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Recent books by NMSU faculty, staff and supporters

Time-Frequency and Time-Scale Methods

By Jeffrey A. Hogan and Joseph D. Lakey
Springer 2005

This text has been written for applied mathematicians and engineers in signal/image processing and communication theory and researchers and advanced students in mathematical analysis, signal analysis, and mathematical physics. Joe Lakey has been teaching mathematics at New Mexico State University since 1995. He is an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and a research associate in the Physical Science Laboratory.

General Ashcroft: Attorney at War

By Nancy Baker
University Press of Kansas 2006

Nancy Baker’s book offers the first in-depth study of John Ashcroft’s controversial tenure as attorney general and assesses his impact on national life within the context of an enormous expansion of presidential power. Baker tells how the war against terrorism, the unique legal policy role of the attorney general, and Ashcroft’s presence in that office dramatically expanded the power and impact of executive power in domestic affairs. Her close scrutiny of Ashcroft’s actions vividly highlights the role that an attorney general can play in shaping presidential power during national crises and provides a cautionary tale for anyone eager to protect our civil liberties. An associate professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences, Baker is the author of Conflicting Loyalties: Law and Politics in the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, 1789–1990.

Water and Ritual: The Rise and Fall of Classic Maya Rulers

By Lisa J. Lucero
University of Texas Press 2006

Lisa J. Lucero is an associate professor of anthropology at New Mexico State University. An archaeologist, she has researched and written extensively on Mesoamerica, political power and ritual. In her first book, she discusses the central role of water and ritual in the rise, dominance, and fall of Classic Maya rulers. She documents commoner, elite, and royal ritual histories in the southern Maya lowlands from approximately 300 BCE to 900 CE to show how elites and rulers gained political power through the public replication and elaboration of household-level rituals. Demonstrating that political power rested equally on material conditions that the Maya rulers could only partially control, Lucero makes a compelling case for spiritual and material factors intermingling in the development and demise of Maya political complexity.

The Postclassic to Spanish-Era Transition in Mesoamerica: Archaeological Perspectives

Edited By Susan Kepecs and Rani T. Alexander
University of New Mexico Press 2006

In this volume, 13 anthropological archaeologists working in historical time frames in Mesoamerica, including editors Susan Kepecs and Rani Alexander, offer new material evidence of the transition from native-ruled, pre-Hispanic society to the age of Spanish administration. The essays discuss how pre-Hispanic social, political and economic organizations were transformed, as independent Maya kingdoms, the Aztec empire, the Tarascans and other more distant polities once linked through a large economic web were forcibly incorporated into Spain’s transatlantic domain. Rani T. Alexander is an associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at New Mexico State University. She is the author of Yaxcabá and the Caste War of Yucatán: An Archaeological Perspective, also published by University of New Mexico Press.

Essentials of Corrections, 3rd edition

By G. Larry Mays and L. Thomas Winfree Jr.
Wadsworth, 2005

Essentials of Corrections introduces students to the important elements of the U.S. corrections system without overwhelming students with excessive detail or unnecessary technical jargon. Mays and Winfree help students understand the role corrections plays in our society and provide them with useful information about professional opportunities in the field. Mays and Winfree are criminal justice professors in the College of Arts and Sciences. They each have authored several texts on crime, justice and corrections and are co-authors of Juvenile Justice, originally published in 1999, with a second edition to be published by Wadsworth in 2006.

Classical Basics

By James Shearer
Kendall/Hunt 2005

James Shearer created Classical Basics with the intent of creating new classical music fans and not forcing students to “appreciate” a style of music they may never have before experienced. The text includes four CDs containing some of the finest classical recordings available, complete with extensive time-coded listening guides for each selection. Shearer teaches tuba, euphonium, music history and music appreciation at New Mexico State University, in addition to making frequent appearances as a soloist, guest artist and ensemble member. He also plays jazz, appearing on several jazz recordings, and he is the author of Jazz Basics, published by Kendall/Hunt in 2002, with a revised edition to be published in fall 2006.

A Field Guide to the Grasses of New Mexico, 3rd Edition

By Kelly W. Allred
New Mexico State University 2005

This important desk reference and field guide describes more than 480 different kinds of grasses growing in New Mexico, with illustrations of all species. Included are introductory material on grasses and a key section allowing correct identification of grass plants growing in the state. Kelly Allred is a professor of range science in the College of Agriculture & Home Economics and is an expert on the range plants, mosses, grasses and flora of New Mexico. He has authored dozens of articles and monographs on the flora of New Mexico and the Southwest, including A Field Guide to the Flora of the Jornada Plain and A Guide to the Common Locoweeds and Milkvetches of New Mexico.

Spiders of North America: an identification manual

By Darrell Ubick, Pierre Paquin, Paula E. Cushing and Vince Roth
American Arachnological Society 2005

New Mexico State University science specialist and graduate professor David Richman contributed eight chapters to this comprehensive volume on North American spiders. Richman is the coordinator at the New Mexico State University Center for Natural History Collections and curator of the Arthropod Museum and Insect Zoo. His extensive list of publications includes monographs and journal articles on arachnids, fire ants, Africanized bees, pest management and plant and insect interactions. Spiders of North America is an illustrated guide to the spider genera of North America, north of Mexico, providing more than 1,400 illustrations and keys to the genera in 68 spider families. Over 550 genera are included. Topics include an introduction to spider morphology, natural history, collecting techniques, spider preservation methods, and an overview of the current status and most recent developments in spider phylogeny.

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