The College Journey: From College to Career 2009

Davis Press Publishing
Richard C. Dorf

Based on the premise that there is a "best" college for every prospective college student, Richard C. Dorf's '55 new book offers a schematic, comprehensive approach to help each student and his/her family find the right college match. It is based on the theory, according to Howard Gardner, that every capable student should aim to develop his/her five minds: disciplined, synthesizing, creative, respectful and ethical-spiritual.

"The best college is one that helps the student find his or her place in society and prepare for a life of contribution and career," Dorf says. "Each college - whether a small liberal arts school, a research university, an elite university, or a focused or vocational college - has its own goals, strengths, character, situation and culture. Students are most likely to be successful at a school where they really fit in and are happy about their choice."

Richard Dorf is professor of electrical and computer engineering and a professor of management at the University of California Davis. Learn more about the book at


Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley's Fiction

University Press of Mississippi
Owen Brady and Derek Maus, editors

Clarkson Associate Professor of Humanities Owen E. Brady has co-edited a collection of 12 scholarly essays that represents the first volume of critical work on one of the most prodigious and critically acclaimed contemporary African American writers.

The essays trace Walter Mosley's distinctive approach to representing African American responses to the feeling of homelessness in an inhospitable America. Mosley writes frequently of characters trying to construct an idea of home and wrest a sense of dignity, belonging and hope from cultural and communal resources. The collection explores Mosley's modes of expression, his testing of the limitations of genre, his political engagement in prose, his utopian/dystopian analyses, and his uses of parody and vernacular culture.

Running Xen: A Hands-on Guide to the Art of Virtualization

Prentice Hall
Jeanna N. Matthews, Eli M. Dow, Todd M. Deshane, Wenjin Hu, Jeremy P. Bongio, Patrick F. Wilbur, and Brendan M. Johnson

Clarkson Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science Jeanna N. Matthews, along with a team of current and past Clarkson students, has written the first comprehensive user's guide to the open source Xen hypervisor.

Xen is a virtual machine monitor that allows multiple operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows and Linux, to run simultaneously on the same computer. It is useful for consolidating multiple computers onto a single physical computer to reduce energy and cooling costs. Xen is also used for security, testing and software development across multiple platforms.

Co-authors are Eli M. Dow, a 2003, 2004 Clarkson alumnus working at IBM; Todd M. Deshane, an engineering science Ph.D. student; Wenjin Hu, a mathematics Ph.D. student; Jeremy P. Bongio, a computer science master of science student; Patrick F. Wilbur, who received his bachelor of science degree in computer science in May and plans to pursue a graduate degree at Clarkson; and Brendan M. Johnson, a 2002, 2004 Clarkson alumnus working at Mobile Armor. Learn more about the book at