Books & Recordings
Percussion Matters: Life at the Eastman School of Music
By John Beck ’55E, ’62E (MM)
University of Rochester Press, 2011
Beck, professor emeritus of percussion at the Eastman School, reflects on his 57 years with the school as a student, teacher, and performer.
Memory in Shakespeare’s Histories: Stages of Forgetting in Early Modern England
By Jonathan Baldo
Baldo, professor of English in the humanities department at the Eastman School, explores the role of forgetting—whether active suppression or passive neglect of the past—in Shakespearean historical dramas.
The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures: The Effects of Institutions and Politics
By Lynda W. Powell
University of Michigan Press, 2012
Powell, professor of political science at Rochester, demonstrates that campaign contributions have large effects in some state legislatures and minimal effects in others, and delineates reasons for the wide disparity.
Teaching Environmental Health to Children: An Interdisciplinary Approach
By David Hursh and Camille Martina
Hursh, associate professor of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School, and Martina, research assistant professor of community and preventive medicine at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, offer a guide to teaching K-12 students about exposures to environmental toxicants.
Leaders and International Conflict
By Giacomo Chiozza and Heins Goemans
Cambridge University Press, 2011
Through statistical analyses and case studies, Goemans, associate professor of political science at Rochester, and Chiozza explain why political leaders decide to initiate wars.
Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thought: From E. T. A. Hoffmann to Arnold Schoenberg
By Holly Watkins
Cambridge University Press, 2011
Watkins, associate professor of musicology at the Eastman School, explores the variety and persistence of depth metaphors in German musicology and music theory, arguing for their historic role in articulating Germanic cultural values.
The Fate of the Species: Why the Human Race May Cause Its Own Extinction and How We Can Stop It
By Fred Guterl ’81
Guterl, the executive editor of Scientific American, surveys the mass extinction taking place in the 21st century—in which roughly 200 species are becoming extinct each day—and how technology might be harnessed to avoid its worst potential consequences.
Making Inclusion Work for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide
By Tristram Smith
Guilford Press, 2011
Smith, associate professor of pediatrics at Rochester, offers a guide to research-based assessment and teaching methods for K-12 educators and autism specialists.
Fictional Presidential Films: A Comprehensive Filmography of Portrayals from 1930 to 2011
By Thomas and Sarah Miles Bolam ’56
Journalist Bolam and her husband, Thomas, offer a guide to more than 200 commercial films portraying fictional presidents. Organized by decade, the book places the films and their portrayal of the presidency in political, economic, and cultural context.
Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future
By Harriet A. Washington ’76
Medical ethicist Washington explores the ways in which biomedical and pharmaceutical corporations may profit from patenting genes and tissues from living patients, often without patients’ knowledge or consent.
Mazurka in F Minor, Opus Posthumous by Frédéric Chopin
Edited by Kingsley Day ’75E (MA)
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2012
Day presents a new reconstruction of the sketch of Chopin’s posthumous Mazurka in F Minor. Day’s reconstruction offers alternate readings for individual passages and surveys reconstructions of the piece.
Things I Didn’t Learn in Medical School: Tough Lessons from a Lifetime of Practice
By Gary L. Fanning ’70M (Res)
Fanning, a retired anesthesiologist, offers a memoir of his life as a physician and the philosophies he developed regarding the ethical, moral, and humanistic dimensions of medical practice.
By Thomas Perry ’74 (PhD)
Perry presents his seventh suspense novel featuring the fictional Seneca heroine Jane Whitefield.
Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast
By Carol Gracie ’63
Princeton University Press, 2012
Gracie, a naturalist, photographer, and former educator at the New York Botanical Garden, explores the history, cultural uses, and latest scientific research pertaining to more than 35 species of Northeastern wildflowers. The book includes more than 500 photographs.
Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale
By Tom Wilber ’83
Cornell University Press, 2012
Wilber, a reporter for the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin, looks at shale gas development in the Finger Lakes region of New York and the controversies surrounding its health and environmental consequences.
El Tigre II
By John H. Manhold ’41
Sarah Book Publishing, 2012
Manhold introduces a sequel to his 2007 book about a young aristocrat, Johann Heinrich von Manfred, who makes his way to California during the Gold Rush of 1849. His 2008 book, The Elymais Coin (Cereb Press), has been released as an e-book under the title The Coin (BookBaby).
Catherine Cookson Country: On the Borders of Legitimacy, Fiction, and History
Edited by Julie Anne Taddeo ’87, ’97 (PhD)
Taddeo, visiting associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, edits a collection of essays about the works of Catherine Cookson, Britain’s most widely read late 20th-century author.
Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean
By Joseph B. Martin ’71M (MD), ’96 (Honorary)
University of Alberta Press, 2011
Martin, the Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor of Neurobiology and former dean of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, reflects on his journey from a small village in Alberta, Canada, to his leadership role at Harvard.
The Carter Girls and the Battle of Frontenac Island
By Mike LaMontagne ’91
Ozbo Productions, 2012
In his second youth fantasy novel, LaMontagne recounts the adventures of two sisters, Therese and Jenna Carter, who find a medallion in a hidden cave.
By Marian K. Coombs ’73
Marian K. Coombs, 2012
Coombs’s handmade and hand-illustrated book, available on Etsy, explores words and phrases derived from the animal kingdom in taxonomic order. The book is interspersed with essays on such topics as fables and animal symbols of the nation-state.
Innopreneur: 101 Chronicles on How Circumstance, Preparation, and Brilliance Advance Innovation
Edited by Ton Langeler ’95S (MBA)
Channel V Books, 2012
Langeler, founder of the Dutch management consulting company pro-Actuate, compiles insights on innovation from multinational executives, political leaders, professors, and others.
Zoe Gets Ready
By Bethanie Deeney Murguia ’93
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012
In her second book for preschoolers, Murguia presents Zoe, a girl with many choices to make as she gets ready to face the day.
Van Gogh Letters
By Charles Pillow ’93E (MM)
Jazz composer and performer Pillow presents a tone poem using melodies based on the words of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother, Theo. The recording features Pillow playing oboe, English horn, and bass clarinet, Gary Versace ’93E (MM), accordion, and Jim Ridl, synthesizer.
By Andre Canniere ’03E (MM)
Whirlwind Recordings, 2012
In his first UK recording, trumpeter and composer Canniere performs post-bop fusion with a band including percussionist Chris Vatala ’00E.
Amy Wurtz String Quartets
By the Chicago Q Ensemble
Chicago Q Ensemble, 2012
The Chicago Q Ensemble, including violinist Kathleen Carter ’05E (MM), performs string quartets by contemporary composer Amy Wurtz.
By Christina Custode ’10E
Christina Custode, 2012
Niagara Falls singer and songwriter Custode performs eight original tracks on her debut album.
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