Gregory T. Cushman, a 1995 graduate of La Sierra University and current assistant professor of history at the Univer- sity of Kansas, published a book this year that received a detailed and praise-filled review in the June 28 issue
of Science magazine. Cushman’s book, Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World, ties the agricultural and economic development of Latin America, East Asia, and Oceania to an unlikely and less-than- attractive element—bird excrement, also called guano. “This book explores how the production and commodification of guano has shaped the modern Pacifific Basin and the world’s relationship to the region,” says a description of the book. The book is published by Cambridge University Press.