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The Worlds of Russian Village Women: Tradition, Transgression, Compromise

By Laura J. Olson (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013; 382 pages) ISBN: 978-0-299-29034-4 Buy The Worlds of Russian Village Women The values, desires and motivations of Russian village women are depicted in The Worlds of Russian Rural Women, co-authored by Laura J. Olson, an associate professor in CU’s Germanic and Slavic languages and literature department. Based on nearly three

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The Six Minute Marathon: A Guide to Life as a Lawyer

The director of the CU Law School’s experiential law program and adjunct law professor, Andy Hartman writes a humorous and practical guide for law students and junior lawyers as they transition from law school to practice. The Six Minute Marathon gives specific stories from Hartman’s experience as a partner with several major law firms.

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My Life in Vaudeville: The Autobiography of Ed Lowry

(Southern Illinois University Press, 2011; 256 pages) ISBN: 9780809330164–Amazon In My Life in Vaudeville, CU English professor Paul Levitt (Phil’57, MA’60) edited Ed Lowry’s account of his exciting life in the entertainment industry as an actor, musician and comedian. The book offers several unique insights into the vaudeville lifestyle during its decline in the 1920s

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Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior

(Academic Press, 2011; 496 pages) ISBN: 9780123725813–Amazon Michael Breed, a CU professor of EPO Biology, co-edited The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, a compilation addressing the physiological foundations of behavior. The book examines a wide range of topics including social behavior, foraging behavior, mating, behavior in domestic animals, parenting and learning.  The book also has a

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Losing Twice

In Losing Twice, CU law professor Emily Calhoun examines the actions of Supreme Court justices toward losing parties in constitutional rights disputes. She explores the unwarranted harm that many justices inflict on those who lose disputes despite the obligation of justices to avoid harming those whose arguments are rejected.

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The People are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon

Distinguished professor of law Charles Wilkinson has written an insightful account of the Siletz Indian tribe, a tribe that has overcome immense hurdles to become the traditional but lively community it is today. The People are Dancing Again follows the Siletz tribe’s journey from living on their 1.1 million acre, luscious homeland along the Oregon coast in the late 1800s to becoming terminated by the government by 1956

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Life from an RNA World: The Ancestor Within

Professor Emeritus of Biology, Michael Yarus seeks to explain a theory about the origin of life in his book Life from an RNA World: The Ancestor Within. This book contains a detailed and descriptive style, which will appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike. Its main focus is RNA, which is thought by some to be the link between the first rudimentary life on earth and the complex creatures today.

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An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World

CU-Boulder research associate Anders Halverson’s newest book is a gripping account that follows the discovery and propagation of the most commonly stocked and controversial freshwater fish in the United States, the rainbow trout. Halverson explores the different viewpoints that surround the species, from people who believed the fish could be the savior of democracy to the people who seek to eradicate the fish entirely. Halverson has a doctorate in aquatic ecology from Yale University and was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support the research and writing of this book.

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Ralph Ellison in Progress: From “Invisible Man” to “Three Days Before the Shooting…”

Ralph Ellison has been called the preeminent African-American author of the 20th century, though he published only one novel, Invisible Man, in 1952. Associate professor of English Adam Bradley’s Ralph Ellison in Progress is the first book to survey the expansive geography of the second novel that Ellison had been composing for more than 40 years, but never published before he died. Bradley pieced together the thousands of pages Ellison left behind and released his unfinished second novel, Three Days Before the Shooting in January, 2010. Additionally, Ralph Ellison in Progress re-imagines the more familiar, but often misunderstood, territory of Invisible Man and works from the premise that understanding Ellison’s process of composition imparts important truths not only about the author himself but about race, writing and American identity.

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Modeling by Nonlinear Differential Equations: Dissipative and Conservative Processes

In Modeling by Nonlinear Differential Equations, professor emeritus of physics Paul E. Phillipson provides mathematical analyses of nonlinear differential equations, which have proved pivotal to understanding many phenomena in physics, chemistry and biology. Topics of focus are nonlinear oscillations, deterministic chaos, solitons, reaction-diffusion-driven chemical pattern formation, neuron dynamics, autocatalysis and molecular evolution. Included is a discussion of processes from the vantage of reversibility, reflected by conservative classical mechanics, and irreversibility introduced by the dissipative role of diffusion. Each chapter presents the subject matter from the point of one or a few key equations, whose properties and consequences are amplified by approximate analytic solutions that are developed to support graphical display of exact computer solutions.

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