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Astrid Cerny

City: Ramsey

Country: United States

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Astrid wrote in as follow and was rewarded 5 books: “I teach environmental studies. With a highly qualified group of co-authors, I just edited and published my first textbook. It’s called Sustainability: Global Issues, Global Perspectives. Human population is chapter ONE. The author for the chapter sent me the link to your book. The book is currently in a preliminary edition for NYU only, and will be available on the open academic market for the fall.
I also teach overfishing, habitat destruction, carrying capacity and overshoot, and many other human population explosion interrelated issues. The students are reading this book among others this semester.
I would be pleased to receive a free copy of the book as I will definitely be using it in my teaching. The images in your book are beautiful and send important messages. One of the units I teach is shark finning, and the images teach the students as much as the text.
I would only request one copy to teach with as I reach many students at NYU each year, but if the minimum is three, I can start to think creatively yes.
I would not have difficulty sharing it with my colleagues in environmental studies and extending the reach for this book. I adjunct at Ramapo College where environmental studies is one of the most popular and a historically strong major. For example today, Saturday, we are having an environmental studies reunion event and there are many other public events with an environmental focus at Ramapo. Adding book publicity to these events would be easy.
Third, I work in Uzbekistan as a sustainability consultant, the Central Asian country with the fastest growing population by far and very limited habitable land. I would bring at least one copy to share with appropriate people there. They will never buy a $50 book at current exchange rates for their currency, but the Uzbeks I work with are well educated, especially in English. I am currently working on developing academic exchange opportunities between NYU and their universities for this reason.
While there is a public perception that professors have it easy, my income is modest and I do take advantage of book offers to enhance my teaching and professional outreach. I like to stay at the cutting edge of knowledge and I teach the same course in new ways every semester to incorporate what I read and how the world is changing.”

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