Category Archives: School of Public Affairs & Social Services

New Criminal Justice and Public Safety books

The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement

By Andrew Guthrie Ferguson.

Call Number: HV 8141 .F47 2017

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Winner of the 2018 Law & Legal Studies PROSE Award. “In this first book on big data policing, Ferguson offers an examination of how new technologies will alter the who, where, when and how we police.  These new technologies … offer data-driven methods to improve police accountability and to remedy the underlying socio-economic risk factors that encourage crime. The Rise of Big Data Policing is a must read for anyone concerned with how technology will revolutionize law enforcement and its potential threat to the security, privacy, and constitutional rights of citizens” (Publisher). The author thoroughly considers the pros and cons of data-driven policing for law enforcement and security personnel as well as the communities they serve. The book includes extensive bibliographical notes and an index.

Profiling and Criminal Justice in America: A Reference Handbook, second edition. Contemporary World Issues: Criminal Justice

By Jeff Bumgarner

Call Number: HV 9950 .B86 2015

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“Addressing this highly controversial topic holistically, the book considers questions such as whether the criminal justice system in the United States unfairly targets minorities, how the rights of minorities can be protected while enabling law enforcement to use every resource available, and whether justification for profiling techniques exists. This work will serve students at the high school and college level as well as general readers who are interested in criminal justice issues and issues relating to equality and fairness before the bar of justice.” Section 1 provides a brief philosophical background and history of profiling as a peacekeeping technique, focusing on American historical contexts, with common profile types. Sections 2 and 3 cover problems, controversies, and solutions with perspectives essays from stakeholders on all sides. Section 4 is an encyclopedia of people who have influenced profiling theory and practice. Section 5 is an annotated bibliography of government documents including key Supreme Court case decisions. Section 6 Resources is an extensive annotated bibliography of other research sources. A Chronology, Glossary, and Index complete the book.

Forensic Toxicology: Medico-Legal Case Studies

By Kalipatnapu N. Rao.

Call Number: RA 1228 .R36 2012

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This book “demonstrates how the science of forensic toxicology acts as a bridge between medicine and law. Tracking the progression of toxicology findings from the laboratory to the courtroom, it prepares practicing toxicologists to write reports and testify at depositions and in court” using actual case studies. Rao explains the organization of clinical laboratories, with sections on accreditation, quality control, and method validation. Situations that toxicologists most often confront are discussed in detail, along with some unusual and rare cases useful for in-class discussion. The book is written in remarkably accessible language and is very clearly organized to pack a great deal of information into short chapters. Each chapter has full references, and the cumulative index is extensive.

Practical Bomb Scene Investigation, Third edition. Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations Series

By James T. Thurman

Call Number: HV 8097 .B62 T47 2017

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Focused on the forensic examination of explosions, this book provides step-by-step procedures for managing and processing a bomb scene. It is written in accessible language and extensively illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and charts. Chapters cover explosion theory and dynamics, identification of explosives, device components, collection of evidence, WMDs, and military ordnance. Discussion of work in the forensic laboratory includes “reading the bomber’s signature” with DNA evidence, latent prints, tool marks, and other analytical perspectives. The final chapter is on managing tactical postblast investigations – in scenes that are not secure. Each chapter includes a summary, review questions, and bibliography. There is a cumulative index, glossary, and 17 appendices.

Active Shooter: Preparing for and Responding to a Growing Threat

By Kevin T. Doss and C. David Shepherd

Call Number: HV 6529 .D67 2015

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Authors Doss and Shepherd “have mined their extensive experience in government and private security to provide the tools necessary to identify potential violent individuals, along with the responses needed to save lives, reduce corporate liability, and recover from an active shooter event.” This books covers all stages, with checklists for better screening in the hiring process to prevent such events, blueprints for planning the corporate response during an event, communication structures with first responders, and managing employees, media coverage, and customers in the aftermath of an event. It is aimed at the private sector but will be useful for anyone with responsibility for providing or overseeing the security of a workplace. Each chapter has references, and there is a cumulative index. Appendices deal with the psychological profiles and classification of murderers, case studies of active shooter events, and discussion exercises for training teams.

Crime Scene Investigations Series

We have 12 new or updated books in this series from Greenhaven Press. These are short topic overviews written at a high-school level, useful for anyone seeking a quick introduction and summary. All draw on real-life cases and interviews with the victims, detectives, and technicians involved, as well as outside experts. They are thoroughly illustrated and include statistics. Each book uses scholarly references and has a bibliography for further reading.

Our new titles (with call numbers) are:

The Homicide Detective (HV 8079 .H6 A46 2009) View in IvyCat

Cold Cases (HV 6515 .S759 2011) View in IvyCat

Identity Theft in the 21st Century (HV 6675 .M263 2018) View in IvyCat

DNA Evidence: The Proof is in the Genes (RA 1057.55 .J46 2018) View in IvyCat

Undercover Operations: Investigating Crimes from the Inside (HV 8080 .U5 M396 2018) View in IvyCat

Drug Trafficking: A Global Criminal Trade (HV 5801 .H687 2018) View in IvyCat

Tracking Serial Killers (HV 8079 .H6 Y35 2018) View in IvyCat

Criminal Profiling: Searching for Suspects (HV 8073.5 .H66 2018) View in IvyCat

Clues in Corpses: A Closer Look at Body Farms (GN 69.8 .W38 2018) View in IvyCat

Ballistics: The Science of Weapons at Work (HV 8077 .S28 2018) View in IvyCat

Missing Persons: What Happens When Someone Disappears (HV 6762 .A3 V56 2018) View in IvyCat

Cybercrime: Using Computers as Weapons (HV 6773 .S395 2017) View in IvyCat

March is Frozen Food Month

An email from the Census Bureau alerted us that March is “Frozen Food Month.” Frozen food is easy to cook, but a complex topic. The frozen food industry was born in the USA and continues to develop globally, involving agriculture, food science, logistics, and refrigeration engineering – all subjects taught here at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.

Frozen foods have both responded to, and influenced, our culture; from the way we cook to our transportation infrastructure. The contribution of this industry to our economy is massive. We have assembled some statistics in our library displays marking this month.

Tucked in among the charts, books, and journals are some themed treats, while supplies last … and yes, you can chew gum at the computers!

 

Animal-Assisted Therapy books

Have you met the therapy dogs who, with their handlers, are here for us during Finals Week? Are you writing a paper or presentation on animal-assisted therapy (AAT)? Are you a Human Services student looking to explore this kind of therapy? We have added two important books to our collection on this topic. Both are well-established science books with loads of case studies, literature reviews including new neurological research, and sample protocols. These are introductory texts that explain the evidence and science behind AAT and should be helpful to anyone interested in how interventions with animals work. They are ready for check out now.

Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling

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Third edition. By Cynthia K. Chandler.
Call Number: RC489.P47 C48 2017
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“New to this edition is discussion of the human-animal relational theory … Consistent with previous editions, a variety of animal-assisted interventions are described with case examples provided in a variety of settings with different types of animals … an indispensable guide for any counselor or psychotherapist looking to develop and implement AAT techniques in practice.”

Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions

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Fourth edition. Edited by Aubrey H. Fine.
Call Number: RM931 .A65 H36 2015
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“The fourth edition of the Handbook highlights advances in the field … with over 40% new material. In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits of incorporating animal-assisted therapy into their practices, best practices in animal assisted intervention, how to design and implement animal-assisted interventions, and the efficacy of AAT with different disorders and patient populations. Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, the elderly, those receiving palliative care, as well as people with chronic disorders, AIDS, trauma, and autistic spectrum disorders. Additional chapters cover techniques for working with families, in juvenile and criminal justice systems, and in colleges and universities.” The chapters are written by practitioners and researchers with particular expertise on each subtopic.

How to Roast Everything

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A Game-Changing Guide to Building Flavor in Meat, Vegetables, and More. 

Call number: TX 690 .H69 2018  View record in IvyCat

“The first cookbook devoted to the art and science of roasting from America’s Test Kitchen, pulling together decades of test kitchen experience and knowledge in one place” (publisher). Designed as a master class in roasting, each of the 175+ recipes includes a “Why this recipe works” feature explaining the cooking process. Wholesale cuts of meat and their attributes are explained, along with safe handling and storage practices. An extensive section on roasting vegetables and fruits is included, and many dressings as well. A chapter on using charcoal or gas grills extends the versatility of this book. Includes metric conversions and index.

New Applied Science books: on Teaching STEM, Energy, and Wildfires

 

Teaching and learning STEM: A practical guide

1118925815By Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent; foreword by Barbara Oakley.
Call number: Q181 .F45 2016
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Part of our Faculty Development Collection. The authors each have taught STEM for decades and supervised junior faculty development. Their strategies “don’t require revolutionary time-intensive changes in your teaching, but rather a gradual integration of traditional and new methods.” This book is realistic, and its insights resonate with the lived experience of teaching, particularly when discussing the different cognitive styles, learning needs, and educational backgrounds that college teachers must meet. Especially valuable are their suggestions for using technology in hybrid courses and flipped classrooms, and for assignments that develop crucial work-place skills in students: self-directed learning & problem solving, critical and creative thinking, high-performance teamwork, and communication skills.

Energy: A Human History

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By Richard Rhodes.
Call number: TJ163.2 .R56 2018
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Relevant to our Agriculture, Engineering Technology, and Homeland Security/Public Safety programs, this book is also of broader interest. It is written for a general audience but is extensively footnoted and has a 50-page bibliography; it also contains many useful diagrams and primary sources. Richard Rhodes – winner of the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards for his science writing – “highlights the successes and failures that led to each breakthrough in energy production: from animal and waterpower to the steam engine, from internal combustion to electricity and the harnessing of wind and sunlight … Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges in its wake … this half-forgotten knowledge can inform our way tomorrow” (publisher).

Firestorm: How wildfire will shape our future

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By Edward Struzik.
Call number: SD421.34.N67 S77 2017
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Relevant to our Agriculture and Homeland Security/Public Safety programs, and for argumentative writing on social issues. “Journalist Edward Struzik visits scorched earth from Alaska to Maine, and introduces the scientists, firefighters, and resource managers making the case for a radically different approach to managing wildfire in the 21st century. Wildfires can no longer be treated as avoidable events because the risk and dangers are becoming too great and costly. Struzik weaves a heart-pumping narrative of science, economics, politics, and human determination and points to the ways that we, and the wilder inhabitants of the forests around our cities and towns, might yet flourish in an age of growing megafires.” (publisher)

Blue Light sees through Fire

The National Institute of Standards and Technology just posted a blog about new fire science technology. Actually, it’s a new application of old science: using blue light filters to see through the distorting glare of fire, as used in glass making and other industrial processes. NIST’s blog includes a link to the open-access paper describing the experiment. Currently it is being used in materials testing, and its application in fire fighting is under consideration.

431https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/07/nist-unblinded-me-science-new-application-blue-light-sees-through-fire

Alert: National Guideline Clearinghouse taken down

The National Guideline Clearinghouse, used by many health practitioners to determine care recommendations, has lost its funding. The website goes down today, July 16th, and may or may not be replaced. Read the announcement

The NGC was an open-access database administered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Health and Human Services administration. We will watch for developments on this important resource.