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2012 Honored Faculty & Honored Books


ZALMAN BALANOV
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Applied Equivariant Degree
by Z. Balanov, W. Krawcewicz, and H. Steinlein


SUSAN BRIANTE
School of Arts and Humanities
Capitalism
by Campbell McGrath

“This book of poetry changed forever by conception of what it was possible to do within the poetic form. McGrath showed me that the poem could accommodate both our Grand Canyons and 7-11s--all of America's beauty and absurdity. This is one of those books that not only changed the way I wrote, but it changed the way I looked at the world as well."



YAN CAO
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Pattern Theory: The Stochastic Analysis of Real-World Signals
by David Mumford and Agnès Desolneux

"It is a beautiful book about pattern theory, a mathematical formalism to find patterns in real-world signals. This book covers stochastic models for finding patterns in text, sound, and images. It is a good combination of theory and practice. The senior author Professor David Mumford was my Ph.D. advisor and I had listened to lectures by him based on the material in this book at Brown University. It provided an excellent foundation to me for pursuing research in computer vision. I encourage everyone who is interested in this field to read this book."



FRANK DUFOUR
School of Arts and Humanities
La Jetée: ciné-roman
by Chris Marker

“I was in my first year of film studies in Paris when I saw La Jetée. This moment is still inspiring me. In this book, the sound is missing but is forever present in memory.”



UMIT G. GURUN
Naveen Jindal School of Management
The Calculus of Friendship
by Steven Strogatz

“Research is a lonely process. There are few people around you who are willing to exchange ideas on topics you are working on at a point in time. Your relation to those few makes your life rich. The Calculus of Friendship is the story of an extraordinary connection between a mentor and a student, as chronicled through more than thirty years of letters between them. This book reminds me of my relations with my mentors, coauthors, and colleagues I like to interact with in our common quest to understand the causal effects, e.g. analysis of changes, in economics, finance and accounting. Like calculus itself, this book, The Calculus of Friendship, is an exploration of change.”



NATALIE RING
School of Arts and Humanities
The Crucible of Race: Black and White Relations in the American South Since Emancipation
by Joel Williamson

“I knew that I wanted to study U.S. Southern History when I entered graduate school. During my first semester I read The Crucible of Race and was immediately drawn to the post-Civil War South. This is an ambitious book that builds on C. Vann Woodward's scholarship, yet it has become an important contribution in its own right. It is ground-shifting, provocative, and unpredictable, particularly in its use of psychology as a methodology. I don't agree with all of Williamson's interpretations yet in his preface he describes an important strategy when writing history with our predecessors in mind. ‘We do not so much build upon one another as we build alongside one another. ”