Christoph Droesser’s (93-94) new book Hast du Tone? Warum wir alle musikalisch sind (Why we all are musical) has just come out in Germany. The book deals with the latest insights that brain scientists and musicologists have won about music as a deeply rooted ability that (almost) every human has, and that we are neglecting it if we leave music making to the geniuses, prodigies and superstars.
The Day We Found the Universe, a new book by Marcia Bartusiak (94-95) was published in April by Pantheon Books. Publisher’s Weekly says, “…Bartusiak reveals the vibrant beginnings of modern astronomy, along with all the dreams and fears, rivalries and triumphs, of those involved.”
Rachel Zimmerman (08-09) has co-authored The Doula Guide to Birth with senior- level doula Ananda Lowe. Doulas, or professional labor assistants, have led thousands of expectant women through the birthing process in a way that’s safe and meaningful, and that creates the birth and postbirth experience all mothers long for. This comprehensive book draws on the wisdom of these skilled experts, whose experience with doctors, midwives, nurses, and hospitals makes them invaluable advocates before, during, and after birth.
Announcing a new book by Barbara Moran (01-02): The Day We Lost the H-bomb: Cold War, Hot Nukes and the Worst Nuclear Weapons Disaster in History (Presidio Press.) The book is getting excellent advance press, and was chosen by Amazon.com as one of their seven Best Books of April.
Update 2/9/09: The Costa Rican government is using two of the books in the Los Aventureros de la Ciencia series as a science teaching tool for the public schools. They are designing a whole new pedagogic curriculum based on the two novels and Angela will be teaching a series of seminars to train the public school teachers in the use of those novels, according to the new curriculum.
The first four books in a series of young adult science and adventure novels by Angela Posada Swafford (00-01) were published in summer of 2007. The series, Los Aventureros de la Ciencia (The Adventurers of Science), is designed to educate young adults about science. One of the four books within the series, Dinosaurios Sumergidos (Sunken Dinosaurs), was chosen by the Ministry of Education of Mexico to be included in the libraries of its public schools for 2007. See the series blog here.