On the Arctic Frontier: Ernest Leffingwell’s Polar Explorations and Legacy

Janet R. Collins

WSU Press: 2017

Arctic explorer and geologist Ernest deKoven Leffingwell(1875–1971) helped determine the edge of the continental shelf—the first solid evidence that searching for land north of Alaska was likely futile. He also left detailed, accurate maps of Alaska’s northeast coast, groundbreaking permafrost studies, and charted the geology and wildlife of the region. Collins, a Western Washington University librarian intrigued by Leffingwell’s work, reveals a relatively unknown, meticulous, and detailed explorer devoted to the Arctic.


Re-Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry: Fifty Years of Basketry Studies in Culture and Science

Ed Carriere and Dale Croes ’73 MA, ’77 PhD

Journal of Northwest Anthropology: 2018

Suquamish Elder and master basketmaker Carriere and archaeologist Croes, a WSU faculty member specializing in ancient basketry and excavation of Northwest Coast waterlogged sites (also known as “wetsites”), have spent over 50 years of their lives studying basketry. This memoir delves into their knowledge of thousands of years of traditional basketmaking along the Salish Sea.


Lean Refining: How to Improve Performance in the Oil Industry

Lonnie Wilson ’69

Industrial Press: 2017

Wilson, a consultant and expert in Lean Manufacturing, applies the principles of a culture of continuous improvement and an engaged workforce to the oil industry. Wilson studied chemical engineering at WSU and managed Chevron refineries for 20 years, where he first started applying Lean principles. In this book, he provides many examples unique to the oil business.


Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies

Sue Peabody

Oxford University Press: 2017

A detailed family saga set against the broader context of South Asian slavery, plantation life, Parisian society, and French colonization, Madeleine’s Children traces the multigenerational biography of a slave family and the legal battles pursued by Madeleine’s son Furcy—a slave who fought for his freedom in court for 25 years and finally won. It uncovers intimate relationships and legal disputes between slaves and free people in the Indian Ocean that have been hidden for two centuries. Peabody, Meyer Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and History at Washington State University Vancouver, is a leading authority on slavery in the French Empire.


Materials and Devices for Bone Disorders

Edited by Susmita Bose and Amit Bandyopadhyay

Elsevier: 2016

Written by a cross-disciplinary team of research scientists, engineers, and clinicians, this book bridges the gap between materials science and bone disorders, providing integrated coverage of biomaterials and their applications. The book was edited by WSU materials engineering professors Susmita Bose and Amit Bandyopadhyay, who also contributed to the volume.


Oregon Pioneer Cattle Barons

Dorys C. Grover ’69 PhD

Page Publishing: 2017

The lives of four central Oregon cattlemen—John Devine, Peter French, Henry Miller, and William Hanley—from the late 1860s to the 1900s are detailed in this volume, along with brief vignettes of other prominent livestock raisers of that period. This is the fourth book from 96-year-old Grover, who received her doctorate from WSU in American studies and is now an emeritus professor of literature and languages from Texas A&M University, Commerce.