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Recent Books by UB Alumni

Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities

Hurricane Katrina: Response and Responsibilities

Edited by John Brown Childs, PhD ’75

John Brown Childs, professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, offers the critical and personal responses to hurricane Katrina of more than 30 contributors, including community activists, sociologists, writers and musicians. “This book fills the gap between the immediate journalism and the in-depth analysis that will be available in a year or two,” writes Childs, who, even while Katrina victims were still confined to the Superdome, was moved to start to compile the volume. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund, Vanguard Public Foundation. (New Pacific Press, 2005)

Baseball and the Music of Charles Ives: A Proving Ground

Baseball and the Music of Charles Ives: A Proving Ground

By Timothy A. Johnson, PhD ’91

Timothy A. Johnson, visiting Frederick and Alice Slee professor of music theory at UB, explores the role of the national pastime in the life of composer Charles Ives (1874–1954) and its influence on his groundbreaking music. Fresh observations are further elucidated by musical examples and photographs of ballplayers and venues. The author received the Sporting News–SABR Baseball Research Award from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) in recognition of this book. (Scarecrow Press, 2004)

The Experience of Retirement

The Experience of Retirement

By Robert S. Weiss, BA ’49

The author, senior fellow in the gerontology institute and emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, provides one of the first qualitative examinations of retirement. Weiss makes the experience of retirement vivid by presenting in retirees’ own words their descriptions of leaving their careers, considering what to do with their time, confronting issues of income, reorganizing their lives and dealing with social isolation. The interviews also reveal the ways in which retirement affects marriages and other family relationships. (Cornell University Press, 2005)

Music of the Counterculture Era (American History through Music)

Music of the Counterculture Era (American History through Music)

By James E. Perone, PhD ’88, MA ’83 & MFA ’82

This essay collection recounts the spirit of music from the counterculture years of the late 1960s and early 1970s, demonstrating how such performers as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Arlo Guthrie, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and others provided a soundtrack for this bellwether time in American history. With narrative chapters on the role of music in the antiwar movement, the black power movement, the women’s movement, political radicalism, drug use and the counterculture lifestyle, James Perone’s book details the emerging issues explored by performers during this era. (Greenwood Press, 2004)

Letters to My Sisters: Plain Truths and Straightforward Advice from a Gynecologist

Letters to My Sisters: Plain Truths and Straightforward Advice from a Gynecologist

By Ngozi Osuagwu, MD ’90

In a series of witty, entertaining and educational letters, Ngozi Osuagwu, a board-certified ob/gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, addresses common gynecological conditions that affect women. Materials in the book are intended to help women be better consumers of health-care services. The letters are complemented by art, a poem and quotes.

The second half of the book briefly discusses common gynecological conditions and also provides an overview of sexually transmitted diseases. A graduate of UB and Johns Hopkins University, the author currently divides her professional time between teaching resident physicians in Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and maintaining a small practice. (Ben Bosah Books, 2006)

Money Matters: A Common Sense Guide to Financial Nourishment

Money Matters: A Common Sense Guide to Financial Nourishment

By Robinson Iglesias, BA ’04

Robinson Iglesias offers stories and concepts that help place financial and social issues in perspective, allowing the reader to “achieve the economic and social success that you long for.” At UB, Iglesias did coursework in bankruptcy law, small business management and entrepreneurship. He lives in New York City, owns a production company and plans to attend law school in the fall of 2006. (iUniverse Inc., 2005)

For Seeing Eye Dogs Only!

For Seeing Eye Dogs Only!

By Robert S. Swiatek, EdM ’66

For Seeing Eye Dogs Only! is a humorous look at missing intelligence. According to the author, a computer consultant for more than 20 years, “it’s a collection of things that people say and do that are rather dumb, but hilarious at the same time. I am collecting material for a sequel and have a fair amount of stuff already.” It is the author’s intent, moreover, to spread laughter, while keeping anonymous those whose intelligence—or lack thereof—is displayed within. (Aventine Press, 2005)

Mind-Bending Math &  Science Activities for Gifted Students (for Grades K–12)

Mind-Bending Math & Science Activities for Gifted Students (for Grades K–12)

By Rosemary Callard-Szulgit, EdD ’79 and Greg Karl Szulgit

Mind-Bending Math & Science Activities for Gifted Students (for Grades K–12) is a helpful reference for teachers and parents who might not be aware of the resources available to help students succeed. The book examines many aspects of the thinking of gifted students that relate to math and science, and features competitions and curricula that can be easily adapted to students’ lifestyles outside the classroom. (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006)

Internet Surf and Turf Revealed: The Essential Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Finding Media

Internet Surf and Turf Revealed: The Essential Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Finding Media

By Barbara Waxer and Marsha Baum, JD ’85

Make sure you know whose turf you are on when surfing the Internet for media. This one-of-a-kind book provides important, easy-to-understand information on copyright laws and the concept of fair use as they relate to media on the Internet. While the Internet is a vast resource for downloading music, images, video and other media, it is not always clear whether the file you wish to use is in the public domain, whether it has copyright protection, and, if it does, how can one obtain permission to use it. (Course Technology, Inc. 2005)

LexisNexis AnswerGuide New York Business Entities

By Steven R. Gersz, BA ’79

This book provides direct, New York–specific answers to questions that might arise in day-to-day business and commercial law practice. It covers important business law topics, including selecting, forming, operating and dissolving a business entity; acquiring licenses and permits; buying, selling and valuing a business; and identifying conflicts of interest, as well as ethical issues when representing multiparty entities. The author is a partner and chair of the corporate law department in the Rochester, New York, law firm of Underberg & Kessler LLP. (Matthew Bender, 2005)

A Guide to Musical Temperament

A Guide to Musical Temperament

By Thomas Donahue, DDS ’79

A Guide to Musical Temperament, the author’s fourth book, is a theoretical and practical discussion of the tuning process, and of how the 12 notes of the scale are tuned on keyboard instruments. The book presents clear explanations of theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, including the basis for temperament, description of selected temperaments and tuning instructions. Though the author is a practicing dentist in Auburn, New York, his writings are in the fields of musicology and keyboard instruments. (Scarecrow Press, 2005)

A Dark Energy Theory Correlated with Laboratory Simulation and Astronomical Observations

A Dark Energy Theory Correlated with Laboratory Simulation and Astronomical Observations

By August Cenkner, BA ’96, PhD ’73, MS ’69 & BS ’66

By studying the emission spectra from galaxies in the outer reaches of the universe, two independent teams of astronomers in 1998 concluded that the universe is expanding at an ever-faster pace. This contradicts expectations that the universe’s expansion was decelerating, due to gravitational attractions with other bodies. This unexpected behavior has been attributed to some mysterious repulsive force that has been named dark energy. Also shown is how dark energy may be responsible for other unexplained phenomena like voids, walks, clusters and groups of revolving star/dark bodies. (AuthorHouse, 2005)

Recent Music by UB Alumni

The Secret Migration

The Secret Migration

Jonathan Donahue, BA ’88; Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak, BA ’88;
Jeff Mercel and Carlos Anthony Molina

The Secret Migration (V2, 2005) from Mercury Rev is the sixth album from this band, formed in the late 1980s. It represents a fine-tuning of their scintillating psychedelic pop sound, here mixing strings, synths, guitars and rousing vocals by Jonathan Donahue with themes of nature and the band’s well-known otherworldly quality. The Secret Migration is “a monumental castle in the air, with every detail shimmering,” writes Jon Pareles in the New York Times. “Musically … they’ve always pursued the elusive and unpredictable, straining for a sense of something transcendent,” adds Europe Intelligence Wire.

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