Books & Recordings
8 Keys to Brain-Body Balance
By Robert Scaer ’59, ’63M (MD)
W. W. Norton & Co., 2012
Scaer, a neurologist who served for 20 years as medical director of rehabilitation services at the Mapleton Center in Boulder, Colo., offers an accessible explanation of the connection between our brains and the rest of our bodies and the reasons for the physical and emotional symptoms of stress and trauma. Intended for trauma patients, the book draws on Scaer’s 40 years of clinical experience.
Changing Students, Changing Suburbs: Helping School Leaders Face the Challenges
By Laura Bigaouette ’82 et al
Corwin Press, 2012
Bigaouette, assistant dean at Manhattanville College’s school of education, explores ways in which suburban schools can better meet the needs of a more ethnically and culturally diverse student body.
Successful Tails: The Wonders of Therapy Dogs
By Patricia Wheeler ’62, ’65W (Mas)
Wheeler, a therapy dog handler in Northern California, provides a collection of stories, testimonials, and poems from more than 250 people who have benefited from the work of therapy dogs in nursing homes, children’s camps, and other settings.
Mental Status Examination Demystified: A Psychopathology Mini-Book
By Jeffrey Lyness ’83, ’86M (MD)
Jeffrey Lyness, 2012
Lyness, professor of psychiatry and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, provides an overview for medical students, residents, and other clinical trainees in the health professions of the components of a mental status examination. Self-published, the book is available for the iPad through the Apple iBooks store.
Freedom of Speech and Society: A Social Approach to Freedom of Expression
By Harry Melkonian ’71
Cambria Press, 2012
Inspired by the social theories of Emile Durkheim and Jurgen Habermas, Melkonian, an honorary associate at Macquarie University Law School in Sydney, Australia, departs from the traditional justification of freedom of speech as an individual right, offering instead a justification based on the role of speech in modern, highly differentiated societies.
Principles of Social Change
By Leonard Jason ’76 (PhD)
Oxford University Press, 2013
Jason, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University, offers practical suggestions for the ways in which social activists and mental health professionals driven by a concern for social justice can form coalitions to bring about community-based change.
The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine
By Paul Griner ’59M (MD), ’65M (Res)
Griner, professor emeritus of medicine at Rochester and a University trustee, presents a collection of 50 patient stories compiled over his 60-year career in medicine. Each of the stories, told in Griner’s words and intended for medical students as well as for a general audience, represent lessons learned and an opportunity to reflect on “the importance of ethics, professionalism, and good bedside diagnostic skills.”
The Lyrical Resonance Between Chinese Poets and Painters: The Tradition and Poetics of Tihuashi
By Daan Pan ’91 (PhD)
Cambria Press, 2011
Pan, professor of English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, examines traditional Chinese tihuashi as a particular type of poetic genre.
A Dance of Polar Opposites: The Continuing Transformation of Our Musical Language
Edited by Jeremy Gill ’96E
University of Rochester Press, 2012
Gill edits and introduces the book by his mentor, composer George Rochberg. Sharing insights into more than three centuries of Western music, Rochberg “describes how the asymmetrical tonal language of the late 18th century . . . evolved through the gradual incursion of symmetry into a system based on the juxtaposition of tonal and atonal, asymmetrical and symmetrical.”
Term Limits and Their Consequences: The Aftermath of Legislative Reform
By Stanley Caress and Todd Kunioka ’96 (PhD)
SUNY Press, 2012
Kunioka, assistant professor of political science at California State University, Los Angeles, and a statistical analyst for Los Angeles County, and Caress, professor of political science at West Georgia University, examine the grassroots movement for legislative term limits, with a focus on California.
Ajanta’s Ledge: Poems
By Sascha Feinstein ’85
Sheep Meadows Press, 2012
Feinstein, professor of English at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., presents a collection of poems exploring family, travel, and jazz.
A Pen Named Man: Our Essence
By John Newton ’72
Resource Publications, 2012
Newton, a retired Kodak patent specialist, offers philosophical and spiritual reflections.
Aesthetics Beyond the Arts: New and Recent Essays
By Arnold Berleant ’53E, ’55E (MA)
Ashgate Publishing, 2012
Berleant, professor emeritus of philosophy at Long Island University, presents a collection of essays written over the past 10 years exploring aesthetic experiences in the arts as well as in both natural and built environments.
Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions: Solutions for What Ails Us
By Ada Fisher ’79M (Res)
Ada Fisher, 2012
Fisher, a family physician and North Carolina Republican National Committeewoman, analyzes public policy problems facing the United States.
Partner in Survival: A Novel
By John Perry ’72 (PhD)
In a science-inspired thriller that questions the nature of reality, astrophysicist Perry tells the story of siblings facing the reappearance of their deceased mother.
Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology
Edited by Julie Taddeo ’87, ’96 (PhD) and Cynthia Miller
Scarecrow Press, 2012
The historian Taddeo coedits a collection of essays on the popular subgenre of fantasy and science fiction that melds art, music, film, television, new media, and material culture. Taddeo contributes an essay, “Corsets of Steel: Steampunk’s Reimagining of Victorian Femininity.”
Prayers for Women Who Can’t Pray
By Melanie Craig-Hansford and Katharine Smithrim ’93E (PhD)
Wintergreen Studios Press, 2012
Smithrim, professor of education at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and Craig- Hansford present non- sectarian reflections for women who, in the face of either tragedy or the sublime, feel the urge to pray, but no longer find meaning in a personal God.
Piano Music for Little Fingers
By Ann Patrick Green ’57E, ’59E (MM)
Dover Publications, 2012
Green, a concert pianist and principal of Patrick’s Music School in Fullerton, Calif., offers an introductory volume for piano students from ages four to nine.
By Mission of Burma
Fire Records, 2012
The four-person post-punk band that includes Clint Conley ’77 on bass and lead vocals presents its fourth CD since reuniting in 2001.
Boiling Point: Music of Kenji Bunch
By Alias Chamber Ensemble
Delos Records, 2012
The Nashville-based ensemble that includes violinist, founder, and artistic director Zeneba Bowers ’94E, ’96E (MM), harpist Licia Jaskunas ’91E (MM), horn player Leslie Boggs Norton ’84E, and percussionist Chris Norton ’83E, ’86E (MA), performs the composer Bunch’s mix of roots music, modern rock, and jazz.
By Allen Vizzutti ’74E, ’76E (MM)
Village Place Music, 2012
Trumpeter Vizzutti performs eclectic selections with bassist Stanley Clarke and pianist Chick Corea.
The Music of Greg Danner, Vol. 1: Walls of Zion
By Greg Danner ’80E (MM)
Mark Masters, 2012
Danner, professor of theory and composition at Tennessee Technological University, presents a volume of music for winds, including performances by the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, the Drake University Wind Symphony, the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, and the Tennessee Tech Symphony Band.
Black Tie Optional
By the Bowties
The Bowties, a Rochester a cappella group that includes Alan Wertheimer ’68, ’74 (PhD) and John Langfitt, associate professor at the Strong Epilepsy Center, perform 15 songs, including a live rendition of the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Kodak Hall in 2011.
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