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Hip! Hip! Hooray! 30 Years with the American Suzuki Institute
in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
By Margery V. Aber ’37
American Suzuki Foundation, 2001

This slim, charming book reads like a personal diary. The author attended Oberlin with her sister, Jean Aber Murphy, both graduating in 1937. Margery Aber studied violin at the Conservatory and moved on to Columbia for a music education degree. Her career path led her to a teaching position at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, which followed a trip to Japan where she first encountered Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and his unique method of teaching violin to very young children. Aber spent the last 34 years teaching his philosophy, founding the American Suzuki Talent Institute, the American Suzuki Institute, and the International Research Symposium in Talent Education. Included in the book are memories, letters, and stories of the children and their parents who passed through the Institute, with references to Oberlin connections and a liberal use of photographs by Art Montzaka, formerly of the Oberlin faculty. Aber died unexpectedly August 14, 2001, after spending her final day autographing her book at the Institute in Stevens Point.

The Russian Parliament: Institutional Evolution in a Transitional Regime, 1989-1999
By Thomas F. Remington ’70
Yale University Press, 2001

From the first free elections in post-Soviet Russia in 1989 to the end of the Yeltsin period in 1999, Russia’s parliament was the site of great political upheavals. Conflicts between communists and reformers generated constant turmoil, and twice parliamentary institutions broke down in violence. This is the first full account of that inaugural decade, focusing particularly on the emergence of parliamentary parties and bicameralism. Remington concludes that parliament has served as a stabilizing influence in Russian political life. The author is the Claus M. Halle Distinguished Professor for Global Learning and professor of political science at Emory University.

Scaling Relations in Experimental Ecology
By Robert H. Gardner,
W. Michael Kemp, Victor Kennedy, and John E. Petersen ’88
Columbia University Press, 2001

Oberlin Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies John E. Petersen and three respected university professors examine in this text the recent advances in the theory of “scaling relationships.” They identify issues that must be considered if experimental results are used to understand the temporal and spatial scales of actual ecosystems.

Thermodynamics and Chemistry
By Howard DeVoe ’55
Prentice Hall, 2001

Classical thermodynamics is concerned with macroscopic aspects of the interaction of matter with energy in its various forms. Although the author does not claim this to be an exhaustive treatment of thermodynamics, this text book concentrates on derivations of fundamental relations in various areas of interest to chemists. DeVoe is assistant professor at the University of Maryland at College Park in the departments of chemistry and biochemistry. He credits his interest in chemical thermodynamics to two of his first-year Oberlin professors.

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