the realities of the modern industrial farm, the result is often a plea for a return to antiquated production methods. The result is a brewing controversy between animal activist groups, farmers, and consumers that is currently being played out in ballot boxes, courtrooms, and in the grocery store. Where is one to turn for advice when deciding whether to pay double the price for cage free eggs or in determining how to vote on ballot initiates appearing across the U.S. seeking to ban practices such as the use of gestation crates in pork production? At present, there is no clear answer. What is missing from the animal welfare debate is an objective approach that can integrate the writings of biologists and philosophers, while providing a sound and logical basis for determining the consequences of farm animal welfare policies. What is missing in the debate? Economics. This book journeys back to the earliest days of animal domestication and then forward into modern industrial farms. Delving into questions of ethics and animal sentience, the authors use data from ingenious consumers experiments conducted with real food, real money, and real animals to compare the costs of improving animal care to the benefits. They show how the economic approach to animal welfare raises new questions and ethical conundrums as well as providing unique and counterintuitive results.

About Oxford Handbook: Historically, the challenge for humans has been to secure a sufficient supply of food to stave off hunger and starvation. As a result, much of the research on food and agriculture in the past century has focused on issues related to production efficiency, food supply, and farm profitability. In recent years, however, farmers, agribusiness, policy makers, and academics have increasingly turned their attention away from the farm and toward the food consumer and to issues related to food consumption.

Although research on food demand and consumption has been active for several decades, there are presently few resources to which someone can turn as a basic reference on the economics of food consumption and policy that covers specificities of theories and methods related to the study of food consumers and covers issues in food demand and policy. This book is meant to fill this gap. The book is designed to serve as a useful reference guide to graduate students and academics working in the field of food economics and policy who are interested in the consumer-end of the supply chain, and also to people employed in food and agricultural industries, special interest and activist groups, and policy makers.

The book is divided into three main sections: i) theory and methods, ii) policy, and iii) topics and applications. The first section of the book contains 11 chapters covering the core theoretical and methodological approaches that are used in studying the economics of food consumption and policy. The focus of the chapters is on the application of the theories and methods to food consumption. This second section of the book focuses specifically on policy issues related to food consumption. Several chapters in this section focus on the theory and conceptual issues relevant in food markets, such as product bans and labels, labeling, standards, political economy, and scientific uncertainty. Other chapters hone in on policy issues of particular interest to the consumer-end of the food supply chain such as food safety, nutrition, food security, and development. The final section of the book turns attention to particular issues and topics related to the economics of food consumption and policy. These chapters are largely empirical and descriptive in nature, and are meant to serve as introductions to current topics.

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Leslie Miller

Leslie Miller, editor of Fire Investigator and Hazardous Materials for First Responders

Leslie A. Miller is a senior editor with Fire Protection Publications. Born and raised in Stillwater, Okla., she graduated with a BA in English with honors from Oklahoma State University. She is a member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Fire Investigator 2nd Edition is designed to provide fire investigators with the information, data, and resources necessary to meet the job performance requirements for fire investigators as defined in NFPA(r) 1033. The 2nd edition features a new, single column format with new, full-color photos and illustrations. In addition, the book has been reorganized to put more of an emphasis on area of origin and cause determination with expanded information about fire pattern analysis.

The 4th edition of Hazardous Materials for First Responders is written for emergency first responders who are mandated by law and/or called upon by necessity to prepare for and respond to hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents. It serves as a primary text for personnel seeking to meet the requirements of NFPA® 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents (2008 edition) for Awareness-Level, Operations-Level, and Mission-Specific competencies. The purpose of this book is to provide first responders with the information they need to take appropriate initial actions at WMD incidents and hazardous materials spills or releases. Its scope is limited to giving detailed information about initial operations. Learning objectives are provided at the beginning of each chapter to assist the reader in focusing on the appropriate topic and knowledge and review questions are located at the end of each chapter. Skill sheets are provided at the end of many chapters to provide step-by-step instructions on how to perform crucial skills and activities. The book is divided into three parts designed to meet the competencies of NFPA® 472. The first three chapters address Awareness-Level competencies. The next four chapters address Operations core competencies. The last seven chapters address Mission-Specific competencies.

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Shabana Mir

Shabana Mir, co-author of A companion to the Anthology of Education

Shabana Mir is Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University where she teaches graduate courses in Qualitative Research Methods and the Social Foundations of Education. Shabana has her PhD in Education Policy Studies and Anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her award-winning doctoral dissertation, Constructing Third Spaces: American Muslim Undergraduate Women’s Hybrid Identity Construction, was based on ethnographic research that examined American Muslim undergraduate women’s religious, ethnic, gender and civic identities in the context of youth and leisure culture on university campuses. She has contributed chapters to Educating the Muslims of America, Comparative Education: the Dialectic of the Global and the Local, Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality and Muslim Voices in School, and has published in Discourse, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Journal of Religion, Anthropology News, Chronicle of Higher Education, the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, the Encyclopedia of Islam in North America, The Washington Post Newsweek, Islamic Studies, Q-News, and on the web. She is an active member of the Council on Anthropology and Education in the American Anthropological Association, the Comparative and International Education Society, and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. She is a columnist for Religion Dispatches, and is an international public speaker on issues of religion, gender, and education.

 

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Seungho Moon

Seungho Moon, translator of Variations on a Blue Guitar (Translation into Korean)

Dr. Seungho Moon is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies at the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership (STCL), College of Education. During his doctoral study at Teachers College, Columbia University, he theorized curriculum as sociopolitical, cultural, gendered, and classed discourses. He also used narrative inquiry as a mode of inquiry and literary genre in educational studies. Drawn from Dr. Maxine Greene’s and Dr. Janet Miller’s philosophy, Dr. Moon continues working on poststructuralist approaches to curriculum studies, aesthetic experience and education, and diversity issues in education. He has worked for supporting the development of small learning communities that serve students at risk at The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST). His research and book reviews on cultural identities, transnationalism, and school reform appear in Teachers College Record, Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, and International Journal of Multicultural Education, and more.

Variations on the Blue Guitar is the collection of Dr. Maxine Greene’s lectures on aesthetic education at The Lincoln Center Institute. Dr. Greene emphasizes the importance of releasing the social, political, ethical imagination with the use of works of art. Funded by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (SFAC), this translated work (in Korean) contributes not only to expand Dr. Greene’s philosophy on aesthetic education to a larger audience but also to inspire educators and students to “imagine things otherwise” via transnational cultural exchanges.

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Michael H. Morris

Michael H. Morris, author of Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Michael Morris holds the N. Malone Mitchell Chair and is head of the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. In addition to starting three ventures, he has built top-ranked entrepreneurship programs at three major universities. A pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning, his entrepreneurial outreach efforts have facilitated the start up and growth of hundreds of ventures. Dr. Morris has published seven books and over 120 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. He is co-editor of the Prentice-Hall Entrepreneurship Series and editor emeritus of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. In addition, he is the immediate past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and has served as Chair of the American Marketing Association’s Entrepreneurship and Marketing Taskforce. Dr. Morris has received the Edwin and Gloria Appel Prize for contributions to the field of entrepreneurship. He is a regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Morris has been inducted by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers as a “21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow.”

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Lynne Murnane

Lynne Murnane, editor of Building Construction Related to the Fire Service and Structural Fire Fighting: High-Rise Fire Fighting

Lynne Murnane is a Stillwater resident and has worked at Fire Protection Publications for the past 25 years as a Senior Editor. She also is a graduate of George Washington University.

Building Construction Related to the Fire Service provides the reader with basic instruction about how buildings are designed and constructed and how this relates to emergency operations. In addition to basic construction principles, a new emphasis is placed on firefighter safety, newer types of construction that may be difficult to identify, and green construction principles. This edition is illustrated with new drawings and photos, case histories that emphasize real-life safety principles, key terms, and review questions. Fire inspectors, preincident planners, fireground commanders, investigators, and firefighters will all find useful and valuable information in this new edition.

Structural Fire Fighting: High-Rise Fire Fighting, Second Edition is designed to be a companion to IFSTA’s other structural fire fighting manuals: Truck Company Skills and Tactics, Second Edition and Initial Response Strategy and Tactics, First Edition. This manual provides an overview of historical high-rise fires, construction features, fire behavior, water supply, fire protection systems, elevators and escalators, evacuation procedures, preincident planning, incident command, strategy and tactics, and special situations. Topics such as hazardous exposures, wind-driven fires, staging and communications, and working with fire protection systems are given special emphasis.

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Dave Neal, co-author of Introduction to Emergency Mangaement

Few texts in emergency management engage readers in real life, real world case examples like this text. Designed to attract and guide those interested in career and volunteer opportunities, the authors integrate scientific findings with practitioner viewpoints to reveal the excitement and challenge of a field in service of communities and people at risk from disasters. Each chapter features real people working in the field, the majority of whom have graduated from programs where the authors have taught.

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Brad Njaa, co-author and editor of Kirkbride's Diagnosis of Abortion and Neonnatal Loss in Animals, 4th Edition and co-author of Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 5th Edition

Bradley L. Njaa is a veterinary pathologist and Associate Professor of Pathology in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He received his training at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he first received his Honors degree in Physiology in 1987, his DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the U of S in 1991 and his MVSc in veterinary pathology in 1999 after 5 years in mixed animal practice. He has worked as a faculty veterinary pathologist at veterinary institutions Purdue University and Cornell University before coming to Stillwater in late 2007. He is keenly interested in the instruction of veterinary students as well as alums and veterinary practitioners. In addition to helping improve veterinary diagnostics he is extremely interested in optic or ear diseases and pathology in veterinary species.

Dr. Clyde Kirkbride was an alum of OSU receiving his DVM in 1953. He edited the first three editions of this book, with the third edition published in 1989. When I was asked to take over as editor, I changed the title to Kirkbride's Diagnosis of Abortion and Neonatal Loss in Animals, 4th Edition. I reorganized the book into chapters that specifically addressed a particular species and was fortunate to work with the best pathologists as chapter authors for each species or animal group covered. Additionally, this new addition has numerous summary tables within each chapter and in appendices that summarize gross and histologic lesions for each species, diagnostic tests for various diseases and collates crown-to-rump lengths and other measures of fetuses for quick and easy reference. Finally, great effort was taken to collect excellent images that depict various disease entities for each species. This book was designed for both a national and international audience of diagnosticians, veterinary practitioners, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students.

Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 5th Edition is one of two main textbooks covering veterinary pathology. It has become a valuable text for veterinary curricula around the world. In the fourth edition, chapter 20 only covered the eye. In the fifth edition, chapter 20 is entitled "The ear and eye." Over the years, the ear has largely been neglected in veterinary textbooks and is often given a passing glance during veterinary training. Great care was taken to select the best photographs to not only depict disease but to better clarify anatomic structures of the ear. Initially, the editors were planning for 6-8 pages however, this newly published edition has 40 pages of chapter 20 devoted to ear diseases. In the 6th edition, the ear will become a stand alone chapter.

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Alan Noell

Alan Noell, co-author of Quantitative Literacy: Thinking Between the Lines

Alan Noell received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1983. After a postdoctoral position at Caltech, he joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University in 1985. He is currently Professor of Mathematics and director of the graduate program there. His scholarly activities include research in complex analysis and curriculum development.

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Jeretta Nord, author of A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur's Spirit: American Indian Women Entrepreneurs' Edition and co-author of MBA Preferred — Celebrating 50 Years

Jeretta Horn Nord is a professor, an author and an entrepreneur. Dr. Nord is a professor in the department of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. She is the Founder and CEO of Entrepreneur Enterprises, LLC, and Founder of A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur's Spirit book series. .

Jeretta has appeared on FOX Business and FOX Strategy Room. She has hosted two radio talk shows titled Empowering Entrepreneurs on Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio and The Entrepreneurial Mind on Web Talk Radio and has been a guest on numerous radio shows including CBS Radio.

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 founded the Oklahoma State University chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and recently founded the Oklahoma State University chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Jeretta conducts research in the areas of technology and entrepreneurship. She has served as the associate dean for the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, and is currently executive editor of The Journal of Computer Information Systems.

Dr. Nord received the distinction of 50 Making a Difference in 2011 from The Journal Record and the Special Recognition Award from the Association of Continuing Higher Education. Jeretta was honored in 2008 with a Distinguished Alumnus Award at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In 2009, she was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

Jeretta was awarded the Merrick Foundation Teaching Award for bringing free enterprise into the classroom, was honored as the MBA Faculty of the Year in 2011 at Oklahoma State University and received the Greiner Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007 for excellence in instruction.

Dr. Nord has presented papers at international conferences in twenty countries and is the author of numerous articles and an academic textbook.

Jeretta has provided micro financing to underprivileged entrepreneurs through Kiva.org and donated A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur's Spirit books to disabled veteran entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Afghanistan (Peace through Business Program), teachers of entrepreneurship and students aspiring to be entrepreneurs.

She enjoys traveling and learning more about the lives of entrepreneurs.

A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur's Spirit American Indian Women Entrepreneurs' Edition features American Indian 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 the opportunity to hear directly from American Indian Women who have overcome obstacles to enjoy success and self-confidence.

MBA Preferred features profiles of distinguished Oklahoma State University alumni who are graduates of the Master of Business Administration program over the past 50 years. Each story includes adversities, challenges, successes and advice from the honored MBA Alumnus. MBA Preferred will provide the reader with inspiration, education, and an understanding of the importance of an MBA--a highly coveted graduate degree--in providing diverse career options.

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Bailey Norwood

Bailey Norwood, author of Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare

Bailey Norwood is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University, where he researches farm animal welfare issues, survey methods, and teaching effectiveness. He teaches the introductory agricultural economics course, as well as a senior-level course on data analysis. In addition to authoring over 35 journal articles—some in the most prestigious agricultural and environmental economics journals—he coauthored the textbook Agricultural Marketing and Price Analysis and with Prentice-Hall and Compassion, by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare with Oxford Publishing.

For much of human history, most of the population lived and worked on a farm, but today people’s information about farm animal is more likely to come from children’s books than hands-on experience. When romanticized notions of an agrarian lifestyle meet with the realities of the modern industrial farm, the result is often a plea for a return to antiquated production methods. The result is a brewing controversy between animal activist groups, farmers, and consumers that is currently being played out in ballot boxes, courtrooms, and in the grocery store. Where is one to turn for advice when deciding whether to pay double the price for cage free eggs or in determining how to vote on ballot initiates appearing across the U.S. seeking to ban practices such as the use of gestation crates in pork production? At present, there is no clear answer. What is missing from the animal welfare debate is an objective approach that can integrate the writings of biologists and philosophers, while providing a sound and logical basis for determining the consequences of farm animal welfare policies. What is missing in the debate? Economics. This book journeys back to the earliest days of animal domestication and then forward into modern industrial farms. Delving into questions of ethics and animal sentience, the authors use data from ingenious consumers experiments conducted with real food, real money, and real animals to compare the costs of improving animal care to the benefits. They show how the economic approach to animal welfare raises new questions and ethical conundrums as well as providing unique and counterintuitive results.

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David Oberhelman

David Oberhelman, co-author of Presentations of the 2010 Upstate Steampunk Extravaganza and Meetup

David D. Oberhelman is a professor in the Humanities-Social Science 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 PhD in English with an emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. In the field of literary criticism he has co-edited a book on fantasy and Native American literature, authored a book on madness in the fiction of Charles Dickens, and published articles and chapters on the nineteenth-century British novel and twentieth-century fantasy literature, particularly the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Oberhelman has held leadership positions in many national-level library and literary associations such as the Modern Language Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Mythopoeic Society. He has published and presented widely on library and information science topics ranging from digital humanities and other emerging technologies in libraries, information literacy instruction, trends in scholarly communication, and the history of the book and print culture.

Steampunk is a juxtaposition of science fiction, fantasy, and Victorian alternate history. Its roots are in the literature and architecture of the late 19th century while having its branches reach into the future. This proceedings volume brings together the papers presented at the first conference of its kind on the Steampunk genre held in Greenville, South Carolina in November 2010.

My paper in the volume is entitled "Out of the Unknown Past into the Unknown Future": Information Technology and Degradation in H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine. In it I argue that Well’s dystopian science fiction novel The Time Machine is a Victorian parable of the failure of what we might term information technology and degradation—the breakdown of communication or the erosion of the cultural and scientific record that severs the link between future civilizations and their previous heritage. The novel thus anticipates some of the concerns facing our own time about the preservation of information in print and electronic formats and the limits of our own data storage technology.

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Tim Passmore, author of Coverage of Recreational Therapy: Rules & Regulations, 2nd Edition

Dr. Passmore is an Associate Professor in the School of Applied Health & Educational Psychology, Leisure Studies, (Recreational Therapy). Dr. Passmore serves as Program Coordinator of Leisure Studies; he also serves as a Board member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association of America (ATRA), Co-Executive Director of the Therapeutic Recreation Association of Oklahoma, Chair of the Coalition of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Facilities Rehabilitation Therapy Organizations (CRTO), and serves as Chair of Group V. Dr. Passmore also provides instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level and is a member of the Graduate Faculty Council.

Coverage of Recreational Therapy: Rules & Regulations, 2nd Edition provides the reader foundational information regarding the coverage of Recreational Therapy in treatment facilities regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The text is utilized nationally by most university for instruction regarding coverage of Recreational Therapy and by facility therapists and administrators to ensure compliance with CMS rules and regulations.

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Susana Perea-Fox

Susana Perea-Fox, co-author, transcriber and editor of Historia, Mitos y Leyendas de la Laguna Blanca

Carlos Quilaqueo, the story teller of these stories, lives in Laguna Blanca National Park, an area protected by the Argentinean National Parks Administration, in western Neuquén province. Quilaqueo is a single 60-year-old inhabitant of the Pichi Ñireco area. His father is Ranquel and his mother Mapuche. Quilaqueo did not finish his basic education but he remains informed of local, national, and international events. He is especially knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the area. He works as a park ranger assistant and fire fighter for the Park.

Originally from Mexico, Dr. Susana Perea-Fox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She is Spanish Editor for the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Perea-Fox obtained her Bachelors’ degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Oklahoma State University; and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Latin American Literature and Social Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Perea-Fox has published an earlier book entitled Elena Garro y los rostros de poder in 2007, and several articles exploring women’s writing.

Argentinean Mariana Iriarte received her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism at the National University of the South, Argentina. She wrote her senior thesis on the importance of Oral Narrative as a Natural Tourism Resource of Laguna Blanca National Park. She has presented her work in several professional meetings and has worked as a tourist guide in Monte Hermoso, in Bahía Blanca, Argentina.

This book presents a collection of stories, myths and legends of the Laguna Blanca in Neuquén, Argentina. The storyteller, Carlos Quilaqueo, a Mapuche inhabitant of the region, shares his knowledge of the plants, animals, places, the history and the imaginary shared and passed orally from his ancestors to him and his contemporaries. We transcribed the stories as close as possible to the actual narration by Quilaqueo and organized them by topics to facilitate its reading. We compared them to other Mapuche and Tehuelche stories primarily, and analyzed some of their symbolic meaning.

This book has been awarded "The Adele Mellen Prize" for its distinguished contribution to scholarship.

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Brenda Phillips

Brenda Phillips, co-author of Introduction to Emergency Mangaement and Social Vulnerability to Disasters

Brenda Phillips is a Professor in the Fire and Emergency Management Program and a Senior Researcher with the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events at Oklahoma State University. Professor Phillips has conducted research on disaster vulnerability since 1982. She is the co-author of Introduction to Emergency Management, the author of Disaster Recovery, and the lead editor of Social Vulnerability to Disaster. In 2009, she served as the lead researcher for a National Council on Disability project titled Effective Emergency Management: making improvements for communities and people with disabilities. In 2010, she received the Mary Fran Myers Award from the Gender and Disaster Network.

Few texts in emergency management engage readers in real life, real world case examples like this text. Designed to attract and guide those interested in career and volunteer opportunities, the authors integrate scientific findings with practitioner viewpoints to reveal the excitement and challenge of a field in service of communities and people at risk from disasters. Each chapter features real people working in the field, the majority of whom have graduated from programs where the authors have taught.

Each chapter invites students into the practice of emergency management by explaining the field and the opportunities for work and service in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation and humanitarian relief. Contributors from around the world bring content to life by offering their experience and guidance. Current examples, coupled with studies of classic events, focus readers on pivotal turning events such as nuclear accidents from Three Mile Island to Fukushima.

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Lionel Raff

Lionel Raff, author and co-author of Neural Networks in Chemical Reaction Dynamics

Dr. Lionel M. Raff is a Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University, a rank he has held for 33 years. He received his B.S and M.S. degrees from the University of Oklahoma graduating with Special Distinction and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois while working with Professor Aaron Kuppermann in the area of electron impact spectroscopy. Professor Raff was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University, New York City, where he worked in the area of molecular dynamics with Professor Martin Karplus. In addition to holding a faculty position at Oklahoma State University, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratories in 1973. Dr. Raff has authored or co-authored over 200 articles primarily in the Journal of Chemical Physics, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and Physical Review in the areas of gas-phase molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo methods, gas-surface interactions, gas-phase quantum scattering, and ab initio molecular dynamics. He is the author or co-author of six book chapters and three books including the comprehensive textbook “Principles of Physical Chemistry” (Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2001). He has been elected to Outstanding Educators of American. In 1979, he received the Oklahoma Chemist Award and the following year the "Oklahoma Scientist Award" from the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences. In 1993, he received the Oklahoma Medallion for Excellence in College/University Teaching from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Forty-four students have received advanced degrees working under his direction.

Neural Networks in Chemical Reaction Dynamic presents recent advances in neural network (NN) approaches and applications to chemical reaction dynamics. Topics covered include: (i) the development of ab initio potential-energy surfaces (PES) for complex multichannel systems using modified novelty sampling and feedforward NNs; (ii) methods for sampling the configuration space of critical importance, such as trajectory and novelty sampling methods and gradient fitting methods; (iii) parametrization of interatomic potential functions using a genetic algorithm accelerated with a NN; (iv) parametrization of analytic interatomic potential functions using NNs; (v) self-starting methods for obtaining analytic PES from ab initio electronic structure calculations using direct dynamics; (vi) development of a novel method, namely, combined function derivative approximation (CFDA) for simultaneous fitting of a PES and its corresponding force fields using feedforward neural networks; (vii) development of generalized PES using many-body expansions, NNs, and moiety energy approximations; (viii) NN methods for data analysis, reaction probabilities, and statistical error reduction in chemical reaction dynamics; (ix) accurate prediction of higher-level electronic structure energies (e.g. MP4 or higher) for large databases using NNs, lower-level (Hartree-Fock) energies, and small subsets of the higher-energy database; and finally (x) illustrative examples of NN applications to chemical reaction dynamics of increasing complexity starting from simple near equilibrium structures (vibrational state studies) to more complex non-adiabatic reactions.

The treatise has been prepared by an interdisciplinary group of researchers working as a team for nearly two decades at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK with expertise in gas phase reaction dynamics; neural networks; various aspects of MD and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of nanometric cutting, tribology, and material properties at nanoscale; scaling laws from atomistic to continuum; and neural networks applications to chemical reaction dynamics. It is anticipated that this emerging field of neural networks in chemical reaction dynamics will play an increasingly important role in MD, MC, and quantum mechanical studies in the years to come.

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Gerardo Diaz Ramos

Gerardo Diaz Ramos, graphic designer of Ride to Victory

Gerardo Diaz is a Dual Degree Master's on International Studies for Business and Economics, and in Marketing and Management; awarded by OSU and UPAEP, respectively. He is member of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society, and was Vice President of Social Affairs in the Student Organization for Global Affairs.

He has worked as a Graphic and Web Designer, as well as a Marketing Consultant for more than 10 years. His work experience includes brand management, editorial design, web design and illustration in the private and public sector. Gerardo has also worked on research for marketing, education, strategic planing, and economics fields. 200 Word Book Summary Ride to Victory is a chronicle of the historic football season that the Oklahoma State Cowbows delivered in 2011. This book explores the coverage and best of articles and photographs that The Daily O'Collegian published on the Cowbows. It also presents never seen pictures of the 13 games the Cowbows played.

With emphasis on design and photography, Ride to Victory is aimed to OSU students, OSU Cowboy fans and anyone that has an interest in college football.

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Eric Rebek, co-author of Chapter 9: Alternatives to Chemical Control of Insect Pests in: (Insecticides-Basic and Other Applications)

Eric Rebek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Rebek earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from Purdue University in 2004, a M.S. and B.S. in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin in 1999 and 1996 respectively. He also conducted research on the invasive species, emerald ash borer, as a post-doctoral researcher at Michigan State University.

Rebek has an extension appointment related to the green industry, involving the biology, current status, and management of arthropod pests of horticultural crops, especially ornamentals, turfgrass, and grapes. He also provides education to the Oklahoma Master Gardener Program. His research interests include integrated management strategies of horticultural arthropod pests, plant-insect-plant pathogen interactions, development of meaningful treatment thresholds, and basic biology of key arthropod pests. Rebek also teaches one undergraduate level course related to forest entomology.

This is a 1st edition book about insecticides and their application. The chapter that Rebek and co-authors wrote provides information about alternative tactics and methods to insecticidal control of insect pests that can be used to design an economically sound integrated approach for insect management that does least harm to the environment.

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Eric Reitan

Eric Reitan, co-author of God's Final Victory: A Comparative Philosophical Case for Universalism

Eric Reitan, a Professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University, specializes in ethics, nonviolence theory, and the philosophy of religion. In addition to his numerous scholarly articles in such journals as Social Theory & Practice, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Hypatia, Religious Studies, and Faith & Philosophy, he seeks to make philosophical thinking accessible and relevant to a broader public, with articles appearing in such magazines as Free Inquiry, Religious Studies, and The Humanist. His first book, IS GOD A DELUSION? (Wiley-Blackwell) was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2009.

GOD'S FINAL VICTORY, by John Kronen and Eric Reitan, systematically challenges the traditional Christian doctrine of hell, arguing that from a philosophical standpoint a doctrine of universal salvation fits better with broader Christian teachings. After reviewing various species of the doctrines of hell and universalism and arguing that appeals to Scripture neither can nor should settle Christian debate concerning which doctrine is preferable, the book argues that for every version of the doctrine of hell that has been seriously proposed by theologians, there is a version of universalism that is more philosophically defensible within a context of essentially conservative Christian assumptions.

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Ramesh Sharda

Ramesh Sharda, co-author of Business Intelligence: A Managerial Approach (2nd Edition)

Ramesh Sharda is Director of the Institute for Research in Information Systems (IRIS) , ConocoPhillips Chair of Management of Technology, and a Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. His research has been published in major journals in management science and information systems including Management Science, Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, Interfaces, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Computers and Operations Research, and many others. His coauthored text book (Decision Support and Business Intelligence Systems by Turban/Sharda/Delen, 9th edition, Prentice Hall) has just been released. He serveson the editorial boards of journals such as the INFORMS Journal on Computing, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Frontiers, and OR/MS Today. Ramesh is also a cofounder of a company that produces virtual trade fairs, iTradeFair.com.

To help future managers use and understand analytics, Business Intelligence provides readers with a solid foundation of BI that is reinforced with hands-on practice. For managers interested in understanding the foundations and applications of BI, knowledge management, data mining, and other intelligent systems.

This volume of Annals of Information Systems acknowledges the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the International Society for Decision Support Systems (ISDSS) by documenting some of the current best practices in teaching and research and envisioning the next twenty years in the decision support systems field. The volume complements existing DSS literature by offering an outlet for thoughts and research particularly suited to the theme of describing the next twenty years in the area of decision support. One subtheme draws on the assessments of internationally known DSS researchers to evaluate where the field has been and what has been accomplished. A second subtheme of the volume describes the current best practices of DSS research and teaching efforts. A third subtheme is an assessment by top DSS scholars on where the DSS discipline needs to focus in the future. The tone of this volume is one of enthusiasm for the potential contributions to come in the area of DSS; contributions that must incorporate an understanding of what has been accomplished in the past, build on the best practices of today, and be integrated into future decision making practices.

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Louise Siddons, co-author of Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist

Currently Assistant Professor of American, Modern and Contemporary Art History in the Art Department at Oklahoma State University, Louise Siddons received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005. Formerly assistant curator of works on paper at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and a lecturer at San Francisco State University, Siddons is currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Future of the American Race: Reproduction in the Racialized Nation, 1925-1940. Other research interests include contemporary artists' engagement with the history of photography as well as continuing studies in early-twentieth-century American modernism. Active as an independent curator and critic, Siddons is the curator of the OSU Art Collection, a 1500-object collection that is global in scope and includes works created from the 17th through the 21st century. In this capacity she has organized exhibitions of African art, contemporary works on paper, and site-specific student installations.

The great French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) once said, "I would like to be illustrious and unknown." To a large degree, his wish has been granted. By the time of Degas' death, more than ninety years ago, his art had become famous; his reputation since then has only grown. Yet the individual who was so accomplished in many artistic endeavors-from drawing, painting, and printmaking to sculpture and photography-has remained elusive. Degas was arguably the keenest artistic observer of human nature since Rembrandt. And, although often aloof to strangers, Degas shared warmth and loyalty with his family as well as with a wide circle of friends, which included some of the greatest writers and artists of the epoch. This exhibition includes over 50 works by Degas alongside over forty works by artists in his personal collection and artistic circle. These works have never before been exhibited together publicly and provide a delightful exploration into the art and personality of one of the most skilled, intelligent, and complex artists in the history of art.

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Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater, co-author and editor of Ride to Victory

The students of the Daily O'Collegian, led by sports and Ride to Victory editor Anthony Slater and designer Gerardo Diaz Ramos, compiled their work from the 2011 football season into this 168-page full-color softback book. The O'Colly is the award-winning, independent student newspaper at OSU, and this book is a reminder that if our students can dream it up, we'll make it happen.

The 2011 OSU football season is commemorated in this 168-page full-color softback book. On-the-sidelines photos, interviews, columns, stats and stories provide a look at the season through the eyes of the student journalists who covered it all.

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Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith, co-author and editor of Alternative Contact: Indigeneity, Globalism and American Studies

Lindsey Claire Smith is Assistant Professor of English, American Indian Studies, Oklahoma Studies, and American Studies at Oklahoma State University. She is the author of Indians, Environment, and Identity on the Borders of American Literature, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008. She and her colleague Paul Lai recently co-edited a collection of essays with Johns Hopkins University Press entitled Alternative Contact: Indigeneity, Globalism, and American Studies, for which they won the American Studies Association's Constance M. Rourke Prize. Her current project is her second monograph, a study of Indigeneity and urban space.

Responding to the recent indigenous turn in American studies, the essays in this volume inform discussion about indigeneity, race, gender, modernity, nation, state power, and globalization in interdisciplinary and broadly comparative global ways.

Organized into three thematic sections—Spaces of the Pacific, "Unexpected Indigenous" Modernity, and Nation and Nation-StateAlternative Contact reveals how Native American studies and empowerment movements in the 1960s and 1970s decentered paradigms of Native American–European "first contact." Among other kinds of contact, the contributors also imagine alternative connections between indigenous and American studies

The subject of United States military and government hegemony has long overshadowed discussions of contact with peoples of other origins. The articles in this volume explore transnational and cross-ethnic exchanges among indigenous peoples of the Americas, including the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Such moments of alternative contact complicate and enrich our understanding of the links between sovereignty, racial formation, and U.S. colonial and imperial projects. Ultimately, Alternative Contact theorizes a more dynamic indigeneity that articulates new or overlooked connections among peoples, histories, cultures, and critical discourses within a global context.

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Robert J. Sternberg

Robert J. Sternberg, co-author of Explorations in Giftedness and The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence

Robert Jeffrey Sternberg, is an American psychologist and psychometrician and Provost at Oklahoma State University. He was formerly the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education at Yale University and the President of the American Psychological Association. He is a member of the editorial boards of numerous journals, including American Psychologist. Sternberg has a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Stanford University. He holds ten honorary doctorates from one North American, one South American, and eight European universities, and additionally holds an honorary professorate at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He is currently also a Distinguished Associate of The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge.

SATs, ACTs, GPAs. Everyone knows that these scores can’t tell a college everything that’s important about an applicant. But what else should admissions officers look for, and how can they know it when they see it? In College Admissions for the 21st Century a leading researcher on intelligence and creativity offers a bold and practical approach to college admissions testing.

Standardized tests are measures of memory and analytical skills. But the ever-changing global society beyond a college campus needs more than just those qualities, argues Robert Sternberg. Tomorrow’s leaders and citizens also need creativity, practicality, and wisdom.

How can the potential for those complex qualities be measured? One answer is “Kaleidoscope,” a new initiative in undergraduate admissions, first used at Tufts University. Its open-ended questions for applicants, and the means used to score the answers, gives applicants and admissions officers the chance to go beyond standardized tests.

Does it work? As Sternberg describes in detail, Kaleidoscope measures predicted first-year academic success, over and above SATs and high school GPAs, and predicted first-year extracurricular activities, leadership, and active citizenship as well. And every year that Kaleidoscope measures were used, the entering class’s average SATs and high school GPAs went up too.

What worked at Tufts can work elsewhere. New kinds of assessments, like Kaleidoscope, can liberate many colleges and students from the narrowness of standardized tests and inspire new approaches to teaching for new kinds of talented, motivated citizens of the world.

Explorations in Giftedness is a scholarly overview of the modern concepts, definitions, and theories of intellectual giftedness, and of past and current developments in the field of gifted education. The authors consider, in some detail, the roles of intelligence, creativity, and wisdom in giftedness and the interaction between culture and giftedness, as well as how giftedness can be understood in terms of a construct of developing expertise. The authors also review and discuss a set of key studies that address the issues of identification and education of children with intellectual gifts. This volume may be used as a summary overview of the field for educators, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals who serve intellectually gifted children and their families.

Based on an extensive research, Teaching for Wisdom, Intelligence, Creativity, and Success (a practical teaching resource) provides instructional and assessment guidelines for strengthening students’ higher-order thinking and reasoning skills.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart, author and editor of Oklahoma 4-H: Generations of Clover

Jessica Stewart began her career with Oklahoma 4-H in 2008 as the coordinator of special programs and promotions. Although she had no previous experience with 4-H Youth Development Programs, Jessica enjoyed celebrating the Oklahoma 4-H Centennial with Oklahoma's youth, volunteer leaders, alumni, and donors. Jessica is excited about what 4-H will do in the next one hundred years, and although she is no longer with Oklahoma 4-H, she feels privileged to have worked with so many dedicated people involved in the program.

Oklahoma 4-H: Generations of Clover features the rich history of the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program. From Adair County to Woodward County, Oklahoma 4-H: Generations of Clover highlights events, projects and traditions in 4-H during the past 100 years.

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Fred Stowell

Fred Stowell, editor of Structural Fire Fighting: Initial Response Strategy and Tactics

Fred Stowell is a retired Tulsa Fire Department Chief Officer and has worked for Fire Protection Publications/IFSTA since 2001. He is the author of numerous manuals including, Fire and Emergency Services Company Officer, Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, Chief Officer, and the up and coming edition of Essentials of Fire Fighting.

The 1st edition of Structural Fire Fighting: Initial Strategy and Tactics is intended to provide fire personnel with the knowledge needed to deploy resources in the first 10 minutes of any structural fire incident. The manual is designed to help the reader develop a logical decision-making process for determining incident priorities, strategies, and tactics regardless of the available resources or configuration of the emergency services organization. Scenarios for residential, commercial, and special hazard incidents are included with recommended best practices and considerations. Training officers can use these scenarios, modified to local resources and realities, to develop classroom discussions or field simulations.

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Michael Sturzenbecker

Michael Sturzenbecker, editor of Structural Fire Fighting: Truck Company Skills and Tactics and Fire Detection and Supression Systems

Mike Sturzenbecker is a Senior Editor for IFSTA/FPP. He has over 12 years of emergency services experience as a firefigher and paramedic and currently serves with the Ingalls, Okla. Fire Department. Mike has undergraduate degrees in Emergency Medicine and Political Science and a Master's degree in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from Oklahoma State University. He is pursing his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State and lives in Stillwater with his wife Sarah and son Connor.

Structural Fire Fighting: Truck Company Skills and Tactics, 2nd Edition is designed to be a resource for those who engage in “truck work” on the fireground. Building on concepts introduced in the Essentials of Fire Fighting, this manual provides more detailed information on topics like forcible entry, fireground search and rescue, horizontal and vertical ventilation, rapid intervention, loss control, and many other responsibilities traditionally assigned to truck companies.

The 4th edition of Fire Detection and Suppression Systems has been completely updated and provides up-to-date information on fire protection systems. This manual familiarizes fire service and other interested personnel with the types, arrangements, and operating principles of these systems. Topics addressed include fire detection and alarm systems, smoke management systems, water supply, fire pumps, automatic sprinkler systems, standpipe and hose systems, special extinguishing systems, and portable fire extinguishers. This manual has been developed to meet all FESHE outcomes for the Fire Protection Systems core course.

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Michael Wieder

Michael Wieder, editor of Fire Service Hydraulics and Water Supply

Michael A. Wieder currently serves as Associate Director of Fire Protection Publications (FPP) at Oklahoma State University. FPP is the world’s largest publisher of fire service training and educational materials. Mike also serves as Executive Director of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), which is co-located with FPP in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Mike began his career at IFSTA/FPP as a Research Technician in 1984 and promoted through the ranks to his current positions.

Mike has an A.A.S. in Fire Technology from Northampton (PA) Community College, an A.D. in Fire Protection Technology, B.S. in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, and M.S. in Occupational and Adult Education from Oklahoma State University. Mike is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist and a full Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers

He is a frequent lecturer at fire service conferences. He is a former member of the Stillwater, Oklahoma Fire Department and is Life Member of the Pennsburg, PA Fire Company No. 1.

Fire Service Hydraulics and Water Supply focuses on the ability to find a sufficient water supply and use it effectively to control a fire remains one of the most basic functions of the fire service. This text provides detailed information on the principles of water and its movement, determining accurate discharge pressures and fire flows, the types of apparatus and pumps used to move water, and effective means for supporting fixed fire protections systems. This second edition has been redesigned to include up-to-date photos and illustrations. This manual was written to meet all of the FESHE model course objectives for the fire protection hydraulics course.

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Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson, author of Solving the Solver: A practical Introduction to the Use of Management Science in Business through Spreadsheets

Professor Wilson has been a faculty member in OSU’s Spears School of Business for 22 years, presently serving as Chair of the Management Science and Information Systems Department. Dr. Wilson has published more than 100 articles in a variety of refereed journals and proceedings, many appearing in the top MIS journals. He is best known for his innovative research in college football rankings and overtime strategy.

In the classroom, Dr. Wilson is well known for his ‘active learning’ classroom style, and his ability to make quantitative classes approachable, applicable, and, most important, fun. He has received the 2010 Chandler-Frates and Reitz Teaching Excellence Award, the OSU outstanding MBA faculty award three times (most recently in 2009), the 2006 Grenier Graduate Teaching award, and numerous other teaching awards.

n recognition of his overall impact on the Information Systems field throughout his career, including academic leadership, teaching, support of student organizations, editing academic journals, and research and publication, Dr. Wilson was honored in 2011 as the Computer Educator of the Year by the International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS).

The book Solving the Solver: A Practical Introduction to the Use of Management Science in Business through Spreadsheets compliments an 'active learning' instructional approach to applying management science techniques in practice. The conversational style of the book engages the student and allows them to forget that they are using sophisticated quantitative techniques. Before they realize it, they have mastered useful, applicable quantitative topics that weeks before seemed scary and unapproachable. The book utilizes lessons learned in the author's 25 years of teaching experience in helping the student see how the practical use of quantitative models can truly help 'save the world'.

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