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Recent books by NMSU faculty, staff and supporters

Mujeres y Alcohol en un Pueblo Maya de Chiapas: Agua de Esperanza, Agua de Pesar

By Christine Eber
Plumsock Press, 2007

This book is the Spanish edition of Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow, published by the University of Texas Press in 1995 and updated in 2000. The Spanish edition contains a new introduction and additional footnotes. Gender relations, domestic violence, drinking and religious change in highland Chiapas, Mexico, are explored. Christine Eber, a professor of anthropology at New Mexico State University, addresses such issues as women’s identities, roles, relationships, and sources of power. She explains how the Zapatista uprising and other critical events of the last decade strengthened women’s resolve to gain more control over their lives by controlling the effects of alcohol in the community. Eber says the mission of Plumsock Press is to publish in Spanish works that originally were written in English and other languages so these works could be available to scholars and students in Mesoamerica.

Joseph Cornell: Opening the Box

By Jason Edwards and Stephanie L. Taylor, eds.
Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2007

Stephanie L. Taylor, a professor of art at New Mexico State University, and Jason Edwards edit “exciting, provocative, and unusually interdisciplinary essays” that portray American artist Joseph Cornell in significantly new contexts, alongside contemporary filmmakers, important European and American philosophers, and European and American surrealists and modernists from the visual arts and literature. This book helps explain Cornell beyond the clichéd studies of him as “childlike dreamer, hermetically sealed off from the world.” More than 50 illustrations of Cornell’s work – many never before reproduced – are included in the book, as are 13 new groundbreaking essays on the artist’s films, magazine work, diary entries and other writings.

Making Sense of Criminal Justice: Policies and Practices

By G. Larry Mays and Rick Ruddell
Oxford University Press, Inc., 2008

This book is organized around the three major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts and corrections. G. Larry Mays, a professor of criminal justice at New Mexico State University, and Rick Ruddell take an issues-oriented approach that encourages students to critically evaluate such issues as race, gender, the death penalty, and more that people within the system face regularly. The authors examine strategies that work, that do not work, and that fall somewhere in the middle. They do not provide “answers” to the challenging questions of the criminal justice system, but challenge readers to think critically about solutions to situations.

Works in Political Philosophy, Vol. 2: 1828-1841 Orestes A. Brownson

By Gregory S. Butler, series editor
Intercollegiate Studies Institute Books, 2007

Called one of the 19th century’s “most famous, fascinating and mercurial writers,” Brownson’s spiritual journey spurred by his intellectual restlessness took him through Congregationalism, Presbyterianism, Universalism, Humanitarianism and Unitarianism to, ultimately, Roman Catholicism. The essays in this volume represent the earliest phase of the American critic’s literary career. Spanning more than 10 years of this work, these essays touch upon a diverse range of subjects in religion, politics, culture and philosophy. This second volume of a projected fivevolume series includes an introduction by Gregory Butler, series editor and professor of government at New Mexico State University, who authored In Search of the American Spirit: The Political Thought of Orestes Brownson.

Pepper Mountain: The Life, Death and Posthumous Career of Yang Jisheng

By Kenneth J. Hammond
Kegan Paul, 2007

Kenneth Hammond, a professor of history and director of New Mexico State University’s Confucius Institute, examines the tumultuous life of Yang Jisheng and how his life affected and was affected by late imperial/early modern China’s political history. Hammond also uses Yang’s life to help explain the relationship between China’s traditional political culture and the rapidly changing political environment of China today. After Yang’s execution for criticizing the politics of the imperial state, he was revered as a martyr to Confucian political morality. Over the next four centuries, various constituencies within China have used Yang’s memory in different ways to promote their own political agendas. In recent years, interest in Yang has once again been sparked as China finds its place in the new world order.

Matilda Coxe Stevenson: Pioneering Anthropologist

By Darlis A. Miller
University of Oklahoma Press, 2007

As the first woman anthropologist to work in the Southwest, Matilda Coxe Stevenson helped define anthropological research at the turn of the 20th century. For more than 25 years, she was the only professional woman to hold a full-time position with the Bureau of American Ethnology. After being refused admission to the all-male Anthropological Society of Washington, Stevenson organized the Women’s Anthropological Society. Darlis A. Miller, professor emerita of history at New Mexico State University, describes in this first book-length biography of Stevenson the close relations the anthropologist had with Indian consultants, especially Zuni priests, and the importance of Stevenson’s work with the Tewa. The author also shows how Stevenson’s work helped lead to a better understanding of Pueblo cultures.

Mathematical Masterpieces: Further Chronicles by the Explorers

By Arthur Knoebel, Reinhard Laubenbacher, Jerry Lodder, and David Pengelley
Springer, 2007

The historical development of four different mathematical concepts is traced in this book by current and former New Mexico State University faculty members. Each chapter uses several primary sources to showcase a masterpiece of mathematical achievement. The book begins with the interplay between the discrete and the continuous, focusing on sums of powers. Next, the development of algorithms for finding numerical solutions of equations as developed by Newton, Simpson and Smale is examined. After that, our modern understanding of curvature with its roots in the emerging calculus of the 17th century is explored. The final chapter examines the elusive properties of prime numbers. This book emerged from a course taught by the authors to juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics at NMSU.

Storytelling Organization

By David M. Boje
Sage, 2007

Companies “live and die by the narratives and stories they tell,” says the book’s author, a professor of management at New Mexico State University. How people and organizations use these narratives and stories to help make sense of the world is the focus of Boje’s book. He identifies eight types of sense-making patterns to explain how storytelling organizations work, how they differ, how they respond to their environments, how they can be changed, and how one can survive in such environments. The complexity of such organizations, strategies they use, change in and between such organizations, and methodologies they use are examined in this book.

The Methamphetamine Handbook: What You Need to Know

By Brian Sallee, Kelli Connell-Carrick, Bruce Liebe, Currie Myers and Alvin Sallee
Eddie Bowers Publishing Co. Inc., 2007

The fastest growing drug of choice is methamphetamine and the likelihood of someone dealing with a person on meth or finding a meth lab is constantly increasing. This book, based on current research and the authors’ training and experience, provides a comprehensive overview of the methamphetamine crisis and what professionals must know when working with meth-affected persons and their environments. Containing current, state-of-the-art information, the book helps the reader understand the effects of methamphetamine, detection of meth labs, and agencies working together. Three of the authors – Brian Sallee, Liebe and Myers – have law enforcement experience from Albuquerque, Illinois and Kansas, respectively. Alvin Sallee is a professor of social work at New Mexico State University and the Director of the Family Preservation Institute. Connell-Carrick is a professor at the University of Houston.

Modern Electronic Communication (9th ed.)

Jeffrey S. Beasley and Gary M. Miller
Prentice Hall, 2008

This ninth edition includes updated coverage of the latest in electronic communications and concepts. Advancements and developments in all aspects of electronic communications, such as mobile communications, satellite communications, digital signal processing and SS7 signaling, are covered in this book by Beasley, a professor of electrical engineering at New Mexico State University, and Miller. Electronic Workbench Multisim simulations are included at the end of each chapter and on an accompanying CD. The updated lab manual includes new experiments using Mini-Circuits® modules. Expanded discussion of digital communications includes new changes and improvements in mobile communications and digital television. Also included are new sections on wireless security and digital signal processing.


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