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On the Bookshelf:
Recent Books by Alumni Authors

The King’s Con

The King’s Con
Morgan C. Lee
Cherokee Books, 2004

Fictional characters blend history with action in this story that weaves together such events as the battle of Wounded Knee, the elusive ancestry of Elvis, the flash and glitter of the Cannes film festival, and the seamy underbelly of the Atlantic City gambling scene. The author has written a humorous mystery that spans the 19th and 20th centuries.

Morgan C. Lee is the pen name of Lee Beetschen ’60, a well-traveled professional engineer with a love of writing and storytelling. This is his second book.

Best Technology Practices in Higher Education

Best Technology Practices in Higher Education
Les Lloyd ’78, editor
Information Today, 2004

For his latest book, editor Les Lloyd, author of Teaching With Technology, has sought out the most innovative and practical examples in a range of key application areas, bringing together more than 30 technology leaders to share their success stories. The book’s 18 chapters include firsthand accounts of school technology projects that have transformed classrooms, services, and administrative operations. The four major sections focus on teaching and course delivery, administrative operations, technical or integrative best practices, and future best practices.

Les Lloyd ’78 is associate vice president of information technology at Rollins College.

Avenue Wraps

Avenue Wraps
Constantine Tonias ’80 and Elias Tonias ’58
Cedra Press, 2005

Avenue Wraps offers detailed information describing the process of how Avenue code can be converted into Visual Basic or Visual Basic for Applications. This second edition of Avenue Wraps contains 73 new “wraparounds,” support for personal geodatabase manipulation, and compatibility with the ArcObjects environment.

Constantine Tonias ’80, M.S. ’81, is president of the CEDRA Corp., where he oversees R&D operations. Elias Tonias ’58 is a technical consultant to the CEDRA Corp., which provides engineering software and related services with emphasis on parcel mapping, water, wastewater, and storm water facilities.

Polymer Science & Technology

Polymer Science & Technology
Joel Fried '68
Prentice Hall, 2003

This book presents a comprehensive review of the current state of polymer science and technology and emerging areas of growth. In addition to synthetic polymer chemistry, the book also covers the properties of polymers in solutions and in the melt, rubber, and solid states, surveying all important categories of plastics. It includes detailed coverage of both polymer processing principles and the latest polymer applications in a wide range of industries, including medicine, biotechnology, chemicals, and electronics. A fourth printing of the second edition was recently released.

Joel Fried ’68 is professor of chemical engineering and professor of genome science at the University of Cincinnati.

Skating Engineers: Hockey at RPI

Skating Engineers: Hockey at RPI
Kurt Stutt ’89
Arcadia Publishing, 2005

Skating Engineers: Hockey at RPI follows the course of the sport at Rensselaer, which began on a frozen pond in Cohoes in 1902 and has twice reached the pinnacle of the collegiate game. Highlights include the legendary coach Ned Harkness, who led an underdog team to the national title in 1954; the high-scoring early-1960s teams that returned to the national stage; the powerful mid-1980s squad that won the championship again; and the modern era, in which the women skate on the same historic Field House ice as the men.

Kurt Stutt ’89 works in the automation field and is one of the announcers for Rensselaer sports on WRPI.

Surgery of the Skin: Procedural Dermatology

Surgery of the Skin: Procedural Dermatology
Daniel M. Siegel ’79, editor, et al
C.V. Mosby, 2005

Featuring the work of international experts, this resource uses a state-of-the-art, interactive approach to depict the art and practice of dermatologic surgery. Four separate sections cover the spectrum of skin surgery — from basic concepts and basic surgical procedures to aesthetic surgical procedures and special procedures. A bonus DVD-ROM features all of the artwork from the book, and video clips covering both common and uncommon procedures.

Daniel Mark Siegel ’79, M.D., is clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate.

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