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On the Bookshelf: Recent Books by Alumni/ae

Sacred Humanism Without Miracles
Roy G. Saltman ’53 • Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Sacred Humanism Without Miracles

In this book, the author provides the premises of sacred humanism: the nonexistence of miraculous interventions and the unknowability of the existence of supernatural beings. He argues that the evolution of humanity provides a basis for valuing life as sacred and shows how sacred humanists work to implement their highest values—such as enforcing separation of church and state and preventing human trafficking—to improve this world.

Roy Saltman ’53 is a retired computer scientist and an expert in voting technology. His book, The History and Politics of Voting Technology, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006.

Product and Systems Development
Stanley I. Weiss ’46 • Wiley, 2013

Product and Systems Development

Product and Systems Development compiles more than 20 years of research and practice from a value perspective, from vision and marketing to design, manufacturing, delivery, operations, and maintenance. It defines stakeholder value and identifies specific stakeholders in the product and system development process; covers best practices in development; and examines systems engineering, current industry views, and the life cycle of a value stream.

Stanley Weiss ’46 is a former chief engineer for NASA and R&D manager for Lockheed Corp., and has held academic positions at MIT, Stanford, and UC Davis.

The Psychotherapy Guidebook
Richie Herink ’57 • Fideli Publishing, 2012

The Psychotherapy Guidebook

The Psychotherapy Guidebook is a vital charting of an area whose frontiers expanded beyond all previous imaginings. This guide, written for the student, the therapist, the patient, and the interested lay person, brings together clear, concise articles on 255 varieties of psychotherapy. Each article was written especially for this volume by a leading authority; each article provides definitions of the therapy, its history, techniques, and application.

Richie Herink, M.S. ’57, who earned his master’s in management engineering at Rensselaer, also has a Ph.D. in psychology.

Medical Illuminations
Howard Wainer ’65 • Oxford University Press, 2013

Medical Illuminations

Medical Illuminations presents 13 contemporary medical topics, from the diminishing value of mammograms, to how to decide if a hip needs to be replaced, to understanding cancer maps. In each case it illustrates how modern tools of statistical thinking and statistical graphics can illuminate our understanding. The goals are to solve some vexing problems that seem perplexing, and to make both the problems and their solutions clear to a non-technical audience.

Howard Wainer ’65, distinguished research scientist of the National Board of Medical Examiners, is a statistician and author of 20 books.

Act Now! A Daily Action Log for Achieving Your Goals in 90 Days
Peter D. Winiarski ’94 • Win Publishing, 2012

Act Now! A Daily Action Log for Achieving Your Goals in 90 Days

Act Now! is a collection of instructional content and daily action logs for anyone, from business leaders to managers to entrepreneurs, who would like to boost their productivity in any—or every—facet of their life. Describing the three types of action you can take and how they differ, it provides a framework to enable you to achieve increased productivity, success, and goal achievement. Winiarski’s guidebook is geared to producing results in just 90 days.

Peter Winiarski, MBA ’94, has over two decades of experience in corporate roles as a business leader and consultant assisting other business leaders.

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