Big Data, the semiotics of animals, 12-tone music, and navigating change in the workplace. Here are a few recent books by Duck authors that have captured our attention.

Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data

(Oregon State University Press, 2015)
Edited by Scott Slovic and Paul Slovic

This collection of essays explores the quandary of humans’ response to quantitative information and offers compelling strategies to overcome our tendency to become overwhelmed by (and insensitive to) numbers. Contributors include Annie Dillard, Nicholas Kristof, Bill McKibben, and Terry Tempest Williams. Paul Slovic is a professor of psychology at Oregon.

Schoenberg’s Twelve-Tone Music: Symmetry and the Musical Idea

(Cambridge University Press, 2014)
By Jack Boss

This book is the result of 13 years of research and analysis of the music of Arnold Schoenberg, an Austrian composer who developed the dodecaphonic (Google it—you know you want to!) approach to composition that influenced many classical music composers from the second half of the 20th century to the present. Boss, a professor of music at the UO, won the 2015 Wallace Berry Award, the top national prize for writings about music theory and composition.

Charting Change: A Visual Toolkit For Making Change Stick
Charting Change: A Visual Toolkit For Making Change Stick

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
By Braden Kelley, BS ’93

A graduate of the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, the author offers a detailed approach to help companies navigate organizational change by helping leaders and employees visualize changes that have occurred or will occur in the company. The book aims to help managers communicate plans to the employees who will need to implement the change. Kelley is also the author of the popular business title Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire (2010).

The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language

(Fordham University Press, 2014)
By Louise Westling

“A luminous and wide-ranging inquiry,” this book places the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty into dialogue with literature, evolutionary biology, and animal studies, and argues for evolutionary continuity between the linguistic and cultural behaviors of humans and other animals. Westling is a professor emerita of English and environmental studies at the UO.

What can tunes and the tasty treats tell us about making good experiences better?

Thousands of Velella velella, jellyfish relatives, washed ashore on Oregon beaches in April, and now are littering beaches in New Zealand.

Alumnus Edgardo Simone is a successful composer and orchestrator of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises