Solar energy : an introduction / Michael E. Mackay.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 27, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: Solar energy : an introduction / Michael E. Mackay.
Author: Mackay, Michael.
Call Number: TJ810 .M155 2015

Strange glow : the story of radiation / Timothy J. Jorgensen.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 27, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: Strange glow : the story of radiation / Timothy J. Jorgensen.
Author: Jorgensen, Timothy J.,
Call Number: QC475 .J67 2016
Description: "More than ever before, radiation is a part of our modern daily lives. We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, such as mammograms, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. But how much do we really know about radiation? And what are its actual dangers? An accessible blend of narrative history and science, Strange Glow describes mankind's extraordinary, thorny relationship with radiation, including the hard-won lessons of how radiation helps and harms our health. Timothy Jorgensen explores how our knowledge of and experiences with radiation in the last century can lead us to smarter personal decisions about radiation exposures today. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation--from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, to Thomas Edison and the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what radiation is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm. He also considers a range of practical scenarios such as the risks of radon in our basements, radiation levels in the fish we eat, questions about cell-phone use, and radiation's link to cancer. Jorgensen empowers us to make informed choices while offering a clearer understanding of broader societal issues. Investigating radiation's benefits and risks, Strange Glow takes a remarkable look at how, for better or worse, radiation has transformed our society."--Dust jacket.

Dark territory : the secret history of cyber war / Fred Kaplan.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: Dark territory : the secret history of cyber war / Fred Kaplan.
Author: Kaplan, Fred M.,
Call Number: HV6773.15.C97 K37 2016
Description: "The never-before-told story of the computer scientists and the NSA, Pentagon, and White House policymakers who invented and employ the wars of the present and future--the cyber wars where every country can be a major power player and every hacker a mass destroyer, as reported by a Pulitzer Prize--winning security and defense journalist"--

Bullies in the workplace : seeing and stopping adults who abuse their co-workers and employees / Michele A. Paludi, editor ; foreword by Philip E. Poitier.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: Bullies in the workplace : seeing and stopping adults who abuse their co-workers and employees / Michele A. Paludi, editor ; foreword by Philip E. Poitier.
Call Number: HF5549.5.E43 B835 2015
Description: This book has a simple goal: to help employers see bullying-and stop it. It does that by providing organizations with best practices, management strategies for bullying prevention, and protocols for investigating bullying complaints. .505. 00

American higher education in crisis? : what everyone needs to know / Goldie Blumenstyk.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: American higher education in crisis? : what everyone needs to know / Goldie Blumenstyk.
Author: Blumenstyk, Goldie.
Call Number: LA227.4 .B59 2015
Description: American higher education is at a crossroads. Technological innovations and disruptive market forces are buffeting colleges and universities at the very time their financial structure grows increasingly fragile. Disinvestment by states has driven up tuition prices at public colleges, and student debt has reached a startling record-high of one trillion dollars. Cost-minded students and their families - and the public at large - are questioning the worth of a college education, even as studyafter study shows how important it is to economic and social mobility. And as elite institutions trim financial aid and change other business practices in search of more sustainable business models, racial and economic stratification in American higher education is only growing. In American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know, Goldie Blumenstyk, who has been reporting on higher education trends for 25 years, guides readers through the forces and trends that have brought the education system to this point, and highlights some of the ways they will reshape America's colleges in the years to come. Blumenstyk hones in on debates over the value of post-secondary education, problems of affordability, and concerns about the growing economic divide. Fewer and fewer people can afford the constantly increasing tuition price of college, Blumenstyk shows, and yet college graduates in the United States now earn on average twice as much as those with only a high-school education. She also discusses faculty tenure and growing administrative bureaucracies on campuses; considers new demands for accountability such as those reflected in the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard; and questions how the money chase in big-time college athletics, revelations about colleges falsifying rankings data, and corporate-style presidential salaries have soured public perception. Higher education is facing a serious set of challenges, but solutions have also begun to emerge. Blumenstyk highlights how institutions are responding to the rise of alternative-educational opportunities and the new academic and business models that are appearing, and considers how the Obama administration and public organizations are working to address questions of affordability, diversity, and academic integrity. She addresses some of the advances in technology colleges are employing to attract and retain students; outlines emerging competency-based programs that are reshaping conceptions of a college degree, and offers readers a look at promising innovations that could alter the higher education landscape in the near future. An extremely timely and focused look at this embattled and evolving arena, this primer emphasizes how open-ended the conversation about higher education's future remains, and illuminates how big the stakes are for students, colleges, and the nation.

Arts & crafts stained glass / Peter Cormack.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: Arts & crafts stained glass / Peter Cormack.
Author: Cormack, Peter.
Call Number: NK5309.8 .C67 2015
Description: "Beautifully illustrated and based on more than three decades of research, Arts & Crafts Stained Glass is the first study of how the late-19th-century Arts and Crafts Movement transformed the aesthetics and production of stained glass in Britain and America. A progressive school of artists, committed to direct involvement both in making and designing windows, emerged in the 1880s and 1890s, reinventing stained glass as a modern, expressive art form. Using innovative materials and techniques, they rejected formulaic Gothic Revivalism while seeking authentic, creative inspiration in medieval traditions. This new approach was pioneered by Christopher Whall (1849-1924), whose charismatic teaching educated a generation of talented pupils--both men and women--who produced intensely colorful and inventive stained glass, using dramatic, lyrical, and often powerfully moving design and symbolism. Peter Cormack demonstrates how women made critical contributions to the renewal of stained glass as artists and entrepreneurs, gaining meaningful equality with their male colleagues, more fully than in any other applied art. Cormack restores stained glass to its proper status as an important field of Arts and Crafts activity, with a prominent role in the movement's polemical campaigning, its public exhibitions, and its educational program"--

Using developmentally appropriate practices to teach the Common Core : grades preK-3 / Lisa S. Goldstein.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: Using developmentally appropriate practices to teach the Common Core : grades preK-3 / Lisa S. Goldstein.
Author: Goldstein, Lisa S., 1963-
Call Number: LB1139.4 G66 2016

Seven brief lessons on physics / Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: Seven brief lessons on physics / Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre.
Author: Rovelli, Carlo, 1956-
Call Number: QC24.5 .R68513 2016
Description: An introduction to modern physics by a founder of the loop quantum gravity theory shares seven succinct lessons on topics ranging from general relativity and quantum mechanics to elementary particles and black holes.

All the single ladies : unmarried women and the rise of an independent nation / Rebecca Traister.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: All the single ladies : unmarried women and the rise of an independent nation / Rebecca Traister.
Author: Traister, Rebecca,
Call Number: HQ880.4.U6 T73 2016
Description: Working on a book about single women in the twenty-first-century, Traister made a startling discovery: historically, when women have had options beyond early heterosexual marriage, their resulting independence has provoked massive social change. Unmarried women were crucial to the abolition, suffrage, temperance, and labor movements; they created settlement houses and secondary education for women. Today, only 20% of Americans are wed by age 29, compared to nearly 60% in 1960. Through the lens of the single American woman, Traister covers issues of class, race, and sexual orientation.

The Age of Genius : the seventeenth century and the birth of the modern mind / A.C. Grayling.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: The Age of Genius : the seventeenth century and the birth of the modern mind / A.C. Grayling.
Author: Grayling, A. C.,
Call Number: D242 .G73 2016
Description: "Explores the eventful intertwining of outward event and inner intellectual life to tell, in all its richness and depth, the story of the 17th century in Europe. It was a time of creativity unparalleled in history before or since, from science to the arts, from philosophy to politics ... Grayling points to three primary factors [behind this epochal shift]: the rise of vernacular (popular) languages in philosophy, theology, science, and literature; the rise of the individual as a general and not merely an aristocratic type; and the invention and application of instruments and measurement in the study of the natural world"--Amazon.com.

The basics of nuclear physics / Christopher Cooper.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: The basics of nuclear physics / Christopher Cooper.
Author: Cooper, Christopher, 1944-
Call Number: QC778.5 .C66 2015
Description: "When we think of nuclear physics, we often think of the fraught issues of nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons. However, nuclear physics has many other practical applications, including in the fields of nuclear medicine, materials engineering, and geology and archaeology. The history of nuclear physics is full of fascinating figures--Rutherford, Geiger, Bohr, Einstein, Oppenheimer--and highly dramatic experiments, triumphs, and utter tragedies. Capturing both the promise and the peril of this most fascinating science with compelling, comprehensible text and full-color photos and explanatory visual aids, this volume introduces readers to the most transformative science of the modern era"--

Throwing rocks at the Google bus : how growth became the enemy of prosperity / Douglas Rushkoff.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 25, 2016 - 3:40pm
Title: Throwing rocks at the Google bus : how growth became the enemy of prosperity / Douglas Rushkoff.
Author: Rushkoff, Douglas,
Call Number: HC79.I55 R87 2016
Description: "Why doesn't the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else? When protesters shattered the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work, their anger may have been justifiable, but it was misdirected. The true conflict of our age isn't between the unemployed and the digital elite, or even the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Rather, a tornado of technological improvements has spun our economic program out of control, and humanity as a whole--the protesters and the Google employees as well as the shareholders and the executives--are all trapped by the consequences. It's time to optimize our economy for the human beings it's supposed to be serving. In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology. Tying together disparate threads--big data, the rise of robots and AI, the increasing participation of algorithms in stock market trading, the gig economy, the collapse of the Eurozone--Rushkoff provides a critical vocabulary for our economic moment and a nuanced portrait of humans and commerce at a critical crossroads."--Dust jacket.

Plastic water : the social and material life of bottled water / Gay Hawkins, Emily Potter, and Kane Race.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 20, 2016 - 11:40am
Title: Plastic water : the social and material life of bottled water / Gay Hawkins, Emily Potter, and Kane Race.
Author: Hawkins, Gay,
Call Number: HD9349.M542 H39 2015

Early learning theories made visible / Miriam Beloglovsky, Lisa Daly.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 18, 2016 - 12:40pm
Title: Early learning theories made visible / Miriam Beloglovsky, Lisa Daly.
Author: Beloglovsky, Miriam.
Call Number: LB1139.23 .B45 2015
Description: "Go beyond reading about early learning theories and see what they look like in action in modern programs and teacher practices. Each theory is defined--through engaging stories and rich visuals--in relation to cognitive, social-emotional, and physical developmental domains"--

Wind energy essentials : societal, economic, and environmental impacts / Richard P. Walker, Andrew Swift.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 18, 2016 - 6:40am
Title: Wind energy essentials : societal, economic, and environmental impacts / Richard P. Walker, Andrew Swift.
Author: Walker, Richard P., 1957-
Call Number: TK1541 .W346 2015
Description: This book begins with a history of wind power and the social impacts of both electricity and wind power from a historical perspective, a discussion of basic electrical terms, and a primer on the conversion of power in the wind to electricity. Much of the second half of the book is devoted to comparing wind energy to other forms of electric generation, both renewable and non-renewable sources. In order to have a true understanding of the impact of wind energy on society, one also has to have a thorough understanding of the impacts that other sources of electric generation have, such as fossil-fuelled plants or nuclear power plants. The comparison of electric generation sources includes a review of how such sources are typically utilized within the electric system, as well as the economic factors and environmental considerations that affect which resources utilities or operators of electric grids have to take into account. The authors conclude with a discussion of energy policies in the U.S., individual states, and foreign nations, how these policies influence the use of renewable energy, and what our future may hold in terms of energy supply and demand. Some highlights of this book are: Discusses the wind energy impacts on the environment, local economy, electric utilities, individuals and communities. Provides a visual explanation of wind energy principles through tables, graphs, maps, illustrations and photographs. Offers a comprehensive overview of the issues associated with the creation and use of wind energy. Models chapters around an existing university curriculum Spanning the broad range of environmental, financial, policy and other topics that define and determine the relationships between wind energy technology and our energy-dependent society, Wind Energy Essentials is a resource for students, universities, and the entire wind energy industry.

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Citizenship and identity in the age of surveillance / Pramod K. Nayar.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 12, 2016 - 4:40am
Title: Citizenship and identity in the age of surveillance / Pramod K. Nayar.
Author: Nayar, Pramod K.
Call Number: TK7882.E2 N39 2015
Description: ""Examines safety and surveillance discourses, new forms of subjectivity, the making of 'insecurity subjects' and what this book terms the surveilled self"--Provided by publisher"--

Anything that burns you : a portrait of Lola Ridge, radical poet / Terese Svoboda.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 12, 2016 - 4:40am
Title: Anything that burns you : a portrait of Lola Ridge, radical poet / Terese Svoboda.
Author: Svoboda, Terese.
Call Number: PS3535.I436 Z65 2016
Description: "Anything that Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet is the first full-length biography of Lola Ridge, a trailblazer for women, poetry, and human rights far ahead of her time. This biography traces her life from Ridge's childhood as an Irish immigrant in the mining towns of New Zealand to her years as a budding poet and artist in Sydney, Australia, and then to San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. By the 1920s, she was at the center of Modernism, and good friends with William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore, while promoting the careers of Hart Crane and Jean Toomer and editing the literary journals Others and Broom, in addition to writing brilliant socially critical poems. At one time considered one of the most popular poets of her day, Ridge later fell out of critical favor due to her impassioned verse and that looked head-on at the major social woes of society, infused with a radical belief in freedom, gleaned from her mentors Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger"--

Literacies, learning, and the body : putting theory and research into pedagogical practice / edited by Grace Enriquez, Elisabeth Johnson, Stavroula Kontovourki, and Christine A. Mallozzi.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 11, 2016 - 1:40pm
Title: Literacies, learning, and the body : putting theory and research into pedagogical practice / edited by Grace Enriquez, Elisabeth Johnson, Stavroula Kontovourki, and Christine A. Mallozzi.
Call Number: LB149 .L48 2016

God wills it : presidents and the political use of religion / David O'Connell.

20 Newest Books With Cover Art - April 11, 2016 - 1:40pm
Title: God wills it : presidents and the political use of religion / David O'Connell.
Author: O'Connell, David, 1983-
Call Number: BR516 .O43 2015
Description: God Wills It is a comprehensive study of presidential religious rhetoric. Using careful analysis of hundreds of transcripts, David O{u2019}Connell reveals the hidden strategy behind presidential religious speech. He asks when and why religious language is used, and when it is, whether such language is influential. Case studies explore the religious arguments presidents have made to defend their decisions on issues like defense spending, environmental protection, and presidential scandals. O{u2019}Connell provides strong evidence that when religious rhetoric is used public opinion typically goes against the president, the media reacts harshly to his words, and Congress fails to do as he wants. An experimental chapter casts even further doubt on the persuasiveness of religious rhetoric. God Wills It shows that presidents do not talk this way because they want to. Presidents like Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were quite uncomfortable using faith to promote their agendas. They did so because they felt they must. God Wills It shows that even if presidents attempt to call on the deity, the more important question remains: Will God come when they do?--Provided by publisher.
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