Book Reviews

Global Agricultural Extension Practices: Country by Country Approaches

"Information about the status of country-level agricultural extension is quite scarce internationally, and the material is scattered in various places. As a researcher in extension I often have to rely on personal contacts and grey literature for information on extension systems. The proposed book gives a historical perspective and up-to-date information as to the current status of extension in 12 countries. The chapters cover quite a range of countries, from developing to industrialized, and a wide range of approaches. The book thus provides an authoritative source on global extension practices and will be useful for scholars and policymakers." - Dr. Kristin Davis, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension: Competence for Rural Innovation and Transformation

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Moral Development and Behavior: New Research

"Colin Pennington’s recent publication, Moral Development and Behavior: New Research, should be on every sport pedagogist’s, coach’s, and teacher’s bookshelf; but, more importantly, should be internalized and laid on the hearts of anyone who is an influential catalyst in the social and moral development of others. The research provided in this book lays the foundation for moral development and behavior as a “privilege and responsibility” that educators, coaches, teachers, and corporations alike should create. The selected authors delve into the art of “actions and options”, making the reader more aware of the fulfillment that moral development can bring to the individual who learns to think, create meaning, develop confidence and a voice, and ultimately transfer their “strength-based” customs to outside settings within their day to day life. No matter the experience, meaning can be made through supporting environments specifically created to nurture the character qualities of self-responsibility and caring for others.

Opportunities should be provided that allow individuals to practice an “open mindset” in which they are able to focus in the moment and autonomously act “right” when faced with a decision. Moral Development and Behavior: New Research, not only presents readers with suggestions for implementing ethical training and experiences through methods and models, but also focuses on areas of further growth and research that is needed to better advance and connect theory with practice. In today’s changing society, it is vital to possess a “toolbox” of program designs that have the potential to positively lay “moral and acceptable” foundations for our youth who need the guidance and support of their mentors to create their own “pro-social and moral identity.” I highly recommend this book as one that will guide your endeavors of becoming an influential catalyst in the moral development of others." - Deborah S. Baxter, Department of Kinesiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

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Mechanism Design and Management: Mathematical Methods for Smart Organizations (for Managers, Academics and Students)

“An important quality of the book is that it is relatively easy to read and understand the complicated issues and models of mechanism design and management from this book. I think it is a very useful book for students, academics, practitioners and policy makers. It is a suitable textbook for teaching management and mechanism design for many courses in such areas like applied game theory, economics, management science, industrial engineering, etc.” - Professor Sardar M. N. Islam (Naz) Ph.D., LL.B. (Law), Professor, College of Business, Victoria University, Australia

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Kinetic and Thermodynamic Stability of Cerium (IV) Complexes with a Series of Aliphatic Organic Compounds

"...This book is of undoubted scientific and methodological interest. The principal audience for the book are researchers in the field of coordination and physical chemistry, university faculty, undergraduate and graduate students." READ MORE... - Dr. Larisa N. Kurina, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural History, Professor at Tomsk State University

"Investigation of the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects in formation and redox decompo-sition of the complexes with cations in anomalous oxidation states (OSs) is of considerable importance in relation to the problem of stabilizing the unstable OSs of elements. This prob-lem has recently become particular significance due to the accumulation of information on unusual OSs and the development of a number of topical issues in materials science." READ MORE... - Dr. Boris V. Spitsyn, Leading Researcher at the A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Institution of the Russian Academy of Sciences

"The book of Dr. Olga Voskresenskaya, a well-know expert in the field of coordination chemistry, is devoted to kinetic and thermodynamic aspects associated with the formation and redox decomposition of cerium(IV) complexes with various organic ligands. Cerium(IV) solutions, being a strong oxidation and complexation reagents, are widely applied in many analytical procedures. By theuse of redox and complexation reactions, they are extensively employed in determination of diverse inorganic and organic compounds." READ MORE... - Professor Emeritus Alexander Apelblat , Chemical Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

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Fundamentals of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry

"This superb two volume compendium of Fundamentals of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry is comprehensive, thorough,  and extremely well-written. It provides cutting edge clinical and research topics with multiple choice review  questions and detailed answers at the end of each chapter, making it very engrossing , practical and helpful.  The thoughtfully organized lineup of chapters in the Principles and Practice volume, including quality and outcomes, collaborative care , vulnerable populations and telepsychiatry, provide a  very current and relevant blueprint for all psychiatrists and mental health professionals.  Written and edited by an all-star multidisciplinary team of nationally and internationally known experts in consultation liaison psychiatry this book set is among the best in the field. An invaluable text for all clinicians -- trying to bridge the mind-body divide in medicine." - Michelle Riba, MD, MS, Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry; Past President, American Psychiatric Association

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Resilience and Gender Development for At-Risk Adolescent Males: Psychosocial Intervention Program Development

“Julia Tilling’s imaginative combination of sociological ideas about masculinities and psychological ideas about resilience produces an interesting and promising approach to educational interventions with youth. She gives a thoughtful account of the boys involved in such an intervention, and shows that educational innovation in this difficult field is alive and well.” - Professor Raewyn Connell, Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia

"Dr Tilling's book is concerned with understanding the social psychological interventions for resilience and gender development of at-risk adolescent males. It draws on both sociological and psychological perspectives to describe the power relations and the protective factors of adolescent males in terms of internal and external assets that build resilience. Practical solution-based interventions that promote resilience and address the issues of gender constructions are fully articulated in the latter part of the book. This book is an essential resource for teachers, child, school, and counseling psychologists, social workers, and allied education and community mental health professionals who want to find new insights and possible solutions to adolescent males engaging in at-risk behaviours." - Professor Annemaree Carroll, The University of Queensland, Australia

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Endometriosis: A Multidisciplinary Approach

"It is a comprehensive book, with an adequate approach to endometriosis and the multidisciplinary focusing that this disease needs. It is written in a simple and understandable language, enabling its use for consultation and learning for medical students, residents and specialists in gynecology." READ MORE... - Pluvio Coronado, Spanish Society Laparoscopic Surgery (SECLA)

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Orchestras: A Model for Social and Organizational Development

"It is refreshing to see the authors practice what they preach. They present a beautifully orchestrated argument that seamlessly weaves together musical and organisational theory in an elegantly clear and precise manner. The new and even the not so new lessons they derive will inspire business, public and community leaders to revitalise and deepen their practice." - Brad Jackson, Professor of Social Innovation, Griffith Business School

"Bathurst, Gilling, and Rasmussen draw on their talents as both scholars and artists to make the bold suggestion that orchestras offer a model of how we might better organize to increase connection and success in our endeavors as we enter the fourth industrial revolution. Neither scholars who are not also artists nor artists who are not also scholars could have written this deeply insightful work. I am glad that these three are both – the world needs more of this." - Steve Taylor Professor of Leadership & Creativity, Foisie Business School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Editor-in-Chief: Organizational Aesthetics

"This fascinating book is beautifully written, and passionate about orchestras, music and life. It makes you look at orchestras, organizations, creativity and leadership through a wholly refreshing lens. You will be entertained, informed and inspired by its contents." - Dennis Tourish, Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies, University of Sussex. Editor: Leadership

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The Crisis in Contemporary Medicine and the Rise of the Reflective Physician

"This book breaks new ground. Will it find an audience? Yes. The book brings together the author’s great love for the conversation between clinical medicine and the humanities to ensure clinical medicine’s continuing relevance." READ MORE... - Donald Campbell, Medical Director General Medicine, Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC

"This book will appeal to many, including those who know and admire Ian McDonald, to reflective physicians of all ages and to those, including students, from various health care and other academic disciplines who are interested in the evolution of intellectual and medical thinking." READ MORE... - Peter Greenberg, MD PhD FRACP, consultant physician in general internal medicine

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New Developments in Liquid Crystals and Applications

"This book highlights some of the advances made in the area of liquid crystals (LC) research including the discovery of new materials and new effects. Well understood phenomena are conceived for novel applications of LC and the developments in respect of some new devices, such as sensors, holographic and 3D devices." READ MORE... - V.G. Chigrinov, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Volume 23 Issue 3 (2014).

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