Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Social Entrepreneurship: Perspectives, Management and Gender Differences

“A core question about social entrepreneurship is how to socially organize in a way that people—who may be at core selfish—can find ways to express their best selves and care about others. After all, living in society is about some level of social mutuality balanced against some level of personal space, free will, self-dignity, and independence. How can the needs of the many be balanced against the needs of the individual, at scale? What method of government best enables people to thrive, with equity and inclusion and social justice? What are the best ways to set up incentives constructively? And in terms of a country’s leadership, how can they best lead and signal to enable a competitive nation? Olga Agatova’s Social Entrepreneurship: Perspectives, Management and Gender Differences (2022) captures various ways different nations and societies try to meet the needs of their peoples while competing in a zero-sum world. Leaders of countries balance a number of interests and aims…Read more at >>>– Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2022 / Winter 2023)

Understanding Pattern Analysis

“Mangesh M. Ghonge, Pradeep Nijalingappa, and Ahmed J. Obaid’s Understanding Pattern Analysis (2022) offers some refreshing cases of data analysis and ways to make meaning of images, structured data, and other data forms. It enriches traditional ideas of data patterns by including machine vision, machine learning algorithms, fresh engineering approaches to solving modern challenges, and richer data dimensionality through multimodal data. The space is evolving quickly and in real time, and it is hard to consider just where the current state-of-play is. For common readers and students, this work offers some refreshing reads about contemporaneous data patterns achieved computationally…Read more at >>>– Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2022 / Winter 2023)

A Beginner’s Guide to Virtual Reality (VR) Modeling in Healthcare Applications with Blender

“Yuk Ming Tang, Ho Lun Ho, Ka Yin Chau, and Yan Wan’s A Beginner’s Guide to Virtual Reality (VR) Modeling in Healthcare Applications with Blender introduces a free and open-source technology that enables the building out of some sophisticated three-dimensional visuals that can be used in games, films, immersive virtual worlds, visual effects, animations, and other applications. The z-axis, the third dimension, and animation, the fourth dimension, help bring digital experiences (virtual and augmented) into the perception of real space…Read more at >>>– Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2022 / Winter 2023)

Revolutionary Applications of Intelligent Drones

“The general public may have seen news stories of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) delivering drugs and even human organs (for transplantation) across a hospital campus, monitoring the U.S.-Mexico border, delivering food, and providing security overflight. They may have seen creative light displays as new year celebrations, with smart drones flashing their brights. Others have been used for building-based art shows, alongside high-powered light projectors. Perhaps they have handled a commercial drone to shoot footage for their social media channels or films. They may have seen fleeting visuals of military-style UAVs in news stories of a hot war. Based on consumed information and experiences, people likely have various evocations in terms of “drones” and “UAVs”. Mohit Angurala and Vikas Khullar’s Revolutionary Applications of Intelligent Drones (2022) offers a look at various practical uses of these aircraft. Their edited collection may help situate understandings of such craft in a more systematized way. Indeed, drones have been used for “drug delivery, agricultural applications, vertical structure inspection, construction site survey” and other applications (n.p.). They have been applied in medicine, agriculture, disaster management, entertainment, and military applications. During the SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 pandemic, they were used for package deliveries. They may affect how people live, interact, share, war-fight, and otherwise engage…Read more at >>>– Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2022 / Winter 2023)

Economic Growth and Wellbeing: Evidence from the Belt and Road Initiative Countries

“If one were to only read the title of the edited text, Economic Growth and Wellbeing: Evidence from the Belt and Road Initiative Countries, one could assume that the chapters in the edited text would be about BRI investments and infrastructure building and other endeavors for the particular target countries and regions. One would not expect there to just be statistical analyses of various public data at the national and regional levels to understand macro-level dynamics that promote economic development and well-being (with data from years prior to BRI’s advent). One would not expect patterned data analytics using high-level statistical analyses of particular variables, directly measured and proxied…This work does contribute insights to those working in global development, BRI or not. Perhaps this is a public conversation that needs to be had about the BRI and President Xi Jinping’s vision for an interconnected world brought together around development and trade…Read more at >>>– Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2022 / Winter 2023)

Exploring Alternative Assessment Techniques in Language Classrooms

“Konstantina Iliopoulou, Alexandra Anastasiadou, Georgia Karountzou, and Vasilios Zorbas’s Exploring Alternative Assessment Techniques in Language Classrooms (2022) lauds considered avant-garde approaches to teaching in the language classroom. They propose practical and inclusive methods for alternative evaluations of student work, with perhaps less of a focus on grades and more of a focus on the core knowledge and skills acquired, for liberated and emancipated and aware learners…Read more at >>>– Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2022 / Winter 2023)

Machine Learning Algorithms for Engineering Applications: Future Trends and Research Directions

“Prasenjit Chatterjee, Parmanand Astya, Sudeshna Chakraborty, and Pooja, Editors of Machine Learning Algorithms for Engineering Applications: Future Trends and Research Directions (2022), highlights some practical applications of machine learning to solve human problems, by improving healthcare, strengthening network analysis, modeling hydrology, using wearable smart sensors, improving the food industry, enabling machine translation of language, strengthening tissue bio-engineering, drawing 3d point clouds from videos or image sequences, enhancing various dimensions in financial services, and studying the effects of sleep deprivation on human mental focus and performance…Read more at >>>– Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2022 / Winter 2023)

Sustainable and Healthy Building Environments

This book was published with scientific rigor and contains current issues as important as temperature control in the classroom to improve student learning. This edition opens up the field of reflection on the need for comfort to achieve objectives that are not exclusive to emotional stability, or simply static physical comfort (seat, posture, distance, or proximity to the points of instruction) but goes beyond that, taking into account the relationship with the city and how to achieve structures that promote health as a whole. It also takes a look into the past with a description of the Roman legacy that has been handed down to us over the centuries regarding the control of water and its mobility within the city. It is a comprehensive and highly recommended publication that will introduce the reader to a close and interesting academic world.” – Daniel Arranz Paraiso, Collaborating Professor Doctor, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, University Foundation San Pablo CEU, Spain

A Guide to Black Holes

“Black holes are the ultimate prisons; what happens inside their event horizons stays inside the horizon. But their physics is as rich as that of the entire Universe. The various chapters of the book edited by Kenath Arun offer a fascinating journey through the facets of black hole physics, which are at the frontiers of modern physics. From quantum black holes to the biggest classical black holes, the book’s perspective encompasses the entire Universe.” – Avi Loeb, Professor of Science, Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard University

Authoritarian Disaster: The Duterte Regime and the Prospects for a Marcos Presidency

Authoritarian Disaster: The Duterte Regime and the Prospects for a Marcos Presidency, a collection of scholarly but academically engaged essays on Duterte’s fascist rule and its continuing grip on Philippine society, is a long overdue book but is very timely. What makes the book different from other similar anthologies on Duterte’s regime, is that it embraces the polemical label of fascism with all its ideological ramifications while remaining historically faithful to the current Philippine class constellation. The essays of “engaged scholars” who contributed to this anthology will definitely be part of hauntological literature about Duterte’s so-called “authoritarian populism” and will provide a historical starting point to situate the past, present, and future fascist development in Philippine society from much needed class analysis. I would happily recommend this book as a primary reference for those who are teaching and studying the current prospects for the continuing persistence of Duterte’s fascist spectre under Marcos, Jr.’s regime of disinformation and historical denialism. But more than a reference, this book is a weapon of criticism, that if applied correctly to our current situation, will shed light on what is to be done.” – Dr. Gerardo Lanuza, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of the Philippines Diliman

“There are those who claimed that the ex-President, Rody Duterte, was the best President the Republic of the Philippines ever had. But, on the other hand, a segment of the country’s population vilified him as an authoritarian dictator with no regard for human rights, gender sensitivity and climate justice. Books written on Duterte have reflected this binary opposition. Comes now another book with, Authoritarian Disaster: The Duterte Regime and the Prospects for a Marcos Presidency, which is an anthology of essays written by Philosophy Professors of UP Diliman, UP Cebu, USC, VSU and Silliman U. Collectively, they challenge the product of the disinformation campaign to put Duterte on a pedestal. Through rigid research and comprehensive analysis using philosophical theories, they provide a profile of a fascist President ensconced in a populist mode of governance characterized by adopting a reign of impunity to wage a drug war, resorting to red-tagging to silence critics including media and church personnel, empowering the military to suppress the rights of indigenous communities, while protecting the interests of mining companies with no regard to protect the integrity of creation. This is a must-read book to debunk the Duterte mystique and place Duterte’s reign in its rightful place in our country’s history.” –Brother Karl Gaspar, CSsR, PhD, Author of Diwang Balaan/Banal: A Decolonial Discourse on Pinoy Spirituality