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Podcast: Paul J. Zak on the Science of Trust

Jacket cover of Trust Factor by Paul J. Zak Paul J. Zak recently sat down with the AMA Edgewise team to discuss his book, TRUST FACTOR: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies. Zak knows the science behind the importance of trust in business–and, most importantly for you, how any business can harness it to create a better company culture and lasting results.

High trust organizations are happier; happier profits and happier employees. Paul Zak was part of the team of scientists who first made the connection between oxytocin and trust and is the author of The Trust Factor, published by AMACOM. He joins us to talk about the business case for building trust and how it’s worked for many companies.

Listen to Paul J. Zak on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.

Paul Zak, author of Trust Factor

Paul J. Zak, Ph.D. is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He was part of the team of scientists that first made the connection between oxytocin and trust—and his TED talk on the topic has received over a million views. He has appeared on CNN, Fox Business, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, and is the author of The Moral Molecule.

Listen to more interviews with AMACOM authors on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.

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Clean Energy Nation Now Available on NetGalley

Clean Energy NationOur upcoming book, Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America from the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels by U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney, Ph.D., and Martin Cheek, is now available for review on NetGalley. Click HERE to submit your request.

If you are a book reviewer, journalist, librarian, professor, bookseller, and blogger, or other book professional, we invite you to download an e-galley of the book today.

Dangerous CO2 emissions, massive oil spills, dwindling supplies—the problems with fossil fuels are driving a long-overdue reassessment of our nation’s energy policies. U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney, a renewable energy engineer and the first representative with expertise in energy independence, leads the way to change. In Clean Energy Nation, he and journalist Martin Cheek make an impassioned argument for drastically reducing dependency on fossil fuels and developing sustainable, readily available energy sources—solar, wind, biofuel, geothermal, and hydrogen-based power.

Bringing together a rare combination of scientific knowledge, political savvy, and insightful journalism, the authors reveal the pros and cons of alternative energy sources and examine how our nation became addicted to fossil fuels in the first place. The book reads like the dramatic story it is, complete with dire projections about peak oil and grim scenarios of rising oceans…keen insights into policies and players that have stalled progress on climate change and favored big oil…and astute recommendations for building a clean energy economy and a prosperous, stable future.

CONGRESSMAN JERRY McNERNEY, PH.D., was elected to California’s 11th Congressional District in November 2006. He is a member of the House Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy Independence and the House Committee on Science and Technology. Prior to serving in Congress, he was an energy consultant for Pacific Gas and Electric, FlowWind, and the Electric Power Research Institute. MARTIN CHEEK has worked as a journalist for more than two decades, specializing in science and high-tech industry.

Click HERE to submit your request for a copy of Clean Energy Nation.

NetGalley is a service for people who read and recommend books, such as book reviewers, journalists, librarians, professors, booksellers, and bloggers.

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Spring 2011 Catalog Online Now!

Our Spring 2011 catalog is now online! You can download a pdf of the catalog HERE. Check out all our seasonal catalogs HERE.

Highlights from the new catalog include:

We look forward to seeing these books on your shelf!

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

They’re like the cool kids in high school. Everyone wants to know them and everyone wants them on their team. They type really fast, and have reinvented the art of multitasking. They grew up with technology at their fingertips and they’re adept at making changes fast and acclimating even faster.

Call them what you want: Generation Y’ers, Baby Boom Echos, Millenials, but they’re in high demand and chances are you know at least one of them. You might even have one of your own. Some consider them impatient; Others consider them eager. But to recruiters, marketing firms, and social media networks they’re a godsend.

Gen Y’ers are the biggest thing since…well, since Gen X’ers. Their attention spans are shorter but their creativity has led to some fascinating advancements in the way we organize and share information with innovations such as Facebook, Mint.com and YouTube.

Here are a few reading recommendations for the Gen Y’er in your life, because, believe it or not, they actually can sit still to read a book…while making dinner and texting, of course.

Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers and Nexters in your workplace by Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, and Bob Filipczak

Although it’s not a matter of Gen Y’ers vs. Baby Boomers, disparities in opinions and social mores can sometimes make it feel that way. The authors offer up some insightful suggestions for dealing with the generational divide to create an engaging and productive workplace.

Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World by Michael D. Fayer, Ph.D.

Sometimes Gen Y’ers need a break from the ubiquitous tech talk. Media and digital technologies are helpful for knowing how to reach people and build online communities. But where are the answers to age old curiosities like “Why are blueberries blue?” Author Michael D. Fayer, Ph. D. cleverly breaks down difficult concepts and lays them out accessibly, making even the toughest ideas easy to digest.

The AMA Handbook of Business Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Style, Grammar, Punctuation, Usage, Construction, and Formatting by Kevin Wilson and Jennifer Wauson

With grammar and writing style taking a back seat to e-colloquialism, an all-inclusive handbook on writing is a must for Gen-Yers. Press releases, memos, newsletters, proposals, and many more are outlined alphabetically in this guide. Top-notch communication skills are still imperative and can make any Gen-Yer stand out above among his or her peers in this competitive job market.

Work Your Strengths: A Scientific Process to Identify Your Skills and Match Them to the Best Career for You by Chuck Martin, Richard Guare, and Peg Dawson

If a Gen Y’er had to answer the question, “Where do you see yourself in the next ten years” it might go unanswered. The Gen Y generation is known for not settling into a career that isn’t meant for them. By providing an online profile and using a science-based technique, the authors of Work Your Strengths help readers narrow down their paths to discover career options that fit their personalities.

More Time For You: A Powerful System to Organize Your Work and Get Things Done by Rosemary Tator and Alesia Latson

Between unpaid internships, grad school, new jobs and career advancements, Gen Y’ers are busier than ever. Rosemary Tator and Alesia Latson help readers go from overwhelmed to organized to keep important tasks properly prioritized. Charts neatly keep schedules in order while screenshots easily show how to implement the programs for less delaying tasks and increased productivity.

Before you ask yourself, “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” try suggesting one of these books to the Gen-Yer in your life. You may be faced with initial hesitation, followed by a Tweet or two to find out if any of their friends have read it, but they’ll be thankful you thought to recommend them something besides a link.

To see more of our books, visit our website at www.amacombooks.org.

By Lauren Johnson, publicity intern at AMACOM.

Michael D. Fayer, Ph.D. on his upcoming “TechNation” NPR Interview

The following is a guest post from Michael D. Fayer, author of Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World.

On Wednesday August 25th I drove thirty miles north from my home base as a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University to the San Francisco radio studio of the NPR station, KQED. I was to be interviewed by Dr. Moira Gunn for her national radio show, Tech Nation. In spite of a slight panic on the way caused by of all things a flat tire, Moira and I had a great conversation about my new book, Absolutely Small.

Of course, Moira has done thousands of radio interviews, but I have not, so this was a new experience for me. Having listened to Moira’s show over the years I was thrilled being on her show, though I admit I was a tad nervous. But Moira, the consummate professional and gracious host put me at ease immediately. We did the interview in a sound proof studio with one of those windows into the control room. A microphone on a stand was put in the right position in front of me, and I was warned not to move around too much. This is hard for me because I’m used to waving my arms and running around when I get excited talking about science, but I locked my face to the mike, and all went well.

We first talked about why the book is called Absolutely Small. I described how the concept of size is fundamental to understanding how quantum mechanics is different from classical mechanics. For example, classical mechanics is great for describing the flight of a base ball, designing an airplane, or landing a space craft on Mars. However, if you want to know why cherries are red and blue berries are blue, you need quantum theory. If you want to understand what a trans fat is or why electricity goes through metals but not glass, you need quantum theory. The vast majority of things that you see around you have their properties because of the nature of the atoms and molecules that make them up. Atoms, molecules, electrons, and photons are small in an absolute sense. The fundamental problem with classical mechanics is that in nature size is absolute, and classical mechanics is not set up to describe absolutely small objects. So at the beginning of the 20th century, the edifice of classical mechanics, which up to that time seemed to explain everything, began to fall apart.

One of the areas Moira and I discussed was fats. What is a polyunsaturated fats, a monounsaturated fats, and unnatural fats produced by chemical processing, trans fats. We have all heard of these fats, but what are they and why does it matter? Understanding the nature of molecules gives the answer. We also talked about the remarkable properties of absolutely small particles such as electrons and photon. The amazing thing about such objects is that in some sense they can be in more than one place at the same time. This is not a property of baseballs, and is counter to our intuition of how the world works. Quantum theory makes this seemingly impossible property of absolutely small particles understandable and shows how the property is necessary to explain phenomena that are important for describing the world around us.

Quantum theory seems to be mysterious, but it only seems that way because we don’t have a quantum theory intuition. We intuitively understand that if you hit a baseball harder, it will go farther. But our classical intuition stops working when we want to understand the beautiful world of atoms and molecules. Absolutely Small presents the material necessary to think quantum and gain a better understanding of our everyday world without the stumbling block of math.

The interview with Dr. Moira Gunn will air on TechNation on this Sunday, September 12. You can listen to it HERE.

Michael D. Fayer, Ph.D., is the David Mulvane Ehrsam and Edward Curtis Franklin Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has won major prizes and honors in the fields of physics, chemistry, and molecular spectroscopy. He is the author of Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains Our Everyday World and Elements of Quantum Mechanics.