A&S Faculty News
Higgins Appointed as Faculty Fellow by Provost
Raegan Higgins, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, has been appointed as Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost. While she continues in her faculty role, Higgins' duties with the Provost Office will include establishing new strategies for faculty recruitment, retention, and success, with a focus on diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups and minorities. "I hope to engage, or increase engagement with, those on our campus whose research, teaching, creative work, and community engagement support faculty success and support equity and social, restorative, and racial justice," Higgins said. "I believe we can find solutions with implementation strategies to some of the most challenging issues among our faculty." Higgins said that she hopes to begin the process of reviewing institutional policies and procedures to identify structural barriers to recruitment, hiring, onboarding (i.e., creating a sense of belonging), retention, mentoring, and promotion—including to administrative positions—of minoritized/marginalized groups of faculty. Follow this link for the full account.
Rudes Help Students Through Memorial Scholarship
Former Texas Tech University English professors Carolyn and Donald Rude, shown above right, established a memorial scholarship fund named for their son Benjamin, shown above left hugging dog Freckles. In the 30-plus years since a skiing accident took Benjamin's life, the Benjamin Rude Memorial Scholarship has helped many students continue their education. In the last 10 years alone, more than 20 Texas Tech English students have benefitted from the scholarship. To read how the Rude family became part of the Texas Tech community, follow this link.
Michelson Receives Research Early Career Award
Kristen Michelson, an assistant professor of French and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, has won the 2020 Research Special Interest Group Early Career Award from the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL). Michelson's approach to language research and teaching is based on the idea that acquiring a new language is a matter of encounters, all types of encounters. In addition to person-to-person interactions are those of immersion in a culture; of experiencing new sights, smells and sounds; of navigating virtual environments; and, most intriguingly, finding common ground where all those elements converge to move the learner forward in a new tongue. Follow this link to read the full account of Kristen Michelson's work that led to the award and how she became interested in the fields of French language acquisition and applied linguistics.
Wright Makes Case for #GivingTuesday
Nathaniel Wright, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Master of Public Administration program, is an expert in nonprofit management and philanthropic fundraising. Wright is available to discuss the importance of #GivingTuesday—Dec. 1, 2020—and why it's so badly needed in a year where so many things are outside of the ordinary. In the face of the pandemic, another Giving Tuesday, #GivingTuesdayNow, was held May 5,2020, to promote giving and unity. As 2020 draws to a close, many still seek assistance with basic necessities. With the resulting strain on nonprofit organizations, the need is keenly felt. Contact Nathaniel Wright for more information at 806-834-4817 or email@example.com.
Victor, Van Allen To Examine Precursors to Suicide Attempts
Sarah Victor, an assistant professor, and Jason Van Allen, an associate professor, both clinical psychologists in the Department of Psychological Sciences, have received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to address fundamental, and yet unanswered, questions about the estimated 10.7 million American adults who have thought seriously about trying to kill themselves. Victor is the principal investigator on the two-year project titled "Dynamic Regulatory Processes in the Transition from Suicidal Ideation to Action: The Roles of Cognitive Control, Emotion-Related Impulsivity, and Sleep in the Context of Negative Affective Experiences." Work on the project begins Dec. 1, 2020. Follow this link to read the complete article
Wang Speaks at Roundtable
Yanlin Wang, an assistant professor of practice and director of the Chinese program in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, was one of nine speakers at a roundtable discussion held by the Asian Section of the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Language Programs (AAUSC). With more than 20 years of experience teaching Chinese language in both China and the United States, Wang's contribution to the roundtable proved valuable to those who attended the Nov. 19, 2020, online program, entitled, “Language Program Development During COVID-19: Challenges and Strategies.”
Surliuga Holds Virtual Book Discussion
Victoria Surliuga, an associate professor of Italian in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, held a virtual discussion on Nov. 19, 2020, about her newest work, the bilingual book, "Homage to Ezio Gribaudo/Omaggio a Ezio Gribaudo" (Texas Tech University Libraries, September 2020). Her book compiles six years' worth of Surliuga's previously published writings in Italian and English about Ezio Gribaudo, a contemporary Italian artist. It was published in September as an open access e-book through the Texas Tech University Libraries Open Repository. The virtual discussion featured Gribaudo himself; his daughter Paola Gribaudo; Janis Elliott, Texas Tech associate professor of art history; Ian Barba, Texas Tech associate librarian; Heidi Winkler, Texas Tech digital services librarian; and Guido Moltedo, journalist, publisher and editor of the online journal ytali.com.
Sandip Pal Reviews 50th Journal
Atmospheric scientist Sandip Pal, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, has reached a remarkable milestone in his career. With his latest work for the journal Scientific Reports, a Nature Publishing Group journal, Pal has served as a journal referee, or reviewer, for more than 50 different international scientific journals. Pal, who also leads the Boundary Layer Meteorology research group at Texas Tech University, said his work as a reviewer began when he was a postdoctoral scholar in Germany and France. Follow this link for the complete article about Sandip Pal's review work.
Swift Is Featured Expert at Wind Panel Event
Andrew Swift, associate director of the National Wind Institute and a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will serve as a featured expert on the 'Wind-Powered Growth in West Texas' virtual panel event Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. The event is hosted by Powering Texas and will feature opening remarks from State Senator Charles Perry. With experts from a variety of fields, the panel aims to bring leaders from the community, education, and business to discuss wind energy investment in the region, including its impacts on workforce and education, economic development, and more. The National Wind Institute at Texas Tech is comprised of three research pillars including energy systems, atmospheric measurement and simulation, and wind engineering. The College of Arts & Sciences is home to the B.S. in Wind Energy.
Weiss Receives Two NOAA Grants
Chris Weiss, a professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geosciences, has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve the understanding of how tornadoes form in the Southeastern U.S. and how to better predict them to help save lives and minimize property damage. Follow this link to read the full account of Chris Weiss' new NOAA grants.
KSM Awarded for Excellence X 2
The Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management (KSM) has won two of Texas Tech University's highest departmental recognitions in 2020: the award for Excellence in Institutional Effectiveness and the award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching. Angela Lumpkin, KSM professor and chair, said the department's transformation has been a team effort. "The department looks very different than it did a few years ago," said Lumpkin, who this semester enters her seventh year of leading KSM. During Lumpkin's tenure, the department had a name change, from Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences (ESS) to Kinesiology & Sport Management. The rebranding signaled the launch of more-relevant programs—and a commitment to higher, more precise standards. Today, KSM has a fleet of upgraded minors, as well as a new bachelor's and master's degree in sport management, while the exercise science program rebranded as kinesiology. Meanwhile, the first-ever exercise physiology Ph.D. program is now in its third year. Follow this link to read the complete article about how KSM won these awards.
Sievert Previews Election 2020
Joel Sievert, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, is looking at the 2020 election in terms of big themes, starting with the congressional races. "We should expect a tight correspondence between the party that wins the presidency and the party that wins the US senate elections," Sievert said. "In every state, that holds true." He pointed to Georgia and South Carolina as examples of state races that have tied closely to the current presidential race. Sievert, who is co-author of the book, "Electoral Incentives in Congress" (University of Michigan Press, May 2018), also remarked on another big theme: the long-term implications of demographics on party politics. Follow this link for the complete article on Joel Sievert's election preview.
Presley: Mosquito Control Becoming Less Effective
Steve Presley, director of The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) and a professor of disease ecology, says mosquito control methods are becoming less effective. "Recent threats to public health from mosquito-borne viruses, particularly Zika virus, have brought to light the critical importance of knowing where potential vector mosquito populations occur and understanding how to effectively control them," he said. Two specific species, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti), are responsible for transmission of Zika, chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever viruses. Since 2016, TIEHH researchers collaborating with entomologists from various jurisdictions and funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services have worked to determine where these two species are and how well methods to control them are working. Presley and his colleagues tested the mosquitoes' resistance to insecticides throughout Texas. "We found that 68% of mosquito populations tested exhibited strong resistance to commonly used public health insecticides," Presley said. Follow this link for the complete article on Steve Presley's research findings.
Corsi Named Among Top 10 Scientists to Watch
Alessandra Corsi, the President's Excellence in Research Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been named to Science News magazine's sixth annual SN 10: Scientists to Watch. The list of 10 early- and mid-career scientists age 40 and under will be featured in the Oct. 10 issue of Science News. Honorees are chosen by the Science News staff for their potential to shape the science of the future. "I am delighted and extremely honored to be included among this year's SN 10 researchers," said Corsi, who is an astrophysicist. "Working in the field of multi-messenger astronomy has been a wonderful, truly astronomical venture. I would not have achieved this result without the support of my family, the many colleagues I work with, and without the motivation that my students give me every day. I am grateful to all of them." Follow this link for the complete article about Alessandra Corsi being named among Top 10 Scientists to Watch.
Ancell, Lindquist Win 2020 Rain Catcher Award
Brian Ancell, an atmospheric scientist in the Department of Geosciences, and Carol Lindquist, a sociologist in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work, are part of a Texas Tech research team working on a new alternative for sustainable living. Their project's rainwater harvesting system has just received the 2020 Rain Catcher Award from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The project has taken shape at a four-bedroom prefabricated test home (pictured above) located in Junction, Texas. The heart of the project is its Home Utility Management System, or HUMS for short, that harnesses the natural power of a wind turbine, solar panels and catchment tanks to capture electricity and water. HUMS then provides homeowners with data to manage and maximize the efficiency of these stored resources. Follow this link to learn more about the Rain Catcher Award.
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"Laurent Gaudé : Conteur, Dramaturge, Écrivain-monde"
Carole Edwards, associate professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, has published a monograph entitled "Laurent Gaudé: Conteur, Dramaturge, Ecrivain-monde" (Classiques Garnier, Paris; December 2020) in the Revue des Lettres Modernes-Minard. This essay studies in-depth a selection of works by Laurent Gaudé through precise and varied theoretical approaches—postcolonial, novel, mythological and ecocritical—that apprehend Gaudean poetics in an imaginary redefined in the 21st century.
"Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk"
Justin Tosi, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, explores the novel problem and dangers of self-serving moral talk in "Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk" (Oxford University Press, July 2020). Along with co-author Brandon Warmke, Tosi distinguishes moral grandstanding from virtue signaling and holds that such one-upmanship is not just annoying, but dangerous. As politics gets more and more polarized, people on both sides of the spectrum move further and further apart when they let grandstanding get in the way of engaging one another. The pollution of our most urgent conversations with self-interest damages the very causes they are meant to forward. Drawing from work in psychology, economics, and political science, and along with contemporary examples spanning the political spectrum, the book dives deeply into why and how we grandstand. Using the analytic tools of psychology and moral philosophy, the authors explain what drives us to behave in this way, and what we stand to lose by taking it too far. Most importantly, they show how, by avoiding grandstanding, we can re-build a public square worth participating in.
"Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany"
Jacob Baum, assistant professor in the Department of History, sees the Protestant Reformation as the dawn of an austere, intellectual Christianity that uprooted a ritualized religion steeped in stimulating the senses—and by extension the faith—of its flock, with his new book, "Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany." Baum plumbs a wealth of primary source material from the15th and 16th centuries to offer the first systematic study of the senses within the religious landscape of the German Reformation. Concentrating on urban Protestants, Baum details the engagement of Lutheran and Calvinist thought with traditional ritual practices. His surprising discovery: Reformation-era Germans echoed and even amplified medieval sensory practices. Yet Protestant intellectuals simultaneously cultivated the idea that the senses had no place in true religion. Exploring this paradox, Baum illuminates the sensory experience of religion and daily life at a crucial historical crossroads. (University of Illinois Press, 2019)
"Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780–1830"
Erin-Marie Legacey, assistant professor in the Department of History, reveals a different sort of French Revolution in her new book, "Making Space for the Dead: Catacombs, Cemeteries, and the Reimagining of Paris, 1780–1830." Before the political revolution ended in 1799, the dead of Paris were most often consigned to mass graveyards that contemporaries described as terrible and terrifying, emitting "putrid miasmas" that were a threat to both health and dignity. In a book that is at once wonderfully macabre and exceptionally informative, Legacey explores how a new burial culture emerged in Paris as a result of both revolutionary fervor and public health concerns, resulting in the construction of park-like cemeteries on the outskirts of the city and a vast underground ossuary. Legacey unearths the unexpectedly lively process by which burial sites were reimagined, built, and used, focusing on three of the most important of these new spaces: the Paris Catacombs, Père Lachaise cemetery, and the short-lived Museum of French Monuments. By situating discussions of death and memory in the nation's broader cultural and political context, as well as highlighting how ordinary Parisians understood and experienced these sites, she shows how the treatment of the dead became central to the reconstruction of Parisian society after the Revolution. (Cornell University Press, 2019)
"All About Mariano Rivera"
Jorge Iber, professor in the Department of History and associate dean of students in the College of Arts & Sciences, writes about New York Yankees baseball great Mariano Rivera in this new book for children, "All About Mariano Rivera." With Raquel Iber as coauthor, Iber follows Rivera from his birth in a poor Panamanian fishing village to his discovery by a Yankees scout during an amateur baseball game, and on to the pitcher's professional records: a 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, to name two. Rivera easily rose to being a team leader, helping the Yankees recover from losses with dignity and celebrate wins with humility. When once asked to describe his job, Mariano simply stated, "I get the ball, I throw the ball, and then I take a shower." Part of the "All About ... People" series. (Blue River Press, 2019)
"Subversión y de(s)construcción de subgéneros en la narrative de Rosa Montero"
Genaro Pérez, professor on the Spanish & Portuguese faculty in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, studies eight novels and half a dozen short stories in his monograph, "Subversión y de(s)construcción de subgéneros en la narrative de Rosa Montero." The monograph shows how Rosa Montero, an award-winning journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País and an author of contemporary fiction, deconstructs/manipulates several genres to give them a new and authentic perspective in their form and content. In Spanish. (Albatros Ediciones, 2019)
"Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic"
Caroline Bishop, assistant professor of Classics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, examines the literary works of Roman statesman, orator, and author Marcus Tullius Cicero in "Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic." This volume presents a new way of understanding Cicero's career as an author by situating his textual production within the context of the growth of Greek classicism. Bishop's incisive analysis of how Cicero consciously adopted classical Greek writers as models offers ground-breaking new insights into Cicero's ascension to canonical status. (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Short Story Collections
Greta Gorsuch, professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, recently has authored 11 short stories in book and audio-book form—all geared especially for those who are learning English as a second language and for English-speaking adults looking to improve their literacy and reading fluency. One of the books, "Bee Creek Blues & Meridian," tells two tales, set decades apart, that unfold in the small Texas town of Meridian. In Depression-Era "Bee Creek Blues," an African American college student must leave his studies to find work, eventually, on an integrated building project—quite a rare thing at the time. In current-day "Meridian," a big-city college grad must move—and expand his comfort zone—to become the small town's newspaper reporter. (Wayzgoose Press, 2019) Other 2018 and 2019 titles from Wayzgoose Press include "Cecilia's House & The Foraging Class," "Light at Chickasaw Point & The Two Garcons," "Living at Trace," "Summer in Cimarron & Lunch at the Dixie Diner," and "The Storm." Titles from Gemma Open Door Publishers in 2018 and 2019 include "Key City on the River," "Post Office on the Tokaido," and "The Cell Phone Lot."
"Electoral Incentives in Congress"
Joel Sievert, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, examines how electoral incentives shaped legislative behavior throughout the 19th century in the book he coauthored with Jamie L. Carson: "Electoral Incentives in Congress." Their work uses David Mayhew's 1974 contention that once in office, legislators pursue the actions that put them in the best position for reelection. Through Mayhew's lens, Carson and Sievert view patterns of turnover in Congress; the renomination of candidates; the roles of parties in recruiting candidates and their broader effects on candidate competition; and, finally by examining legislators' accountability. The results have wide-ranging implications for the evolution of Congress and the development of legislative institutions over time. (University of Michigan Press, 2018)
"La Figure du loser dans le film et la literature d'expression francaise"
Carole Edwards, associate professor of French and director of graduate studies in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, explores and explains the emergence of the loser as counter-hero in French cinematic and literary works in "La Figure du loser dans le film et la literature d'expression francaise" (title translation: "The Figure of the Loser in French Language Film and Literature"). The idealistic poet, marginally outlawed and rejected by a mercantile society; the clumsy lover; the derided object of sneers and cruel jokes—Edwards finds this fragile-yet-enduring/endearing figure the trope that tells everyone's story of being thwarted by a society dominated by the cult of success. Part of the series "Collection L'un, l'autre en français." In French. (Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2018)
"Primary Sources for Ancient History: The Ancient Near East and Greece"
Gary Forsythe, associate professor in the Department of History, provides a comprehensive collection in this new compendium, ""Primary Sources for Ancient History: The Ancient Near East and Greece." Forsythe's work includes primary sources for the ancient histories of the Near East and Greece, from the Old Babylonian Kingdom of nearly four millennia ago to the Egyptian pharaohs and the disposed Jewish nations, to Alexander's domination of the known world. Forsythe directs readers to texts such as the Law Code of Hammurabi, Greek poetry, Babylonian epics, and more. (Dorrance Publishing, 2018)
Victoria Surliuga, associate professor of Italian Studies in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, writes on fragmentation of the self and a divided attention towards life in "Shadow," a bilingual book of new poetry. Here, Surliuga's poems reflect on existence and death, striving to reassemble one's voice in life, find the center for consciousness within the body, and give a new foundation to one's perception of the world. Five artworks by Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo accompany the reader though a journey of reflection about the value of one's past and its impact on the present. Bilingual in Italian and English. (Xenos Books/Chelsea Editions, 2018)
"Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates"
Jorge Iber, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor in the Department of History, leads as author and editor in this 208-page paperback, "Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates." The Pittsburgh Pirates have a long history, peppered with moments significant both to Pirates fans and Major League Baseball. While the Pirates are recognized as fielding the first all-black lineup in 1971, the 66 games in this book include one of the first matchups in the majors to involve two non-white opening hurlers (Native American and Cuban) in June 1921. We relive no-hitters, World Series-winning homers, and encounter the story of the last tripleheader ever played in major-league baseball. Some of the games are wins; some are losses. All of these essays provide readers with a sense of the totality of the Pirates' experiences: the joy, the heartbreak, and other aspects of baseball (and life) in between. This book is the work of 37 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), SABR Digital Library, Vol. 46, paperback. (Society for American Baseball Research, 2018)
"True Sex: the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"
Emily Skidmore, Assistant Professor in the Department of History, uncovers the stories of 18 trans men who lived in the United States between 1876 and 1936 in "True Sex, the Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century." At the turn of the 20th century, trans men were not necessarily urban rebels seeking to overturn stifling gender roles. In fact, they often sought to pass as conventional men, choosing to live in small towns where they led ordinary lives, aligning themselves with the expectations of their communities. They were, in a word, unexceptional. Despite the "unexceptional" quality of their lives, their stories are nonetheless surprising and moving, challenging much of what we think we know about queer history. By tracing the narratives surrounding the moments of "discovery" in these communities—from reports in local newspapers to medical journals and beyond—this book challenges the assumption that the full story of modern American sexuality is told by cosmopolitan radicals. Rather, "True Sex" reveals complex narratives concerning rural geography and community, persecution and tolerance, and how these factors intersect with the history of race, identity and sexuality in America. (NYU Press, September 2017)
"The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia"
Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor in the Department of Geosciences, writes that the fossil history of animal life in India is central to our understanding of the tectonic evolution of Gondwana, the dispersal of India, its northward journey, and its collision with Asia in "The Restless Indian Plate and Its Epic Voyage from Gondwana to Asia" . According to a review in Phys.org, "This beautifully illustrated volume provides the only detailed overview of the paleobiogeographic, tectonic, and paleoclimatic evolution of the Indian plate from Gondwana to Asia," and quotes Chatterjee and his colleagues as saying, "The tectonic evolution of the Indian plate represents one of the most dramatic and epic voyages of all drifting continents: 9,000 kilometers in 160 million years. ... The extensive reshuffling of the Indian plate was accompanied by multiple temporary filter bridges, resulting in the cosmopolitan nature of tetrapod fauna." The review goes on to conclude that "This thorough, up-to-date volume is a must-have reference for researchers and students in Indian geology, paleontology, plate tectonics, and collision of continents." (The Geological Society of America, July 2017)
"Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition"
Angela Lumpkin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, offers, in "Modern Sport Ethics: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition," descriptions and examples of unethical behaviors in sport that will challenge readers to think about how they view sport and question whether participating in sport builds character—especially at the youth and amateur levels. Sport potentially can teach character as well as social and moral values, but only when these positive concepts are consistently taught, modeled, and reinforced by sport leaders with the moral courage to do so. The seeming moral crisis threatening amateur and youth sport—evidenced by athletes, coaches, and parents alike making poor ethical choices—and ongoing scandals regarding performance-enhancing drug use by professional athletes make sports ethics a topic of great concern. This work enables readers to better understand the ethical challenges facing competitive sport by addressing issues such as gamesmanship, doping, cheating, sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for the game. A compelling read for coaches, sport administrators, players, parents, and sport fans, the book examines specific examples of unethical behaviors—many cases of which occur in amateur and educational sports—to illustrate how these incidents threaten the perception that sport builds character. It identifies and investigates the multiple reasons for cheating in sport, such as the fact that the rewards for succeeding are so high, and the feeling of athletes that they must behave as they do to "level the playing field" because everyone else is cheating, being violent, taking performance-enhancing drugs, or doing whatever it takes to win. Readers will gain insight into how coaches and sport administrators can achieve the goals for youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and Olympic sport by stressing moral values and character development as well as see how specific recommendations can help ensure that sport can serve to build character rather than teach bad behavior in the pursuit of victory. (ABC-CLIO, December 2016)
"Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport" 10th Edition
Angela Lumpkin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise & Sport Science, gives college students a wide-angle view of physical education, exercise science, sport, and the wealth of careers available in these fields in the 10th Edition of "Introduction to Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport." The textbook provides the principles, history, and future of physical education, exercise science, and sport. Lumpkin's clear writing style engages the reader while covering the most important introductory topics in this updated introduction to the world of physical education. (McGraw-Hill, July 2016)
William Wenthe, Professor in the Department Of English, explores painful and fleeting emotions within the 96 pages of "God's Foolishness." Here, he mines the feelings of human uncertainty in matters of love and desire, time and death, and uncovers difficult truths with transformative insights. These are poems of crisis. Wenthe examines our conflicting urges to see nature as sustenance and to foolishly destroy it. His poems shift from close observation to panorama with cinematic fluidity, from a tea mug to an ancient monument, from a warbler on an elm branch to the specter of imminent natural disaster. Offering passion and intellect balanced with a careful concern for poetic craft, Wenthe's "God's Foolishness" gives us fine poems to savor and admire. Watch the YouTube video here. (LSU, May 2016)
"Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium"
John Howe, Professor in the Department of History, challenges the familiar narrative that the era from about 1050 to 1150 was the pivotal moment in the history of the Latin Church. The status quo states it was then that the Gregorian Reform movement established the ecclesiastical structure that would ensure Rome's dominance throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. In "Before the Gregorian Reform," Howe examines earlier, "pre-Gregorian" reform efforts within the Church—and finds that they were more extensive and widespread than previously thought and that they actually established a foundation for the subsequent Gregorian Reform movement. The low point in the history of Christendom came in the late ninth and early tenth centuries—a period when much of Europe was overwhelmed by barbarian raids and widespread civil disorder, which left the Church in a state of disarray. As Howe shows, however, the destruction gave rise to creativity. Aristocrats and churchmen rebuilt churches and constructed new ones, competing against each other so that church building, like castle building, acquired its own momentum. Patrons strove to improve ecclesiastical furnishings, liturgy, and spirituality. Schools were constructed to staff the new churches. Moreover, Howe shows that these reform efforts paralleled broader economic, social, and cultural trends in Western Europe including the revival of long-distance trade, the rise of technology, and the emergence of feudal lordship. The result was that by the mid-eleventh century a wealthy, unified, better-organized, better-educated, more spiritually sensitive Latin Church was assuming a leading place in the broader Christian world. "Before the Gregorian Reform" challenges us to rethink the history of the Church and its place in the broader narrative of European history. Compellingly written and generously illustrated, it is a book for all medievalists as well as general readers interested in the Middle Ages and Church history. (Cornell University Press, March 2016)
"New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures"
Ronald J. Kendal, Professor of Environmental Toxicology; Steven Presley, Professor of Immuno-toxicology; and Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor of Countermeasures to Biological Threats, all from the Department of Environmental Toxicology, have co-edited the newly published textbook, “New Developments in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures.” The volume compiles a decade's worth of research through TTU's Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats, and updated many changes in the field since an earlier book, “Advances in Biological and Chemical Terrorism Countermeasures,” came out in 2008. “It's not just for college students,” Ramkumar said. “It's a tool for people in the field, from first responders all the way to policy makers.” (CRC Press, February 2016)
"Psychoanalytic Treatment in Adults: A Longitudinal Study of Change"
Rosemary Cogan, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, is co-author of "Psychonalytic Treatment in Adults: A longitudinal study of change." The book draws from 60 first-hand case studies to explore the outcomes of psychoanalytic treatment, providing examples of the long-term effectiveness of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic work as it delineates negative therapeutic treatment and discusses crucial changes in care. Outcomes of psychoanalysis, as with other psychotherapies, vary considerably. Cogan and her co-author, J.H. Porcerelli, used the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure to describe a patient at the beginning of psychoanalysis and every six months until the analysis ended. This allowed the authors to learn about changes over analysis and, in turn, improved treatment planning and practice for the well-being of other patients. Findings will be of interest to researchers and academics in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalytic education, psychiatry and psychology, and should also help clinicians recognize potential problems early in analytic treatments in order to work more effectively with patients. (Routeledge, February 2016)