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
"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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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- 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.
- Come Sundown
on Aug. 25, 2014
As usual, Ted Atoka makes us smile with the first couple of sentences and keeps us smiling throughout COME SUNDOWN. A contemporary Western set in Stopgap, Oklahoma, his story must begin with a shooting, although in this case the victim is the rearview mirror on Junior Peavey’s Mustang convertible and the perp is Dan Meeks, who ends up introducing Junior to Stopgap’s collection of characters. Peavey, a writer who’s held the usual various jobs, has just bought fifteen acres and a rundown house, hoping that the fixup will help him get over the loss of his wife. His shattered rearview mirror and the consequences drag him into the Stopgap culture and get him entangled in a contest of wills over the fate of the Horse Trough Saloon. City folks want to buy it and build a hotel resort. Instead of a classic western shootout, we have a fight over history, tradition, and values, in essence, a contest between people (the locals) and money (from Vegas!). COME SUNDOWN is a morality tale, as so many Westerns are, but for anyone who’s watched urban sprawl obliterate a way of life, the book is a reminder that our real wealth lies in the human experience, the appreciation for our individual differences, the diversity of characters we meet, and the ideas these folks bring to the table. But speaking of tables, if you’re coming to Stopgap to destroy what these folks have spent the last century building and want to tear down the Horse Trough Saloon, don’t order any of Tiny’s chocolate cake!
on Sep. 30, 2014
Ted Atoka should write more horror tales; or maybe I should put that word “horror” in quotes. In fact, Jitters reads like the first one in a delightful collection of semi-paranormal stories, so I hope there’s more where that one came from. If the author continues with a genre that he professes to dislike, as he should be encouraged to do, then we’ll go along with his character Sylvia Taylor as she works her way through a dozen more psychiatrists, layers of the legal system, and a growing menagerie of snakes and spiders. Her recurring nightmare is the narrative vehicle, but it’s an interesting one by itself and Sylvia’s nightly predicament is one you might want to wish on your least favorite elected official. The symbolism is pretty obvious, but only in retrospect, so I won’t give it away. In his author’s note, Mr. Atoka wants us have wet palms and vertigo; instead, I found myself laughing and saying “this is crazy! When is he going to write a sequel?”
- A Kawasaki Morning
on Oct. 10, 2014
A Kawasaki Morning, by Ted Atoka, is subtitled “A fable for the young at heart.” Atoka is, if anything, young at heart, with an unbridled writing history that explores human experience from Alzheimer’s patients to the launching of anvils to conversations with farm gates. Kawasaki Morning begins with a haunting conversation between a boy and his grandfather, although both are actually spirits, or angels, or just plain folks who are now in Heaven but are having this conversation out along a Texas highway, or maybe somewhere else. In this opening fable, Atoka has captured perfectly the sense and feeling of our memories of loved ones young and old, now gone. But soon we’re talking with a gentleman from Mongolia, a woman from Tehran, and a Dallas cleaning lady. But these are not ordinary conversations. Instead, they are compelling interactions with people who are, or more properly were, first and foremost humans, just like we all are, and although they retain their cultural heritage, they are, in essence, speaking from beyond Earthly life to remind us of our commonality. I found Kawasaki Morning to be the most powerful, and deepest, of Atoka’s writings to date, and I’ve read pretty much all of what he’s produced.