2011 PROSE Award Winners Announced;
McGraw-Hill Professional Receives Competition’s
Top Honor

Thursday, 02 February 2012 |

Washington, DC; February 2, 2012 — The winners of the prestigious 36th “PROSE Awards: American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence” were announced today by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

The PROSE Awards recognize excellence in professional and scholarly publishing in book, journal and electronic formats. The 2011 competition again broke submission records, receiving 512 entries in more than 40 categories from over 60 publishers. Fifty honors, including the top R.R. Hawkins Award, were presented at the annual Awards Luncheon during the PSP Annual Conference in Washington, DC. For this first time, the event was streamed live online and featured the premiere of the film Mapping the Slave Trade, based on Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade from Yale University Press, the 2010 R.R. Hawkins winner.

Today’s recipients include Elsevier, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Oxford University Press, John Wiley & Sons, University of Virginia Press, Getty Publications, American Association for Cancer Research and American Chemical Society. Full list of PROSE winners

The 2011 R.R. Hawkins Award was presented to McGraw-Hill Professional for The Diffusion Handbook: Applied Solutions for Engineers by R.K. Michael Thambynayagam, with Senior Editor Michael Penn accepting. The Award recognizes the most outstanding professional, reference or scholarly work among the year’s award winners.

Today’s honor marks McGraw-Hill’s first R.R. Hawkins Award. The book also won the PROSE Awards for Excellence in the Physical Sciences & Mathematics and the Engineering & Technology categories.

In explaining the judges’ decision, PROSE Awards Chairman John A. Jenkins, President and Publisher, CQ Press, noted, “The Diffusion Handbook is the definitive work in its field. It is exceptional in its breadth and depth and will surely prove the authoritative handbook that will influence and be used by engineers for many years to come. In other words, exactly the type of important work that PROSE should and does honor. ”

Penn added, “Diffusion is a phenomenon that concerns our daily lives. Heat diffuses in metal and causes expansion and contraction, so civil engineers use the diffusion equation to determine how much space to leave between the joints of a metal bridge or a train track. Growth of cancerous tumors occurs through a diffusion process, and biomedical engineers use the diffusion equation to understand metastasis. Risk, financial and actuarial can be modeled probabilistically using the diffusion equation. Even the age of the earth has been determined by solving the diffusion equation. There are countless ways the diffusion equation can be used to model solutions to everyday problems faced by humankind.”

Video highlights of the Awards and the film will be available on www.proseawards.com and www.YouTube.com in the coming weeks.

About the 2011 PROSE Awards

The PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth in scholarly and professional publishing. This year’s competition instituted a number of new elements to strengthen the level of participation and the representation of published projects. Among the changes, categories were expanded to include electronic publications and eligibility was extended to all AAP member publishers.

The PROSE Award entries are judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals. The members of this year’s judging panel were Joseph S. Alpert, University of Arizona; Ed Barnas, Barnas Consulting; Steve Chapman, McGraw-Hill; Barbara Chen, Modern Language Association; F. Michael Connelly, University of Toronto; Jeff Dean, Wiley-Blackwell; Michael Fisher, Harvard University Press; Nigel Fletcher-Jones, Lexicon Publishing Consultants; James M. Jasper, City University of New York; Myer Kutz, Myer Kutz Associates; Jean Laponce, Columbia University; George Lobell, ME Sharpe; Beatrice Rehl, Cambridge University Press; John Ryden, Yale University Press.

About PSP and AAP

Members of the Association of American Publishers’ Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) publish, in print and electronic form, the vast majority of materials produced and used by scholars and professionals worldwide in science, medicine, technology, business, law and the humanities. Division members produce books, journals, computer software, databases and digital content. Its membership encompasses commercial publishing companies, professional societies and university presses.

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the national trade association representing 300 premier U.S. publishers of high-quality entertainment, education, professional and scholarly content, produced using the most current technology, reaching the world. More information about PSP and AAP is available at www.publishers.org


Highlights of the Highest PROSE Honors:

R.R. Hawkins Award and Winners of the Awards for Excellence

R.R. Hawkins Award

Presented to: McGraw-Hill Professional

For: The Diffusion Handbook: Applied Solutions for Engineers

By: R.K. Michael Thambynayagam

The Diffusion Handbook: Applied Solutions for Engineers is a true magnum opus in engineering publishing. The book’s breadth is astounding, covering applications of diffusion across all disciplines of engineering.

The Diffusion Handbook provides more than 1,000 ready-made, time-saving solutions to the diffusion equation. The 125-page table of contents, in its own right, is a remarkable achievement, organizing these 1,000-plus solutions to the diffusion equation in a manner the human mind can comprehend. The table of contents features over 1,000 one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional graphical thumbnail illustrations (one per solution) that visually link to the expanded worked solutions in the book. Fewer than 5% of these solutions are available outside the book; the rest compiled and solved by the author himself — the author’s life work since his time as a rookie chemical engineer straight out of university.

The Diffusion Handbook is a landmark book that provides over 1,000 quick-reference solutions that form the basis for professional engineers of all kind to work out solutions to practical problems we face daily.

Award for Excellence in Humanities

Presented to: Cambridge University Press

For: Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era, c. 680-850: A History

By: Leslie Brubaker and John Haldon

Award for Excellence in Social Sciences

Presented to: Yale University Press

For: Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms

By: Judith Resnik and Dennis E. Curtis

Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics

Presented to: McGraw-Hill Professional
For:
The Diffusion Handbook: Applied Solutions for Engineers

By: R.K. Michael Thambynayagam

Award for Excellence in Biological & Life Sciences

Presented to: Princeton University Press
For: Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality

By: Patricia S. Churchland

Award for Excellence in Reference Works

Presented to: Princeton University Press
For: The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds

By: Richard Crossley

A complete list of 2011 PROSE Awards winners can be found at www.proseawards.com