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FSU Libraries' Celebration of Tenure 2013

Below are the newly tenured faculty and a brief explanation of the books or materials they hand-picked to be purchased and book plated in their honor.

Adrian Barbu

I selected this book because it covers many topics that are closely related to my research, such as feature selection, generalized linear models and boosting. I find this book to be more comprehensive than other machine learning books, and I often use it in my research as the go to reference for many topics in statistical machine learning.


Allen Blay

Throughout our lives, the decisions we make take into account everything that we have experienced in the past, as well as everything we hope to experience in the future.  In this sense, everything we do is about managing the impression we have of ourselves, and through that, the impression others have of us.  We are all social beings, and every action we take affects both ourselves and others.  Students manage the impressions they make on faculty, and faculty similarly manage the impressions they make on students.  Of course, this same impression management takes place in financial markets and the market for accounting information.    Barry Schlenker’s Impression Management provides an excellent summary of research conducted over 30 years ago addressing the social aspects of decision-making.    I met Barry when I was a doctoral student at the University of Florida – he was my outside committee member.  He mentioned the concept of impression management to me, but I didn’t pay nearly as much attention to it initially as I should have.  Even though I was interested in decisions made by financial statement auditors and how risks influence those decisions, I viewed these risks from primarily an economic, as opposed to social, perspective.  The huge majority of research done in the field of accounting ignores the social aspects of decision-making and focuses on overall market measures as responses to the value of accounting information.  Even the accounting research that addresses individual decision-making often puts the decisions of auditors, analysts, and managers in a vacuum.  Although this is done for experimental control, it takes away from the causal nature of why people make the choices they make – a question rarely asked in accounting research.  If we have any hope of improving the quality of accounting information provided to markets, and understanding (or influencing) the decisions made by managers, auditors, and investors, we need to consider how our impressions of ourselves and the impressions others are trying to make influence decisions.   Much of my current research is focusing on this aspect of accounting decision-making, and Professor Schlenker’s book had a significant impact on my way of thinking about how we make decisions.  As an aside, consumers spend millions of dollars reading self-help books.  Impression Management is very well-written and is not just a book for academics – it doubles as an interesting take on how we sell ourselves.


Denise Bookwalter

Fond is a new artists’ book by Sarah Bryant, an artists now living in the UK. It is a poetic investigation of a personal archive of small objects the artist collected. I chose this artists’ book because I began and now direct a book arts press here at Florida State University called, Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP). At SCAP we create artists’ books that are collaborations between artists, writers and scholars.  This book caught my attention because of the veneration of small seemingly insignificant objects that individuals collect and adulate. The past year I followed the making of this book on the artists’ blog and hope to invite her in the near future to work on a collaborative artists’ book at SCAP. This book to me represents the future of SCAP and the artists that will travel from around the world to create work here at FSU with our artists and scholars.


Corinne Stillwell Bowman

Ludwig van Beethoven's 15 string quartets are a monumental body of work, not only in the string quartet repertoire, but for all of classical music.  I had performed many of his quartets throughout my training, but it wasn't until my first job in a concertizing quartet that I had the chance to study them in depth and perform them multiple times.  The insights I gained from those experiences have shaped my work tremendously, allowing me to grow as a violinist and gain an incredible foundation as a musician.  I am honored to have the privilege of adding performance parts for the 5 middle-period quartets to our library's extensive collection.


Michael Carrasco

Michael D. Coe’s The Maya Scribe and his World was one of the first books on Maya art that I remember reading as an undergraduate while researching a topic for my thesis. It was only later that I realized that it was the first major work on Maya ceramics. It presented basic theories that informed the field’s understanding of Classic period ceramic painting until the publication of Dorie Reents-Budet’s Painting the Maya Universe in 1994. Since then I have had the pleasure of working Michael, Dorie, and many of the other major figures in the study of Maya ceramics. I doubt that I would have gone down this path in the way I did without encountering this book. Its landscape format was also intriguing. In these days when electronic publications offer convenience and speed I sometime relish the physicality of this book and the joy it is to handle and read.


Juliann Cortese

When I found out I was awarded promotion and tenure, I could not help but look back to the start of my career. I trace this back to my master's program at Kent State University. As a new master's student, I was more focused on teaching and  had no idea I would want to conduct research as a profession. I credit my mentor, Dr. Alan Rubin, with seeing something in me that I didn't even know was there and for nurturing my interest and skill as a researcher. So I chose this book for sentimental reasons: 1) to honor my mentor; and 2) to provide a wonderful resource to students of communication. I've noticed as a teacher of graduate classes that students often struggle to understand measurement in research. This book has served me well in finding, understanding, and evaluating appropriate measures for my research and I hope it will do the same for others.


Chris Coutts

The Monkey Wrench Gang was given to me by the most precious person in my life during my transformational walkabout years in the American West.  This book was pivotal to my outlook then and still inspires and informs my work today testing scientifically what old Abbey knew in his heart and loins:  the human animal needs nature and wilderness. 


Matthew Day [note: we need to discuss if this is appropriate.  We have prof’s permission not to run this paragraph.]

Karl Marx indicted it as ideological mystification.  Max Weber scrutinized it under the category of legitimation.  Antonio Gramsci described it in terms of hegemony.  Roland Barthes studied it as a matter of mythologizing.  However one chooses to describe the all-too-human phenomenon, every social formation—sooner or later—strategically disguises, shields and sanctifies the inevitable contradictions, accidents and asymmetries of collective life.  Indeed, the institutional practice of honoring freshly-tenured professors by acquiring a book with “a certain significance to your life or career” consecrates more than a decade of utter contingency: acceptance to graduate school; completion of coursework and comprehensive exams; production of a dissertation; conferral of the Ph.D.; the improbable offer of a tenure-track job; the capricious outcomes of peer-review; the challenge of navigating the treacherous waters of departmental politics.  I have selected Pierre Bourdieu’s Homo Academicus because it willfully suspends naïve belief in the scholastic myth of merit and meticulously dissects the production of academic nobility that feed the cult of tenure. As he observes about this particular rite of institution: “It is because they think they are making strictly academic judgments that the social judgment masked by the euphemisms of their academic language can produce its particular (positive or negative) effect of consecration.”


Michael Giardina

"Performing Ethnography: Critical Pedagogy and the Politics of Culture" was written by my major professor, Norman K. Denzin, during the time I was his doctoral student at the University of Illinois. It stands as a significant contribution to the literatures of critical pedagogy, cultural studies, and performance theory, and has influenced many in those fields, including me. As his student, I was on hand to see the project come to fruition -- both in the classroom and in our daily conversations. Its core arguments concerning researcher subjectivity, performativity, and the politics of culture have had a profound impact on my development as a scholar. As I look back on a number of the books I have published since entering the profession, I can clearly see the legacy of his work (in this and other projects) embedded in my own. Thus, and while I have selected this particular book for display, I offer it as an homage to my mentor and his life's work in recognition of the impact he has had on my career.


Samuel Grant

“Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physical Principles and Sequence Design” authored by E. Mark Haacke, Robert W. Brown, Michael R. Thompson and Ramesh Venkatesan is one of many excellent NMR and MRI textbooks that I have used extensively throughout my education and career. Next to landmark books by Abragam, Bernstein, King, Zhou, Webb, Slitcher and Lauterbur (the last three of which I had the honor of learning from in coursework and private discussions at the University of Illinois), this text is one of the prime resources for any investigations of new or unfamiliar pulse sequences, contrast mechanisms and physical phenomenon involving MRI biomedical applications. Though published in 1999, the content has remained remarkably up to date, and still serves me and my students very well. It stands as a tribute to E. Mark Haacke, PhD, a remarkable example of an engineer at work in the field of MRI. Dr. Haacke is a mathematician and physicist by training but very capably drew on this background to morph into an electrical, biomedical and clinical engineer as well as an ideal model of the bridge between basic science, engineering and clinical medicine.  In the classroom or at the magnet, this text is an essential reference to anyone who has spent long and dreary nights struggling with either the theory or implementation of MRI to finally witness the dawn of knowledge and success. To this definitive and encompassing book, I can only add, whether in science or in life, that the world always looks better after a shower and shave.


Akash Gunjan

The eighth day of creation


Horace Freeland Judson


I first read this book during the tough early days of my graduate student career and it has been a continuous source of inspiration ever since. This book traces the fascinating history of the origins of molecular biology and provides an excellent overview of how this field contributed to the major biological discoveries of the twentieth century. Without the pioneering work of the outstanding scientists described in this book, I would not have the experimental or the intellectual tools required to carry out my current research work. This book also provides a realistic portrayal of the personalities of the scientists who laid down the foundations of modern molecular biology and depicts them as accessible and highly motivated human beings rather than the inscrutable and infallible demigods that that many of us awestruck students believed them to be. This made me realize that with determination and hard work anything was possible and led me to aspire to a research career devoted to understanding how living processes occur on a molecular scale, regardless of the difficulties involved in this line of work. This book is a must read for any aspiring life scientist.


Lynn Jones

I asked to have bookmarks celebrating my tenure placed in the multi-volume set Une nouvelle province de l’art byzantine; les églises rupestres de Cappadoce, by Guillaume de Jerphanion (1877-1948).  Jerphanion, a Jesuit priest, epigrapher, linguist, geographer, archaeologist and photographer, travelled the valleys of Cappadocia, in central Turkey, documenting over 400 Byzantine rock-cut churches, many with painted and carved decorative programs.  The expedition, undertaken in 1910-1913, was arduous and dangerous, conducted on foot and by horse and mule. Getting the volumes into print was no easier. 2 volumes were published in 1925, the remainder in 1942. Collectively, the work contains pellucid descriptions, drawings, black and white photographs, and plans of what were, at the time, largely unknown monuments. He was all too aware of their frailty, and his work preserves much that has since been lost through population growth, environmental degradation and age. With these volumes, Jerphanion established the field of Cappadocian studies and set the path for future scholarship. His work has been seminal to my own. His plans remain as accurate as any produced with modern technology, his maps are still essential field guides to finding remote and/or little known churches, and his photographs, drawings and descriptions often serve as the only evidence of lost images and structures. In my work on Cappadocia I am able to reconstruct the appearance and function of a group of rock-cut churches thanks largely to the work of Jerphanion, relying on his scrupulous scholarship, while following in his faint footsteps.


Carrie Ann Baade

The eyes from "Our Man of Sorrow" and "Our Lady of Sorrow" have served as a talisman in the early part of my career. I cut these eyes from their faces to wear on my self-portraits as a kind of mask.  In a way, this is hiding, but it is also protection and I was seeking another point of view. Our eyes are vulnerable for while they take the exterior world into our interior mind, they reveal our internal state to the outside world. In dealing with sadness, I wanted to connect with the virtue of the Christian archetypes of compassion, so I may remove myself from the personal to the universal story. Sorrow is a constant, unending river that flows beneath us, but there is another one I have only recently experienced... the universal river of joy that flows above us! I am hoping that in acquiring this book, there may be some equally talismanic image of the great Dirk Bout's, one perhaps that I have not seen, so that I might cut it up and play with it in order to illustrate this new concept that I am exploring. I am sincerely grateful to Florida State University for their support and generosity towards my research.


Jeong-Su Kim

The main line of my research has been centered around the study of sarcopenia (i.e., the progressive loss of muscle tissue and function that occurs with aging).  Sarcopenia is an inevitable aging process that generally accelerates beyond the 5th decade and leads to a host of functional limitations and comorbidities that markedly impair quality of life with aging.  As the size of the population of older adults increases with retirement of the baby boomer cohort, the economic burden of sarcopenia is also expected to increase exponentially.  Although the current etiological framework remains equivocal, my previous findings have contributed an important vertical step in understanding the physiological underpinnings of sarcopenia.  For instance, evidence from our research has been documented to substantiate significant cellular and molecular changes that occur in aging muscle that drive the process of degeneration and wasting.  In addition, a more recent investigation in our laboratory has demonstrated the adverse physiological confluence between obesity and muscle wasting. Because adipose tissue produces and secretes various inflammatory mediators, namely TNF-α, IL-1, and IL-6, obesity is characterized by elevated systemic inflammation.  Recently, obesity-related inflammation has shown to exacerbate age-related skeletal muscle wasting.  The term “sarcopenic obesity” describes this relationship, and the outcomes often manifest in substandard body composition and functional debilitations consistent with comorbidity and poor quality of life during advancing age.  Thus, countermeasure strategies directed at preventing obesity and reducing inflammation would be a practical approach to improve age-related outcomes in muscle, function, overall health, and longevity.


Young-Suk Kim

The Psychology of Reading has had a large impact on our understanding of complex processes involved in reading. This is an outstanding synthesis of up-to-date status in the field of reading. For anyone interested in reading development, this may be one of the first books opening the door to the amazing and complex world of cognitive processes in reading.


Tao Liu

As a scientist/engineer, I have my favorite quotes from Linus Pauling: “Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly”; “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away”.  I learned a crucial underlying message from these quotes: to be a good scientist/engineer, it is important being capable of telling the facts from myths, distinguishing the good ideas from the bad ones, and objectively evaluating competing arguments. Peter Daempfle, in his book “Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience and Just Plain Bunk: How to Tell the Difference”, uses intriguing real-world examples to instruct the reader thoughtfully and stimulatingly how to acquire such capabilities. The key is critical thinking. I would like to share this book with my students – the future workforce of our society to inspire them into deeper inquiry—the essence of science. I believe this is not only beneficial to my own career but also good for the students and the society. 


Marcia Mardis

Dear Dr. Barron and friends in the Florida State University Community,


Please accept my gift of these two books by Danica McKellar for the youth collection in the Goldstein Library. In my career, I have dedicated my research and teaching to fostering a love of learning through library materials. These two books serve not only to meet a literacy imperative but also they represent new and original approaches to promoting STEM learning in underrepresented groups, namely, young women. The School of Library and Information Studies, my academic home, strives to prepare librarians to support and inspire youth learning through the information professions and I sincerely believe that these two book additions will be important resources for our students' study and research. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share them with our students and faculty.


Paul McKee

The importance of studying recordings is a fundamental concept critical to the development of any jazz musician, and the added benefit of seeing these performances further enriches the learning process. Over my lifetime I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend performances by many of the jazz artists represented in these DVD collections. Now that so many of these great musicians are no longer with us, the opportunity to both see and hear them perform exists solely via video documentation. Fortunately, new videos continue to surface and the Jazz Icons DVD series has issued many of these high quality and long-unseen performances so that we may experience the music of some of the most important and influential jazz artists in the history of the music. I hope that all fans of this music enjoy the visual and aural magic created by these icons of jazz!


David Okerlund

Diagnosis and Treatment of Voice Disorders, serves as a definitive reference for professionals and students in the fields of otolaryngology, speech-language pathology, vocal pedagogy, vocology and professional singing. Each of the three units of the book: basic sciences, clinical assessment, and management, provides a wealth of current and relevant information on the science of communication processes and voice disorders. This edition also includes new chapters on the effects of posture on voice, transnasal esophagoscopy, management of adult onset subglottic and tracheal stenosis, and current concepts in connected speech and singing evaluation.  This text will become an invaluable resource for Masters and Doctoral students in the Graduate Vocal Pedagogy Program at The College of Music. 


T. Plewa

Plasma is the fourth state of matter besides water, air, and solid. In Greek, plasma means "anything formed." Indeed, practically all visible universe was, is, or will be in that form either concentrated in stars or filling the vast interstellar and intergalactic spaces. Heavy chemical elements such as carbon, oxygen, or iron, formed and are still being produced in stellar plasmas characterized by extremely high densities and temperatures. Inertial fusion is one possible approach to create such conditions in the laboratory and produce energy in a way much similar stars do it. Creating and subsequently controlling such conditions experimentally present a number of challenges. The Physics of Inertial Fusion by Stefano Atzeni and Juergen Meyer-ter-Vehn is possibly the most complete and up-to-date presentation of theoretical aspects of one of the most challenging problems of modern physics. In our research, we study various aspects of this problem by means of computer simulations.


Kris Salata

I selected Adam Mickiewicz's Collected Works as a tribute to Polish Romantic poetry, which stands very unique among literary works of world Romanticism. Mickiewicz wrote during the time when Poland vanished from the maps of Europe. The loss of political independence of the Polish state, however, was more than compensated by the flourishing of cultural production, often underground, and often accompanied by personal risk and sacrifice. Mickiewicz and many others (including the pianist and comopser, Frederic Chopin), were forced to become political refugees and emigrants, while their work kept the heart of Polish nation beating. When Poland  had regained its statehood after World War I (only to lose its political independence to the Soviet Union after WWII), Polish Romantic poetry became a jewel of every Polish library. Here at FSU, it will become a strange, foreign gem, but, I hope, nevertheless a symbol of the power of the poetic word.

There is so much more that I should share about Mickiewicz, and many more reasons for which his work is meaningful to me as a theorist and practitioner of theatre and a Pole by birth. Some of it I tell in my book, The Unwritten Grotowski: Theory and Practice of the Encounter. Some, I share in my own theatre work, which is deeply informed by the ideas, aspirations, and brave dreams of impossible deeds that Mickiewicz and other Polish Romantics left for us to continue.


Michael Shatruk

Fast-pace development of theoretical and computational methods has greatly advanced our understanding of structure-property relationship in molecules and materials. This text by three outstanding theoretical chemists serves as an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of electronic structure and its relationship to physical and chemical properties. It is this connection between the theory and experiment that has been inspirational to many projects launched by my group at FSU.


Stephen Tripodi

The majority of my research and teaching throughout my six years at Florida State University has been on the integration of social work and criminology.  Specifically, through my research and teaching, I have discovered how thin the line is between being victimized and victimizing others by investigating the previous experiences of offenders and how it relates to criminality.  My goal in this integration of social work and criminal justice is to humanize our complex criminal justice system; to go beyond statistics and understand the human lives involved from all perspectives. Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth by John Hubner captures these complexities by brilliantly showcasing the experiences of capital offenders involved in a progressive treatment center in Giddings, Texas. There are dozens of books that articulate profound theories and seminal research that have been incredibly influential in my development as a scholar. Last Chance in Texas: The Redemption of Criminal Youth, however, provides a vivid portrayal of the lives of serious capital offenders, including the extreme abuse they suffered as young children that is evident with almost all serious offenders.  I assign this book to my students every year because it helps me reach my goal of humanizing the criminal justice system and explaining why violent crimes happen without excusing the offenders’ behavior.  No other book as affected my students more and has engendered open-mindedness towards social workers’ involvement in the criminal justice system.


Jeannine Turner

My research interests involve students' and teachers' motivation and emotions within academic settings. There are only a few publications that focus on teachers' emotions related to their participation and implementation of professional development, a topic for which I have had interest for some time. This is a new book on the topic and I am excited to learn what others have researched and found. Hopefully, we can find ways to motivate teachers to implement research-based instructional strategies to improve students' motivation, engagement, and achievement.


Jeanne Wanzek

The book “Beginning to Read” represents to me the start of my career in research. As a masters student I had a professor who recommended this book to me based on my interests and the questions I was asking in his class. Reading the book solidified my interest in taking on the studies necessary to start a career doing research on reading interventions for students with reading difficulties and disabilities. Beginning to Read continues to serve as the basis for my work today.


Heidi Williams

Claude Debussy (Author): Images Pour Piano, Series I and II Complete (title), Facsimile Edition


    As early as 1903, Claude Debussy had planned the six titles comprising his two series of Images for solo piano.  This musical score is Debussy’s 1908 autograph manuscript, in facsimile, published by OMI. Taking particular care in being completely faithful to the original, respecting the size, the colors of the inks or pencils used, as well as the quality of the paper of the documents, this new publication (and new addition to the FSU Allen Music Library) will be a special asset for pianists and musicologists.  The music of Claude Debussy has long been an inspiration to me.  I studied and performed many of his shorter works as a child, and remember listening for long uninterrupted hours to recordings his orchestral works and transcriptions by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra; I will also never forget my first live hearing, as a child, of his great symphonic sketches, La Mer (The Sea) performed by the Oregon Symphony.  I first performed Images Series I as a high schooler, winning a number of contests with this work, and performed Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the Water) at my high school graduation ceremony.  Just this past year, I learned the second series of Images,which displays a masterful fusion of the exotic timbres inspired by the music and art of the Orient with the Symbolist sense of dream and suggestion, as alluded to in the titles themselves. I have been programming Images II on a number of recitals during the 2012-2013 season, and will include it on upcoming recitals this summer in Asia, Europe and at the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana.  I also look forward to future concerts in which I plan to include the Complete Images. 

---Dr. Heidi Louise Williams


Yanyun Yang

My research interests include reliability estimation methods, structural equation modeling, factor analysis, as well as applications of advanced statistical procedures to educational and psychological research. Lee J. Cronbach, a prominent researcher in psychological testing whose research has inspired me to this area since I was a doctoral student at Arizona State University. His “Essentials of Psychological Testing” is a classical book that methodological and applied researchers who are interested in constructing and using tests would find particularly benefit.


Jinfeng Zhang

This book is written by my postdoc adviser, Dr. Jun Liu at Harvard University, from whom I have learned a great deal of knowledge on statistics, especially Monte Carlo methods. The book is very well written and considered as one of the classic books on Monte Carlo methods. The book has some two chapters on Sequential Monte Carlo, a method pioneered by Dr. Liu, which I have also used a lot in my own research.


Zhenghao Zhang

The first edition of this book was published in 2005, precisely the time when I needed to learn the most recent developments in wireless communications to advance my research in wireless networks. I was still a PhD student at that time and this book really opened my eyes to the fascinating world of wireless communications. It explains things in a way that is precise, succinct, and as it seemed to me at that time, unconventional, because it can cover a topic in just a few pages which may need a whole chapter in other books yet I felt that I completely understood the topic. It is also probably worth mentioning that I found a research topic when reading the book which has resulted in several papers, including one paper that was accepted by the top journal in our field one day before submitting my Promotion and Tenure package.  By now, it has probably established itself as one of the classics and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in wireless communications and wireless networks

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