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Rochester Review
January-February 2009
Vol. 71, No. 3

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Sunspots and Starspots
By John H. Thomas and Nigel O. Weiss
Cambridge University Press, 2008
Thomas, a professor of mechanical and aerospace sciences and of astronomy at Rochester, and Weiss, a professor emeritus of mathematical astrophysics at Cambridge, provide the first comprehensive, combined account of the properties of sunspots and starspots.

Alone in the Dawn: The Life of Adelaide Crapsey
By Karen Alkalay-Gut ’66, ’75 (PhD)
University of Georgia Press, 2008
Alkalay-Gut, a professor in the English department at Tel Aviv University, explores the life and work of Crapsey, an American poet and literary contemporary of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats, and Virginia Woolf, but whose focus on a critical approach to prosody set her apart from mainstream 20th-century poetry.

The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career
By Wendy Gelberg ’70, 2008
Career coach and advisor Gelberg provides job search and career transition advice for people who are introverted, shy, or uncomfortable with self-promotion.

The Silver Fox: The Life and Legacy of Russell Saunders
By Martha H. Sobaje ’75E (MM)
Wayne Leupold Editions, 2008
In the first biography of the late Eastman School organ professor, Sobaje portrays the professional and personal sides of Saunders, including the perspectives of his mentors, peers, students, friends, and family. The book includes a foreword by David Higgs, the chair of Eastman’s organ department.

Black Pearls: Improvisations on a Lost Year
By Sascha Feinstein ’85
Eastern Washington University Press, 2008
Feinstein, a codirector of the creative writing program at Lycoming College who also teaches in the MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, explores the nature of memory, art, and individual identity in a collection of essays revolving around the death of his mother.

No Stranger Than My Own
By Michael J. Henry ’89
Ghost Road Press, 2008
The book is the first collection of poetry by Henry, the executive director of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, an independent creative writing school in downtown Denver.

High Performance ASIC Design: Using Synthesizable Domino Logic in an ASIC Flow
By Razak Hossain ’90, ’95 (PhD)
Cambridge University Press, 2008
Hossain, a senior principal engineer at STMicroelectronics Inc., describes a detailed methodology for using the circuit design style known as domino logic in a standard automated design flow.

A Catalogue of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine and Health Reform
Edited by Christopher Hoolihan
University of Rochester Press, 2008
In a three-volume set, Hoolihan, the head of rare books and manuscripts at the Edward G. Miner Library at the Medical Center, describes the collection of works written by physicians and other professionals for a nonprofessional audience. Atwater ’50, a professor emeritus of medicine and of the history of medicine, collected the works over four decades. Hoolihan also edited the third and final volume of An Annotated Catalogue of the Edward C. Miner Collection of American Popular Medicine and Health Reform (University of Rochester Press, 2008).

Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India
By Kavita Daiya ’93
Temple University Press, 2008
Daiya, an associate professor of English at George Washington University, examines issues of violence, identity, gender, and culture in the representation of India after the 1947 partition of the country.

Degrees of Freedom: American Women Poets and the Women’s College, 1905–1955
By Bethany Hicok ’96 (PhD)
Bucknell University Press, 2008
Hicok traces the influence of the women’s college on the poetic development of three American poets—Marianne Moore at Bryn Mawr, Elizabeth Bishop at Vassar, and Sylvia Plath at Smith.

Fuchsia in Cambodia
By Roy Jacobstein ’76M (Res)
TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2008
In a new collection of poetry, Jacobstein draws upon his work in international health and his experience in becoming an adoptive parent of a Cambodian daughter on Sept. 11, 2001.

Is God a Delusion? A Reply to Religion’s Cultured Despisers
By Eric Reitan ’88
Wiley-Blackwell, 2008
Reitan, a philosopher of religion at Oklahoma State University, examines the philosophical foundations of recent anti-religion bestsellers, such as Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion, arguing there is a species of progressive religion that is immune to such critics.

Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends
By Ferenc Szasz ’69 (PhD)
Southern Illinois University Press, 2008
Szasz, a Regents’ Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, compares the Scottish poet and the American president and the connections between them as they have come to embody the life stories of their respective nations.

The Historians’ Paradox
By Peter Charles Hoffer ’65
New York University Press, 2008
Subtitled “The Study of History in Our Time,” the book outlines Hoffer’s philosophy of history as a careful search for the authentic. He is a Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia.

On the Dot: The Speck that Changed the World
By Alexander Humez ’66 and Nicholas Humez
Oxford University Press, 2008
In a social history spanning 4,000 years, the Humez brothers explore the multiple roles played by the point-sized punctuation mark. The frequently overlooked dot, the Humez brothers argue, has far-reaching effects in a variety of sociolinguistic contexts.

Management of New Product Launches and Other Marketing Projects
By Michael W. Lodato ’59 (MS)
Author House, 2008
Lodato, a business professor emeritus and executive-in-residence at California Lutheran University, offers guidance to sales and marketing executives who want to strengthen their abilities to manage marketing projects.


But Joy Comes in the Morning: Choral Music by Margaret S. Meier
By Margaret Shelton Meier ’58E
Albany Records, 2008
Featuring an 18-movement cantata exploring the physical and emotional toll of childhood sexual abuse, the CD combines Meier’s text with performances by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ars Brunesis Choir, under the direction of Andreas Baumgartner.

Far Behind I Left My Country: Klezmer and East European Folk Music
By The UCalgary String Quartet
MSR Classics, 2008
The CD from the University of Calgary–based quartet, featuring violist Dean O’Brien ’88E, ’91E (MM), was nominated in the category of Instrumental Group of the Year at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Manhattan Music
By Canadian Brass and the Eastman Wind Ensemble
ArkivMusic, 2008
For the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s first CD collaboration, Chuck Daellenbach ’66E, ’71E (PhD), a cofounder of Canadian Brass, and Mark Davis Scatterday ’89E (DMA), chair of Eastman’s conducting and ensembles department and conductor of the storied wind ensemble, celebrate a 50-year tradition of Eastman Wind Ensemble recordings with an album recorded in Eastman Theatre in 2007.

Virtuoso Concertos for Clarino
By Brian Shaw ’04E (MM)
Clarino Records, 2008
Shaw, an assistant professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Louisiana State University and coprincipal trumpet of the Dallas Wind Symphony, features works by Michael Haydn, F.X. Richter, and others on period instruments.

By Shawn Sanders ’81E (MM)
Self-produced, 2007
Sanders, a freelance cellist who plays with the Austin Lyric Opera orchestra in Austin, Texas, performs works by Bartók and Bach as well as one of his original compositions.

Music for Pipe Organ
By Vincent Frohne ’63E (PhD) and Gerhardt Blum (organists)
G & F Associates, 2008
The CD features five compositions performed by Blum on organs in Berlin and by Frohne, the organist at St. Paul Church in Macomb, Ill.

Leave the Light On
By Juliet Lloyd ’02
Self-produced, 2007
Pianist and vocalist Lloyd’s second CD showcases her original compositions, including several that have been featured on the MTV series The Real World and The Hills.

Swingin’ Happy Swingin’ Sweet
By John Russo ’66E
Vivid Sound Corporation, 2008
The two-CD musical retrospective, produced for the Japanese market, features 26 tracks covering Russo’s original songs as well as Broadway standards.

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