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Anthony Joseph Duben
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas
 

Duben is the Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics of the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He took this position after he retired as professor emeritus of computer science from Southeast Missouri State University, where he spent 22 years, rising from assistant professor to professor, and serving as associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and as chairman of the computer science department.

He studied chemistry and mathematics for his BS from Marquette University in Milwaukee. His PhD, in physical chemistry, is from the Pennsylvania State University. He was, and is, particularly interested in computational chemistry. His early exposure to computing was on an IBM 7094 using Fortran II, and he completed his dissertation research on an IBM 360. At that time, he discovered that a person could make a lot of friends if he knew OS360 JCL.

His interest in computational chemistry took him from large quantum mechanical calculations into statistical mechanical studies of glycoprotein geometries, as well as into instrument construction and computerized data collection and control systems.

Although he is a full-time administrator, he is still interested in computational science. In particular, he wishes he had the time to use the new college parallel processing cluster to work on some unresolved problems in molecular hydrodynamics and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of proteins and sugars. He is also interested in Extensible Markup Language (XML) applications in the sciences for data storage and portability among computer programs.

He belongs to the ACM, IEEE, and IEEE-Computer Society, and served the profession as an ABET-CAC accreditation evaluator (and hopes to continue doing so).


     

Practical Doomsday: A User's Guide to the End of the World: NULL
Zalewski M., No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2022. 250 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-718502-12-3)

Why is this book relevant to computing professionals? When this book was madeavailable for review, I was curious about why it was listed, and I selected it. We all have digital assets that we protect. In day-to-day behavior, we back up...

 

 Social Engineering: How Crowdmasters, Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls Created a New Form of Manipulative Communication: NULL
Gehl R., Lawson S., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2022. 344 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-262543-45-3)

The book’s subtitle is a fitting 13-word summary of what it is about. The book taught me that social engineering is a polite, obfuscating, nonthreatening label for the pernicious, amoral manipulation of people to accomplish s...

 

 Artificial intelligence and Its discontents: critiques from the social sciences and humanities: NULL
Hanemaayer A., Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, 2022. 290 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030886-14-1)

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey opened in 1968, during a time when a general artificial intelligence (AI), embodied in the film’s HAL 9000 computer, was thought to be possible, if not achievable, by t...

 

Accelerated materials discovery: how to use artificial intelligence to speed up development: NULL
De Luna P., DE GRUYTER, Berlin, Germany, 2022. 300 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-110738-04-9)

Materials science emphasizes the solid state and the applications of solid state materials. Among these applications are heterogeneous catalysis, thin films, glasses and other amorphous solids, and electronic materials. Historically, r...

 

Challenging online propaganda and disinformation in the 21st century
Gregor M., Mlejnkova P., Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, 2021. 294 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030586-23-2), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Terry Pratchett, in his Discworld novel The truth [1], wrote the famous epigram, “A lie can run around the world before the truth has got its boots on.” This quote very succinctly describes the struggle aga...

 
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