New books by CAS faculty include Beyond Sound, The College and Career Guide in Music Technology by Scott Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor of music, and Beginning Partial Differential Equations by Peter O’Neil, professor emeritus in the Mathematics department.

Cover of "Beyond Sound." Beyond Sound

Students of music technology have a new guide to college and careers in the industry, thanks to a new book by Scott Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor of music at UAB. Beyond Sound, The College and Career Guide in Music Technology, was published last year by Oxford University Press.

Phillips is co-director of the UAB Music Technology program and has spent his career researching and documenting the development of college music technology programs across the United States.

“Beyond Sound” offers an in-depth consideration of music technology education. Phillips provides detailed comparison of more than 200 schools that offer music technology, recording, industry and business programs. He offers clear explanations of different types of degrees and provides practical guidance on career preparation, including how to get a great internship, land a first job, make connections and move up in a variety of businesses, from recording to television and film to video games. The book is available through Oxford University Press,, UAB’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore and booksellers nationwide. Go to to learn more. Phillips at

Cover of "Beginning Partial Differential Equations." Beginning Partial Differential Equations

This new textbook from Peter O’Neil, professor emeritus in the Mathematics department, focuses on methods of writing and determining properties of solutions of partial differential equations, concentrating on those that describe diffusion processes and wave phenomena.

As O’Neil explains, a simple diffusion problem might involve determining changes in temperature along the length of an object. Wave motion is seen in vibrations of guitar strings, drums, support beams on bridges, and the like. At a more sophisticated level, partial differential equations are used in economics, the physical and life sciences, studies of global weather and ocean current patterns, and many other areas of interest and importance.

O’Neil’s textbook guides students through the process of mapping these and other equations. O’Neil is at
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