Volume two of the fac­ulty reading list includes an array of schol­arly works penned by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, such as School of Nursing pro­fessor and Dean Carole Kenner’s aca­d­emic text that explores the crit­ical role nurses play in health care delivery, and asso­ciate pro­fessor of psy­chology David DeSteno’s look into the hidden forces that drive us to behave in some­times unchar­ac­ter­istic ways.


Title: “Gov­erning Uncer­tainty: Envi­ron­mental Reg­u­la­tion in the Age of Nanotechnology”

Author: Christo­pher Bosso, pro­fessor and asso­ciate dean, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northastern

Descrip­tion: Econ­o­mists, his­to­rians, philoso­phers and public policy experts weigh in on envi­ron­mental reg­u­la­tion in light of the chal­lenges inherent in the devel­op­ment of nan­otech­nology. They work toward a recon­cep­tu­al­iza­tion of gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tory approaches that sat­isfy the desire for sci­en­tific inno­va­tion while also taking into account the direct and indi­rect effects of emerging tech­nolo­gies, par­tic­u­larly in the face of sci­en­tific uncertainties.


Title: “Out of Char­acter: The Sur­prising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) Lurking in All of Us”

Author: David DeSteno, asso­ciate pro­fessor of psy­chology at North­eastern and Pier­carlo Valdesolo

Descrip­tion: This book pro­vides a unique window into how forces out­side of our aware­ness shape char­acter, nobility and good­ness. Through DeSteno’s Social Emo­tions Group Lab at North­eastern, readers are given first-​​hand accounts of how humanity’s best and worst char­ac­ter­is­tics are born from the inter­play of these hidden forces and evoke pow­erful emo­tion from, jeal­ousy, big­otry and com­pas­sion to altruism, hypocrisy, loy­alty and self-​​control.

Title: “Chi­nese Jus­tice: Civil Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion in Con­tem­po­rary China”

Author: Mar­garet Woo, pro­fessor of law, School of Law at Northeastern

Descrip­tion: Through an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary lens, this book ana­lyzes whether three decades of legal reform in China have taken hold in Chi­nese society by exam­ining how cit­i­zens use the con­tem­po­rary legal system. It goes on to explore the emer­gent Chi­nese con­cep­tion of jus­tice — one that seeks to bal­ance cul­tural tra­di­tion, socialist lega­cies, and the needs of the global market. This book pro­motes a greater under­standing of the polit­ical dimen­sion of dis­pute res­o­lu­tion in cre­ating, set­tling and changing social norms in China today.


Title: “Pro­fes­sional Nursing Con­cepts: Com­pe­ten­cies for Quality Leadership”

Author: Anita Finkelman and Carole Kenner, pro­fessor and dean, School of Nursing at Northeastern

Descrip­tion: This dynamic text takes a patient-​​centered approach to nursing edu­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and engages stu­dents in rec­og­nizing the crit­ical role that nurses play in health-​​care delivery. Divided into four sec­tions, about every­thing from the his­tory of nursing and accred­i­ta­tion to ethics and the nursing shortage, it also covers the Insti­tute of Medicine’s (IOM) five core com­pe­ten­cies on quality and health care for all health-​​care professionals.


Title: “An Intro­duc­tion to Geot­ech­nical Engineering”

Author: Robert D. Holtz, William D. Kovacs and Thomas Sheahan, pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering at Northeastern

Descrip­tion: This book pro­vides a descrip­tive, ele­men­tary intro­duc­tion to geot­ech­nical engineering—with appli­ca­tions to civil engi­neering prac­tice. Focusing on the engi­neering clas­si­fi­ca­tion, behavior, and prop­er­ties of soils nec­es­sary for the design and con­struc­tion of foun­da­tions and earth struc­tures, it also includes chap­ters on Geology, Land­forms, and the Origin of Geomaterials.