USU library features faculty research

Taking place during Research Week, the Faculty Author Reception and Exhibition celebrated USU’s faculty authors Wednesday in the Merrill-Cazier Library. The USU faculty book room and new books lounge, on the second floor of the library, were dedicated at the reception. Three USU faculty members were chosen to present at this year’s reception, each having published research in the past year. The event highlighted Richard Krannich, professor and former sociology, social work and anthropology department head, Joseph Tainter, professor from the department of environment and society, and Nathan Straight, assistant professor of English at USU’s Brigham City Distance Education campus. Jennifer Duncan, head of collection development at the library, said these men were chosen because their books had some kind of connection connecting them, even though each represents a different department. “I think it’s nice if there’s a way that we can make the authors — and the books — speak to each other,” Duncan said. “There was kind of a theme. All of them in some way dealt with the environment. That’s what we were looking to do.” Krannich was recognized for his book, called “People, Places and Landscapes: Social Change in High Amenity Rural Areas,” Tainter for “Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma” and Straight for “Autobiography, Ecology and the Well-Placed Self: The Growth of Natural Biography in Contemporary American Life Writing.” “I felt it went well, and personally I enjoyed it quite a bit,” Tainter said. “I was pleased that the event was so well attended.” Krannich said, “Attendance was considerably better than I had anticipated.”

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