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“Humanity cannot afford to lose half of its creative genius”
- Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO (full statement here)

Today, 11 February, is recognised as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Established as an annual international day in 2015 by the UN, it recognises the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities, and the importance of continuing to promote full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation.

The UN has highlighted that the contribution of women is crucial to ensuring economic development across the world, and to meet the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

To recognise and celebrate the work that women have already undertaken in these fields, we have gathered together a selection of titles from Morgan & Claypool Publishers, examining the past and present achievements of women in the field, and identifying future strategies to ensure the continued contribution of women and girls in science.

After the War Engineering Women and Physics

After the War
Women in Physics in the United States
Ruth H. Howes & Caroline Herzenberg
2016 124pp Paperback 9781681740300
Examines the lives and contributions of American women physicists who were active in the years following World War II, covering the strategies they used to survive and thrive in a time where their gender was against them. The percentage of PhDs given to women in physics has risen from 6% in 1983 to 20% in 2012 (an all-time high for women). By understanding the history of women in physics, these gains can continue.

Women and Leadership

Corri Zoli et al
2008 106pp Paperback 9781598296686
Explores the changes occurring in leadership for academic women in the sciences and engineering. It examines the nature of the change, as well as the persistent problems and obstacles that remain as barriers to women’s full participation in academic science and engineering, their career advancement and success, and, most importantly, their role as leaders. 

Women and Physics
Laura McCullough
2016 59pp Paperback 9781681742762
Begins with an examination of the numbers of women in physics in English-speaking countries, moving on to examine factors that affect girls and their decision to continue in science, right through to education and on into the problems that women in physics careers face. 

We are delighted to announce that, as of January 2017, books published by the American Water Works Association are now available worldwide from Eurospan (excluding North America).

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water. AWWA has published over 500 titles offering the latest information and guidance for all areas of water and wastewater utility operation and management.

Let's Talk Safety Activated Carbon Ensuring Safe Drinking Water

Key titles include:

Let’s Talk Safety 2017
52 Talks on Common Utility Safety Practices for Water Professionals
American Water Works Association  
2017 9781625761965 Paperback
Makes it easy for safety officers to spend a few minutes each week communicating with employees about the critical importance of working safely.

Activated Carbon
Solutions for Improving Water Quality
Zaid K. Chowdhury
2012 9781583219072 Hardback
This practical, solutions-oriented book on the use of activated carbon filtration in drinking water treatment discusses applications, system design and case studies.

Ensuring Safe Drinking Water
Learning from Frontline Experience with Contamination
Steve E. Hrudey & Elizabeth J. Hrudey
2014 9781583219249 Hardback
Provides those who carry responsibility for ensuring safe drinking water an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others. It presents 21 case studies—10 waterborne disease outbreaks, 7 cases of severe chemical contamination, and 4 close calls—written largely from the perspective of frontline personnel who experienced the events as they unfolded.

As of January 2017, Eurospan is the proud distributor of Medical Physics Publishing titles worldwide, excluding North America.


Medical Physics Publishing (MPP)
was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to provide affordable books in medical physics and related fields. Their publications are written by and for physicists, residents, radiologists, and technologists. In 1999, MPP became the official distributor and publisher of books and reports for The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). 

Key titles include:

Advances in Medical Physics
Volume 6
Edited by Devon J. Godfrey et al
2016 323pp 9781930524903 Paperback
MPP's biennial review of the treatments and techniques on the cutting edge of medical imaging and treatment, Advances in Medical Physics is designed to help medical physicists and technically inclined physicians stay current in medical radiation science and technology – especially in subfields of medical physics other than their own.

Optimum Overall Treatment Time in Radiation Oncology
Jack Fowler, Alexandru Dasu & Iuliana Toma-Dasu
2015 93pp 9781930524736 Paperback
The late John “Jack” Fowler was a busy radiation biology researcher and teacher who wrote 581 papers over the last 65 plus years. He also received nearly every honour the medical physics field can bestow. This book sums up the key concepts relating to optimum fractionation in radiation therapy that interested him throughout his life. This book is a quick, informative, and enjoyable read.

The Physics & Technology of Radiation Therapy
Patrick N. McDermott & Colin G. Orton
2010 856pp 9781930524446 Paperback
Written for members of the radiation therapy community such as radiation therapy technologists, dosimetrists, and radiation oncologists who may have taken college physics several years previously but still need to know the basic physics of radiation therapy.

Advances in Medical Physics Optimal Physics & Technology


Australia's Deadliest Creatures

18 Jan 2017 16:30:00
Spectacular Snakes Horses in Australia

Which is the most dangerous?

Many of us have an instinctive fear of snakes and other reptiles, and Australia is infamous for being home to some of the deadliest venomous creatures in the world. But the deadliest animal of all (humans notwithstanding) will surprise you…

Recent research from the University of Melbourne has shown that horses killed more people in recent years that all venomous creatures combined.

Using hospital admissions data and coronial records, the results showed that from 2000 to 2013, horses were responsible for 74 deaths, whilst the deaths from all venomous animals combined only reached 64. Snakebites caused 27 deaths, as did bee and wasp stings, whilst the infamous box jellyfish was responsible for only 3 fatalities, and venomous spiders caused none.

Below is a selection of titles on the dangerous and fascinating creatures to admire and fear on your travels in the land down under. 

Horses in Australia 
An Illustrated History
Nicolas Brasch
2014 256pp 9781742231013 Hardback
A beautifully illustrated celebration of the horse in Australian history and modern life, showcasing the best historical and contemporary images.
NewSouth Publishing

Spectacular Snakes of Australia
Edited by Michael Cermak
2009 128pp 9780643095946 Paperback
A real treat for any snake lover, richly illustrated with exceptional photographs.
CSIRO Publishing

Living with Snakes and Other Reptiles
Simon Watharow
2011 160pp 9780643097216 Paperback
Sheds new light on snakes, lizards, crocodiles and the cane toad, helps you to identify them and dispels some common myths and fallacies.
CSIRO Publishing

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 
Seventh Edition
Harold G. Cogger
2014 1056pp 9780643100350 Hardback
Provides a complete guide to Australia's rich and varied herpetofauna, including frogs, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes. 
CSIRO Publishing

Australian Lizards 
A Natural History
Steve K. Wilson
2012 208pp 9780643106406 Paperback
Takes the reader on a journey through the remarkable life of lizards.
CSIRO Publishing


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