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Quantum Statistical MechanicsBill Schieve ’51 is co-author of Quantum Statistical Mechanics (Cambridge University Press, 2009), which provides a contemporary understanding of irreversibility, particularly in quantum systems, and explains entropy production in quantum kinetic theory and in the master equation formulation of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. We are told that the first 10 chapters can serve as a complete one-semester graduate course for students from physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology backgrounds.

The Street Gangs of EuroburgThe Street Gangs of Euroburg: A Story of Research (iUniverse, 2009), by Malcolm Klein ’52, is his 19th book. Placed in a fictional European city, a research team responds to reports of street gang violence by adapting the widely used procedures developed by the Eurogang Program in a dozen countries since 1997. Malcolm follows the research team and its evolving relationships with community leaders, the press, and several different street gangs. Comparison to American and other European gangs builds the case for several forms of gang knowledge, while specific incidents, including violent attacks on staff members, bring to life the unique challenges of working with gangs.

Letters to ZerkyBill Raney ’58 has published Letters to Zerky: A Father’s Legacy to a Lost Son and a Road Trip around the World, which Bill wrote with his wife, JoAnne Walker Raney. In 1967–68, Bill, JoAnne, their 10-month-old son, Zerky, and their dog, Tarzan, took a trip around the world in a Volkswagen bus. Forty years later, Bill tells the tale through the letters he wrote then, so that Zerky might someday know of his great adventure. Letters to Zerky may be purchased at www.letterstozerky.com, by calling Bill (831/429-4234), or by writing to him at Nickelodeon Press, 3131 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065. (Also, take time to visit www.sheerfolly.net.)

Heart LandCaroline Miller ’59, MAT ’65, published the novel Heart Land with Schiel & Denver Publishing in April. The story is a fictional memoir about a young boy growing up in 1930s and 1940s rural Ohio. “Heart Land wears the triple crown of literary genius: it is profound, beautiful, and arresting from the first page,” says Writerface.com. Caroline has published numerous short stories—“Under the Bridge and Beneath the Moon” was dramatized for radio in Oregon and Washington. She is also a painter, taught high school and university-level English, headed a labor union for five years, and successfully ran for public office three times. In addition to her Reed degrees, she earned an M.A. in literature, with honors, from Northern Arizona University.

Inborn Errors of DevelopmentThe second edition of Inborn Errors of Development: The Molecular Basis of Clinical Disorders of Morphogenesis, co-edited by Bob Erickson ’60, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Honored by the Association of American Publishers as the Best Medical Book of 2004, Inborn Errors is the definitive work on genetically caused abnormalities of human development.

An article, “Back and There Again: Structuring a Career around Long-Term Research in Rajasthan, India,” by Thomas Rosin ’60, was published in The Tao of Anthropology (University Press of Florida, 2008).

Living at Micro ScaleDavid Dusenbery ’64 has written Living at Micro Scale: The Unexpected Physics of Being Small (Harvard University Press, 2009), describing how the physics of small things differs from our familiar world, and how these differences explain some features of living organisms, including, among other things, the divergence of male and female. “Using his deep knowledge of the principles of both physics and biology, Dusenbery provides novel insights into why biological systems are organized the way they are,” notes Terry Snell of Georgia Tech. “He has the uncanny ability to synthesize information that is common knowledge in physics, make a few simple calculations, and explain processes that have long puzzled biologists.”

Pilgrimage and HealingJill Dubisch ’65 is co-editor of Pilgrimage and Healing (University of Arizona Press, 2005). “Although pilgrimage may seem an antiquated religious ritual, it remains a vibrant activity in the modern world as pilgrims combine traditional motives with contemporary searches for identity or interpersonal connection.” Jill is Regents’ Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University and author of Gender and Power in Rural Greece and In a Different Place: Pilgrimage, Gender and Politics at a Greek Island Shrine. Her more recent work on motorcycle pilgrimage is presented in Run for the Wall: Remembering Vietnam on a Motorcycle Pilgrimage.

FoundersFounders: The People Who Brought You a Nation, by Ray Raphael ’65, is available this month from the New Press. Considered his largest and most ambitious effort, Ray recreated an “honest history” of our nation’s founding by skipping over 19th-century distortions and returning to primary sources from Revolutionary times. He follows the careers of seven vivid characters—some notable, some undistinguished—to anchor a sweeping new history of the entire founding era. Not only brilliant men and women, but also a “body of the people,” an entire generation of American patriots, pushed for independence, fought a war, and set the U.S. on its course. For an overview of Ray’s work, visit www.rayraphael.com.

Terry Boyarsky ’70 published the article “Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Quick Reaction Exercises” in the Orff Echo, Winter 2009 issue.

The Far CornerThe Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature, the ninth book by John Daniel ’70, was published in April by Counterpoint. These essays explore John’s sense of belonging to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, which began with his freshman year at Reed in 1966. As a student, he “washed out” quickly, but a lightning strike in one of the campus Douglas firs and a ripping windstorm in fall 1967 convinced him that he had moved to the right part of the country. John’s book Rogue River Journal: A Winter Alone won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Award in 2006. Beginning in June, he will be teaching a yearlong course in writing memoir.

Wounded CitiesWounded Cities, a book of photographs and text by Leo Rubinfien ’74, was published by Steidl, Gottingen & London in 2008. Leo and his family moved into an apartment two blocks away from the World Trade Center one week before September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of that event, he began to photograph in cities around the world that had suffered severely from terror attacks. Over five years, he looked intimately at the ordinary people of cities such as London, Nairobi, Kuta Beach, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, and Colombo. One-man exhibitions taken from the book have been on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Robert Mann Gallery in New York City. Leo’s first book, A Map of the East, has been called “one of the legendary works on Asia.”

Patient-Centered E-HealthVance Wilson ’74 is editor of Patient-Centered E-Health (Medical Information Science Reference, 2008). The book examines a variety of issues related to online access to health care information, including psychological aspects of e-health, e-health marketing, and health care quality and cost transparency. Vance is Clinical Associate Professor of Information Systems at Arizona State University, with research interests in e-health, computer-mediated communication, decisional guidance, and supporting technology for software development teams.

 

Nashua TelegraphPoetry by Sidney Hall Jr. ’77 was the subject of an article in the Nashua Telegraph (December 9, 2008), “Star of NPR to Read Area Man’s Poems.” The article indicated that Garrison Keillor had chosen to read two of Sidney’s poems—as he had previously—in his program Writer’s Almanac. Sidney is owner and operator of Hobblebush Books, an independent press. He has been published in many journals and has published three poetry collections, What We Will Give Each Other (Oyster River Press, 1994), Chebeague (Oyster River Press, 2001), and Fumbling in the Light (Hobblebush Books, 2008), from which the poems “Something about the Wind” and “McClure’s Beach” were selected. To hear a podcast of the reading, visit writersalmanac.publicradio.org/podcast.

PanigyriAlison Cadbury MAT ’78 has published Panigyri: A Celebration of Life in a Greek Island Village (Plain View Press, 2008). Alison began her association with the island of Paros, in the Aegean Sea, as a tourist in 1971, when a three-week visit expanded into a five-year stay. “I had been drawn to the island by pictures of many-colored fishing boats and snow-white cubical houses, and was curious about the people who created such beauty.” Her book is an ode to the culture and people of Naousa village, who find cause in their daily lives for celebration.

Peter Hill ’79 has published “Important Developments on Immigration Law for Criminal Defense Attorneys,” an appendix to the 2008–09 edition of the Georgia Criminal Trial Practice.

Bubble Homes and Fish FartsCarolyn Digby ’83 has illustrated Bubble Homes and Fish Farts, by Fiona Bayrock (Charlesbridge, 2009). Carolyn is staff illustrator for Cricket magazine and the author and illustrator of The Twelve Days of Christmas Dogs (Dutton Books, 2005). She also has illustrated The Discontented Gopher, by L. Frank Baum (South Dakota State Historical Society, 2006) and The Prairie-Dog Prince, by Eva Katharine Gibson (South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2008), which earned the Gold Medal for Distinctive Illustration from Mom’s Choice Awards in 2009. For a more detailed look at Carolyn’s work, visit carolyndigbyconahan.com.

Public Health BrandingDoug Evans ’84 is co-editor of Public Health Branding: Applying Marketing for Social Change (Oxford University Press, 2008). Doug is director of public health communication and marketing, and professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health and the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University. He juggles teaching, consulting with several national health organizations, plus writing grants for research on branding solutions for public health issues. He is also writing a second book.

The HA Anti-Aging AnswerChris Meletis ’88 published his 17th and 18th books, The HA Anti-Aging Answer: Using Hyaluronic Acid for Flexible Joints, Vibrant Skin, and a Healthy Heart (Currant Book, 2007) and Clinical Natural Medicine Handbook (Mary Ann Liebert, 2008). To learn more about Hyaluronic Acid (HA), visit www.hyalogic.com, and to investigate the many free health articles that Chris has published in medical journals, visit www.drmeletis.com. Chris lectures across the U.S. on various health topics as part of his mission to “Change America’s Health One Person at a Time.”

Just SeeingJust Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense-Perception, by Cindy Thatcher ’88, was published by the Buddhist Publication Society in December 2008. Cindy touches on the two kinds of reality—ultimate and conventional—expounded in the Abhidhamma, through the example of a pointillist painting that can be viewed in two ways. “In eloquent, expressive language this book explores in depth the Buddha’s significant teaching, ‘When seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear,’ as it applies to the practice of insight meditation.” In addition, there are meditation instructions for beginners, an appendix on the perceptual process as described in Buddhist metaphysics, and a crossword puzzle of Pali terms—nice one, Cindy!

Becoming TsimshianBecoming Tsimshian, by Chris Roth ’90
(University of Washington Press, 2008), examines the way in which names link members of a lineage to a past and to the places where that past unfolded. In investigating the different dimensions of the Tsimshian naming system, Chris draws extensively on recent literature, archival reference, and elders in Tsimshian communities from his work as genealogist for the Tsimshian communities. The Tsimshian people of coastal British Columbia use a system of hereditary name-titles in which names are treated as objects of inheritable wealth. Human agency and social status reside in names rather than in the individuals who hold these names, and the politics of succession associated with names and name-taking rituals have been, and continue to be, at the center of Tsimshian life. Becoming Tsimshian, which covers important themes in linguistic and cultural anthropology and ethnic studies, is of great value to scholars in Native American studies and Northwest Coast anthropology, as well as those in linguistics. An anthropology and linguistics major at Reed, Chris went on to complete a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Chicago. His interest in Pacific Northwest Indian personal names grew directly out of his years working as a research assistant for David ’39 and Kathrine French when he was at Reed. He currently is visiting assistant professor in anthropology at Northern Illinois University.

Liza Barry-Kessler ’91 has a chapter in the book Mothering and Blogging: The Radical Act of the MommyBlog, which was published by Demeter Press this spring.

Khristina Haddad ’92 published an article, “Hearing Hannah: Listening to German-Language Recordings of Hannah Arendt from the 1950s and ’60s,” in Logos, a journal of modern society and culture (2008: volume 7, issue 2). The piece includes a brief and fond mention of Reed, and can be accessed online at logosjournal.com.

Biochemistry in a NutshellGarrett Thompson ’94 has published a new textbook, Biochemistry in a Nutshell; a National Board of Chiropractic Examiners examination review, containing a concise summary of facts pertaining to biochemistry, and available at stores.lulu.com/drthompson. Garrett is an assistant professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Loma Linda University in California.

Max Matthews ’05 has published his senior thesis as a book, Dying to Help: Toward an Ethical Framework for Understanding Humanitarian Intervention (VDM Verlag, 2008). In it, Max addresses the ethical and legal controversy of humanitarian intervention by developing a comprehensive theoretical framework—grounded in the concept of universal human rights—for understanding the pragmatic and normative contours of this type of military action. He also has published the article “Tracking the Emergence of a New International Norm: The Responsibility to Protect and the Crisis in Darfur,” in the International and Comparative Law Review of Boston College Law School, from which he graduated in 2008.

     

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