Shaista Wahab and Barry Youngerman
Co-authored by Shaista Wahab, UNO faculty member.
Afghanistan has long been considered a remote and uninviting country to all but its closest neighbors. This lightly populated agricultural and pastoral nation has guarded its independence in the age of European imperialism thanks in large part to its limited perceived value. Political isolation reinforced by a conservative tribal culture kept most of the cultural and economic changes of the modern world at bay. Slowly, however, modern ways and values began to penetrate into the capital city of Kabul.
A Brief History of Afghanistan, Second Edition examines this country's isolation and how it found itself involved in 30 years of war and anarchy. This updated resource provides extensive background information so readers can understand the issues and make informed judgments of their own.
Randall E. Adkins, David A. Dulio, and Gregory A. Petrow
Editors: Randall E. Adkins (UNO faculty member) and David A. Dulio
Chapter 11, Courting the Obama-Terry Voter: Terry vs. Esch in Nebraska’s Second Congressional District, co-authored by Randall E. Adkins and Gregory A. Petrow, UNO faculty members.
During the 2008 elections, nowhere was change more anticipated than in the House and Senate. Going into Election Day, most analysts predicted a large majority of Democratic wins in both chambers. However, while many Republicans lost and Democrats came away with a clear majority, some of the most vulnerable managed to hang on and win reelection. Cases in Congressional Campaigns illustrates how embattled incumbents defended their turf in such a difficult year for Republican candidates, the Republican Party, and the Republican brand. It focuses on how selected congressional incumbents "played defense"―successfully or not―in an election cycle that was dominated by the theme and message of change.
Each chapter is written by political scientists on the ground and familiar with the district they are analyzing. Analysis of broader trends from the 2008 cycle bookend the volume with Adkins and Dulio’s insightful framing. More than just a collection of case studies, this book offers a common framework for understanding who won, who lost, and why. In addition, the companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415873888 provides instructors with useful teaching tools, including sample assignments, dynamic PowerPoint slides, graphs, and links to relevant YouTube clips.
Rami Arav and Richard A. Freund
Co-authored and co-edited by Rami Arav, UNO faculty member.
Archaeological excavation of the ancient city of Bethsaida has retrieved a wealth of information on some of the most intriguing topics from 10th century BCE to 4th century CE. This volume includes reports on archaeological and geological findings from 1997 to 2006 and the cultural and historical contexts of the findings.
Nedžad Bašić, Anwar H. Siddiqui, and Nikitah O. Imani
Chapter, The War on Jihad: Eurocentrism and Its Thinly-Veiled Attack on Islamic Cultures and Societies, authored by Nikitah Imani, UNO faculty member.
In traditional scholars’ debate, global terrorism, in western literature is solely linked to Islam, predominantly seen as an issue with religious and cultural background. However, this problem is more complex than we can perceive on first view. The issue of global terrorism is essentially linked to structural changes in global economy, rather than to the shaping of global geopolitical models, which took place after the collapse of the Soviet Union, as has been noted in many scholars’ interpretations.
This book focuses the hypothesis that a critical aspect of this issue refers to the relationship between government and society in the era of globalization, rather than to being related to a sense of belonging to civilizations of distinct cultural, historical and religious diversities and different identities. Visible conflict between government and society in the era of globalization is not some kind of a given, but rather is a constructed social-political-economic phenomenon that fits into the general category of social, economic and political competition in the process of globalisation. Observing relationships between government, MNCs, and the global market, this book is focused on rethinking the relationship between global terrorism, which is getting more and more religious exclusiveness, and democracy, which is getting more and more human welfare dimension.
The lack of local governments in Islamic countries effectively causes a response to the challenges of the “global conflict distribution”. The Islamic Global Radical Militant Movement (GIRMM) has appeared as an authentic response to the clash between globalization and democracy by attacking global forces and global institutions as supporters of local futile governments.
This book deals with correspondence between “global wealth distributional conflict” and global terrorism as a new phenomenon in the 21st century.
This project sought to expand voter outreach and mobilization of new registered and Latino voters through a series of activities to be undertaken in winter of 2007 leading up to the 2008 General Election in the greater Omaha metropolitan area. Following the successful development of a voter mobilization project undertaken in the 2006 election cycle, this project conducted a series of door-to-door canvassing activities utilizing University of Nebraska at Omaha students to distribute nonpartisan voter information, and engage in “get out the vote” activities with new Latino registered voters in Ward 4 of Douglas County, Nebraska and among Southeast Omaha’s predominately minority communities. As of 9/1/2008, there were approximately 10,000 newly registered This project sought to expand voter outreach and mobilization of new registered and Latino voters through a series of activities to be undertaken in winter of 2007 leading up to the 2008 General Election in the greater Omaha metropolitan area. Following the successful development of a voter mobilization project undertaken in the 2006 election cycle, this project conducted a series of door-to-door canvassing activities utilizing University of Nebraska at Omaha students to distribute nonpartisan voter information, and engage in “get out the vote” activities with new Latino registered voters in Ward 4 of Douglas County, Nebraska and among Southeast Omaha’s predominately minority communities. As of 9/1/2008, there were approximately 10,000 newly registered voters (NRV’s ) in Douglas County. We estimated that there may be as many as 3,000 of these new voters in Legislative Districts 5 and 7 (an area approximately from the Missouri River to 72nd Street and from the downtown Omaha area down into Ralston and Bellevue).
Donald D. Bergh, Dave K. Ketchen Jr., Erin G. Pleggenkuhle-Miles, and Mike P. Weng
Editors: D. Bergh, D. Ketchen
Chapter, Embracing Debates to Advance Global Strategy Research, co-authored by Erin G. Pleggenkuhle-Miles, UNO faculty member
This book series' mission is to provide a forum for critique, commentary, and discussion about key methodology issues in the strategic management field. Strategic management relies on an array of complex methods drawn from various allied disciplines to examine how managers attempt to lead their firms toward success. The field is undergoing a rapid transformation in methodological rigor, and researchers face many new challenges about how to conduct their research and in understanding the implications that are associated with their research choices. This book series seeks to bridge the gap between what researchers know and what they need to know about methodology. In each volume, renowned scholars contribute chapters in their areas of methodological expertise.
William L. Blizek, Julien R. Fielding, Michele M. Desmarais, Birud Sindhav, and Christian Haunton
Edited by William L. Blizek, UNO faculty member.
Chapters authored and co-authored by UNO faculty members include:
Chapter 1: Religion and the Movies, authored by William L. Blizek
Chapter 2: Using Religion to Interpret Movies, authored by William L. Blizek
Chapter 3: Using Movies to Critique Religion, authored by William L. Blizek
Chapter 6: Retelling of Religious Stories, co-authored by William L. Blizek and Julien Fielding
Chapter 13: Buddhist Movies, authored by Michele Desmarais
Chapter 14: Hindu Movies, co-authored by Michele Desmarais and Birud Sindhav
Chapter 17: Indigenous Religions and Movies, authored by Julien Fielding
Chapter 22: Redemption and Film, authored by Julien Fielding
Chapter 24: Images of God in the Movies, authored by Christian Haunton
Chapter 26. Karma and Film, authored by Michele Desmarais
The Continuum Companion to Religion and Film offers the definitive guide to study in this growing area. The book covers all the most pressing and important themes and categories in the field - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Twenty-nine specifically commissioned essays from a team of experts reveal where important work continues to be done in the field and provide a map of this evolving research area. Featuring chapters on methodology, religions of the world, and popular religious themes, as well as an extensive bibliography and filmography, this is the essential tool for anyone with an interest in the intersection between religion and film.
Paul Blokker, Bruno Dallago, and Petr Pavlinek
Editors: Paul Blokker and Bruno Dallago
Chapter, Regional Development Effects of Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe, authored by Petr Pavlinek, UNO faculty member.
This book analyzes regional and local models of development, in the context of existing socio-economic disparities and the impact of EU enlargement and European policy, offering a comparative and in-depth analysis of the distinct nature of regional differences within Central and Eastern Europe.
Cultural Values and Anticipations of Female Leadership Styles A Study of Rotary Clubs in Taiwan and the United States
Although the status of women in general has gradually improved in education, employment and leadership over the years, the big picture for women is still disheartening, and female leadership in higher positions is disproportionately represented. To address this issue for more satisfactory gender equality, this study undertakes a comparative quantitative and qualitative study of female leadership in non-profit organizations in the East and the West by exploring the relationships between the Rotary Club members¿ cultural values and their anticipated female leadership styles in Taiwan and the United States. Specifically, this study will provide more academic perspectives on female leadership in cross-cultural studies, strive to overcome conceptual and methodological biases in current leadership research, contribute to research on leadership behaviors in non-profit organizations, apply academic knowledge to female leadership practices, and raise individual consciousness of the benefit of female leadership.
Angela M. Eikenberry
In the contemporary United States, third parties are being relied upon to deliver social services that were once chiefly the responsibility of government. Among the new philanthropic associations that have arisen in this environment are voluntary groups known as giving circles. Their purpose is to bring people together to pool resources and then collectively decide how to distribute them. Giving circles have been seen as the most democratic of philanthropic mechanisms, working to meet social needs and solve community problems, while enhancing the civic education and participation of their members. Angela M. Eikenberry examines this new phenomenon and considers what role voluntary associations and philanthropy can or should play in a democratic society.
Jatinder N.D. Gupta, Sushil K. Sharma, Andrew P. Martin, and Deepak Khazanchi
Editors: Jatinder N.D. Gupta and Sushil K. Sharma
Chapter XIX, Information Availability, co-authored by Andrew P. Martin and Deepak Khazanchi, UNO faculty members.
While emerging information and internet ubiquitous technologies provide tremendous positive opportunities, there are still numerous vulnerabilities associated with technology. Attacks on computer systems are increasing in sophistication and potential devastation more than ever before. As such, organizations need to stay abreast of the latest protective measures and services to prevent cyber attacks.
The Handbook of Research on Information Security and Assurance includes 47 chapters offering comprehensive definitions and explanations on topics such as firewalls, information warfare, encryption standards, and social and ethical concerns in enterprise security. Edited by over 90 scholars in information science, this reference provides tools to combat the growing risk associated with technology.
Charles Judd, Gary McClelland, and Carey S. Ryan
Co-edited by Carey S. Ryan, UNO faculty member.
This completely rewritten classic text features many new examples, insights and topics including mediational, categorical, and multilevel models. Substantially reorganized, this edition provides a briefer, more streamlined examination of data analysis. Noted for its model-comparison approach and unified framework based on the general linear model, the book provides readers with a greater understanding of a variety of statistical procedures. This consistent framework, including consistent vocabulary and notation, is used throughout to develop fewer but more powerful model building techniques. The authors show how all analysis of variance and multiple regression can be accomplished within this framework. The model-comparison approach provides several benefits:
-It strengthens the intuitive understanding of the material thereby increasing the ability to successfully analyze data in the future
-It provides more control in the analysis of data so that readers can apply the techniques to a broader spectrum of questions
-It reduces the number of statistical techniques that must be memorized
-It teaches readers how to become data analysts instead of statisticians.
Terry T. Kidd, Dawn M. Owens, and Deepak Khazanchi
Editor: Terry T. Kidd
Chapter XVI, Software Quality Assurance, co-authored by Dawn M. Owens and Deepak Khazanchi, UNO faculty members.
Systems planning and management have become increasingly important in the digital economy with new technologies having significant implications for corporate strategies.
The Handbook of Research on Technology Project Management, Planning, and Operations provides comprehensive coverage of information technology projects and resources for researchers, educators, students, and field practitioners. Through a collection of industry practical experiences, challenges, and opportunities, this Handbook of Research offers a compendium of terms, definitions, and explanations for the advancement of knowledge within IT management.
William R. King, Sajda Qureshi, Mehruz Kamal, and Peter Keen
Editor: William R. King
Chapter, Knowledge Networking to Overcome the Digital Divide, co-authored by Sajda Qureshi, UNO faculty member.
As organizations become increasingly extended across global boundaries, their reliance on information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support their processes increases. The use of ICTs to activate dispersed knowledge within complex webs of human networks can enable the gap between the information rich and information poor to be overcome. This paper develops a new concept called knowledge networking and investigates how this process enables the digital divide to be overcome. Following a phenomenological analysis of knowledge networking using a selection of vignettes, this paper provides a conceptual model describing the ways in which knowledge networking enables the digital divide to be overcome.
Rob Kitchin, Nigel Thrift, and Karen Falconer Al-Hindi
Editors: Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift
Section, Methods: Intensive/Extensive Research, authored by Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, UNO faculty member.
The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography provides an authoritative and comprehensive source of information on the discipline of human geography and its constituent, and related, subject areas. The encyclopedia includes over 1,000 detailed entries on philosophy and theory, key concepts, methods and practices, biographies of notable geographers, and geographical thought and praxis in different parts of the world.
This groundbreaking project covers every field of human geography and the discipline’s relationships to other disciplines, and is global in scope, involving an international set of contributors. Given its broad, inclusive scope and unique online accessibility, it is anticipated that the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography will become the major reference work for the discipline over the coming decades.
The Encyclopedia will be available in both limited edition print and online via ScienceDirect - featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit http://info.sciencedirect.com/content/books/ref_works/coming/
- Available online on ScienceDirect and in limited edition print format
- Broad, interdisciplinary coverage across human geography: Philosophy, Methods, People, Social/Cultural, Political, Economic, Development, Health, Cartography, Urban, Historical, Regional
- Comprehensive and unique - the first of its kind in human geography
Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger and John R. Bartle
This book is co-authored by John R. Bartle, UNO faculty member.
This groundbreaking text focuses on the application of sustainability and sustainable development theories to public administration practice. It's designed to guide planning, resource management, and outcomes measurement for future and current non-profit and public managers.
The book introduces sustainable development and related theories; ties these theories to public administration practice; and elaborates on applications to specific PA specializations including energy management, transportation, water, waste management, urban development, wildlife conservation, and higher education. It also includes a chapter specifically geared to outcome measurement of sustainability goals in public and non-profit agencies.
Shane J. Lopez and Roni Reiter-Palmon
Chapter: Positive organizational psychology, co-authored by Roni Reiter-Palmon, UNO faculty member.
Positive psychology, the pursuit of understanding optimal human functioning, is reshaping the scholarly and public views of how we see the science of psychology. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology provides a comprehensive and accessible summary of this growing area of scholarship and practice.
Peter A. Pagan Aguiar, Terese Auer, and Carson Holloway
Chapter: "Strauss, Darwinism, and Natural Right," authored by Carson Holloway, UNO faculty member.
Twenty-first-century society faces profound challenges, and the future seems anything but secure. The rapid advance of technology has far outpaced mankind's moral and religious development. There is greater material wealth now than in past centuries, yet poverty remains an international problem. Wars persist and global peace seems increasingly unattainable as terrorism and civil strife become more prevalent. Numerous forms of entertainment made possible by modern industrialization and technology divert attention away from the things that really matter and invert the objective hierarchy of values. Underlying all these threats to the foundations of civilization one can find one or another theoretical conception of man and human freedom.
This volume presents a rich and diverse collection of essays on the theoretical foundations of human freedom. From several distinct perspectives, the authors examine various aspects of the deeper anthropological questions at the root of a number of critical social challenges confronting modernity. Readers interested in educational theory, church and state, the nature of love and friendship, questions of authority and the common good, law and human rights, and virtue theory and the various types of freedom will find this collection of special interest.
Christopher H. Sterling and Jeremy Harris Lipschultz
Editor: Christopher H. Sterling
Entry, Censorship/Prior Restraint, authored by Jeremy H. Lipschultz, UNO faculty member.
Journalism permeates our lives and shapes our thoughts in ways we’ve long taken for granted. Whether we listen to National Public Radio in the morning, view the lead story on the Today show, read the morning newspaper headlines, stay up-to-the-minute with Internet news, browse grocery store tabloids, receive Time magazine in our mailbox, or watch the nightly news on television, journalism pervades our daily activities. The six-volume Encyclopedia of Journalism covers all significant dimensions of journalism, including print, broadcast, and Internet journalism; U.S. and international perspectives; history; technology; legal issues and court cases; ownership; and economics. The set contains more than 350 signed entries under the direction of leading journalism scholar Christopher H. Sterling of The George Washington University. In the A-to-Z volumes 1 through 4, both scholars and journalists contribute articles that span the field’s wide spectrum of topics, from design, editing, advertising, and marketing to libel, censorship, First Amendment rights, and bias to digital manipulation, media hoaxes, political cartoonists, and secrecy and leaks. Also covered are recently emerging media such as podcasting, blogs, and chat rooms. The last two volumes contain a thorough listing of journalism awards and prizes, a lengthy section on journalism freedom around the world, an annotated bibliography, and key documents. The latter, edited by Glenn Lewis of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and York College/CUNY, comprises dozens of primary documents involving codes of ethics, media and the law, and future changes in store for journalism education.
Jana Varlejs, Graham Walton, Heidi Blackburn, Alysia Starkey, and Kate Wise
Editors: Jana Varlejs and Graham Walton
Chapter, Generational Tug-of-War – Playing Nice Between Millennials and Baby Boomers in a Multi-Generational Staff, co-authored by Heidi Blackburn, UNO faculty member.
This volume comprises papers prepared for the 8th World Conference on Continuing Professional Development (Bologna, Italy, 18-20 August 2009). Within the broad theme of creating a positive work environment for a multi-generational workforce in library and information organizations, the conference addresses managing between and across generations, mentoring and coaching, attracting people to the profession and developing a new generation of leaders, re-skilling and transferability of skills, succession planning and passing on knowledge.
James D. Westwood, Mukul Mukherjee, K.-C. Siu, I. H. Suh, A. Klutman, D. Oleynikov, Nicholas Stergiou, and E. Monk
Chapter, A Virtual Reality Training Program for Improvement of Robotic Surgical Skills, co-authored by Mukul Mukherjee and Nicholas Stergiou, UNO faculty members.
Chapter, Consistency of Performance of Robot-Assisted Surgical Tasks in Virtual Reality, co-authored by Mukul Mukherjee and Nicholas Stergiou, UNO faculty members.
The 17th annual Medicine Meets Virtual Reality (MMVR17) was held January 19-22, 2009, in Long Beach, CA, USA. The conference is well established as a forum for emerging data-centered technologies for medical care and education. Each year, it brings together an international community of computer scientists and engineers, physicians and surgeons, medical educators and students, military medicine specialists and biomedical futurists. MMVR emphasizes inter-disciplinary collaboration in the development of more efficient and effective physician training and patient care. The MMVR17 proceedings collect 108 papers by conference lecture and poster presenters. These papers cover recent developments in biomedical simulation and modeling, visualization and data fusion, haptics, robotics, sensors and other related information-based technologies. Key applications include medical education and surgical training, clinical diagnosis and therapy, physical rehabilitation, psychological assessment, telemedicine and more. From initial vision and prototypes, through assessment and validation, to clinical and academic utilization and commercialization - MMVR explores the state-of-the-art and looks toward healthcare’s future. The proceedings volume will interest physicians, surgeons and other medical professionals interested in emerging and future tools for diagnosis and therapy; educators responsible for training the next generation of doctors and scientists; IT and medical device engineers creating state-of-the-art and next-generation simulation, imaging, robotics and communication systems; data technologists creating systems for gathering, processing and distributing medical intelligence; military medicine specialists addressing the challenges of warfare and defense health needs; and biomedical futurists and investors who want to understand where the field is headed.
Vladimir Zwass, Bartel Van de Walle, Murray Turoff, Starr Roxanne Hiltz, and Ann L. Fruhling
Series Editor: Vladimir Zwass
Editors: Bartel Van De Walle, Murray Turoff, Starr Roxanne Hiltz
Chapter, STATPack – An Emergency Response System for Microbiology Laboratory Diagnostics and Consultation, authored by Ann Fruhling, UNO faculty member.
This book provides the most current and comprehensive overview available today of the critical role of information systems in emergency response and preparedness. It includes contributions from leading scholars, practitioners, and industry researchers, and covers all phases of disaster management - mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. 'Foundational' chapters provide a design framework and review ethical issues. 'Context' chapters describe the characteristics of individuals and organizations in which EMIS are designed and studied. 'Case Study' chapters include systems for distributed microbiology laboratory diagnostics to detect possible epidemics or bioterrorism, humanitarian MIS, and response coordination systems. 'Systems Design and Technology' chapters cover simulation, geocollaborative systems, global disaster impact analysis, and environmental risk analysis. Throughout the book, the editors and contributors give special emphasis to the importance of assessing the practical usefulness of new information systems for supporting emergency preparedness and response, rather than drawing conclusions from a theoretical understanding of the potential benefits of new technologies.
Randall E. Adkins
Edited by Randall E. Adkins, UNO faculty member.
Primary source materials are a great way for students to experience firsthand a historic event, to more fully understand a pivotal actor or figure, or to explore legislation or a judicial decision. Students leave these readings better prepared to grapple with secondary sources. In fact, they can often support a different interpretation or more critically engage with analysis. This new volume with 45 documents that include speeches, court cases, letters, diary entries, excerpts from autobiographies, treaties, legislation, regulations and reports, documentary photographs, ad stills, public opinion polls, transcripts, and press releases is a great starting point for any parties and elections course. Careful editing, pithy headnotes, and discussion questions all enhance this useful reader.
Edited by Rami Arav, UNO faculty member.
Chapter: The fortified city of Bethsaida : the case of an Iron Age capital city, authored by Rami Arav.
Essays on the history and archaeology of Biblical urbanism.
Changing Minds: Mind, Consciousness and Identity in Patanjali's Yoga-sutra and Cognitive Neuroscience
Michele M. Desmarais
This book by Dr. Desmarais is by all means a positive contribution in the field of Yoga, Indology and cognitive neurosciences. It covers Eastern and Western, ancient and modern, religion and metaphysics, psychology and epistemology, as well as the cultural heritage for these. The book is arranged in six chapters using our common concept of show as a metaphysical stage: getting ready for the show; entering the theatre; taking the stage; all the world as stage; following the plot; thickening of the plot; and finally, the lights come up. This has its source in the Samkhya metaphor of prakrti as analogous to a divine actor, on the world stage and in a cosmic drama. Another symbolic metaphor that comes before our mind is that of Ardhanarinatesvara of Lord Siva, depicted as the Cosmic divine Supreme actor endowed with half-female in his person. The reader, the spectator or audience member, symbolizes the Purusa of Samkhya and yoga.