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Both Sides of the Border: Transboundary Environmental Management Issues
Facing Mexico and the United States
edited by Linda Fernandez and Richard T. Carson
Kluwer Academic Publishers, July 2002

The border towns of the U.S. and Mexico are more united in their shared environmental problems than divided. They must grapple with the characteristic and unique problems of economic disparity and quality of life: despite linked economies, Ciudad Juarez is the second-richest city in Mexico, but its complement, El Paso, is the fourth-poorest city in the U.S. Cooperation is necessary for solving border pollution problems on the local and international scale.

This book contains important information for academics, policymakers and politicians. Its chapters include contributions by professors Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, Richard Minnich and Linda Fernandez and other border environmental experts, providing natural and social science insights into the use of shared water, air and land resources. The contributors offer analysis and useful ways to solve the problems of pollution, industrial production, urban growth, transportation and biodiversity resources (migratory aquatic and terrestrial forest and insect species).

Pandora's Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods
by Alan McHughen
Oxford University Press, October 2000: 288 pages

Genetically modified (GM) food has emerged in a relatively short time as one of the most controversial topics of public debate. Alan McHughen, Cooperative Extension faculty in the department of botany and plant sciences, discusses the potential and hazards of GM foods in his book and explains the science behind genetic engineering with the general reader in mind.

"Everyone, it seems, is concerned about GM food," he writes, "but most admit they don't really know much about it."

McHughen addresses important questions in the book, such as "Is genetically engineered food safe?" and "Will GM organisms harm the environment?" The book covers a wide range of today's genetic engineering issues, from food labels to wider environmental concerns. It also provides much-needed, accurate information for the public debate about genetically engineered foods.

Amidst the many ethical, safety, environmental and regulatory questions now being raised by recent advances in genetic technology, McHughen provides an insider's account of the science that is often misunderstood or misrepresented in the popular media. He exposes the risks, benefits and myths surrounding genetic technology and provides a voice of reason that will help readers make sense of the controversy and enable informed choices at their local grocery stores.

The book was the winner of the 2000 Book of the Year award from the Canadian Science Writers Association.

The Archaeology of the Olympics: The Olympics and Other Festivals in Antiquity
edited by Wendy J. Raschke
University of Wisconsin Press, March 2002: 312 pages

The book is a collection of essays about the traditions of the ancient Olympics, published in its paperback edition by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Edited by Wendy J. Raschke, a lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, this collection of essays was originally published in 1988. The book allows historians, archaeologists and classicists to re-examine the evidence and explain how the reality of the ancient games compares with our modern images of them. The book is part of the Wisconsin Studies in Classics series. It includes a preface from Raschke updating the subject for the new edition.

Transnational Latina/o Communities: Politics, Processes and Cultures
edited by Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez
Rowman & Littlefield, October 2002: 336 pages

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, a professor of anthropology and the director of the Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center, has co-edited a new book of essays that explores politics, trade and immigration between the U.S. and Mexico.

The co-editors are Anna Sampaio, assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Denver and Manolo Gonzalez-Estay, a UC Riverside graduate student in anthropology.

Vélez-Ibáñez founded and directed the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona, before coming to UC Riverside as dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in 1994.

The Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center carries out applied research projects and programs that improve the physical and mental health of women, the learning and educational success of Latina/o people, the formation of healthy communities and programs that close the digital divide among underserved populations.

Vélez-Ibáñez is the 2003 recipient of the Bronislaw Malinowski Award of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

James Joyce's "Fraudstuff"
by Kimberly J. Devlin
University Press of Florida, March 2002: 201 pages

Kimberly J. Devlin, professor of English, is the author of "James Joyce's 'Fraudstuff.'" She traces the concepts of "fraudulence" in the works of Joyce, showing his increasing interest and experimentation with the theatrical props that support identity. Devlin is also the author of "Wandering and Return in Finnegans Wake: An Integrative Approach to Joyce's Fictions" (June 1991) and co-editor of "Ulysses En-Gendered Perspectives" (June 1999).

Dear Paramount Pictures
by Iqbal Pittalwala
Southern Methodist University Press, September 2002: 184 pages

Iqbal Pittalwala, campus communications officer for science and engineering in the Office of Marketing and Media Relations, has published his first collection of short stories that detail the lives of ordinary South Asians in contemporary India and the United States, giving voice to people usually denied a say. Interweaving the joys and sorrows of men and women, the eleven stories in "Dear Paramount Pictures" reveal universal truths recognizable to readers everywhere.

The title story is a rambling letter to a major studio in Hollywood from an aging Indian woman who is positive she has just met James Dean in Bombay. Other stories tell about a father's pangs of conscience because of the suicide of his "slow" daughter; or the visit of an elderly widow from Bombay to her son in America, where she asserts her independence with an ill-fated, but entertaining, trip to the shopping mall.

A native of Bombay, Pittalwala earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric science in 1993 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 1995, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the University of Iowa. His stories have appeared in the Seattle Review, Blue Mesa Review, Confrontation, Trikone, and other magazines.

777 Mathematical Conversation Starters
by John E. de Pillis
Mathematical Association of America, November 2002: 368 pages

"777 Mathematical Conversation Starters" by John E. de Pillis, emeritus professor of mathematics, shows that there are few degrees of separation between mathematics and topics that provoke interesting conversations.

The topics presented in this unique book are accessible to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike. They include thought-provoking conversation starters, such as: the value of fame; why language matters; the anatomy of thought; how we know what we know; how the Pythagorean theorem (with very little physics) shows that Einstein was correct about time dilation and distance contraction; and, how mathematics produces intuition-defying examples.

The crossover book presents material that is of interest to the curious reader who may or may not have advanced mathematical training. There is material for those who choose to explore special relativity at an elementary level, while those who wish to delve more deeply are provided with detailed equations and explanations.

Examples of talking points covered in the book are: How does the dry spot under a car after a rain illustrate the difference between induction and deduction? Why was Monty Hall upset when mathematicians analyzed the Monty Hall problem? When does one bite of a potato become a life-altering experience? How can a finite amount of ink paint an infinite surface? And what is often referred to as "the weirdest result" in mathematics?

Hearts Kept Waiting
by Julianne Elliott '89 Teaching Credential

"Hearts Kept Waiting" is a contemporary romance novel set in the Central Valley of California.

When New York photojournalist Melissa Lagomarsino flies to the valley to dispose of her late aunt's walnut orchard, she doesn't plan on staying more than a few days, a week at the most - until she meets Justin Noviello. He is a San Francisco attorney whose family has owned the neighboring ranch for generations, a man trapped in a loveless marriage who is determined to make a fresh start and return to the farming life.

The book is available for purchase online from Fairgo E-Books at It is the best selling book on the site.

Elliott resides in California with her two children and two dogs. She teaches, reads romance novels and writes when she finds time.

A Cat Named Darwin; How a Stray Cat Changed a Man into a Human Being
by William Jordan '66
Houghton Mifflin Co., November 2002: 187 pages

Bill Jordan's life changed forever the day a stray cat, nesting
under his bougainvillea, bit him on the hand. A reformed biologist, Both
Sides of the Border: Transboundary Environmental Management Issues
Facing Mexico and the United States
edited by Linda Fernandez and Richard T. Carson
Kluwer Academic Publishers, July 2002

Puzzling through his own feelings, he came to some remarkable conclusions: that those we love live in the synapses and molecules of memory and that, as long as we exist, they exist as part of our brain. It doesn't matter to the neurons whether the loved one is an animal or a human.

The mechanism is the same. Even so, the two relationships are quite different. A cat is a creature with which one shares solitude; in a relationship with a human being, on the other hand, solitude often means failure. And while communion with animals is usually considered inferior to communication with human beings, the truth is that the need for companionship is a human trait.

In the absence of other companions, the human mind will grow around any living thing like a vine. Bill Jordan learned that the first time your mind grows around a cat, you don't realize you have fallen in love until it's too late.

Jordan is the author of the book "Divorce Among the Gulls: An Uncommon Look at Human Nature" (March 1991). He has a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in Culver City.

Amelia Earhart's Shoes: Is the Mystery Solved?
by Thomas King '76 Ph.D. (editor), Randall Jacobson, Karen Ramey Burns,
Kenton Spading
Altamira Press, October 2001: 256 pages

Can modern science tell us what happened to Amelia Earhart? A team of renowned scientists - members of TIGHAR's (The International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery) Amelia Earhart Project - has spent 15 years searching for Amelia, using everything from archival research and archaeological survey to side-scan sonar and the analysis of radio wave propagation.

In this spellbinding book, these scholars offer tantalizing evidence that the First Lady of the Air and her copilot, Fred Noonan, landed on a remote Pacific island but perished before they could be rescued.

The world's most famous airplane mystery, deserted tropical islands, unparalleled detective work, sprinkled with an adventurous search reminiscent of Indiana Jones - all combine to create a tale that is impossible to put down.

Do we have Amelia's shoes? Part of her airplane? Are her bones tucked away in a hospital in Fiji? Come join the fascinating expedition and examine the proof for yourself.

King is a well-known archaeological consultant, specializing in the protection of cultural resources. He is the author of five books and the archaeologist on the Amelia Earhart Project.

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