John Janovy, Jr


About the author:

John Janovy, Jr. (PhD, University of Oklahoma, 1965) is the author of seventeen books and over ninety scientific papers and book chapters. These books range from textbooks to science fiction to essays on athletics. He is now retired, but when an active faculty member held the Paula and D. B. Varner Distinguished Professorship in Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interest is parasitology. He has been Director of UNL’s Cedar Point Biological Station, Interim Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences, and secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Parasitologists.
His teaching experiences include large-enrollment freshman biology courses, Field Parasitology at the Cedar Point Biological Station, Invertebrate Zoology, Parasitology, Organismic Biology, and numerous honors seminars. He has supervised thirty-two graduate students, and approximately 50 undergraduate researchers, including ten Howard Hughes scholars.
His honors include the University of Nebraska Distinguished Teaching Award, University Honors Program Master Lecturer, American Health Magazine book award (for Fields of Friendly Strife), State of Nebraska Pioneer Award, University of Nebraska Outstanding Research and Creativity Award, The Nature Conservancy Hero recognition, Nebraska Library Association Mari Sandoz Award, UNL Library Friend’s Hartley Burr Alexander Award, and the American Society of Parasitologists Clark P. Read Mentorship Award.

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Bernice and John: Finally Meeting Your Parents Who Died a Long Time Ago
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,040. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » Family history
"Bernice and John" is post-war Oklahoma history as seen through the eyes of a petroleum geologist who graduated from OU in 1935, and his highly perceptive wife who, upon being given a diagnosis of terminal cancer at age 47, decided to go to college. Part memoir and part social-political commentary, B&J makes a powerful argument for Oklahoma as the model of our evolving nation,
Let Us Talk of Basketball!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
In poetry, four sets of parents of a players on a high school girls team lament their daughters obsession with the sport; they end up with the conclusion that human beings are at their best when working in a group of five! If you have children in athletics, or have had, you need this book big time!
Parasitology Lab Exercises
Price: Free! Words: 12,100. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Sciences
This book contains lab exercises used in BIOS 385, Parasitology, from 2006 to 2010 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Included are outcomes, tasks, materials, study questions, and vocabulary.
Parasitology Exams
Price: Free! Words: 11,040. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Biology
This book contains exams and quizzes from BIOS 385, Parasitology, taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 and 2009, plus syllabi from an honors seminar: Tropical Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Global Health.
Pieces of the Plains: Memories and Predictions from the Heart of America
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,270. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Environmentalists & naturalists
PIECES is a memoir based on a successful biological scientists life of teaching, research, and writing, but throughout his book the author steps back from personal history in order to place his experiences into a global context, eventually addressing the question: What will human life be like in two thousand years? Original drawings accompany each chapter.
Field Notes from a Cruise
Price: Free! Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
In 2004, with the goal of not only seeing, but touching, a whale, I boarded Searcher out of San Diego. This narrative was composed mostly on board and two weeks later, at the end, in the Cabo airport. And yes, I did touch a whale.
Tuskers - the Movie
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 27,480. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
A screenplay based on the sci-fi comedy TUSKERS, about a football game between the University of Nebraska and the University of Oklahoma in the year 2099. Get ready for college football like you've never imagined it!
Denver International Airport
Price: Free! Words: 7,410. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Category: Essay » Technology
A discussion of culture, design, environmental issues, and fuel economy associated with the Denver International Airport. It was originally written as part of a book inspired by the visionary thinker, Mr. Jim Starry.
Christian Zombie: A Tale of Sin and Redemption
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,730. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
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Christian Zombie is indeed a tale of sin and redemption, leading us through vampire, werewolf, and zombie stages in the life of a hero who’s analytical and philosophical, even as he’s wreaking havoc, but who finally, reflecting back on his nights running with the wolf pack, or the Zombie Jamboree debauchery, becomes aware of the evil that can descend upon us because of our ideas and beliefs.
Outwitting College Professors, 4th Edition
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,510. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » College Guides
Outwitting College Professors is the ultimate college success book. This valuable little volume tells everything you need to know, from how profs make out exams, how you should act if you encounter your prof in a bar, tips for maximizing grades on papers, to advice on how to handle your relationships with the most difficult profs (in a chapter named "Advanced Outwitting"!)
Answers to College General Biology Exams
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,950. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Biology
A superb study guide! This book contains all the biology exams given during a four-year period at a major university, along with the answers. Questions are sorted into general areas (genetics, evolution, metabolism, etc.) In the opening page there is a link to the highly recommended OUTWITTING COLLEGE PROFESSORS in either electronic or paper format.
Answers to College Level Biology exams
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,950. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Biology
A superb study guide! This book contains all the general biology exams given during a four-year period at a major university, along with the answers. Questions are sorted into general areas (genetics, evolution, metabolism, etc.) In the opening page there is a link to the highly recommended OUTWITTING COLLEGE PROFESSORS in either electronic or paper format.
College Biology Exams, 2007-2010
Price: Free! Words: 58,270. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Biology
A superb study guide! This book contains all the exams given during a four-year period at a major university. Questions are sorted into general areas (genetics, evolution, metabolism, etc.) Although answers are not provided, they should be easy to obtain using any standard text.
Dinkle's Life: A Spiritual Biography
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,500. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
DINKLE’S LIFE is the ultimate ghost story. He’s now a famous philosopher, but as a teenager, Dinkle digs up an ancient burial mound, releasing spirits that now plague modern civilization, especially the West. His trek through the Plains to find those spirits, kill them, and return them to their graves, is an epic adventure closely tied to the American Dream. He has help, not all of it welcome!
Intelligent Designer: Evolution for Politicians
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,740. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
The Third Millennium American culture wars have produced the most scientifically illiterate politicians, including Presidential candidates, in modern times: climate change deniers, Biblical literalists, etc. This nation cannot afford such ignorance. This book brings badly needed help for a nation in desperate need of science literacy in high places. Send a copy to your elected representative!
The Ginkgo: An Intellectual and Visionary Coming-of-Age
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,120. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Ginkgo explores the clash between tradition and creativity. A girl from a western ranch—symbolizing tradition—comes to a large university and writes four highly personal and creative papers about a single tree. In the process, she produces a sobering vision of America a thousand years into the future, the day her chosen tree dies.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,990. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
TUSKERS is an explosive combination of sci-fi, college football, humor, and satire that will keep you wondering seriously about the social impact of this highly emotional game we all follow so closely. Nebraska has not lost a game in 10 years, but today, on November 25, 2090, the last day of the Winning Decade, they play the hated Sooners who bring their own secret weapons to the stadium.
Ten Minute Ecologist: Twenty Answered Questions for Busy People Facing Environmental Issues
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,100. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Ecology and Environment
TME provides plain, easily understood, information about environmental phenomena and issues in the form of twenty answered questions. It will do wonders for anyone who reads about environmental issues in the daily newspapers and asks "should I be worried about this?" TME is ideal reading for CEOs and politicians facing environmental issues, as well as science students at all levels.
Outwitting College Professors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,080. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » College Guides
OUTWITTING COLLEGE PROFESSORS is the ultimate college success book. This valuable little volume tells you everything you need to know, from how profs make out exams, to tips for maximizing grades on papers, and handling your relationships with the most difficult profs (in a chapter named “Advanced Outwitting”)! This one makes the ideal gift for a graduating, college-bound, high school senior!
Conversations between God and Satan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,630. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
CONVERSATIONS addresses God's Ultimate Question: why people throughout the universe are killing one another in His name. God arrives on Earth as a male pre-med college student; Satan arrives as a female English major and struggling writer with a love for high calorie cookies, cigarettes, and vodka. Their two weeks together will make anyone re-think his/her relationship to organized religion.

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Smashwords book reviews by John Janovy, Jr

  • Homophobe: A Logical Response to an Ignorant Ideology on April 23, 2013

    This little book is indeed a "nuclear weapon in the culture wars" as indicated by one of the manuscript readers. J. J. Morrow has laid to rest, completely, and with eloquence and gentle dignity, the idea that various kinds of intimate interactions between adults, regardless of gender, are somehow "un-natural." As Morrow shows clearly, by examining the voluminous scientific literature on mating behavior, same-sex interactions are common throughout the animal kingdom. But the author goes far beyond such documentation in this small but powerful book by addressing psychological issues. However, the most important aspect of this book is the personal experience, as a Texas-born Christian, that she brings to the narrative. HOMOPHOBE is a must read!!
  • Fiammetta's Dream on Dec. 20, 2013

    Fiammetta Shaidy (Fi-Fi) and Betty Greenfield, co-founders of Villa Paradiso, the appropriately-named rural Oklahoma estate for a wonderful collection of older ladies and gentlemen, again embark on a set of adventures sure not only to entertain, and enlighten, the still-lively geriatric set, but also to help younger folks view the coming years with a certain amount of hope rather than despair. Fi-Fi and Betty are very well off financially as a result of family entrepreneurial decisions involving peanuts and chicken manure, but as we meet them in this sequel to Atoka’s earlier book, Villa Paradiso, they’re on Fi-Fi’s motor coach with a collection of well-armed passengers returning from a recreational outing at a local shooting range. Fi-Fi’s Dream is filled with humor, sensitivity, deep respect for those in the later years, and always a reminder that those years should be filled with rich experiences. The dream is not only of a physical place, of course, a state-of-the-art facility with all the amenities, but it’s also of an ideal way of life for the post-60 crowd, and especially for those with Alzheimer’s. We follow Fi-Fi and her entourage through the design and construction of her dream, encounters with Atoka’s rich supply of interesting characters, a cruise that turns out to be a combination of new ways of seeing the world and decision-making respites (along with an hilarious attempted takeover by what can only be called the Keystone Pirates), and a return to the place she has built into a home in the most meaningful sense of the word, a home not only for herself, but for those she loves and respects. Along the way, every page is filled with that typical Ted Atoka combination of authentic conversation between interesting characters, thoughts about the future, and ties to the past. Highly recommended.