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Media Shelf



The Media Shelf offers a sampling of creative research efforts at the University of Georgia including books, software, recordings, research resources and Web sites.



Evolution Through Genetic Exchange

by Michael Arnold, professor of genetics
(Oxford University Press, 2006)

Arnold argues that the predominant evolutionary metaphor, a tree-like pattern of diversification, is inadequate. Instead, he describes evolution as a web that crosses and re-crosses through genetic exchange.


Theodore Roosevelt and World Order

by James R. Holmes, senior research associate, Center
for International Trade and Security
(Potomac Books, 2005)

Holmes, a former Navy officer and combat veteran of Desert Storm, sheds light on some of today’s foreign policy dilemmas through an examination of Theodore Roosevelt’s policy of “police power.”


The Spectacle of Death: Populist Literary Responses to American Capital Cases

by Kristin Boudreau, associate professor of English
(Prometheus Books, 2006)

Boudreau examines public reactions to America’s death penalty from colonial days to the present, focusing on the important role that literary works and popular writers can play in stirring public sentiment.


Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound After
Career Disasters

by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for executive programs & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management, Yale School of Management, and Andrew Ward, assistant professor of management
(Harvard Business School Press, 2006)

Anchored in original research and decades of scholarly studies across fields, this book is packed with engrossing stories and first-hand accounts from humbled CEOs and executives offering a clear plan for any businessperson who needs to recover from career setbacks and reclaim lost prestige and reputation.


Interstate Water Allocation in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia

edited by Jeffrey L. Jordan, professor of agricultural and applied economics and Aaron T. Wolf, associate professor of geography at Oregon State University
(University Press of Florida, 2006)

The rain-drenched Southern states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama keep a Hatfields-and-McCoys-like feud in full swing over who gets what share of the liquid gold. Aimed at researchers and interested parties, the book includes 11 chapters written and edited by scholars about the ins and outs of alleviating future water shortages.


Active Living, Cognitive Functioning, and Aging

by Leonard W. Poon, professor of health administration, biostatics, and epidemiology and director of Institute of Gerontology; Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, department head and professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Phillip D. Tomporowski, associate professor of kinesiology
(Human Kinetics, 2006)

Those who want to keep abreast of what is currently known about the effects of exercise and an active lifestyle on cognitive functioning in old age will benefit from this
foundational text.


Pursuing Hollywood: Seduction, Obsession, Dread

by Nathaniel Kohn, associate professor of journalism and mass communication and associate director, Peabody Awards
(Altamira Press, 2006)

Kohn, producer of the epic movie Zulu Dawn, shows how everyday life and the pursuits of Hollywood interact and how communication and cultural theory (mis)inform
those exchanges.


The Georgia Log Cabin

written and directed by Bill Evelyn, producer/videographer
(UGA Office of Public Affairs)

This 26-minute documentary recounting the history of Georgia log cabins and modern preservation efforts features costumed reenactors and -- in one case -- the UGA equestrian team disguised as frontier settlers on horseback. The film, which aired on GPTV, is available from The Foxfire Museum:


Alvar Suñol: His Vision and His Art

written and produced by Betty Jean Craige, director of the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and professor of comparative literature, and Alan Stecker, retired UGA telecommunications faculty member in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; directed by Alan Stecker
(ASV Communications, 2006)

This documentary celebrating the vision and art of one of Spain's major living artists was awarded first place in the short documentary category by the Indie Gathering film festival for independent filmmakers. It is available from Chip Taylor Communications:  

Research Tools  

The Bugwood Network

by The Bugwood Work Group coordinated by G. Keith Douce, professor of entomology, David J. Moorhead, professor of forestry, and Charles T. Bargeron, management information specialist, entomology, UGA Cooperative Extension Service:

This digital archive of four image databases and 10 hosted Web sites provides information on entomology, forestry, invasive species, forest health and natural resources, with particular attention to the Southeastern U.S., Africa and the South Pacific.


Discover Life

by The Polistes Foundation, coordinated by John Pickering, associate professor of ecology:

This huge digital resource, which features a large database of plant and animal images, provides free online tools to identify species, share ways to teach and study biodiversity, report findings, build maps, process images, contribute to and learn from an online encyclopedia that now includes more than 700,000 species.  


American Influences

by the UGA Wind Ensemble, conducted by John N. Culvahouse associate professor of music and interim
director of bands.
(Summit Records, 2006)

This recording features works by composers
Michael Daugherty, Percy Grainger, David Maslanka
and Roger Vogel.


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