John Nash wins Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

John Nash

Princeton University mathematician, John Nash, has won one of the highest honors in the field, an Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Nash will share the prize with colleague Louis Nirenberg. The academy stated, “Their impact can be felt in all branches of the theory…[T]he widespread impact of both Nash and Nirenberg on the modern toolbox of nonlinear partial differential equations cannot be fully covered here.”

Read more about Nash’s work and the award, which includes an $800,000 prize, here.

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton – Making Human Rights a Reality, Winner of the 2015 ISA Annual Best Book Award

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton, author of Making Human Rights a Reality, is a winner of the 2015 ISA Annual Best Book Award. The award was presented at the International Studies Association’s annual meeting in February in New Orleans.

The ISA shared the award committee comments with us. “Global concern for human rights has grown since the end of World War II and the Holocaust, and remains high in the aftermath of genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, and newly emergent crises in South Sudan and elsewhere. Numerous treaties and agreements have been enacted to protect and define human rights, forming a prominent feature of contemporary international law. And yet the incidence of violations of human rights seems only to increase. In this groundbreaking book, Professor Hafner-Burton takes up the challenge of understanding what has gone wrong with the enforcement of human rights and what we can do about it. After a survey of human rights abuses and treaties, she proposes a ‘stewardship strategy’ and outlines a series of changes to the human rights regime to improve their overall efficacy. She argues for a serious commitment to the enforcement of human rights combined with a recognition that the resources that can be committed are limited and must be deployed where they are likely to be most effective. Applying insights from the enforcement of criminal law, Hafner-Burton looks at strategies that are more likely to produce the desired results, and proposes new policies that will change the incentives of people who would violate human rights, and for the policy makers, lawyers, and activists who seek to contain and stop them. Ambitious, thought-provoking, comprehensive, and controversial, Making Human Rights a Reality is an important contribution to international law and human rights, and international relations theory.”

Congratulations to Emilie M. Hafner-Burton! Read the first chapter of Making Human Rights a Reality for free, here.


 

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Making Human Rights a Reality
Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Anthony Carelli – Carnations: Poems, Winner of a 2015 Whiting Award

Anthony Carelli, author of Carnations: Poems, is a winner of a 2015 Whiting Award. “Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, which remain one of the most prestigious and largest monetary gifts to writers (each winner receives $50,000), and are based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come.”

Comments from the Whiting Award judges: “These are poems that manage to strike a balance between the expansive impulse and meticulous precision, between the meditative mode and ecstatic proclamation. And in straddling those divides, they enact, in line after line, small miracles.”

To learn more about the awards click, here.

Congratulations to Anthony Carelli!


 

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Carnations:
Poems
Anthony Carelli

William B. Helmreich is the Winner of the 2015 GANYC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing

William B. Helmreich, author of The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City, is the winner of the 2015 GANYC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Book Writing. The Guides Association of New York City was founded “by licensed guides for licensed guides.” It is one of the oldest and most active tour guide associations in the country.

The 1st Annual GANYC Apple Awards ceremony was held on March 2, 2015 , at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space in New York City. There were nine categories of awards (a total of 36 nominees), and Bill Helmreich won the only book award.

More information about the ceremony can be found, here.

Congratulations to William B. Helmreich!


 

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The New York Nobody Knows:
Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
William B. Helmreich

Christopher Prendergast – Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic is the winner of the 2015 R. Gapper Prize, Society for French Studies

The R. Gapper Prize is “awarded by the [UK-based] Society for a book published in the field of French studies, appearing for the first time in the previous calendar year. The award commends books of critical and scholarly distinction which have a clear impact on the wider critical debate. It includes a cash prize of £2000.” The winner is “a scholar based in an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The award is usually made in February of each year and is presented to the winner at the annual conference of the Society for French Studies.”

Prendergast is the only repeat winner of the Gapper Prize – he also won it in 2008 for The Classic. Sainte-Beuve and the Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars (Oxford University Press).

More information about the R. Gapper Prize can be found, here.

Congratulations to Christopher Prendergast!

 

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Mirages and Mad Beliefs:
Proust the Skeptic

Christopher Prendergast

Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket & Journal Show 2015

“Judging for the 2015 AAUP Book, Jacket and Journal Show took place January 22-24 at the AAUP Central Office in New York City. The jurors selected 46 books, 32 jackets and covers, 1 journal, and 3 digital publications as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design. The 2015 Show will premiere at the AAUP Annual Meeting in Denver, June 18-20, 2015. Afterward, the show will be exhibited at member presses around the country from September 2015 through May 2016.”

The full list can also be found on the AAUP website.

Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle – The Warbler Guide App
2015 AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show Selected Entry in Digital Publications, Association of American University Presses
Designer: Tom Stephenson, Scott Whittle, and 100 Robots
Developer: 100 Robots

Nigel Dodd – The Social Life of Money
2015 AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show Selected Entry in Trade Typographic, Association of American University Presses
Designer: Chris Ferrante
Production Coordinator: Betsy Litz
Project Editor: Terri O’Prey

Aristotle (Editors, Jonathan Barnes & Anthony Kenny) – Aristotle’s Ethics: Writings from the Complete Works, Revised Edition
2015 AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show Selected Entry in Reference, Association of American University Presses
Designer: Jason Alejandro
Production Coordinator: Betsy Litz
Project Editor: Natalie Baan

Christopher Bail – Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream
2015 AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show Selected Entry in Jackets & Covers, Association of American University Presses
Designer: Amanda Weiss
Production Coordinator: Betsy Litz
Art Director: Maria Lindenfeldar

Congratulations!

 

PUP author Nicholas Humphrey wins international Mind and Brain Prize

Nicholas Humphrey, author of Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness has won the 2015 Mind and Brain Prize. The award was created by the University of Turin to acknowledge outstanding achievement in the Cognitive Science field. Read more about the award, here. Be sure to read the first chapter of Soul Dust for free, here.

Congratulations to Nicholas Humphrey!

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Soul Dust:
The Magic of Consciousness

Nicholas Humphrey

Jessica F. Green – Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance Winner of the 2014-2015 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association

Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance by Jessica F. Green is the winner of the 2014-2015 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award. “The award…is given annually to the best book in the field – one that makes a contribution to theory and interdisciplinary, shows rigor and coherence in research and writing, and offers accessibility and practical relevance. Nominated books should address some aspect of one or more environmental, pollution or resource issues from a broadly international or transnational perspective…”

The committee concluded that this book is an agenda-setting work in the debates around the nature and roles of private authority in international governance. The distinction between entrepreneurial and delegated authority illuminates the case material chosen for analysis here, and should stir more inquiry into these ideas. Two longitudinal chapters involve substantial and novel historical views of the topic, while the two case studies are well chosen and draw on extensive primary research. The book speaks to an important, dynamic phenomenon that we can see (or intuitively sense) operating across the transnational landscape and Green makes sense of it in sometimes counterintuitive ways. More general information on the awards can be found, here.

Congratulations to Jessica F. Green!

 


 

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Rethinking Private Authority:
Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance

Jessica F. Green

Robert Wuthnow – Rough Country: How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State Winner of the 2014 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize, Texas State Historical Association

Rough Country: How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State is the winner of the 2014 Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize. The Tullis Memorial Prize is awarded annually to the best book in Texas published during the calendar year. The presentation of a $2000 prize and certificate will be made at the Association’s annual meeting in March, 2015. More general information on the award can be found, here.

Congratulations to Robert Wunthnow!

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Rough Country:
How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-Belt State

Robert Wuthnow

2015 PROSE Awards

The Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced the (39th annual) 2015 PROSE Award Winners on February 5th at the PSP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. According to the PROSE press release, the 2015 PROSE Awards received a record-breaking 540 entries of books, reference works, journals, and electronic products in more than 50 categories.

Princeton University Press won top awards in 7 Book Subject Categories, and received 13 Honorable Mention awards – a total of 20 awards. This is a record for PUP, as we won more PROSE awards than any other publisher this year. For the full list of 2015 PROSE Award winners click, here. The official press release can be found, here.

7 Category Award Winners
Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek - Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Biomedicine & Neuroscience, Association of American Publishers

Charles W. Calomiris and Stephen H. Haber – Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Business, Finance & Management, Association of American Publishers

Jonathan Israel – Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers

Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny and Bob Montgomerie – Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in History of Science, Medicine & Technology, Association of American Publishers

Gil Nelson, Christopher J. Earle and Richard Spellenberg – Trees of Eastern North America
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Outstanding Work by a Trade Publisher, Association of American Publishers

Thomas W. Cronin, Sonke Johnsen, N. Justin Marshall and Eric J. Warrant – Visual Ecology
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Textbook/Biological & Life Sciences, Association of American Publishers

Mukesh Eswaran – Why Gender Matters in Economics
Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Textbook/Social Sciences, Association of American Publishers

 

13 Honorable Mention Winners

Eric H. Cline - 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Archeology & Anthropology, Association of American Publishers

Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant- 40 Years of Evolution: Darwin’s Finches on Daphne Major Island
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Biological Sciences, Association of American Publishers

Eswar S. Prasad – The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Business, Finance & Management, Association of American Publishers

Gregory Clark – The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Economics, Association of American Publishers

Anders Winroth, The Age of the Vikings
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers

Edmund Fawcett – Liberalism: The Life of an Idea
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Government & Politics, Association of American Publishers

Peter H. Schuck – Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Government & Politics, Association of American Publishers

James Turner – Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Language & Linguistics, Association of American Publishers

Peter Baldwin - The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Law & Legal Studies, Association of American Publishers

David Edmonds – Would You Kill the Fat Man? The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and Wrong
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Philosophy, Association of American Publishers

Eli Maor and Eugen Jost – Beautiful Geometry
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Popular Science & Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers

Moshe Halbertal – Maimonides: Life and Thought
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Theology & Religious Studies, Association of American Publishers

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 PROSE Awards!

Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr.- The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism Winner of the 2015 Dartmouth Medal, Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association

On Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Chicago, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism won the 2015 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work. The award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference this June in San Francisco.

The Dartmouth Medal selection committee was very impressed with The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. “As its description states, ‘With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.” The members of the committee found the book to be a true meisterwerk—scholarly yet accessible, exhaustive, yet usable.” As one member put it, “if you can apply the word ‘elegant’ to a reference work, this would be the book.” We expect inquirers in religion and culture at all levels from the merely curious to the scholarly to benefit from this dictionary.” More information about the award can be found, here.

Congratulations to Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.!


 

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The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Karen J. Alter – The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights recieved Honorable Mention for the 2015 Chadwick Alger Award, International Studies Association

Congratulations to Karen J. Alter! Her book, The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights has received Honorable Mention for the 2015 Chadwick Alger Award.

“The Chadwick F. Alger Prize recognizes the best book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism. The Prize is awarded annually by the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association.”

Read Chapter 1 of The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights here.


 

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The New Terrain of International Law:
Courts, Politics, Rights
Karen J. Alter