The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 5, 2001
March 5, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 24


JHU Press Receives Award for Most Distinguished Scholarly Work

By Jack Holmes
JHU Press
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Charles D. Michener's The Bees of the World, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, has won the Association of American Publishers' R. R. Hawkins Award for the most distinguished scholarly book of the year 2000. The Press also received top honors in the Single Volume Reference in Science category for Synapse and honorable mentions in four other categories.

The prestigious R. R. Hawkins Award is given for the most outstanding professional, reference or scholarly work published by a member of the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. It is named after the distinguished former head of the Science and Technology Division of the New York Public Library. The Hawkins winner is chosen from among all the books submitted in 28 professional/scholarly publishing award categories, making the award one of the publishing industry's highest honors.

Press director James Jordan receives the award from AAP president Pat Schroeder.

"Many people contributed to the success of this book, not least of all Dr. Michener, who worked on the project in one form or another from his first article on bee systematics in 1935 until the book went to the printer," said James D. Jordan, director of the Press, who delivered a brief address in recognition of the award at the American Association of Publishers divisional meeting in Washington in February. "It is as distinguished an accomplishment and as comprehensive in its scholarship as E. O. Wilson and B. Holldobler's The Ants."

Michener is recognized as the world's leading authority in his field, and the book is the only comprehensive, worldwide treatment of all groups of apiformes--1,200 genera and subgenera, including more than 16,000 species.

"The Bees of the World is a classic work," commented Jerome G. Rozen Jr. of the American Museum of Natural History at the time of publication. "Michener's strength is his world mastery of bee systematics, and this book will, no doubt, be the 'bible' used by specialists and students throughout the world."

The Johns Hopkins University Press also won the top award in the Single Volume Reference in Science category for Synapses, an overview of recent research on synaptic structure and function. The volume was edited by Max Cowan, Thomas C. Sudhof and Charles F. Stevens, and it includes a contribution from recent Nobel Prize recipient Eric Kandel.

Other JHU Press books receiving recognitions were American Indian Health: Innovations in Healthcare, Promotion and Policy, edited by Everett Rhoades M.D., honorable mention for clinical medicine; Silver, Trade and War: Spain and America in the Making of Early Modern Europe, by Stanley J. Stein and Barbara Stein, honorable mention for economics; War, Technology and Experience Aboard the USS Monitor, by David Mindell, honorable mention for history of science and technology; and The Epic Hero, by Dean Miller, honorable mention for literature and language. For more about these and other Johns Hopkins University Press books and journals, go to