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Recent books by NMSU Alumni

Compiled by Jane Moorman
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Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience

Michele Companion, Miriam S. Chaiken

Miriam Chaiken, dean of New Mexico State University’s William Conroy Honor College, has co-authored this book with Michele Companion. 

As an applied nutritional anthropologist, Chaiken has lived throughout the world and has collaborated with humanitarian organizations, such as Save the Children and UNICEF, to help create effective and culturally sensitive programs to address hunger, malnutrition, food security and gender equity in developing countries. 

This book uses case studies from around the globe to demonstrate ways that communities have fostered resilience to mitigate the impacts of climate change. 

As the global climate shifts, communities are faced with myriad mitigation and adaptation challenges. These highlight the political, cultural, economic, social and physical vulnerability of social groups, communities, families and individuals. They also foster resilience and creative responses. 

Silicon Blood

Arlan Andrews Sr. ’64,’66 ’69

Hydra Publications of Goshen, Kentucky, has purchased four books by Arlan Andrews Sr., a New Mexico State University mechanical engineering alumnus. 

“Silicon Blood” and “Future Flash” are the latest science fiction novels of the founder and director of SIGMA, the science fiction think tank, as well as a former Hugo Award nominee. 

“Silicon Blood” is a near-future tale of nanotech-based crime and punishment. “Future Flash” is a collection of some of Andrews’ short science fiction stories. 

Andrews is a registered professional engineer and a former ASME White House Fellow in the White House Science Office (Office of Science and Technology Policy). While at the White House, he wrote the first government endorsement of nanotechnology in 1993. 

Andrews founded SIGMA, the science fiction think tank, to provide the federal government with pro bono futurism of the type that only science fiction writers can provide while serving in the White House Science Office. 

The Lizard in a Blizzard

Stephen Evans ’09, Mic Ru ’08 

“The Lizard in a Blizzard” is the third children’s book from Stephen Evans and Mic Ru. The duo published “The Bee Who Sneezed” and “The Rat Who Loved Math” in 2016. 

In “The Lizard in a Blizzard,” an unlikely pair crosses the Rocky Mountains during a tumultuous winter storm. The Sheep Dog and his herd of cows are forced to take cover when a blizzard blows through, but the cold-blooded lizard feels the effects of the storm and may not survive the temperatures. A great friendship is formed during the turbulent times and Sheep Dog saves the day. 

Evans, who is currently the head chef for the University of Missouri Athletic Dining, found his hidden talent for writing children’s stories after he earned a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at NMSU. Evans’ partner, illustrator Ru, earned a fine arts bachelor’s degree at NMSU. The pair of military veterans – Evans served in the U.S. Navy and Ru served in the U.S. Army – also created 2nd Tour Publishing together. 

Foxtrot in Kandahar: A Memoir of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan at the Inception of America’s Longest War

Duane Evans ’78

Kandahar. The ancient desert crossroads and, as of fall of 2001, ground zero for the Taliban and al- Qaeda in southern Afghanistan. In the northern part of the country, the United States-supported Northern Alliance (the Afghan organization opposed to the Taliban regime) has made progress on the battlefield, but in the south, the country is still under the Taliban’s bloody hold and al- Qaeda continues to operate there. With no “Southern Alliance” for the U.S. to support, a new strategy is needed if victory is to be achieved. Veteran CIA officer Duane Evans is dispatched to Pakistan to “get something going in the South.” “Foxtrot in Kandahar” is his story. 

Evans’s unexpected journey from the pristine halls of Langley to the badlands of southern Afghanistan began within hours after watching the horrors of 9/11 unfold during a chance visit to FBI Headquarters. It was then he decided to begin a personal and relentless quest to become part of the U.S. response against al-Qaeda. Evans’s gripping memoir tracks his efforts to join one of CIA’s elite teams bound for Afghanistan, a journey that eventually takes him to the front lines in Pakistan, first as part of the advanced element of CIA’s Echo team supporting Hamid Karzai, and finally as leader of the under-resourced and often overlooked Foxtrot team. 

Brilliantly crafted and fast-paced, “Foxtrot in Kandahar: A Memoir of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan at the Inception of America’s Longest War” fills a major gap in the literature of the war’s critical and complex early months.