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A Field Guide To Common Fish Of The Pacific Northwest

RRP $15.95

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The waters of the Pacific Northwest are home to some of the most unique and diverse marine creatures in the world, including rockfishes, greenlings and, of course, salmon. This full-colour brochure is packed with information on seventy-eight "must-have" common fishes of the Pacific Northwest. A Field Guide to Common Fish of the Pacific Northwest provides a succinct rundown on a huge variety of our fishy neighbours, and is an ideal guide for fishermen, divers and anyone interested in the marine life that fills our surrounding waters.


A Guide To Qtl Mapping With R/qtl

RRP $546.99

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Quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping is used to discover the genetic and molecular architecture underlying complex quantitative traits. It has important applications in agricultural, evolutionary, and biomedical research. R/qtl is an extensible, interactive environment for QTL mapping in experimental crosses. It is implemented as a package for the widely used open source statistical software R and contains a diverse array of QTL mapping methods, diagnostic tools for ensuring high-quality data, and facilities for the fit and exploration of multiple-QTL models, including QTL x QTL and QTL x environment interactions. This book is a comprehensive guide to the practice of QTL mapping and the use of R/qtl, including study design, data import and simulation, data diagnostics, interval mapping and generalizations, two-dimensional genome scans, and the consideration of complex multiple-QTL models. Two moderately challenging case studies illustrate QTL analysis in its entirety.

The book alternates between QTL mapping theory and examples illustrating the use of R/qtl. Novice readers will find detailed explanations of the important statistical concepts and, through the extensive software illustrations, will be able to apply these concepts in their own research. Experienced readers will find details on the underlying algorithms and the implementation of extensions to R/qtl. There are 150 figures, including 90 in full color.


A Guide To Asian High Yield Bonds, Second Edition

RRP $378.00

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Starting with a general description and definition of the product, and where it sits in the corporate capital structure, the book looks at the suitability of high yield bonds for family-owned growth enterprises through a new and expanded discussion as to why Asian issuers should or should not issue high yield bonds and to what extent high yield bonds can supplement or even replace traditional bank lending. This includes a look at capital markets alternatives for family owned companies, the search for an optimal capital structure, the relevance of optimal debt and capital structure theories, key aspects driving financing decisions and their objectives against this backdrop, from a practical and theoretical point of view. Against these parameters the suitability of high yield bonds is being established and, finally, compared with other financial instruments.

As far as the history ofand development of the product are concerned high yield in the US and Europe is thoroughly looke at before analyzing the relative short history of the sector in this region. Within this context the guide will also assess the key advantages of high yield bonds as opposed to bank debt funding -- incurrence rather than maintenance covenants, tenor, bullet repayment, investor diversification -- and as opposed to equity and equity-linked funding -- non-dilutive, cheaper and less volatile.

This is followed by a comprehensive anatomy' of the high yield bond market in Asia, looking at issuer countries and industries, ratings and size distributions. This would include a comprehensive look at the diversification of the high-yield issuer universe, including the recent non-property issuance out of China as well as examples from "new" high yield geographies, such as Japan and Mongolia (in which the author transacted benchmark offerings).

Any anatomy of Asian high yield would not be complete without a thorough technical analysis of high yield bond structures commonly employed in Asian transactions and their key concepts. The discussions of the respective covenants and security packages will be embedded into revised and new chapters on the key building blocks of high yield credit analysis, including business risk, financial risk, management / ownership risks and covenant analysis. Asian high yield covenant packages which vary immensely across the region, lead into a thorough analysis of high yield bond risks and fundamentals, including transfer of cash or other forms of value from a restricted group, risky investments in assets, increase in leverage, subordination/dilution of bondholders claims and abrupt changes in governance or control. Based on real deal examples these covenants packages will be analyzed versus the US and European models and assessed for comparative strengths and weaknesses. Special attention will also be given to issues such as to corporate governance, the business model, business strategies, quality of earnings and cash flows and auditors.

In many cases, the senior financial executive of the company in question will be interviewed to provide insight on the company's rationale for issuing high yield bonds, their view on the strengths of the products, their reservations about it, their assessment of high yield versus other funding products and the place that high yield bond issues will have in their future funding plans. The author will also offer technical analysis on why each company employed its particular structure and an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.

This is followed by a thorough analysis of the buyside, including interviews with leading institutional investors in Asian high yield, principally real money asset managers and hedge funds. They will update the development of the investor base post 2008, the reasons behind the decline of Asian high yield and its resurgence, culminating in an analysis of the migration from fast money to real money and private wealth. The chapter will demonstrate high yield investors' priorities, dealing with their preferences in terms of countries and industries, their views on which recent structures they have found more or less attractive -- and why -- and how they expect the market to evolve in Asia.

Another new chapter will be on high yield bond restructuring. We will look at Asian high yield bonds from their recovery value, compare these with the US, and analysis how the rating agencies are looking at "Loss Given Default" scenarios. Various liability management options are open to issuers to avoid default or deal with default scenarios and the book will assess all these, together with key objectives issuers and investors may associate with them, before presenting case studies of debt restructuring propositions that failed and succeeded (again, the author transacted some high profile deals of this nature in 2009/2010).

Another new chapter of interest is high yield in the new "Dim Sum" market. The guide will assess the genesis of this sector, to what extent high yield structures can be applied and which formats of high yield and covenant packages have been placed with investors.The Asian high yield private placement market shut down in 2008/2009 but resurfaced on the back of a public bond market recovery to offer to a broad spectrum of issuers fast, discreet and, in many cases, vital funding solutions. We will describe the issuers that drive this market, ranging from credits with a challenging history in Indonesia to real estate start-ups in China, and look at how these deals were structured to attract equity return-orientated hedge fund and proprietary desk investors.

Starting with a general description and definition of the product, and where it sits in the corporate capital structure, the book looks at the suitability of high yield bonds for family-owned growth enterprises through a new and expanded discussion as to why Asian issuers should or should not issue high yield bonds and to what extent high yield bonds can supplement or even replace traditional bank lending. This includes a look at capital markets alternatives for family owned companies, the search for an optimal capital structure, the relevance of optimal debt and capital structure theories, key aspects driving financing decisions and their objectives against this backdrop, from a practical and theoretical point of view. Against these parameters the suitability of high yield bonds is being established and, finally, compared with other financial instruments.

As far as the history ofand development of the product are concerned high yield in the US and Europe is thoroughly looke at before analyzing the relative short history of the sector in this region. Within this context the guide will also assess the key advantages of high yield bonds as opposed to bank debt funding -- incurrence rather than maintenance covenants, tenor, bullet repayment, investor diversification -- and as opposed to equity and equity-linked funding -- non-dilutive, cheaper and less volatile.

This is followed by a comprehensive anatomy' of the high yield bond market in Asia, looking at issuer countries and industries, ratings and size distributions. This would include a comprehensive look at the diversification of the high-yield issuer universe, including the recent non-property issuance out of China as well as examples from "new" high yield geographies, such as Japan and Mongolia (in which the author transacted benchmark offerings).

Any anatomy of Asian high yield would not be complete without a thorough technical analysis of high yield bond structures commonly employed in Asian transactions and their key concepts. The discussions of the respective covenants and security packages will be embedded into revised and new chapters on the key building blocks of high yield credit analysis, including business risk, financial risk, management / ownership risks and covenant analysis. Asian high yield covenant packages which vary immensely across the region, lead into a thorough analysis of high yield bond risks and fundamentals, including transfer of cash or other forms of value from a restricted group, risky investments in assets, increase in leverage, subordination/dilution of bondholders claims and abrupt changes in governance or control. Based on real deal examples these covenants packages will be analyzed versus the US and European models and assessed for comparative strengths and weaknesses. Special attention will also be given to issues such as to corporate governance, the business model, business strategies, quality of earnings and cash flows and auditors.

In many cases, the senior financial executive of the company in question will be interviewed to provide insight on the company's rationale for issuing high yield bonds, their view on the strengths of the products, their reservations about it, their assessment of high yield versus other funding products and the place that high yield bond issues will have in their future funding plans. The author will also offer technical analysis on why each company employed its particular structure and an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.

This is followed by a thorough analysis of the buyside, including interviews with leading institutional investors in Asian high yield, principally real money asset managers and hedge funds. They will update the development of the investor base post 2008, the reasons behind the decline of Asian high yield and its resurgence, culminating in an analysis of the migration from fast money to real money and private wealth. The chapter will demonstrate high yield investors' priorities, dealing with their preferences in terms of countries and industries, their views on which recent structures they have found more or less attractive -- and why -- and how they expect the market to evolve in Asia.

Another new chapter will be on high yield bond restructuring. We will look at Asian high yield bonds from their recovery value, compare these with the US, and analysis how the rating agencies are looking at "Loss Given Default" scenarios. Various liability management options are open to issuers to avoid default or deal with default scenarios and the book will assess all these, together with key objectives issuers and investors may associate with them, before presenting case studies of debt restructuring propositions that failed and succeeded (again, the author transacted some high profile deals of this nature in 2009/2010).

Another new chapter of interest is high yield in the new "Dim Sum" market. The guide will assess the genesis of this sector, to what extent high yield structures can be applied and which formats of high yield and covenant packages have been placed with investors.The Asian high yield private placement market shut down in 2008/2009 but resurfaced on the back of a public bond market recovery to offer to a broad spectrum of issuers fast, discreet and, in many cases, vital funding solutions. We will describe the issuers that drive this market, ranging from credits with a challenging history in Indonesia to real estate start-ups in China, and look at how these deals were structured to attract equity return-orientated hedge fund and proprietary desk investors.


Organizational Theory For Equity And Diversity

RRP $363.99

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Organizational Theory for Equity and Diversity helps aspiring leaders understand, apply, and integrate theories in ways to lead socially just K-12 schools. Covering the full range of organizational theories as applied to educational leadership practice and research -- including decision-making, motivation, leadership, organizational structure, change, communication, conflict, organizational culture, and climate -- this book guides readers to examine not only traditional perspectives but also a range of critical and current theory. Readers are guided to critically analyze their own leadership strengths and limitations from each organizational perspective, in a continued effort to better inform their current educational practices. This valuable text will provide aspiring school leaders and administrators the tools and strategies for creating equitable and diverse schools that are effective and sustainable.

Special Features:

  • Addresses the full range of student and staff diversity including race, culture, social class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, language, religion and their intersections.
  • Readers are guided to write a case from their own educational experience, while each chapter provides opportunities to continually analyze this case from the particular organizational theory.
  • Explores how the various theories influence research-including research topics, questions, methods, conceptual frameworks, data analysis, and the generation of theory.
  • End-of-chapter resources point readers toward further discussion of conceptual elements, practice connections, and research applications.
  • Companion website includes power points, video links, and suggestions and activities for teaching chapters.


A Concise Guide To Improving Student Learning

RRP $337.99

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This concise guidebook is intended for faculty who are interested in engaging their students and developing deep and lasting learning, but do not have the time to immerse themselves in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Acknowledging the growing body of peer-reviewed literature on practices that can dramatically impact teaching, this intentionally brief book:

* Summarizes recent research on six of the most compelling principles in learning and teaching
* Describes their application to the college classroom
* Presents teaching strategies that are based on pragmatic practices
* Provides annotated bibliographies and important citations for faculty who want to explore these
topics further

This guidebook begins with an overview of how we learn, covering such topics such as the distinction between expert and novice learners, memory, prior learning, and metacognition. The body of the book is divided into three main sections each of which includes teaching principles, applications, and related strategies - most of which can be implemented without extensive preparation.

The applications sections present examples of practice across a diverse range of disciplines including the sciences, humanities, arts, and pre-professional programs.

This book provides a foundation for the reader explore these approaches and methods in his or her teaching.

The Authors

Diane Cummings Persellin is Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. An author of over 100 articles and book chapters, her research interests focus on teacher p reparation, professional development in higher education, and applications of research on learning.

Mary Blythe Daniels is Associate Professor of Spanish at Centre College. Dr. Daniels was named Centre College's National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professor and received the Kirk Award for Excellent Teaching. She is a staff member of the Associated Colleges of South's Teaching and Learning Workshop, and has presented at national and international conferences.



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