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Rochester Review
September-October 2009
Vol. 72, No. 1

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What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History (Second Edition)
By John Covach
W. W. Norton, 2009
Covach, a professor of music theory at the Eastman School, and a professor and chair of the Department of Music in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, offers a second edition of his textbook that includes a full-color photo-essay examining the visual culture of rock, original critical essays about key performers, and a print and electronic listening guide.

Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections
By Ralph Locke
Cambridge University Press, 2009
Eastman musicologist Locke explores and analyzes the ubiquitous presence of non-Western “exotic” images in a variety of Western musical styles from opera to popular song.

Follow Me
By Joanna Scott
Little Brown & Co., 2009
The novel by Scott, the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, tells the story of a heroine’s life from the point-of-view of her granddaughter. Spanning more than 60 years, the story borrows from literary genres including the tall tale, historical novel, oral history, and magical realism.

Manual of Heart Failure Management
Edited by Marc Baker ’06M (Res), ’08M (Flw), John Bisognano, and Mary Beth Earley ’84N, ’93N (MS)
Springer, 2009
The manual edited by Baker, a cardiology fellow at Rochester, Bisognano, an associate professor of cardiology, and Earley, a clinical nurse specialist, provides an evidence-based approach to key issues in the evaluation and treatment of heart failure.

The Promise of Progress: The Life and Work of Lewis Henry Morgan
By Daniel Noah Moses ’01 (PhD)
University of Missouri, 2009
Moses examines the life and work of the 19th-century pioneering anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan, demonstrating the ways in which Morgan’s influence is felt today among environmentalists, anarchists, feminists, and other social activists.

The Corridor: A Medical Drama
By Chad Heatwole ’05M (Res)
James A. Rock, 2009
Heatwole, an assistant professor of neurology at Rochester, introduces the corridor as a metaphor for the American medical system, presenting “the triumphs and tragedies of the world behind the white coat” through the stories of 46 individuals whose lives intersect within the corridor’s confines.

After the Avant-Garde: Contemporary German and Austrian Experimental Film
Edited by Randall Halle and Reinhild Steingrover
Camden House, 2008
Steingrover, an associate professor of the humanities at the Eastman School, and Halle, a former associate professor of German and visual and cultural studies at Rochester, coedit a collection of essays distinguished by its attention to the ways in which the contributing writers have exchanged their ideas in workshops, seminars, and conferences.

Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, Volume 3
Edited by Harry T. Reis and Susan Sprecher
Sage, 2009
The third volume completes the series coedited by Reis, a professor of clinical and social psychology at Rochester, that collects the contributions of scholars from around the world in sociology, communication, psychology, and related fields. Entries are organized into 18 themes, and include a mix of familiar, lesser known, and timely topics.

Frida Kahlo: A Biography
By Claudia Schaefer
Greenwood, 2008
Schaefer, a professor of Spanish in Rochester’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, explores the life and work of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who created over 100 vibrant works depicting her life and the symbols of Mexican culture, as she dealt with illness, injury, and a difficult marriage to fellow painter Diego Rivera.

Pull Up A Chair: The Vin Scully Story
By Curt Smith
Potomac Books, 2009
Smith, a senior lecturer in Rochester’s English department, presents the first biography of the legendary baseball broadcaster.

Team-Based Learning: Small Group Learning’s Next Big Step
Edited by L. K. Michaelsen and D. X. Parmelee ’75M (MD)
Jossey-Bass, 2009
Parmelee, the associate dean of academic affairs at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, coedits the book describing the practical elements of team-based learning and how the approach has evolved and grown into an interdisciplinary and international practice.

Gifted Hands: America’s Most Significant Contributions to Surgery
By Seymour I. Schwartz ’57M (Res)
Prometheus Books, 2009
The Rochester Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery traces the history of American surgical practice, demonstrating how surgery advanced from the crude practices of pioneering physicians in the pre-Columbian and Colonial eras to the scientifically and technologically based practices of today.

Following Joe: The Patriot Doctor and the Siege of Boston
By Alvin Ureles ’45M (MD)
Outskirst Press, 2008
Ureles, a professor emeritus at the Medical Center, draws on the work of biographers of Joseph Warren III to create a historical novel about the Revolutionary-era doctor who practiced in Boston, befriended John Hancock, Samuel and John Adams, and other radicals, and became a revolutionary himself.

Thinking BIG, Learning BIG: Connecting Science, Math, Literacy and Language in Early Childhood
By Marie Faust Evitt ’75
Gryphon House, 2009
Evitt, a preschool teacher and teacher trainer, describes more than 300 activities that boost early childhood learning in the areas of vocabulary, math skills, science inquiry, art, drama, and literature.

Education for Sustainable Development: A Philosophical Assessment
By Randall Curren
Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, 2009
Curren, a professor of education at the Warner School and a professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, argues that we face a global environmental crisis and advances the case for a well-founded program of education for global citizenship and survival.

Wine and Conversation (Second Edition)
By Adrienne Lehrer ’68 (PhD)
Oxford, 2009
Lehrer, a professor emerita of linguistics at the University of Arizona, offers a revised and updated edition of her book analyzing wine descriptions and reporting experiments on how the language of wine is understood.

Interviews with 16 Band Directors at Historically Black Colleges: Their Attitudes, Opinions, and Methods
By David N. Ware ’94E (MM)
Edwin Mellen Press, 2008
Ware, an associate professor of music at Jackson State University, compiles a series of interviews that examine the lives of 16 important African-American college and university band directors to explore their experiences, organizational skills, interactions with colleagues and students, and understanding of their profession.

Ignite the Genius Within
By Christine Ranck ’73E and Christopher Lee Nutter
Penguin Books, 2009
Psychotherapist Ranck presents her method of using images and sounds to activate the power of the deep brain to expand consciousness, solve problems, reduce fear, and maximize creative potential.

Investing in the Disadvantaged: Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Social Policies
Edited by David Weimer ’73 and Aidan Vining
Georgetown University Press, 2009
Weimer, a professor of public affairs and political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, coedits a collection of studies by experts in 10 social policy domains who have applied cost-benefit analysis to assess public programs.

Diabetes? What’s That?
By Melvin Anderson ’42
AEG Strategic and Eloquent Publishing, 2009
Anderson, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes—often referred to as “juvenile diabetes”—one week after his 80th birthday, offers an autobiographical portrait of his unusual medical experience.


A Declaration of Optimism
By Jeffrey Campbell ’02E (DMA)
Musique Cambeaux, 2009
Campbell, a bassist and associate professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at the Eastman School, performs a meditative collection of melodically accessible music informed by jazz, soul, funk, world, minimalism, classical, and improvisational elements.

Fashionably Late
By Juliet White-Smith ’98E (DMA)
Centaur Records, 2009
White-Smith, a professor of viola at the University of Northern Colorado, performs her solo recording debut, featuring works by contemporary American composers George Walker ’56E (DMA), Michael Colgrass, and Maurice Gardner.

Prayer at Nightfall
By Chesley Kahmann ’52
Orbiting Clef Productions, 2009
Kahmann performs a collection of 18 sacred and spiritual songs with her longtime singing group, the Interludes. The recording is the third volume in a series of six CDs of Kahmann’s songs called The Kahmann Touch.

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