Archive for June, 2008

Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Dr. Daniel J. Ryan

Call Number: HV1568.5 .R93 2004

This is one of the few complete career planning and job search guides for people with physical and mental disabilities. Helps readers identify their strengths; explore career options; find job openings; explore the hidden job market; write resumes, cover letters, and follow-up letters; and perform well in interviews. Shows readers how to tell potential employers about their disabilities and ask for reasonable accommodations. Helps readers understand and navigate employment law as it applies to them. And after the reader lands the job they want, this book prepares them for job success. This new second edition includes updated Web resources plus updated information on relevant new legislation and organizations. (Description by Amazon.com)

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen

Call Number: TD171.7 .R64 2007

Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martha Stewart, Tyra Banks, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tiki Barber, Owen Wilson, and Justin Timberlake tell you how they make a difference to the environment.

Inside The Green Book, find out how you can too:

– Don’t ask for ATM receipts. If everyone in the United States refused their receipts, it would save a roll of paper more than two billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator fifteen times!

– Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. You’ll conserve up to five gallons of water per day. Throughout the entire United States, the daily savings could add up to more water than is consumed every day in all of New York City.

– Get a voice-mail service for your home phone. If all answering machines in U.S. homes were replaced by voice-mail services, the annual energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt hours. The resulting reduction in air pollution would be equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from the road for a year!

With wit and authority, authors Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen provide hundreds of solutions for all areas of your life, pinpointing the smallest changes that have the biggest impact on the health of our precious planet. (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

American Culinary Federation’s Guide to Culinary Competitions: Cooking to Win!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Edward G. Leonard

Call Number: TX648 .L46 2006

Reviewer: Alan Cahill, Ph.D.(Thomas Jefferson University)
Description: Redox proteomics is the branch of proteomics that identifies oxidatively modified proteins in order to gain insights into normal and abnormal functions of cells. Oxidative modifications of proteins accompany aging and are seen in many disease states. Since oxidative modifications inhibit protein function, the authors contend that identifying oxidatively modified proteins will provide essential insights into the molecular pathways of human disease. This book includes 27 chapters on topics ranging from “modification of proteins by reactive oxygen species” to “oxidation of artery wall proteins by myeloperoxidase.” It is divided into three parts: part I describes chemical processes involved in the oxidation of proteins; part II covers redox proteomics in normal cell physiology and pharmacology; and part III describes applications of redox proteomics to various disease states. The focus of this book is on chemistry and cellular biochemistry.
Purpose: According to the editors, the aim of this book is to “provide researchers with new insights into normal and altered physiology, and molecular mechanisms of disease…and provide a core reference text for experts in cellular physiology and proteomics.” The editors also believe that this book could serve as a basis for a graduate-level course in proteomics.
Audience: The book is written for research scientists interested in proteomics and oxidative metabolism or proteins. Clinicians interested in neurodegenerative diseases will also find this topic (redox proteomics) particularly fascinating and relevant to their field ofstudy. Students and laboratory staff will appreciate the depth of focus and extensive lists of references. It provides a gateway to this new and exciting field and is written by leading experts for a wide audience interested in chemistry and biochemistry.
Features: This book provides an extensive collection of state-of-the-art redox proteomics methodologies, and serves as an informative guide to cellular mechanisms of protein oxidation. Each chapter provides an introduction, conclusion, and helpful list of abbreviations. The black/white illustrations and line drawings are well done. A key feature is the invaluable collection of references, which cover all aspects of oxidative protein modification. The final set of chapters make a convincing case for the important role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of a number of disease states.
Assessment: This is a very informative resource that is sure to draw attention to oxidative damage as a key mediator of disease and aging. This book provides detailed and extremely informative insights into cellular mechanisms of protein oxidation. It illustrates how state-of-the-art redox proteomics can be used to identify oxidatively-modified proteins in a number of specific disease states. Its extensive collection of references and expertise makes it an invaluable resource for established scientists, students, and laboratory personnel alike. Every laboratory that uses redox proteomics in both clinical and academic research should possess a copy of this excellent book. (Description by Doody Review Services)

Robert Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, and Plays

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Robert Frost, Richard Poirier and Mark Richardson

Call Number: S3511 .R94 A6 1995

Here is the first authoritative and comprehensive collection of Robert Frost’s writings. It brings together in a single volume all the major poetry, all of Frost’s dramatic writing, and the most extensive gathering of his prose writings ever published. The core of this collection is the 1949 “Complete Poems of Robert Frost,” the last edition supervised by the poet himself—free of the unauthorized editorial changes introduced into subsequent editions. Also included is “In The Clearing” (1962), Frost’s final volume of poetry. Verse drawn from letters, articles, pamphlets, and journals makes up the largest selection of uncollected poems ever assembled, including nearly two dozen early works printed here for the first time. The prose section is rich and diverse, presenting many newly discovered or rediscovered pieces, including Frost’s written contribution for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, two fascinating 1959 essays on “The Future of Man,” and the essays “‘Caveat Poeta'” and “The Way There.”…A selection of letters represents all of Frost’s important comments about prosody, poetics, style, and his theory of ‘sentence sounds.’ (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

Basics Architecture: Representational Techniques

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Lorraine Farrelly

Call Number: N2708 .F37 2008

The first book in an exciting new series that spotlights the basics of architecture and design, Basics Architecture: Representational and Drawing Techniques is an easy-to-understand overview of the techniques used to represent architecture. From conceptual sketches to the working drawings required for construction, this book covers all the basics. Two- and three-dimensional methods, freehand sketching, cutting-edge computer modeling, and more are presented in examples from top professionals as well as students. Readers will learn how to present and plan layouts, make conceptual sketches, work with scale, use collage and photomontage to create contemporary images, and prepare and plan portfolios.

* Core architectural ideas

* Clear text, helpful diagrams, full-color photos of sample work

* Ideal for students or professionals

(Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

Getting it Right with Type: The Dos and Don’ts of Typography

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Victoria Squire, Friedrich Forssman, and Hans Peter Willberg

Call Number: Z250 .X68 2006

Typography is no longer the specialist domain of the typesetter: these days anyone who uses a computer has access to a wide range of typefaces and effects. This book offers an introduction to the basics of typography, including choosing which typeface to use; adjusting letter-, line-, and word-spacing for improved legibility; understanding kerning and leading; and mastering typographic details, such as italics, punctuation, and line endings. The book is illustrated throughout with practical examples demonstrating good and bad solutions. There are tips for specific design tasks, such as letters, charts, tables, and design for the screen, and a glossary explaining typographic terms. (Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

Pumps and Hydraulics (Audel Technical Trades Series)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Rex Miller, harry L. Stewart, and Mark Richard Miller

Call Number: TJ900 .M55 2004

Pull up what you need to know

Pumps and hydraulic equipment are now used in more facets of industry than ever before. Whether you are a pump operator or you encounter pumps and hydraulic systems through your work in another skilled trade, a basic knowledge of the practical features, principles, installation, and maintenance of such systems is essential. You’ll find it all here, fully updated with real-world examples and 21st-century applications.

  • Learn to install and service pumps for nearly any application
  • Understand the fundamentals and operating principles of pump controls and hydraulics
  • Service and maintain individual pumping devices that use smaller motors
  • See how pumps are used in robotics, taking advantage of hydraulics to lift larger, heavier loads
  • Handle new types of housings and work with the latest electronic controls
  • Know the appropriate servicing schedule for different types of pumping equipment
  • Install and troubleshoot special-service pumps

(Description by BarnesandNobles.com)

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP

Call Number: RJ240 .S42 2007

Sears, coauthor of several books in the Sears Parenting series, addresses one of today’s most controversial and worrisome questions. Sears’ goal is “to give you a balanced look at pros and cons of vaccination so that you can make an educated decision.” Sears does not advocate for or rail against vaccination, stating it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing decision-there are choices. The first 12 chapters discuss each vaccination in the childhood series, providing explanation of the relative disease, how the vaccine is made and points to assess a child’s at-risk level when considering if the vaccine is necessary. Sears does offer guidance for those who are indecisive, offering his opinion based on clinical experience and 13 years of research taken from product inserts, pediatric reference books, articles and databases. Additional chapters illuminate more controversial aspects of the debate, such as how vaccine safety is researched and what the findings are, side effects and how to minimize them, common myths and questions. As always, Sears’ tone puts readers at ease as he clearly explains medical terms and elucidates debates. (Description by Publishers Weekly)

Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists

Thursday, June 26, 2008

by Casey Reas and Ben Fry

Call Number: QA76.6 .R4138 2007

It has been more than twenty years since desktop publishing reinvented design, and it’s clear that there is a growing need for designers and artists to learn programming skills to fill the widening gap between their ideas and the capability of their purchased software. This book is an introduction to the concepts of computer programming within the context of the visual arts. It offers a comprehensive reference and text for Processing (processing.org), an open-source programming language that can be used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and anyone who wants to program images, animation, and interactivity.

The ideas in Processing have been tested in classrooms, workshops, and arts institutions, including UCLA, Carnegie Mellon, New York University, and Harvard University. Tutorial units make up the bulk of the book and introduce the syntax and concepts of software (including variables, functions, and object-oriented programming), cover such topics as photography and drawing in relation to software, and feature many short, prototypical example programs with related images and explanations. More advanced professional projects from such domains as animation, performance, and typography are discussed in interviews with their creators. “Extensions” present concise introductions to further areas of investigation, including computer vision, sound, and electronics. Appendixes, references to other material, and a glossary contain additional technical details. Processing can be used by reading each unit in order, or by following each category from the beginning of the book to the end. The Processing software and all of the code presented canbe downloaded and run for future exploration. (Description by the producer)