Friday, January 7, 2011

Spotlight on Research

Many institutions, including colleges and universities, produce an annual report.

UMass Amherst just published its report on research entitled Research is What's NEXT which contains highlights of the past year from biofuels research to green high performance computing to the future of the Internet to different perspectives on economics, among other major research themes.

In the report is a page called Faculty Bookshelf, displayed above, on which 19 books are spotlighted, including, as number 13, my Fragile Networks book (Wiley), co-authored with Qiang "Patrick" Qiang, who was a former doctoral student of mine.

Interestingly, 12 out of the 19 books have females as authors, including Saving State U: Why We Must Fix Public Higher Education (The New Press), authored by the economist and MacArthur Fellow Nancy Folbre, and The Search for Fulfillment: Revolutionary New Research That Reveals the Secret to Long-Term Happiness (Ballantine Books) by psychologist Susan Krauss Whitbourne.

Interestingly, both Folbre and Whitbourne are fellow bloggers. Folbre writes for The New York Times Economix blog, whereas Whitbourne writes a blog for Psychology Today.