Book Reviews

Photovoltaic Systems: Design, Performance and Applications

"Addressing health inequalities occurring between and within developed and developing nations is a globally endorsed promise to “reach the furthest first”. Fulfilling this promise necessarily, involves collaborative partnerships, as well as understanding the interplay of local and international contexts, sensitivity to diverse needs expressed through multiple and deeply layered communications, and importantly, use of methods capable of engaging professional and community stakeholders in unified, civil action. This book focuses on Photovoice, a CBPR method that uses participant-employed photography, other visual medium, and dialogue to advance health equity and progressive social change with/for culturally-rich, yet resource-constrained communities. Drs. Moya and Chavez-Baray bring together scholar-practitioners from around the globe who describe ‘how’ Photovoice may be used in responding sensitively to cultural issues, building capacity as change agents, and fostering community awareness and action. Book chapters are substantiated by solid research and include descriptions of Photovoice applications that may be replicated by community researchers or used as a text for courses on community practice and research. Accessibility and portability of knowledge are instrumental aims of this groundbreaking and timely book. Moya and Chavez-Baray fully achieve these aims. Ultimately, if we are to have a clearer sense of how to advance health equality for/with those who are most affected-we need this book!" - Lana Sue Ka‘opua, PhD, MSW, Social Work & Health Inequalities Network Convener, Indigenous Health Researcher, Author, Community Based Participatory Research Practitioner

"This timely publication is recommended as required reading for all students and practitioners of qualitative research. The editors have assured its utility as well for the consumers of research, including funding agencies and institutions, journalists, biomedical and public health professionals and policy makers. Each chapter provides another perspective on the use of Photovoice, from detailed implementation guidance to examples of use in the field. This excellent resource guides us in an innovative, multi-disciplinary data collection approach that is both participatory and empowering of the communities involved." - Michele G. Shedlin, PhD, Professor, Rory Meyers College of Nursing New York University

"The Photovoice method is a powerful tool for engaging and empowering communities to explore local challenges from a social justice perspective. This book, edited by accomplished masters of the Photovoice method, assembles for readers the toolkit of the method's application and the theoretical basis for how the use of reflection through Photovoice can mobilize and empower communities toward positive social change. This volume is an essential text on the bookshelf of scholars and community activists who partner to shed light on community problems and their resolution." - Mark Lusk, Professor of Social Work, University of Texas at El Paso

"From literally cover-to-cover, this book delivers what its title promises- “Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research”. Whether read collectively or individually, the nine essay chapters here-in, thoughtfully interweave scholarly practice with professional research. The result is the affirmation of the endless value and timeless vitality of “Photovoice” as a catalytic tool for system-wide change. Whether new to this methodology of inquiry or seasoned in its use, readers will be witness to its art and science as it both captures and amplifies the images and voices of all involved.  This book is a ‘must read’ for everyone who appreciates the interconnections between and among individuals, their families and communities, and the policies that are intended to serve them. Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research” is a ‘must have’ for those of us committed to ensuring that our collaborations with communities are not just community- placed, they are genuinely community-based!" - Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., LISW, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Director, Social Justice Initiative and Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships, Bryn Mawr College, USA, Co-Chair of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, Co- author of The Alignment of Leadership Development and Participatory Action Research

"This new work edited by Drs. Moya and Chávez-Baray gives step-by-step instructions for implementing Photovoice, an asset-based approach that has the potential to empower and give voice to those who are too often unheard in society.  The diverse applications captured by the experienced authors of the book’s chapters illustrate the flexibility of the method across different disciplines, contexts, and populations, and provide ideas for future work.  The book is an essential toolbox for the qualitative community-based participatory researcher who is interested in both gaining insight into the lives of community members and working alongside them to effect meaningful change.  However, it is also accessible to those who have never conducted research and who seek a documentary medium that has simultaneous potential for active intervention." - John Wiebe, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at El Paso

"This book is an innovative contribution about how academic perspectives, mainly from social sciences, can enrich the impact of educational practices and public justice in our societies. It is a great tool for students and scholars seeking to engender social change." - Xochitl Castañeda, PhD, Director, Health Initiative of the Americas, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

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Introduction to Micromechanics (Second Edition)

“Professor Le’s new version of this book is an ambitious attempt to combine some of the classic mathematical approaches to the micromechanics of solids with recent attempts to develop a thermodynamic basis for understanding these phenomena. Le has made fundamental contributions to both aspects of this field of investigation. I am very pleased to see that he is making his work broadly accessible in this publication.” - James S. Langer, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

"This is a competent text on the mechanics of large deformation written by an expert who has been teaching the subject for years. He knows the students´ demands and satisfies them by a clear exposition of the basics, and he helps the students to gain expertise in the field through intelligent exercises. I recommend the book for advanced students; they can acquire a solid knowledge particularly about the mathematically demanding subject of dislocation analysis.“ - Ingo Müller, Technical University Berlin, Germany

“In this most interesting and timely book several strongly nonlinear phenomena in continuum elastic solids, including phase transitions, dislocational plasticity and brittle fracture, are finally treated from the same general perspective. The presentation is both original and personal. The book offers wealth of information which is otherwise dispersed in research papers and is difficult to access. The inclusion of challenging problems that are solved in full detail makes this book particularly useful for students interested in mastering this fast growing field of research at the crossroads of applied mathematics, mechanics, materials science and condensed matter physics.” - Lev Truskinovsky, ESPCI Paris, France

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New Trends in Fractional Programming

"The author in his six chapters of this book presents a very well thought of study of, in particular smooth and unified generalized programming problems. See for example Problem (P). Numerous study cases are presented involving convexity and non-convexity, specializations of which reduce to earlier results by the author or others. The material is very elegantly presented. It is highly recommended to researchers and practitioners who will find it very readable and useful for their research. Parts of this book can also be used in seminars for graduate students as well as senior undergraduate students with interests in this area of research. The bibliography is very informed and updated which makes the book also a great reference source." - Professor Dr. Ioannis K. Argyros, Cameron University, Department of, Mathematical Sciences, Lawton, OK, USA

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The Project Administrator: Perspectives to Project Support Services

“A well-researched, authoritative and comprehensive explanation of the Project Administrator’s role within the project environment.” - Rory Burke, International Project Management expert and author (www.burkepublishing.com)

“This timely book creates context and direction for the sometimes undervalued role of project administrator. It identifies a career path for those predisposed to the specialized functions of project support services, guiding practitioners to be complimentary-even essential-to the project management role, rather than aspiring to it.” - Taryn van Olden, Chief Executive Officer: Project Management South Africa (PMSA)

“This book is designed to equip the reader with the competencies needed to undertake a range of project support functions. It is therefore an essential guide to the establishment of carefully designed project management support services and the appointment of competent project administrators to assist project managers and their teams.” - Karolien Nell, Independent Project Management Consultant

“Written by a seasoned academic, this book provides a brief but complete overview of the role, functions and responsibilities of the project administrator. It is set against internationally-accepted Project Management standards for a simple exposition of the project support function. The simple, to-the-point discussion of the role of the project administrator throughout the project life cycle simplifies a potentially complex concept, and provides the reader with guidelines on how to master this function. It is written with the intent to simplify and provide advice. The author offers practical examples and templates you can apply today; and the learning outcomes, quick review questions and additional reading in every chapter make this book an essential one on your bookshelf.” - André Knipe, Business Consultant and Training Facilitator

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A Critical Introduction to Psychology

“I would have loved to have this book available when I first started teaching psychology. Its clear description and critical analysis of major themes running through the typical Introduction to Psychology course should prove invaluable to anyone teaching that course today or planning to do so in the future, as well as to anyone curious about mainstream psychology’s culturally determined biases. The book is a useful, thought-provoking corrective to unexamined assumptions, an excellent choice for seminars on the interplay between mainstream psychology and other institutions that reinforce a status quo that leaves little room for diverse non-Western perspectives. Even non-critical psychologists will find much to ponder here, along with a steady stream of observations to spark student interest.” - Dennis Fox, PhD, Emeritus Associate Professor of Legal Studies & Psychology, University of Illinois at Springfield, Co-founder, Radical Psychology Network

“This is an ‘introduction’ to psychology that is not merely ‘critical’ as a first step, but it traces a fully critical journey around the discipline, enabling the reader to develop their own theory and practice in such a way as to question the parameters of academically-enclosed images of the individual.” - Ian Parker, PhD, Psychoanalyst in Manchester, UK, Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, Secretary of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix, President of the College of Psychoanalysts, UK

“A Critical Introduction to Psychology provides the reader with a timely, original and thought-provoking analysis of modern psychology, which offers a valuable perspective on the existing status-quo of psychology as an academic discipline. This book is a ‘must-read’ and an invitation to all scholars, teachers and students of psychology to critically reflect upon the reductionist conceptualizations and ideologies inherent in the discourses of introductory textbooks of psychology. As such the authors of Beshara’s edited volume introduce a compelling account on how a transdisciplinary and pluralistic approach to psychology provides a more inclusive, holistic and diverse view of human identity, behavior and cognition consistent with developments in history, philosophy, society, culture and the sciences.” - Laura Cariola, PhD, Honorary Fellow and Tutor in Clinical Psychology, The University of Edinburgh, Co-founder of Language and Psychoanalysis, Social Science Protocols, and Language and Mind Research Network, Leader editor of the book series “Language, Discourse and Mental Health”

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Variational Calculus on Time Scales

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The Secret of Success: The Link between American Prosperity Theology and Business Self-Help Literature

"The Prosperity Gospel movement, still in a growth phase, the most popular segment of the pervasive movement to motivate Americans out of their complacency to new levels of performance, accomplishment, and the a strong attachment to the ideal of making it to the top in every part of our life, has drawn frequent comment but rarely been analyzed in terms of its permeation of American thought since the founding of the republic. In The Secret of Success, Dawn Hutchinson has finally given us a broad picture of the prosperity consciousness movement, which can be traced back to Benjamin Franklin but really took off late in the 19th century and the popularization of a metaphysical movement that invited people to get in tune with the forces moving the universe forward and stake their claim to the wealth (and health) that the Almighty was ready to provide from the infinite storehouse of spiritual riches. The movement explained why neither formal education nor hard work was enough, one needed to grasp Truth, set one’s Mind in the right direction, inwardly align with God’s power, and allow the universal Spirit carry one forward almost like magic. While intellectual giants dominate elite culture, early popular writers like Ralph Waldo Trine, Charla Fillmore, and O. S. Marden shaped the imagination of late-19th century the popular culture to hope for not just a better life, but the best life possible. Their successors, right down to contemporary exponents like Tony Robbins, Creflo Dollar, and Rhonda Byrne have pushed to the front with the secret knowledge ever since. Hutchinson has done the reading public a great service by laying out where our hope for success even in the face of constant rebuttal has become so integral to the American way of life. A must read for those wishing to understand the American dream." - J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA

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Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance

"Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance by John N. Kallianiotis is a relevant and important contribution to the study of the global economy. This timely book provides clear, understandable discussions of the theory, applications, practice, and empirical methodology related to the analysis of pertinent issues and concerns related to foreign exchange, balance of payments, foreign currency derivatives, multinational corporations, cost of capital and capital budgeting on the global scale, foreign exchange exposure, foreign direct investment, financing if international trade, and political risk (a topic that, unfortunately, is virtually ignored in other books on international finance but is given robust attention here). This book should be required reading for upper-level undergraduate students, in any aspect of studying the global economy, as well as graduate students specializing in international business and studies. It is also recommended for practitioners in the global economy, as it would serve as an appropriate and relevant source and guide for them. I highly recommend this book.” - Dr. Richard J. Torz, Associate Professor of Economics, St. Joseph's College New York, Brooklyn, NY, USA

“This book presents not only the theories of international finance but also the empirical studies that support the theories and the econometric techniques that an interested researcher can employ to produce original work. Thus, this book can be very useful, first, to every undergraduate student who studies finance, economics, and international finance, second, to graduate students and financial analysts who are interested in doing high quality research in finance, and third, to all individual investors who want to understand how globalization affects the return, the risk, and the optimal level of diversification of their investment portfolio.” - Dr. Christos Pargianas, Associate Professor, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, USA

“This is a comprehensive book which seamlessly includes past research, mathematical equations, forecasting techniques, economic and financial models as well as current events to fully explore in great detail and from multiple facets the topics revolving around foreign exchange. The students will truly benefit not only from the fully-detailed explanations of the theories, but also benefit from the graphs, data and references-all supporting and enhancing their knowledge of the presented concepts. Congratulations on yet another great textbook!” - Dr. Mary L. LoRe, Professor, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, USA

"Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance would be a great fit as a textbook in a senior undergraduate or graduate course in international finance or other related fields. As a teaching economist, I am always in a lookout for textbooks with a comprehensive logical structure, and this text is certainly one; it views the international-finance and foreign-exchange order as a cohesive yet complex body and covers the history, modern theory, statistical methods, and established practices in the fields of international finance and economics. It is full of real-life examples that should capture the attention of students.” - Dr. Aram Balagyozyan, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, USA

"Dr. Kallianiotis' latest book entitled Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance is a meaningful contribution, equally appropriate to Undergraduate and Graduate students. The author has crafted an interesting combination of theories and concepts, supported with statistical analysis. The topics addressed in this book combine Economics, Politics and Finance, which creates a contemporary "Theory to Practice" approach to learning. Given the significance of exchange rates to business finance decision making, I urge academics and professionals to adopt this book.” - Dr. Cathyann D. Tully, Professor of Finance and Director of Undergraduate Business Program, Nicolais School of Business at Wagner College, NY, USA

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Dao and Daoist Ideas for Scientists, Humanists and Practitioners

Dao and Daoist Ideas for Scientists, Humanists and Practitioners is a fascinating book to the inquisitive and the open-minded from all walks of life. As people face ever more competing and conflicting challenges in work and life, Daoism offers paradoxical frameworks and approaches for understanding and dealing with multiple realities. The collection of essays is a treat for a variety of readers, be they philosophers, scientists, educators, consultants, managers, or anyone who seeks new ways of living a balanced and harmonious life." - Chao C. Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Management and Global Business, Rutgers University, USA

“An excellent study of Chinese and foreign scholars’ works on the role and place of Daoism in Chinese history and culture. A must read book, we look forward to more publications by the authors on this important topic.” - Michael Saso, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Religion and Asian Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, USA

“As a worldview and a way of life, Daoism has exerted a profound influence upon Chinese mentality in the course of the centuries and fueled the mystery of China’s political change and economic growth over the past decades. This volume addresses the theoretical, empirical and practical perspectives of Daoism and is of great interest and importance to a wide range of theorists, scholars, practitioners, and general readers in the English-speaking world.” - Li Liu, Ph.D. Professor of Social Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China

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Type I Interferon in Autoimmune Diseases and its Clinical Applications

"This is an important and timely resource of type I interferons and their relationship to autoimmune disease. The book fist addresses the basic biology of interferon signaling and gives the reader a firm grasp of the molecular machinery operating both upstream and downstream of the interferons." READ MORE... - Dr. David Fiorentino, an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine

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