Virginia Tech Magazine
Book Notes
Fall 2009


Virginia Tech Magazine is pleased to note books by faculty, staff, and alumni or books about Virginia Tech. Review copies should be mailed to Book Notes, Virginia Tech Magazine, 105 Media Building (0109), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Review copies will be donated to the library in The Grove, home of President and Mrs. Charles W. Steger.

Faculty, staff, and alumni who wish to contribute other books they have written should mail them directly to The Grove (0446), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


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In To Test or Not to Test: A Guide to Genetic Screening and Risk, Doris Teichler Zallen, professor of science and technology studies, explores the pros and cons of genetic tests used to determine a person's risk of disease and arms readers with questions they should consider before deciding whether to pursue genetic screening.

The publisher is Rutgers University Press (100 Joyce Kilmer Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854);

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From Adam's Apple to Xmas: An Essential Vocabulary Guide for the Politically Correct, by H.D. Curet (mechanical engineering '62, M.S. nuclear science engineering '64), traces the origins of various words and phrases to the Bible and offers politically correct substitutes.

The book is self-published through Vantage Press Inc. (419 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016);

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In To Hell in a Handbasket, Beth Groundwater's (M.S. software engineering '83) character Claire Hanover, a gift-basket designer, is thrown into yet another murder mystery during a vacation in Breckenbridge, Colo., when a young woman is killed on the ski slopes.

The publisher is Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, Cengage Learning (295 Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville, ME 04901);

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Chimerical, by Brian O'Beirne (psychology '99), is a children's book that takes the young reader on a journey of redemption and reconciliation as the main character, Dillon, grapples with overcoming his past, a struggle in which heaven and earth meet.

The publisher is Tate Publishing (127 E. Trade Center Terr., Mustang, OK 73064);

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Head First Algebra, by Tracey Pilone (civil engineering '99) and Dan Pilone, is full of practical, real-world explanations and engaging stories presented in a visually rich format to help students struggling with algebra to learn new concepts.

The publisher is O'Reilly Media Inc. (1005 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol, CA 95472);

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In A Passion for Design: Human-centered Architecture and Synergenial Practice, Earl S. Swensson (architecture '52, M.S. '53), an architect with more than 50 years of experience, tells how he came to practice a human-centered style of architecture, which contributes to the well-being of the people who use the spaces he creates, and why such practices in design are important.

The book is published by Zenda Inc. (1055 Harvard St., Rochester, NY 145610).

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Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, by E. Allen Liles and Richard M. Wardrop III (biology '94), provides an in-depth look at combined internal medicine/pediatric residencies, surveying topics taught in these residencies.

The book is published by McGraw-Hill Professional Books (7500 Chavenelle Rd., Dubuque, IA 52002);

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From the Shenandoah to the Kanawha: The Story of Col. John Smith, His Descendents, and Their Ancestors, by Chris Smith (chemical engineering '61), chronicles the story of the migration of the author's ancestors to Virginia in the 18th century, including their struggles during both the French and Indian War and American Revolution.

The book is self-published through Chris Smith Publishing (P.O. Box 4432, Charleston, WV 25364);

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