5/08/2018

Current Works by F&M Alumni and Faculty

This magazine article is part of Spring 2018 / Issue 91
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Persevere: A Life With Cancer

Lisa Bonchek Adams ’91

After Lisa Bonchek Adams was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 37, she began writing about her life as a legacy to leave for her family. She wrote on her personal blog and through social media. Soon her readers, and Lisa herself, discovered she had a remarkable gift for expressing what others could not find the words to say. When Lisa died in 2015, her readers asked for a book that would bring together her most popular writings in one place. The result is a moving and inspirational portrait of what it means to live with a terminal illness. Her mother and brother, Drs. Rita and Mark Bonchek, curated and organized her writings into this book. In accordance with Lisa’s wishes, all proceeds go toward researching a cure for metastatic breast cancer.

 
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Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology

Sands Hall, editor of F&M’s Alumni Arts Review, associate teaching professor of English

Sands Hall chronicles her slow, yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and how she came to confront its darker sides.

 
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Meditation, Buddhism, and Science

Edited by David McMahan, Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies, and one other

For perhaps the first time in history, meditation has shifted from Buddhist monasteries and practice centers to some of the most prominent and powerful modern institutions in the world, as well as non-institutional settings. As their contexts change, so do the practices—sometimes drastically. New ways of thinking about meditation are emerging as it moves toward more secular settings. The essays in this volume explore the unaddressed complexities in the interrelations between Buddhist history and thought and the scientific study of meditation.

 
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Environmental Geochemistry: Site Characterization, Data Analysis and Case Histories (Second Edition)

Edited by Harvey E. Belkin ’65 and two others

This volume reviews the role of geochemistry in the environment and details state-of-the-art applications of these principles in the field, specifically in pollution and remediation situations. Chapters cover both philosophy and procedures, as well as applications, in an array of issues in environmental geochemistry including health problems related to environment pollution, waste disposal and data base management. 

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