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Josiah Dykstra

Class of 2004
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Josiah Dykstra, PhD (MS, 2004) is the author of his first book, Essential Cybersecurity Science (O'Reilly, 2016). This book provides practical and hands-on advice, case studies, and guidance for students and practitioners of cyber security. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf said "Dykstra surprises readers by showing that the security of software artifacts can be the subject of scientific study." Dykstra is a senior researcher at the National Security Agency, and was recently selected for promotion to the Senior Executive Service. He was a 2015 nominee for FedScoop's "Tech Champion of the Year" and received a 2015 Best Paper Award from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for a research study on stress and cognitive workload in cybersecurity watch centers. He was featured for having one of the 13 coolest jobs in government (http://fedscoop.com/the-13-coolest-jobs-in-government/future-tech-expert-for-national-security).

Cheryl Mullenbach

Class of 2001
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Chicago Review Press has released "Women in Blue" by Cheryl Mullenbach. This is her fourth book. She has been recognized by International Literacy Association, American Library Association, National Council for Social Studies, FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Cheryl's talk at Hyde Park was featured on C-SPAN's "Book TV." Her next book on the sinking of the "Athenia" in 1939 will release in 2017.

Heidi Burns (Wall)

Class of 2002
Heidi Wall Burns (MA '02 English) is pleased to announce the recent publication of her book, "Intellectual Creativity in First-Year Composition Classes," published by Rowman & Littlefield, Oct. 2016.

Burns currently teaches English courses for Minnesota State University Mankato and for St. Petersburg Community College in Florida.

Burns' belief that the current methodology used in first-year composition classrooms is inadequate is what led her to create the study on which this book is founded. In addition, she has published several articles on teaching as well as presented at regional and national conferences. Her goal is to encourage other instructors to take risks in their classrooms and to continue offering more effective learning opportunities for students. In Spring 2016, she was awarded the contingent faculty award from her current institution for her innovation in the classroom.

Matt Kuhns

Class of 2000
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Matt Kuhns (A)('00 graphic design) is the author of a new book chronicling the multi-year feud between former ISU President James H. Hilton and University of Iowa President Virgil Hancher, Hancher vs. Hilton: Iowa's Rival University Presidents.

Dave Williams

Class of 1985
Dave Williams ('85 fisheries and wildlife biology) is the author of the new book The Prairie in Seed: Identifying Seed-Bearing Prairie Plants in the Upper Midwest, published by University of Iowa Press.
Peter J. van der Linden ('75 botany, MS '80) is the author of the new book Shrubs and Vines of Iowa, published by University of Iowa Press.

Frederick Cubbage

Class of 1974
Fred W. Cubbage (L)('74 forestry) is the author of the new book, Natural Resource Policy, published by Waveland Press.

Melissa Sevigny

Class of 2013
Melissa L. Sevigny (MFA '13 creative writing and the environment) is the author of the new book Mythical River: Chasing the Mirage of New Water in the American Southwest, published by University of Iowa Press.

Madan Arora

Class of 1969
Madan Adora recently published two books: "Turning Sewage Into Reusable Water" (Archway Publishing) and "Happiness Comes From Small Things." (Xlibris Publishing)

David Trauger

Class of 1964
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David L. Trauger has published "Peak Oil, Economic Growth, and Wildlife Conservation," a compelling synthesis of key emerging issues of our time --- the fundamental relationships of peak oil and economic growth to conflicts with wildlife conservation. There are numerous books available on the subject of Peak Oil; however, most, if not all, address the consequences of peaking on our industrialized society and how we might adapt. There also are several excellent books available dealing with economic growth. Books on wildlife conservation are also commonplace. However, no book currently integrates the topics of Peak Oil, economic growth, and wildlife conservation into one narrative. This book attempts to do just that. The book is divided into four sections, respectively titled The Energy Dilemma, Economic Considerations, Fundamental Conflicts, and Wildlife Conservation and the Future. Each succeeding section builds on those that come before it. Readers of this book will gain a deeper understanding of the vital linkages between energy, economic growth, and the conservation of natural landscapes and native species.

a compelling synthesis of key emerging issues of our time --- the fundamental relationships of peak oil and economic growth to conflicts with wildlife conservation. There are numerous books available on the subject of Peak Oil; however, most, if not all, address the consequences of peaking on our industrialized society and how we might adapt. There also are several excellent books available dealing with economic growth. Books on wildlife conservation are also commonplace. However, no book currently integrates the topics of Peak Oil, economic growth, and wildlife conservation into one narrative. This book attempts to do just that. The book is divided into four sections, respectively titled The Energy Dilemma, Economic Considerations, Fundamental Conflicts, and Wildlife Conservation and the Future. Each succeeding section builds on those that come before it. Readers of this book will gain a deeper understanding of the vital linkages between energy, economic growth, and the conservation of natural landscapes and native species.This book is written for a broad audience, including natural resources professionals, planners, and policy-makers in federal, state, and provincial governments. Leaders of conservation and environmental organizations will value its clarion call for action to stem further losses of biodiversity (including genetic diversity) and advance its conservation. Professors teaching university courses in wildlife ecology and management, conservation biology, and ecological economics will find this volume to be an indispensable course book for their students. Others will use it as a primary reference for seminars dealing with sustainability. Persons interested in Peak Oil and energy depletion will learn how these issues impinge on wildlife conservation. Those interested in alternatives to a growth economy will find the discussion of a steady state economy enlightening, given that lack of cheap, abundant energy may force us in that direction anyway. It is our hope that readers of this book will act on the information contained in it to effect positive change in how our global civilization interacts with the biosphere and humanity’s co-inhabitants—the millions of species composing Earth’s biodiversity. Everyone interested in making positive changes for a better future will discover the insightful discussions concerning alternatives to a growth economy and potentials of the steady state economy to be essential reading.
Sandra Otten Davis has published Pearls of Leadership Wisdom, Volume II. David is the chair and co-founder of MDA Leadership Consulting in Minneapolis.

George Larson

Class of 1969
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. George A. Larson of Rapid City, S.D., recently published South Dakota War Stories: The Great Plains to Southwest Asia. The book begins with the historic "voyage of discovery" of Lewis and Clark and continues through World Wars I and II, the Cold War, Vietnam, and beyond.

Carter Niemeyer

Class of 1970
Carter Niemeyer has just published his second book, Wolf Land. The book is a collection of nonfiction "campfire" stories, sharing memorable field experiences about Niemeyer's interactions with wolves and people.
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Susana Muñoz (Rundquist) (BS 95; PhD, 08) recently completed her first book "Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education: The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists" (Peter Lang Publishing), which highlights the lives of 13 activist who grapple with their legality as a salient identity as they navigate higher education and social activism. The purpose of this book is for educators and allies to understand how undocumented students make meaning of their legal status, institutional barriers to college access, and the complexities of “coming out of the shadows” to advocate for changes to immigration policy and access to higher education.

Lindsay Tigue

Class of 2014
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Lindsay Tigue has published her first book, a poetry collection, SYSTEM OF GHOSTS (University of Iowa Press, 2016), which won the 2015 Iowa Poetry Prize. It is being published on April 1, 2016.

In System of Ghosts, Lindsay details the way landscape speaks to isolation and personhood, how virtual and lived networks alter experience. She questions how built environments structure lives, how we seek out information within these spaces, and, most fundamentally, how we love.

Rooted in the personal, the speaker of this collection moves through society and history, with the aim of firmly placing herself within her own life and loss. Facts become an essential bridge between spatial and historical boundaries. She connects us to the disappearance of species, abandoned structures, and heartbreak—abandoned spaces that tap into the searing grief woven into society’s public places. There is solace in research, one system this collection uses to examine the isolation of contemporary life alongside personal, historical, and ecological loss. While her poems are intimate and personal, Lindsay never turns away from the larger contexts within which we all live.

Lindsay is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia; the book began as her master's thesis at Iowa State.
Michelle Eastman, a former West Des Moines elementary school teacher and Iowa Public Television producer, recently published two picture books for children: The Legends of the Dust Bunnies, a Fairy's Tale and Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie.

The books take a lighthearted approach to the compelling desire kids have to fit in. The stories validate the need we feel for acceptance, while imparting a subtle message about the joy that can come from embracing one's individuality.

"I am passionate about literacy and issues affecting our children," Michelle says. "In 2014, I launched a successful literacy initiative to raise awareness and collect books for children of incarcerated parents (Picture Book Pass it On/MARCHing Books to Kids). The initiative was adopted as the special project for the current legislative session by the LegisLative League, Iowa General Assembly.

Learn more at www.michelleeastmanbooks.com.

Patrick Brown

Class of 1972
Patrick James Brown is the author of The Mick. He sent a copy to the ISU Alumni Association, noting: “Not only did I graduate from Iowa State, but so did my editor, Greg Lauser [’70 political science], whom I asked to edit my novel because he is so much smarter than I am. Greg was editor of the Iowa State Daily, I merely the sports editor of the 1972 Bomb.” The Mick tells the story of Jack O’Connor, a poor Irish lad, as his life takes him from the Easter Rebellion in 1916, through World War I, back home to Ireland (where he discovers an unspeakable tragedy), and then on to America, where he works as a Mob enforcer.

Brandon Schaefer

Class of 2003
Brandon Schaefer (’03 Spanish/international ag/ag business) has published Build A Better Life: Practical Tools and Strategies to Develop and Lead Your Life and Business the Way Jesus Would. The book provides practical assistance with strategies to empower readers to live a more productive, healthier, and happier life. Schaefer is the founder and executive director of Five Capitals, a global initiative working with business and church leaders in the areas of personal development, leadership skills, and organizational growth.

Kelly Norris

Class of 2008
Kelly Norris, director of horticulture for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, recently released a new gardening book, Plants with Style: A Plantsman’s Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden. His earlier titles include A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts and Iowa Gardener’s Travel Guide. Norris also won a 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Award for his iris-breeding business, Rainbow Iris Farms.

Patricia Tice

Class of 1975
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Author Dr. Patricia Tice (L)(’75 CD, ’83 Prof. St.) has combined her formal training in psychology and human behavior with her experience and training in manners and etiquette to create a book that is a must-have resource on dealing with people, different attitudes, behaviors in the world of agriculture.

Agri Manners – Essential Etiquette for Professional Success is published by Agri Marketing magazine. The book’s introduction is written by Chris Soules, star of the ABC-TV shows “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Dancing with The Stars”, is an Iowa farmer and an Iowa State alum.

Agri Manners is your first resource for planting and growing a meaningful life and career in agriculture and is your go-to resource for knowing how to earn trust and respect, and presenting yourself in a way that is honorable and professional.

Since its release in December 2015, Agri Manners is now being used by several colleges and universities.

Dr. Tice says, “Agricultural stakeholders always need to be professional, well-mannered and respectfully civilized, from the farm field to table to global leader. This new book elevates respect for the agricultural complex.”

Agri Manners – Essential Etiquette for Professional Success can be ordered through www.agrimarketing.com Click on the Bookstore tab.

Dr. Tice and her husband Lynn Henderson (’74 Ag JLMC) live in Adel, Iowa.
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