Faculty Reads, Volume Eight

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Northeastern faculty members have written at length on a wide range of topics. Volume eight of the faculty reading list includes an array of scholarly works penned by Northeastern University professors, such as assistant professor of architecture Ivan Rupnik’s look into architecture in Croatia as it broke from Yugoslavia and integrated into the European Union, and associate professor of pharmacy Judith Barr’s resource for pharmacy educators and industry professionals.

Title: “Sonic Persuasion: Reading Sound in the Recorded Age”

Author: Greg Goodale, assistant professor of communication studies

Description: The author examines how sounds on radio, in film and even in cartoons — whether vocal or musical  — are used to persuade the audience. Goodale highlights common sounds of industry and war in popular media, and how programming producers and governmental agencies employed sound to evoke a sense of fear in listeners. By analyzing important audio cues such as dialect, pausing and accent, Goodale explains how sounds can be “read” and reveals interpretations of identity, culture and history in sound.


Title: “A Peripheral Moment: Experiments in Architectural Agency”

Author: Ivan Rupnik, assistant professor of architecture

Description: The book offers a glimpse into a decade of experimental architecture in Croatia during a tenuous period while it broke off from Croatia and was integrating into the European Union. The book also examines how Croatia’s complex post-socialist and postwar identity affected architecture as a profession. The author tells this story through multiple lenses, providing perspective from renowned writers and architecture professionals from that era.


Title: “Pharmacy Education: What it Means in Learning and Teaching”

Author: Judith Barr, associate professor of pharmacy

Description: This book is an essential resource for pharmacy educators at any level as well as pharmacy residency directors to design and develop clinical educational programs in pharmacy. It covers a variety of teaching settings and guides the reader in developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be a teacher. Each chapter includes useful scenarios and reflective workbook exercises that enable the reader to personalize the material to his or her stage of development.


Title: “Magnetics, Dielectrics, and Wave Propagation with MATLAB® Codes”

Author: Carmine Vittoria, professor of electrical and computer engineering

Description: This book simplifies the fundamentals that govern the phenomenon of magnetic resonance and wave propagation in magneto-dielectric materials. From basic principles to calculation tools, it provides a valuable resource for engineering students to develop an understanding of wave propagation and effectively bridges the gap between microscopic and macroscopic principles and the basics of magnetic parameters.


Title: “Faith, Politics and Press in Our Perilous Times”

Author: Stephen Burgard, director of the school of journalism

Description: This book, divided into three digestible sections — religion and the news in the post-9/11 world; covering religion in the 21st century, with special attention to new technology and web resources; and covering the new religious landscape — allows journalists, bloggers and policymakers to better understand how religion influences the day’s news. It is also a valuable resource for religion specialists and students in journalism, policy or communications programs who may pursue careers in international affairs, political leadership or religion and philosophy.