On January 25, the Association of American Publishers announced the finalists and category winners for the 46th annual PROSE Awards for scholarly work published in 2021. Six MIT Press publications were selected as finalists, and four of those titles are winners of the categories.
Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers’ annual PROSE Awards have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, reference works, and digital products of extraordinary merit that each year make a significant contribution to a field of study. Entries are judged by publishing professionals, librarians and health professionals.
The winners of the MIT Press 2022 PROSE category are:
- “Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World,” by Nina Kraus, is the winner in the biomedicine category. In “Of Sound Mind,” Kraus examines the partnership between sound and the brain, showing for the first time that sound processing drives many central brain functions.
- “Atlas of Forecasts: Modeling and Mapping Desirable Futures”, by Katy Börner, is the winner in the Engineering and Technology category. “Forecast Atlas” shows how we can use data to predict, communicate and ultimately achieve desirable futures.
- “Rapid Reviews: COVID-19,” edited by Stefano M. Bertozzi, is the winner in the Innovations in Journal Publishing category. An open access overlay journal, “Rapid Reviews” seeks to expedite peer review of research related to Covid-19 and prevent the spread of false or misleading scientific news.
- “How We Give Now: A Philanthropic Guide for the Rest of Us,” by Lucy Bernholz, is the winner in the economics category. This title explores the everyday ways we can donate our money, time, and even data to help our communities and seek justice.
Additionally, two titles from MIT Press were selected as finalists for the PROSE category awards. “Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter, and Beyond: The Life of Astronomer Vera Rubin” by Ashley Jean Yeager was a finalist in the biography and autobiography category, and “Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship” by Cherian George and Sonny Liew was a finalist in the media and cultural studies category and in the non-fiction graphic novel category.
“The MIT Press strives to push the boundaries of scholarly publishing and advance knowledge in science, technology, and the arts,” said Amy Brand, director and publisher of MIT Press. “We are honored that our books and journals have been honored by the Association of American Publishers, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to our authors and publishers, as well as to the other winners in the category.”
The 2022 PROSE category finalists and winners were selected by a panel of 24 judges from a pool of over 560 entries. Category winners are eligible for the next level of PROSE accolades – the Excellence Awards, which will be announced in the coming weeks.