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Recent publications from alumni, faculty, and staff


Community Building: Values for a Sustainable Future by Leonard Jason '76 (PhD). Praeger Publishers 1997. 176 pp., $55.

Describes the vulnerabilities that help account for many of the problems facing industrialized populations, including crime, homelessness, substance abuse, and loss of a sense of community. Jason is professor of psychology at DePaul University.

Complexity Theory Retrospective II, edited by Lane Hemaspaandra, associate professor of computer science, and Alan Selman. Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1997. 339 pp., $14.95.

This collection provides a survey of computational complexity theory and a provocative look to the future.

Do Not Judge 'Til You Have Walked in My Shoes by Mary Dawson Evangelista '54. Vantage Press. $14.95.

Evangelista recounts her struggles as a mother of a young woman with severe and misdiagnosed depression.

Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing by Margaret Burkhardt '75N (MS) and Alvita K. Nathaniel. Delmar Publishers 1998.

Examines ethics and issues basic to principled nursing practice and health care delivery moving into the 21st century.

Families of Value: Gay and Lesbian Parents and Their Children Speak Out by Jane Drucker '71.

Francis Bacon by Perez Zagorin, Joseph C. Wilson Professor of History Emeritus. Princeton University Press 1998. 312 pp., $29.95.

A study of the major 17th-century thinker and theorist of science who is commonly regarded as one of the founders of the Scientific Revolution.

ION, poems by Matthew McClintock '65. University Editions 1998. $9.

The author is winner of the 1996 Editor's Choice Award of the National Library of Poetry and a nominee for the International Society of Poets' 1997 Poet of the Year award.

Jump Start Your Career in Bioscience by Chandra Nelson Louise '93, '95M (PhD). BookMasters 1998. $19.95.

Intended for students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, career counselors, and anyone else interested in learning more about different career paths in the biosciences.

New Treatments in Opiate Dependence edited by Susan Stine '79M (PhD) and Thomas R. Kosten. Guilford Publications 1997. 86 pp., $33.25.

Integrates chapters on the scientific basis of opiate addiction with a comprehensive survey of the latest treatment methods, among them traditional and new pharmacotherapies, adjunct therapies, and management of comorbid substance abuse and medical conditions. Stine is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

Politics and Property Rights: The Closing of the Open Range in the Postbellum South by Shawn Kantor '87. University of Chicago Press 1998.

An interdisciplinary analysis of the contentious policy reforms that changed the enforcement and definition of property rights in the South after the Civil War.

Providence Smiled: My Deaf Brother's Story by Grey Miller Tate '68.

The biography of Tate's brother Elwis, deaf from his first year and an adventurer until his death at age 88.

The Public Health Consequences of Disasters, edited by Eric Noji '81M (MD). Oxford University Press 1997.

The author is a senior medical officer in WHO's Division of Emergency and Humanitarian Action.

Sell More, Write More by Robert Bly '79. Writer's Digest Books 1998.

Prolific Bly's 38th book.

Summer Programs at New York Colleges for Kids 8­18 by Carole Warsawer ’92M (MPH). Summer Program Press 1998. 232 pp., $18.95 paperback.

Summer programs at colleges in New York State for kids and teens 8-18 (updated annually at

The Unregenerate South: The Agrarian Thought of John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Donald Davidson by Mark Malvasi '91 (PhD). Louisiana State University Press 1997.

The author is assistant professor of history at Randolph-Macon College.
The Animal Within Us: Lessons About Life from Our Animal Ancestors by Jay Glass '71 (PhD). Donington Press (Independent Publishers Group).
Explores behaviors that have been honed by the evolutionary processes of natural and sexual selection, allowing the human species to survive and avoid extinction. "The very core of our humanity, our prayer, and our belief in God is a direct mimic of behavior patterns in animals," writes the author, a former neuroscientist and teacher at the University of Pittsburgh who, in a second career, founded what may be the largest single-person venture capital fund in the United States.


Caprice Variations for Solo Violin by George Rochberg, based on Paganini's 24th caprice. Recorded by Zvi Zeitlin, Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Eastman School. Gasparo 1998.

An 85th Birthday Retrospective, selections, including a piano concerto and two choral works, from the compositions of John Weinzweig '38E (MM). Furiant Records.

The Little Thieves of Bethlehem, an opera by Paul Stewart '92E (MM), recorded by the Opera Theatre of Rochester, with the Eastman Bach Children's Chorus. Conducted by Raffaele Ponti. VM Music DRK-166.

NEXUS Performs the Music of Toru Takemitsu. NEXUS members include Robert Becker '69E, '71E (MM), William Cahn '65E, and John Wyre '63E. Sony SK 63044.

On the Edge. John Fedchock '85E and his New York Big Band play jazz pieces arranged (and some written) by trombonist Fedchock. Reservoir Music.

Out of the Shadows, the solo debut album of saxophonist Chris Vadala '70E.

Sea Drift, seven wind-ensemble works of Anthony Iannaccone '73E (PhD), including Sea Drift, Toccata Fanfares, After a Gentle Rain, Antiphones, Images of Song and Dance, No. 2: Terpsichore. Performed by the Clarion Wind Symphony. Albany Records 1998.

Unicycle Man, jazz arrangements and compositions by vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker '72E, performed by his quartet (see Alumni Gazette, MR. GOOD VIBES).

Wa Copenhagen Bound, music of Johnny Russo '66E, performed by René Mogensen '93 and David Remington '81E (MM). East Hill Music Group & Wassard Co. 1998.

John Michael, associate professor of English
"I like books that combine insight and style and that open up perspectives I had not considered," Michael says. "As for the type of book I enjoy, I am promiscuous. Novels, memoirs, reportage, poetry, criticism, popular science--all these different sorts of books if they address me in lively language and provoke me to new thoughts (no matter how trivial those thoughts might be) may appear on my night stand or in my beach bag."

Gone Fishing by Walter Mosley, Simon Schuster, 1997.

"I have always liked hard-boiled crime stories, and Mosley's Easy Rawlins series is one of the best contemporary examples of the genre. Mosley forces us to consider the irreducible and frequently tragic moral complexities of U.S. society. The series unfolds the history of African­American communities, especially that of men."

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould, W. W. Norton and Co., 1989.

"I would read (and have read) Gould on any topic from baseball to brontosaurs. I especially liked this book, which describes how evolutionary scientists discover and reconstruct evidence and demonstrates how they extract the meanings--frequently controversial--from the fossil records they read."

The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz, Anchor Doubleday, 1990­92.

"The contemporary Egyptian novelist and Nobel laureate Mahfouz is often compared to Balzac. These three novels (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street) depict three generations in the life of a middle-class family in Cairo from the early decades of the century through World War II, against the backdrop of British colonialism and the altering mores of an unevenly modernizing Egypt. The translations are elegant, and the glimpse into a mode of life and a history about which too many of us in the West remain ignorant is continuously engrossing."

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, Harper Collins, 1997.

"This is a truly remarkable book about the Gloucester swordfish boat, The Andrea Gail, which was lost with her six-man crew during a deadly freak of weather in 1991. Junger weaves accounts of the men's lives, the myriad decisions and indecisions that doomed them, and descriptions of the incredibly dangerous deep-sea fishing industry and the local Gloucester culture and economy it still supports. With these it blends explanations of meteorological and wave dynamics into a seamless, tragic tale. This book terrified and moved me. One of the best things I've read in a long time."

The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974­1994 by Jorie Graham, The Ecco Press, 1995.

"This collection won the Pulitzer in 1996. Graham's poetry is remarkably varied, drawing out the metaphoric resources of an incredible range of sources from classical mythology, to personal experience, to contemporary science. Like all good poetry, Graham's work is accessible on many levels--I like to let the astringency of her language surprise me several times before I bother to wonder what exactly a given poem might 'mean.' "

Garbage: A Poem by A. R. Ammons, Norton, 1993.

"Ammons may well be the dean of living American poets. I've always liked his wry observations on nature and mortality and his ability to find large, abstract ideas in small, closely observed, concrete details. This is a long poem (which can be read as a series of shorter poems) and a sustained meditation on death and mourning and personal loss as forms of transformation and restoration. It manages to be quite funny and very moving, and, as always with Ammons, witty and elegant at the same time."

John Wayne's America by Garry Wills, Simon & Schuster, 1997.

"Wills is particularly good on that quintessential icon of U.S. masculinity, John Wayne. He not only explicates the paradoxes of Wayne's character and the calculations of his career, but he offers some of the best analyses of classic film Westerns that I have ever read. Plenty of interesting history, juicy gossip, and strange personalities."

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