Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Quality of Life and Intellectual Disability: Knowledge Application to other Social and Educational Challenges

“If one is looking for an in-depth insight into the manifold aspects of the concept of quality of life, I would strongly commend the book Quality of Life and Intellectual Disability, for its encyclopaedic scope, perceptive contributions and immediate relevance to the field of intellectual disability. It merits an easily accessible place on the bookshelf of all practitioners who actively seek ways to enhance the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability.” – Dr. Robin Jackson, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Learning Disability Studies University of Hertfordshire, UK

“Learning how all people with disabilities can achieve the highest quality of life possible is the next great challenge. This book provides an exciting action plan to make it happen.” – Dr. Paul Pagliano, Associate Professor, School of Education, James Cook University, Australia

“…an encompassing text on the emerging topic of QOL and its relationship to individuals with a disability, their families, and the professionals that support them. This book can help contribute towards creating positive changes in today’s society.” – James Cairns, M.A., International Journal of Child Youth and Family Studi

“The book…. provides a very timely overview on the various key aspects of what are essential to an individual and their family that can lead to happiness and a feeling that one’s quality of life has been fulfilled..” – Seth M. Keller, MD, Co-Chair NTG, Past President AADMD

“This masterly summary of the application of Quality of Life research could not have been published at a more opportune moment, coinciding as it does with world-wide debates on making a reality of the new post 2015 Development Goals and the existing international Human Rights Conventions….” – Peter Mittler, Emeritus Professor of Special Needs Education, University of Manchester, UN consultant on disability and education

“The volume is rich in ideas and insights and gives due recognition to the importance of empirical evidence, as well as underlying values. It is well- organized and systematic in its treatment of the topic. I was particularly pleased to see Quality of Life being extended beyond disability to encompass a broad range of individuals, as well as families and systems. The book deserves to reach a wide audience.” – David Mitchell, Adjunct Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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The Discovery of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep

“This is a superb review of the literature of sleep and wakefulness from an individual who has first-hand knowledge of the events leading to the discovery of REM sleep. Dr. Gottesmann provides new information as well as a unique perspective regarding this seminal event. I highly recommend this book to those interested in the any aspect of the critical scientific findings that led to the discovery of REM sleep.” – Michael H. Chase, Professor, Department of Physiology, UCLA School of Medicine, Center for Health Sciences, CA USA

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Risk Management: Strategies for Economic Development and Challenges in the Financial System

“I enjoyed reading this book. It competently covers a wide range of concepts for managing risk in a holistic way incorporating interdisciplinary views on the value of risk management. This book equips the reader with the knowledge on different facets of risk management as well as presents important findings as implications for public policy. As such, the edited book collection “Risk Management: Strategies for Economic Development and Challenges in the Financial System” represents a notable contribution to the field of risk management. I recommend the book to academics and professionals and also encourage its use in courses covering risk management.” – Dr. Darja Peljhan, PhD, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, Slovenia

“The book collection “Risk Management, Strategies for Economic Development and Challenges in the Financial System”, effectively edited by Danijela Miloš Sprèiæ, brings together 14 research and review papers authored by 24 distinguished academics and professionals in Corporate Governance, Management, Finance, Auditing and Public Policy. It brings together ideas, concepts and practices developed in various risk markets and academic fields to provide a much-needed overview of different approaches to risk management. Combining academic severity and practical experience, this book is an important resource for graduate students and professionals concerned with strategic risk management.” – Dr. Dimitrios Maditinos, PhD, Technological Educational Institute of Kavala, Greece

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Safety and Performance Total Respect Management (TR³M): A Novel Approach to Achieve Safety and Performance Proactively in Any Organisation

“This book puts risk management into a larger context where Total Respect Management aims to develop a holistic view on value creation, not only for the shareholders, but also for the society, i.e. respect all stakeholders’ objectives. It gives insight into a balanced and integrated combination of leadership, management and excellence.” – Eyvind Aven, Vice President Enterprise Risk Management, CFO PMR ERM, Statoil ASA, Norway

“The authors have dissected safety and its relationship to performance to enable the reader to understand the dependencies and, importantly, the opportunities created by their intersection. While I believe risk is the ultimate enabler or impediment to strategic goal achievement, safety is a critical component of organizational cultures and by correlation, their performance. You’ll come away from this work with a better understanding of why both are inherently true.” – Chris Mandel, RF, CPCU, ARM-E, AIC, SVP, Strategic Solutions, Sedgwick & Director of the Sedgwick Institute, Nashville Tennessee, USA

“Safety and Performance by Blokland and Reniers offers readers a clear path to integrating key safety and security management principles and concepts into all levels of the enterprise.” – Jason L Brown, FSyI, CSyP, RSecP., National Security Director, Thales Australia & New Zealand

“Hurray, finally a book that sees safety and performance as two sides of the same coin! Blokland and Reniers help us imagine futures that can inspire action toward a different way of organizing our work–so that it can be better and safer. Let’s not just try to find what’s wrong and fix that, they argue. Instead, let’s focus our energy on what works already and build from there.” – Professor Sidney Dekker MA MSc PhD, Director, Safety Science Innovation Lab Griffith University, Australia

“If you want to perform better in whatever industry then this is the book for this, you will learn from the positive and negative events and that is a paradigm shift for safety professionals. The book has extremely interesting and unusual practical, deep, and even philosophical examples that cater for all audiences.” – Adel Bataweel, PhD MBA, Consultant and Chairman of risk management, King Fahad Medical City, Saudi Arabia

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Controlled Environment Agriculture – Production of Specialty Crops Providing Human Health Benefits through Hydroponics

“This is an edited collection of recent advances of research on specialty crop production through hydroponics under controlled environment agriculture. It includes eight chapters describing information mainly on enhanced production of bioactive compounds, antioxidants and secondary metabolites, light quality mediated metabolites production, and sensory evaluation of hydroponically grown vegetables under controlled environment. The contributor includes nutrigenomists, biotechnologists, physiologists, plant breeder, molecular biologists, botanists, ecologists, environmentalists, nutritionists, and also educationists from Malaysia, Iran, Taiwan, South Korea, India, Romania, China, and USA.

The first chapter reviews the background information on the health benefits of specialty crop production and the phenolic biochemistry in selected crops. It describes different biosynthetic pathways, focusing on where the potential controlling sites may exist mainly on (poly)phenol biosynthetic pathway. It also elaborate information on greenhouse agriculture, hydroponics and different in vitro systems under controlled environment agriculture. Finally it provides ideas towards the development of tailored specialty crops and high valued dietary ingredients.Chapter two address the current practices of plant secondary metabolite production mainly in medicinal plants species, plant nutrient regimen steered secondary metabolites biosynthesis, use of hydroponics as the ultimate tool for plant nutrient management to enhance the quality and quantity of their bio-compounds.Chapter three, briefly reviews the recent advancement on use of LEDs in indoor agriculture. It presents the LED supplemented research since 1990 on photosynthesis, plant growth, biomass production, plant tissue culture, and plant disease control. It also tabulated some common types of LEDs and their potential agricultural applications.Chapter four addresses the spectral quality mediated molecular regulation of secondary metabolites synthesis in medicinal plants grown in hydroponics under controlled environment agriculture.

It overviewed the hydroponic cultivation of several medicinal plants providing pharmaceutically valuable secondary metabolites. It also listed the pharmaceutically important compounds elicited by different spectral qualities. Chapter five extensively reviews the role of brassinosteroids (BRs) as promoter of growth, yield and development, modulator of antioxidative system and secondary metabolites of medicinal plants grown under normal, biotic and abiotic stress condition.Chapter six is an original research and first reported results on influence of priming with S-methylmethionine, known as vitamin U on non-enzymatic antioxidant production such as carotenoid pigment, water soluble phenoloid, ascorbate and glutathione content of lettuce leaves exposed to salt stress through high concentration of sodium chloride in hydroponic solution. The results reveal that priming with S-methylmethionine enhances production of protective antioxidants especially glutathione and phenolic compounds in lettuce leaves grown under high salinity of nutrient solution, increasing health promoting quality of lettuce leaves.Chapter seven is also original research addresses the hypothesis “Do nitrogen level and genotype with different leaf color affect spectral absorbance (330 nm – 8000 nm) and nutritional quality of hydroponic lettuce?” The results showed that absorbance of red-leaf lettuce were significantly higher than green-leaf lettuce at 330 nm – 700 nm. Nitrogen levels did not significantly affect phenol, flavonoid, soluble sugar and ascorbic acid content of both red- and green-leaf lettuce.

The red-leaf lettuce contained greater anthocyanin and NO3-N content in leaves than green-leaf lettuce under low N supply.The final chapter described the sensory evaluation methods for agricultural produce grown hydroponically compared to its soil grown counterparts. General guidelines for sensory evaluation procedures are described stepwise. Agricultural factors such as genetics, pre and post-harvest factors affecting the quality of food are carefully discussed. In this chapter, flow chart of sequencing recommendations for sensory evaluation methodology is also highlighted step wisely. Finally it also reviewed and listed the recent literatures on sensory evaluation of hydroponic produce of different corps.This book presents the current research results on the increasing efficiency and quality of agricultural produce through modification of growing environmental factors, management of hydroponic nutrient solution, and use modern light technology innovations. It covers the reviews and original research on enhancement of growth, yield and also consistent production of secondary metabolites and modulation of antioxidative system in horticultural plants especially in medicinal plants under controlled environment. This book is informative and will be valuable to researchers, teachers and students of biological sciences with interest on producing specialty crops having bioactive compounds providing human health benefits.” – Toshiki Asao, Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Science Shimane University, Shimane, Japan

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Cotton Fibres: Characteristics, Uses and Performance

“The authors of Cotton: Characteristics, Uses and Performance are to be commended on successfully summarizing all the available technical knowledge on cotton fibre to create the latest go to reference book. For CRDC, as an investor in more than 2,000 cotton research projects, it is both critical and enabling for the future of the sector that nearly three centuries of fibre knowledge has been captured.” – Bruce Finney, Executive Director, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Narrabri

“The history of cotton is inextricably conjoined with technology. It became the preeminent industrial raw material for textiles because it was amenable to the mass production technologies of the industrial revolution. In addition to its superior performance in processing, it was the only natural fiber that could be supplied in quantities sufficient to serve the needs of mass production. While it is no longer possible to provide adequate supplies of cotton to serve all the fiber demands of the 21st century, the unique properties of cotton should enable its continued status as a major fiber. The chemical and physical characteristics of the fibers, along with the purity of the cotton cellulose, make cotton a prime prospect for further technological breakthroughs. This book provides needed insight about the properties and how these may be exploited to help secure cotton’s future.” – Dean Ethridge, Research Professor, Texas Tech University, Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Lubbock, Texas

“Currently, synthetic fibers pose the biggest challenge to cotton use and thus to cotton production affecting the livelihood of many millions of small and large-scale cotton producers across continents. Undoubtedly, cotton has its intrinsic value due to its inherent fiber quality characteristics some of which are not even well understood until today. While some of the quality characteristics, though known well, are underutilized there is a need to identify new measurable characteristics of the most used natural fiber in the world. This book carries a wealth of information about cotton fibers’ chemical and physical characteristics. Now cotton is produced with much lower use of insecticides than it was produced over two decades ago. Efforts are underway to minimize the use of other major inputs like fertilizers and irrigation and it is certainly achievable. New technologies including biotechnological approaches have accelerated the process to fix specific targets and achieve them within the shortest time. But, information and sharing are critical to meet such goals. This book is certainly a step forward in the same direction. I very much appreciate the work of Dr. Stuart Gordon and Dr. Noureddine Abidi, whom I have known for many years, the addition of this compendium of knowledge for the current and future researchers in the field of fiber technology.” – Dr. M. Rafiq Chaudhry, Head Technical Information Section, International Cotton Advisory Committee

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Crop Rotations: Farming Practices, Monitoring and Environmental Benefits

“Crop rotation has been in use since antiquity. In the years since much has been learned as to how crop rotation affords beneficial effects to cropping systems. A diverse group of international scientists does an excellent job of reviewing what has been learned up to the current day. Cropping systems from around the world are examined in detail with a considered mixture of soil and plant sciences, entomology, ecology, economics, and social sciences. It is an excellent read for all interested in this important area.” – Professor Donald G. Bullock, University of Illinois, Former Editor of Agronomy Journal

“Crop Rotations: Farming Practices, Monitoring and Environmental Benefits is a timely update to our understanding of how rotation benefits current productivity goals while conserving essential environmental resources of soil, water, air and biodiversity for long term sustainability. The historical perspective and consideration of the agronomic functioning of rotations in large agricultural regions and major cropping systems illustrate the broad application of this practice. At a time when agricultural contributions to climate change are being re-evaluated, this book highlights the benefits of the ancient practice of crop rotation and provides a clear rationale for the continued and expanded use of rotation going forward.” – Dr. Lianne M. Dwyer, Chair of Executive Committee of Agriculture Institute of Canada, Former Science Director and Research Scientist of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“Crop rotations provide an important degree of biodiversity in contemporary cropping systems. Their role as a systems approach to food production is key, and will be increasingly important as we seek to better understand the biological subtleties of crop plants and their production under field conditions. This book provides an important and timely overview of the situation.” – Dr. Donald L. Smith, James McGill Professor, Director and CEO, BioFuelNet Canada Director, McGill Network for Innovation in Biofuels and Bioproducts, McGill University

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Conceptual Fluency Theory and the Teaching of Foreign Languages

“Marcel Danesi’s Conceptual Fluency Theory and the Teaching of Foreign Languages is groundbreaking, highly informative, clear, and suggestive. It is a brilliant, remarkably detailed and thoroughly documented analysis of conceptual fluency theory and what it entails for second language teaching today. Throughout the style is engaging and the exposition accessible. In sum, the book provides an invaluable resource and spur for more thinking and writing about metaphor and the teaching and learning of foreign languages. This is exciting work of the first order.” – Michael Lettieri, Vice-Dean, Academic Experience, University of Toronto Mississauga, ON Canada

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English Language Education in a Global World

“The impact of English as a global language in many spheres of international life has been both rapid and dramatic. This very timely volume on the globalisation of English language education has much to offer readers. Not only does it draw together important theoretical perspectives from which to position the overall theme of the volume, but it also provides rich accounts of international pedagogical processes and practices. It sets out important agendas relating to innovation and change into the future, while at the same time including realistic debates on the challenges involved. The scale and depth of this volume will make an important contribution for several years to come.” – Anne Burns, Professor of TESOL, The University of New South Wales, Australia, Professor Emerita, Aston University, UK

“This is very much a book for 21st century English language education. Focussed on the impact of globalisation on language use and language practices, the contributors raise a number of central and challenging questions in both theory and practice, critically probing key issues for teaching and learning and the place of English and Englishes in learning across a range of different educational settings. Highly recommended.” – Ronald Carter, Emeritus Professor, The University of Nottingham, UK

“English is widely regarded as a global language with myriad uses and roles that are constantly changing. This thematically coherent edited book collection provides fresh perspectives on conceptual issues and informed discussions on pedagogic practices. This book is an invaluable resource for practising teachers, teacher educators, students of Applied Linguistics and researchers alike.” – Constant Leung, Professor of Educational Linguistics, King’s College London, UK

“This book is both informative and stimulating. The contributions provide practitioners and theorists with an impressive panorama of what is happening globally in their professional world. In selected but representative parts of that world, they focus on details and processes, often in areas not often dealt with in accessible publications. The book will appeal equally to the newcomer who seeks orientation and to the experienced reader who wants to reflect on where we are and where we are going in English language education.” – William Littlewood, Honorary Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China

“The chapters in this impressive edited book collection offer unique and fascinating perspectives on theoretical debates, issues and challenges involved in language teaching and language teacher education today. With contributions by established as well as emerging scholars, this book provides an invaluable account of how language teaching policies and practices world-wide are responding to issues raised by the globalisation of English. It will be an essential reference for curriculum specialists, researchers, teacher educators, and teachers interested in new directions in research and practice in English language education.” – Jack Richards, Honorary Professor, The University of Sydney, Australia; The University of Auckland, New Zealand

“Here is a collection that gives glimpses into what is current in the teaching and learning of English around the world. Perhaps the word ‘glimpses’ doesn’t do the book justice.” READ MORE…Marilyn Lewis, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Published in TESOLANZ Newsletter; April 2017 Issue

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Novel Approaches in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management

“Novel Approaches in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management provides to the reader a holistic approach to Crisis and Disaster Management. Man-made and Natural disasters are discussed and analyzed in great detail. In addition to the high level theoretical added value, the book includes a number of real life case studies that complement the theoretical part.” – George Boustras, PhD, Professor in Risk Assessment, Dean of Ioannis Gregoriou School of Business Administration, Director of CERIDES, Editor-in-Chief of Safety Science (Elsevier)

“The first major disasters reported in history to be accompanied by a humanitarian crisis as well, were the Plagues of Egypt. Since then, words like ‘man-made’ and ‘natural disasters’, ‘risks’, ‘humanitarian crisis’ and more, are terms fully interwoven with human history, either in peacetime or during warfare. This present book deals in a very balanced way, both in terms of its subject and its development of issues, through thirteen chapters penned by expert scientists, with all the topics relevant to the aforementioned terms. It is addressed equally to researchers, policy makers, and practitioners.” – Professor Dimitrios Emmanouloudis, Department of Forestry and Natural Environment, Vice Rector of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Institute of Technology (EMaTTech) and Director of Interistitutional Interdepartmental MSc

“This clearly written, self-contained text presents a novel approach to the management of natural and engineered disasters. Students will find the book easy to follow, and researchers will rejoice in its innovative content. The book strikes an ideal balance between technological and human factors in mitigating disasters, and guides the reader into synthesizing a multiplicity of sources in order to react efficiently to unexpected events. The combination of risk and crisis theories with applications to firefighting, air pollution, and environmental crises makes this a unique book that will be a gem in every scientific library.” – Professor Nick Katopodes, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

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