2018 Promotion and Tenure Bookplate Selections

Guarav Bahl (Mechanical Science and Engineering)

Marvels and Mysteries of the World Around Us (Readers Digest)

This is a beautiful collection of articles and photographs describing the beauty, splendor, and terrors of the natural world. I grew up with this book and used to flip through it regularly after dinnertime with my eyes wide open in wonder. I hope that it will continue to inspire generations to come.




Alison Bell (Animal Biology)

Developmental Plasticity and Evolution by: Mary Jane West-Eberhard

The ability of organisms to alter their phenotype in response to the environment has long fascinated biologists. In this monumental treatise, West-Eberhard inventories the ways in which “phenotypic plasticity” matters for evolutionary processes. Coveted by some readers and despised by others, this book has energized a generation to give plasticity its due.



Felipe Cardoso (Animal Sciences)

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by: Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

This book was given to me as a Christmas present from my sister. It changed the way I handled my business at that time but also my personal life. A goal is one that sets us on a path of ongoing improvement. It helped to keep our family dogma “O importante é alegria no coração”




Xiaoling (Clara) Chen (Accountantcy)

The Story of the Stone by: Cao Xueqin (Author) David Hawkes (Translator)

This enthralling 18th-century classic is the best Chinese novel of all time. It introduced me to the poetry, philosophy, norms, and aesthetics of ancient China as well as the intricacies of human relationships. The author’s profound compassion for women and egalitarian values were far ahead of his time.




Huck Beng Chew (Aerospace Engineering)

The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew by: Kuan Yew Lee

The Singapore story provides firsthand insights into how Singapore — my home country — transformed from a little known island nation into a powerhouse. My formal education in Singapore has allowed me to pursue my dreams here in Illinois.





Jaewon Choi (Finance)

The Return of the Condor Heroes by:  Jin Yong

My favorite Wuxia fantasy novel, which I can say I grew up with. It brings up all good memories of my childhood, especially those with my older brother who introduced me to this book. Next time I am back to Korea, I will sit down with him reading it again.




Julie Cidell (Geography and GIS)

The Hero and the Crown by: Robin McKinley

This was my favorite book when I was growing up. I didn’t appreciate until I was older how unusual Aerin was as a feminist heroine. But she was always an inspiration, whether fighting dragons or coping with her lack of social skills. I still re-read this book now and again when I need support.




Nicole A. Cooke (School of Information Sciences)

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by: Audre Lorde

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”  Audre Lorde was a writer, feminist, civil rights activist, AND a librarian. Her words give strength, provide comfort, and have helped me find my voice as a scholar-activist.




Stephanie Craft (Journalism)

Public Opinion by: Walter Lippmann

I first encountered this book in graduate school and have returned to it time and again, fascinated by how timely, even urgent, the concerns Lippmann identifies continue to be for journalism and democracy a century later.





Jennifer Cromley  (EPSY)

Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement by: John Hattie

Hattie brings a big picture view to education research, showing where we can make big impacts versus small nudges. In my own career, I have become increasingly interested in where we can get powerful leverage on big problems in education, rather than “knowing more and more about less and less”.




John Dallesasse (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Physical Properties of Semiconductors by: Charles Wolfe, Nick Holonyak Jr., and Gregory Stillman

Two of the authors, Nick Holonyak, Jr. and Greg Stillman, have had a profound impact on my life. Nick was a powerful mentor and role model who led by example and set the standard for personal and professional excellence. Greg’s humility, kindness, and thoughtful nature brought together people with dramatically different viewpoints.




Brian Deal (Landscape Architecture)

Dynamic Modeling by: Bruce Hannon and Ruth Mathias

Bruce Hannon introduced me to dynamic systems modeling in this book. It has been foundational in my subsequent work.






Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Cybernetics by: Norbert Wiener

Wiener’s groundbreaking work forever changed the way we think about systems and information. This book has had a profound impact on the way I approach research problems ever since I discovered it as a graduate student.




Christine Escobar-Sawicki (School of Social Work)

Fragile X Fragile Hope: Finding Joy in Parenting a Chile with Special Needs by: Elizabeth Griffin

Gifted after my son was diagnosed as having Fragile X syndrome, this book was a powerful reminder of lessons learned during my social work coursework: the importance of connection, building resiliency, the value of a strengths based approach and how to find joy and hope in the unexpected.




Sherrie Faulkner (School of Social Work)

I Am Enough by: Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)

I believe that this book is very empowering for young females.  We need to teach our girls (and boys) that they are perfect as they are – they are enough.






Christopher Fennel (Anthropology)

The Book of Questions by: Pablo Neruda

A poetic celebration of curiosity.







Christopher Freeburg (English)

Moby-Dick by:  Herman Mellville

It gets me.







Becky Fuller (Animal Biology)

The Optics of Life: A Biologist’s Guide to Light in Nature by: Sonke Johnsen

The diversity of color patterns in nature has long fascinated biologists. Objectively quantifying this variation requires an understanding of how light is reflected, transmitted, and absorbed in nature. This book elegantly crosses the fields of physics and biology and provides biologists with the tools needed to tackle questions regarding the visual world.




Andrew Gaedtke (English)

The Complete Novels of Flann O’Brien  by: Flann O’Brien

Flann O’Brien’s fiction poses strange questions about the uncanny ways that persons and things exist in fictional and real worlds and how those categories may transect and converge. I discovered his novels at a crucial moment in my research, and they always renew my fascination with literature as a way of knowing and being.




Daniel Gilbert (School of Labor and Employment Relations; Department of History)

Only a Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-Mining Songs by:Archie Green

Archie Green wrote this landmark study of workers’ culture as a faculty member at the University of Illinois. I had the honor of getting to know Archie towards the end of his extraordinary life. I feel lucky to get to go to work every day in the very building where he wrote Only a Miner.





Devon Hague (Veterinary Clinical Medicine)

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal  by: Larry W. Swanson, et al

This beautiful book documents the drawings of the nervous system by the pioneer neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate Santiago Ramón y Cajal. In 2014, I was fortunate to present my work in the auditorium in Madrid where Cajal lectured to medical students. The mystery and artistry of medicine, specifically neurology, is captured beautifully in the book.




Rudolf Haken (Music)

Fundamentals of Music Theory by: Hubert Kessler

During my childhood and teenage years I studied composition and piano with Dr. Kessler at his home in Urbana.  I had approximately one thousand hours of private lessons with Dr. Kessler, all in German.  He had a profound influence on me musically and personally.



Chang-Dae Ham (Advertising)

Korean Communication, Media, and Culture: An Annotated Bibliography by: Kyu Ho Youm and Nojin Kwak

I am an author of a book chapter, “advertising Chapter 6,” of this book. The chapter overviews all the advertising research studies that have been published in English since 1990’s. The analyzed and listed articles and book chapters have been a great guide for my research endeavor since I joined academia.





Myung-Ja Han (University Library)

Annals of the Former World  by: John McPhee

It manifests the ideal of writing, which happens to be the family enterprise for three of us — my daughter, my husband, and I. I would like to dedicate this book to them who have kept and will be keeping company on that journey.





Tisha Harper (Veterinary Clinical Medicine)

A House for Mr. Biswas by:  V.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul was a Trinidadian who won a Nobel Prize in literature. This is his first book that achieved worldwide acclaim. It detalis life in Trinidad during post-colonial times. I grew up reading many of his books and have always been inspired by the determination, hardwork and achievements of my fellow countryman.




Laura Hill (FRIT)

Giuseppe Massarenti by: Marco Poli

Poor, uneducated laborers in Northern Italy during the fascist era, my grandparents chose to oppose fascism and participate in organized labor; Massarenti was their leader.
Thanks to their commitment and sacrifices, fascism was defeated, Italian democracy was born, my family history and my own identity were defined, and new opportunities arose for generations to come.




Daniel Hyde (Psychology)

The Origin of Concepts by: Susan Carey

Susan Carey was a mentor to me in graduate school.  I have spent many years and will likely spend many more contemplating the ideas expressed within.






Princess Imoukhuede (Bioengineering)

Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America by: Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden

Being the first black woman to earn tenure in Bioengineering at Illinois is not easy path. This book supported this path by giving voice to my intersectional experiences. It encouraged me to honor my voice and my beliefs, my authentic self. I hope that this book supports the Illinois community, as it supported me.




Jill Jegerski (Spanish and Portuguese)

The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by: Steven Pinker

This is an excellent book on linguistics for non-specialists. It was one of the first linguistics books I myself ever read and it sparked my interest in the field. The book is entertaining as well as informative in its coverage of how children acquire language and what the process tells us about human cognition.




Juan Jimenez (Medicine)

The Physician by: Noah Gordon

I read this book while studying abroad in medical school. The desire and determination of the main character to travel the world to study medicine resonated with me at that time. The supernatural aspect of his special healing powers added an interesting wrinkle to the story.





Yong-Su Jin (Food Science and Human Nutrition)

Yeast: Molecular and Cell Biology by: Horst Feldmann

Yeast is a unicellular eukaryotic microorganism which have enabled the discovery and production of numerous pharmaceutical drugs. Also, yeast is involved in the production of foods and alcoholic beverages. Most importantly, yeast has been a friend of my research. This book is a great textbook covering all aspects of yeast biology, from A to Z.




Ely Kerman (Mathematics)

Morse Theory by: John Milnor

Reading this book was a revelation to me in graduate school. I still use the ideas it describes in nearly all of my work. It is a beautiful exposition of the profound relationships between the things we seek, extrema, and the shape of the spaces in which they live.





Seok Kim (Mechanical Science and Engineering)

Green Eggs and Ham by: Dr. Seuss

During my preparing the tenure dossier, my family especially my 4 year old daughter gave me lots of energy. I used to read this book to her and I wanted to select this book because of my daughter.





Emily Knox (School of Information Sciences)

The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure – Without Losing Your Soul  by: Kerry Ann Roquemore and Tracey Laszloffy

Thank you to Kerry Anne Roquemore and the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity for all of the tips and strategies for success.






Michael Kustanovich (Accountantcy)

Gleim CPA Review Financial Accounting and Reporting  by: Irving N. Gleim and Muchael Kustanovich

When the first edition of this textbook was published by Dr. Gleim in 1974, it revolutionized the way students studied for the CPA exam. This textbook made the CPA license more achievable and affordable for everybody. To date, more than 1 million CPA exams have been passed using the many editions of this textbook.





Mary Laskowski (University Library)

An Examination of the Social Statements of the American Lutheran Church from 1961-1972 from the Perspective of the Theology of Luther and the Augsburg Confession  by: Edward Dale Schneider

Having spent many of my formative years listening to my mother type out my father’s dissertation on our dining room table, I chose that text in thanks for teaching me the importance of lifelong learning.



Eduardo Ledesma (Spanish and Portuguese)

The Annotated Jules Verne: From the Earth to the Moon by: Jules Verne (Walter James Miller, Editor)

I first read this book as a child growing up in Spain. It inspired my love of science fiction and technology. It led me to become, first, an engineer, and later, a film and literature professor. The book also left a lasting imprint in popular culture, influencing figures from H.G. Wells to Georges Méliès.




Charles Ledford (Journalism)

On the Road  by: Jack Kerouac

As a young man barely out of the North Carolina mountains and quite green, On the Road sensitized me to the absolute feasibility of the peripatetic life – in my case that of an itinerate photojournalist. Suddenly, a mode of existence that had been only vaguely aspirational became an actual possibility, and it changed my life.




Tonghun Lee (Mechanical Science and Engineering)

Danny the Champion of the World  by: Roald Dahl

This was my favorite book growing up in England during elementary school.






Youngsoo Lee (Food Science and Human Nutrition)

All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten by: Robert Fulghum

We are living in a period that forces us to rethink the core values of our lives. I believe this book helps us to revisit them.






Melissa Littlefield (English and Kinesiology & Community Health)

Handywoman  by: Kate Davies

Kate Davies was once an academic. Now, she is a knitwear designer. She is also a personal hero of mine. This book traces her move from 18th century literature to contemporary design via neuroscience and an obsession with crafting a life that’s truly handmade.





Jeffrey Loewenstein (Business Administration)

The Craft of Creativity by: Matthew A. Cronin and Jeffrey Loewenstein

This book is about how to change your own mind. Understanding and providing guidance on how anyone can take a new perspective so as to develop new solutions and new knowledge is of benefit to university life and knowledge work generally.




Virginia Lorenz  (Physics)

Tiger in the Mountain Pass by: Jinye Lorenz

This book represents many things to me: it is by my mother, whose belief, along with my father’s, in a strong education supported my academic career; it is about culture and the familial stories passed down; it is about environmental protection, but also a portrait of life’s contradictions at a given point in history.





Jeffrey Matthews  (Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences)

Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of America’s Wetlands by:  Ann Vileisis

Discovering the Unknown Landscape tells the story of America’s wetlands, documenting changes in attitudes toward these critically important, but often maligned, habitats. Ann Vileisis’ book is an inspirational pat on back to remind me of the importance of my research. Don’t drain the swamp!




Mary Maurer (School of Social Work)

How to Have a Good Day by: Caroline Webb

How to Have a Good Day draws on the most current research in the behavioral sciences. The knowledge I gained from reading this book has positively impacted both my personal and professional life – and yes, has helped me to have great days.




Helen Gerolymatos McDonald  (School of Social Work)

Journey to the Heart  by: Melody Beattie

This book, filled with heart-felt and meaningful messages, never gets old. It is a gift that keeps on giving. It is organized around the 365 days of any given year and for each day, Melody gently reminds us, in her storytelling ways, of the power of being human.





Emma Mercier  (Curriculum and Instruction)

Children’s Minds by: Margaret Donaldson

Donaldson’s work exemplifies the issue that the way we conduct research – and the context within which research happens – influences our findings. Reading this as an undergraduate, it highlighted that even long-standing research can be queried with new methods and that there remain many open questions to explore.




Sayan Mitra (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

The Right Stuff  by: Tom Wolfe

A majestic drama with the backdrop of a legendary period of technological progress in the United States.






Isabel Molina-Guzman (Latina/Latino Studies: Media and Deinema Studies)

Out of Order, Out of Sight, Volume 1  by: Adrian Piper

When I read this book, it set me on my personal and academic journey to understand the intersections of social justice, representation and ethnicity/race/gender/sexuality. Her work embodies why visibility/invisibility matters to achieving equity.





David Morris (English)

Parable of the Sower  by: Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler presents possible futures (nightmarish and hopeful) and asks us to think through the actions and inactions that might lead to each. This novel helped me recognize the power of literature to imagine and even enact social visions.





Sean Mullen (Kinesiology and Community Health)

Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise by: Glyn Roberts

This collection of seminal work is written by a Who’s Who in my field. This book inspired my early fascination for research on individual differences in motivation (fixed vs. growth mindsets) and approaches to theoretically-based physical activity interventions. Each time I pick it up, I find another gem of wisdom.




Sungwoo Nam (Mechanical Science and Engineering)

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness  by: Todd Rose

This book led me to think about our approach to measuring our own and our students’ performance against the “average” person, judged according to how close to or far from the “average” we are. This book emphasizes the principle of individuality, which has been obscured by our tendencies to evaluate ourselves against the average.



James O’Dwyer (Plant Biology)

Contact by: Carl Sagan

I first considered the books I’ve enjoyed that poke a little bit of fun at academia and the tenure process. But in the end selected a novel that bridges my early interests in physics and my current research in living systems. While at the same time providing a human perspective on how science is done.





Heidi Phillips  (Veterinary Clinical Medicine)

The Trumpet of the Swan by:  E.B. White

This book meant a great deal to me as a child, as it followed the adventures and discoveries of an animal who felt isolated and lonely. Through courage and by trusting his instincts, Louis learned and accomplished a great deal while teaching me to embrace my individuality.





Dana Rabin (History)

The Jurisprudence of Emergency: Colonialism and the Rule of Law by: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain argues that the limits of the rule of law are embedded in the Enlightenment texts that defined it as universal. The book’s highly readable combination of theory and empirical analysis of Britain’s colonial rule in India illuminates the relationship between sovereignty, law, and exception.




Michael Raycraft (Recreation, Sport, and Tourism)

Wooden: A Lifetime of Reflections and Observations On and Off the Court  by: John Wooden

“Life can actually be this simple.”  Dr. Raycraft- first day of class August 1999.







Prabhakara Reddi (Comparative Biosciences)

Introduction to Parasitology, with Special Reference to the Parasites of Man  by: Asa Crawford Chandler

Parasitology was my elective in Master’s. It was fascinating to learn about how parasites have evolved to take only enough from the host to survive, reproduce, and propagate species without killing their host. This taught me to understand biology in the light of evolution. Chandler’s was one of the textbooks used in class.




Scott Ricketts (English)

Preston Falls by: David Gates

This novel inspires me to render the lives of my characters as starkly and truthfully as possible, even if their reality is unpleasant. This book also reminds me to treat those same people with compassion and a sense of humor as they make their way through the challenges in their lives.





Kyle Rimkus (University Library)

Miles: The Autobiography  by: Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe

I love the autobiography of Miles Davis for its bold insight into our country’s cultural history, and for its profane, humorous prose. As a librarian and professor, I also learned from the way that Miles cultivated talent around him, accepted and embraced new technologies, and resisted the hypocrisy he encountered in the world.




Joaquin Rodriquez-Lopez (Chemistry)

Maya by: Jostein Gaarder

This book has all the questions and none of the answers, instead several reflections about being a human and a scientist. I found it in my teen years and is highly quotable (to myself) when I think about my purpose in life.  “The eye that surveys the universe is the universe’s own eye”




Lindsay Rose Russell (English: Center for Writing Studies)

Ball of Fire DVD

He’s a sheltered lexicographer who “embalms dead phrases”; she’s a nightclub singer whose “words make your mouth water”; together, they reinvent dictionary making. I love this 1941 film for the way it brings to life what I study, smartly critiquing biases of dictionaries while also imagining more creative, collaborative, conscientious approaches dictionary making and use.




Julia Frances Saville (English)

Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies by: Jason R. Rudy

This book challenges the common assumption that Victorian poetry (my field) is arcane, for it explores poetry written in the British colonies (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada) to express the emotional complexity of nineteenth-century emigrant experience—an experience still familiar to many of us today.



Teresa Serra Devesa (ACES)

Applied Econometric Time Series  by: Walter Enders

This book is an excellent introductory reading to time series econometrics. While it has extensive coverage of time series methods, it is primarily written for the practitioner. It makes time series easy to grasp and fun to study.





Andrew Smith (Bioengineering)

The Solo Lute Works of Johann Sebastian Bach by: Frank Koonce

Bach was one of the greatest creators of simple beauty within a rigid and complex musical form. Engineering and science likewise function within stringent practical bounds, but space for creative expression is abundant.






Rachel Smith-Bolton (Cell and Developmental Biology)

First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery  by: Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr

This book describes the profound influence that research using Drosophila has had on our understanding of basic biology as well as human development, physiology, and disease. It explains the Nobel prize-winning and other foundational research conducted in fruit flies, including work by my former advisors as well as other mentors in the fly community.





Deepak Somaya (Business Administration)

The Theory of the Growth of the Firm  by: Edith Penrose

In her now classic book, Edith Penrose provides an original and pioneering treatise on business organizations and their growth. In the best traditions of scientific inquiry, she bucked prevailing orthodoxy and sought simply to understand and explain an important phenomenon. I hope to build on her work, in both spirit and substance.





Jacob Sosnoff  (Kinesiology and Community Health)

Sheep in a Jeep  by: Nancy Shaw

An academic life is full of challenges. This book highlights the importance of overcoming obstacles, importance of strategic planning, unintended consequences, advantages of collaboration, and making the best of a challenging situation. It also indicates the perils of being a short-sighted sheep. Think for yourself and if all else fails laugh.




Derrick Spires (English)

Early Negro Writing, 1760-1837 by: Dorothy Porter

Porter’s work as curator of Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center has been foundational to our understanding of black print and American literary studies. Before the academy decided black writing—let alone broader understandings of print culture—was important, Porter saw the urgent need to preserve, anthologize, and study these texts.



Marek Sroka (University Library)

Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema  by: Marek Haltof

Professor Marek Haltof’s dictionary is an excellent introduction to Polish cinema and offers the broader context in which Polish film industry can be better understood. An important contribution to East-Central European cultural and film studies.




Bridget Sweet (Music Education)

The Child’s Voice  by: Emil Behnke and Lennox Browne

I am smitten with this book from 1885. The ideas that I hold so dear about adolescent vocal development were of great importance to the authors over 100 years ago and I feel honored to continue building upon many of the fundamental concepts through my own research on the adolescent changing voice.





Nathan Todd (Psychology)

Go Dog Go by: P.D. Eastman

This book was one of my favorites as a child.  I am dedicating it to my parents, who inspired a lifelong love of reading, learning, and serving one’s community.





Dallas Trinkle (Materials Science and Engineering)

Investigations on the Theory of the Brownian Movement  by: Albert Einstein

Einstein’s pioneering work relating motion of atoms to macroscale diffusion defined new areas of scientific inquiry that we are still exploring today. Today, we can translate understanding of atomic motion into quantitative predictions to design the processing of materials.




Emily E. LB. Twarog (School of Labor and Employment Relations)

Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States, 1900-1965  by: Annelise Orleck

This book was instrumental in setting the course for my career as a historian. It showed me that the voices of working-class women could be told in a way that was both accessible as well as historically influential. It was my go-to book when I doubted myself.




Joaquin Vieira (Astronomy)

Nobel Dreams  by: Gary Taubes

My undergraduate advisor loaned me a copy of this book when I graduated and was headed to CERN for research before graduate school. The book gave me an inside look into the politics of science and it had a profound effect on me.






Dov Weiss (Religion)

Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking  by: Michael Fishbone

Words cannot adequately describe the appreciation and immense gratitude I have for Michael Fishbane for all he has taught me, through his writings and in person. An unparalleled intellectual giant and the leading Jewish theologian of our day, Prof. Fishbane has been—and continues to be—my mentor and adviser.



Ken Wilund (Kinesiology and Community Health)

Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by: Mark Sullivan

This novel is based on a true story about an Italian teenager who helped Jews escape persecution during WWII by leading them over the Alps from Italy into Switzerland.  The courage and resilience he showed exemplified how normal people can have an extraordinary impact on the lives of others.



Mark Wolters (Business Administration)

Oh, the Places You’ll Go  by: Dr. Seuss

With so much ahead of us all, this book helps students, faculty, and the university remember to keep learning, keep reaching, and keep growing, because there is so much more for us all to still accomplish.




Tony Wong (Astronomy)

The Stars: A New Way to See Them by: H.A. Rey

This book was my first introduction to the constellations as a child.  Nowadays it’s hard for an illustrator to compete with the dazzling photography of Hubble, but Rey, the creator of Curious George, brought the cosmos down to earth.  His re-drawing of the constellations had had lasting influence.  This book will always be a classic.



Yuhai Xuan (Finance)

The Hours: A Novel  by: Michael Cunningham

Be grateful for life, for all those hours “when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we’ve ever imagined”.





Liang Yang (Physics)

One, two, three…infinity; Facts & Speculations of Science  by: George Gamow

A fascinating popular book on mathematics and science by the early proponent of the hot “Big Bang” theory, George Gamow. It’s my favorite book in middle school as it introduced me to the power of scientific thinking.




Mao Ye (Finance)

Journeys: An American Story  by: Andrew Tisch and Mary Skafidas

I recently followed the debate on whether this country becomes more divided. After I read this book, I feel there are always more and more things that unite us than those that divide us. People in this country will become closer to each other, because people in the world become closer to each other.



Yang Zhang (Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty  by: Morris Kline

An inspirational book that helped shape my view of mathematics, science, and the world.





Youfu Zhao (Crop Sciences)

The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in “Healthy” Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain by: Dr. Steven R. Gundry

Eating healthy, living longer! Understanding the myth and choosing the right food for your nutrient and health.