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Read On: Recent Books and CD's by UB Alumni


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Fluidities, Fluidities
The Foundry, 2004

This double CD features 11 tracks by Jonathan Hughes, B.A. ’93, and 11 tracks from artists around the world. Hughes explains his unusual recording this way: “[It is] an open-ended project designed to generate many unique musical collaborations. The tracks on these two discs were designed so that any track on one CD could be combined with any track from the other CD to create a hybrid piece. In fact, any two tracks on Fluidities, Fluidities can be played together to create new composite tracks that are, in effect, virtual collaborations among artists who may have never recorded together.”




Quit for Life: A Clinical Guide to Smoking Cessation
By Kathryn T. Vullo, Ph.D. ’93, and Ronald P. Vullo, Ph.D. ’92
Author House, 2003

The vast majority of people who attempt to quit smoking fail to succeed because they lack the knowledge and tools necessary to kick the habit. This clinical guide helps individuals develop their own smoking cessation program; it can be used with or without nicotine patches, gum or bupropion (Zyban). Smokers learn about their smoking patterns, habits and personal stressors, while discovering how to change these behaviors for life.




New York Changing: Revisiting Berenice Abbott’s New York
By Douglas Levere, B.A. ’89
Princeton Architectural Press, 2004

Beginning in 1997, Douglas Levere painstakingly rephotographed more than 100 of Berenice Abbott’s views of New York City, meticulously duplicating the exact circumstances of Abbott’s “Changing New York” project that in 1935–39 was part of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. “A single photograph gives the illusion that time stops,” writes Levere. “A rephotograph lifts that illusion. In this tangling of the old and the new, the different and the same, lies the truth that Berenice Abbott understood well. All is flux; change is the only permanence. I hope that our paired works constitute a fresh invitation—not only to the photographers of the future but to anyone interested in urban life.” The book features a text by Bonnie Yochelson, former curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, and a foreword by Paul Goldberger of the New Yorker.




IP-Based Next-Generation Wireless Networks: Systems, Architectures, and Protocols
By Jyh-Cheng Chen, Ph.D. ’98, and Tao Zhang
John Wiley & Sons, 2004

Jyh-Cheng Chen, associate professor in computer science at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and his coauthor Tao Zhang provide a detailed description and comparison of next-generation wireless networks, specifically IP-based wireless networks, discussing critical issues that may arise in their design. This book is a practical source of up-to-date information on the growing body of specifications associated with wireless IP network architectures, systems and protocols, with a focus on the network layer and higher.




Vietnam Today: A Guide to a Nation at a Crossroads
By Mark A. Ashwill, Ph.D. ’91, with Thai Ngoc Diep, M.A. ’03
Intercultural Press, 2004

The author, director of the World Languages Program and adjunct professor at UB, offers a first look at Vietnam in the twenty-first century. Vietnam is undergoing rapid change and opening up to the world, and Ashwill paints a broad picture of the nation, past and present, exploring today’s defining issues. Ashwill and contributor Thai Ngoc Diep shed light on many sources of misunderstanding between Vietnamese and Western professionals. For those who are prepared to take the time to get to know the Vietnamese people and learn about their culture and history, Vietnam can be a land of promise and opportunity.




Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work
By Janet Zandy, Ph.D. ’96
Rutgers University Press, 2004

The author, professor of language and literature at Rochester Institute of Technology, offers an innovative study that links forms of cultural expression to labor, occupational injuries and deaths. She begins by examining the literal loss of life to unsafe jobs and occupational hazards, then asks critical and timely questions about worker representation—who speaks for employees when the mills, mines, factories and white-collar cubicles shut down? The book’s “graceful prose is energized by the author’s bone-deep knowledge of the angles of vision of this nation’s working class,” says Cecelia Tichi, author of Expos8Es and Excess: Muckraking in America, 1900–2000.




Tick Tock, Don’t Stop: A Manual for Workaholics
By Robert S. Swiatek, Ed.M. ’66 & Ed.M. ’66
Infinity Publishing, 2003

This book examines the work world from many perspectives, including its origin and how workers feel about it in all its vicissitudes. “My experience, unnecessary work, dangerous work, slavery, the unions, management, high-paying professions, the minimum wage, home work, the cost of work, revolutions and jobs I wouldn’t take to make a living—all are covered,” says the author. Tick Tock, Don’t Stop is “a thoughtful and thought-provoking survey C9 about a very necessary, ubiquitous part of human life,” according to Midwest Book Review.




Prentice Hall Psychiatric Drug Guide
By Eileen Trigoboff, D.N.S. ’97, M.S. ’83 & B.S.N. ’77; Billie Ann Wilson, Margaret T. Shannon and Carolyn L. Stang
Prentice Hall, 2004

In private practice and the director of nursing research at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Eileen Trigoboff is also a clinician, author and international speaker on mental health topics. In this new resource, she and her coauthors describe more than 100 psychiatric medications. The handy volume updates readers on current indications for use of these medications and how they are classified. Detailed adverse effects, drug/food-alternative-supplement interactions, as well as pharmacokinetics are included. Client and family education sections on each medication keep the focus on information that clients and family members will want to know concerning the specific compound.




Daily Life in the Industrial United States, 1870-1900
By Julie Husband, Ph. D. ’99 and Jim O’Loughlin, Ph.D. ’98
Greenwood Press, 2004

As part of the Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series, this book chronicles everyday experience during a turbulent period of American history. Daily life in the industrial age was ever-changing, unsettling, outright dangerous and often thrilling. Electric power turned night into day, cities swelled with immigrants from the countryside and from Europe, and great factories belched smoke and beat unnatural rhythms, while turning out consumer goods at an astonishing pace. Distance and time condensed, as rail travel and telegraph lines tied the vast United States together as never before. Firsthand accounts from workers, housewives and children help illuminate the significant achievements of the era and their impact on the everyday lives of ordinary people. Husband and O’Loughlin are both assistant professors of English language and literature at the University of Northern Iowa.




The Wayward Flock: Catholic Youth in Postwar West Germany, 1945-1965
By Mark Edward Ruff, B.A. ’91
University of North Carolina Press, 2005

The author, assistant professor of history at Saint Louis University, examines the struggle of the Roman Catholic community to maintain a 19th-century confessional identity hostile to modern society in the rapidly changing milieu of the Federal Republic. By the late 1950s, Ruff explains, the western and southern regions of Germany were home to these intensely devout Catholic communities. The Catholic subculture, however, could not withstand the onslaught of a culture of consumption. In particular, Ruff analyzes why the strategy of using modern means to fight modern society—which had worked so successfully for the church from the 1870s to the 1920s—did not succeed in the postwar era.




ESD: Physics and Devices
By Steven H. Voldman, B.S. ’79
John Wiley & Sons, 2004

This book is a helpful reference tool for a range of advanced students, researchers and engineers in the fields of semiconductor process engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, mathematics and physics. It aims to provide a clear insight into how changes in semiconductor technology over the past 15 years have influenced ESD robustness of semiconductor components. The book offers an accessible introduction to the subject, covering thermal, mechanical and electrostatic phenomena, as well as the techniques from physics and mathematics that are useful for electrothermal and failure physics. Voldman was recently accepted as the first IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Fellow in the field of ESD phenomena with the citation “for contributions to electrostatic discharge protection in CMOS, SOI and SiGe technologies.”




North Country
By Larry Beahan, M.D. ’55
Coyote Publishing of Western New York, 2004

North Country is a collection of stories about northern New York State, its Adirondack Mountains and its people. A Mohawk Coyote begins the story-telling as a way of indicating the mix of fact and fiction that will follow. A logging family searches for a more settled way of life, while playing out its history with romance, hard work, violent death and a runaway boy and his dog. A Tug Hill Cousin survives the battle of Bull Run. There is a haunted hotel, canoe trips on the Stillwater, Indian and Long Lakes, and the Beaver and Black Rivers. There are stories by Aunt Bessie who lived in the woods as a little girl. The book’s cover is a photo of a wood carving made by the old man who had been the runaway boy. It is his lumberjack dad, Tom Beahan, riding a log down river as he balances with a peavey. Lumberjack Tom is the grandpa depicted in the author’s first book, My Grampa’s Woods, the Adirondacks




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