February 21, 2011

JHU Press wins two prestigious 2010 PROSE Awards

Two JHU Press publications are winners of the prestigious 2010 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, known as the PROSE Awards. Mammal Teeth: Origins, Evolution and Diversity, by Peter S. Ungar, won the PROSE Award for Excellence in the Biological Sciences category. The Journal of Late Antiquity received the PROSE Award for Best New Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The awards were presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers during the PSP Annual Conference held Feb. 3 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Mammal Teeth provides an impressive and comprehensive exploration of the evolution of mammals, including humans, through the prism of dental change. Synthesizing decades of research, Ungar reveals the interconnections among mammal diet, dentition and evolution. He describes how the simple conical tooth of early vertebrates became the molars, incisors and other forms seen in mammals today. The author is Distinguished Professor and chair of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. The book was acquired for the JHU Press by executive editor Vincent J. Burke.

The Journal of Late Antiquity is the first international English-language journal dedicated to the study of Late Antiquity writ large. With the goal of highlighting the status of Late Antiquity as a discrete historical period in its own right, JLA provides a venue for multidisciplinary coverage of all the methodological, geographical and chronological facets of the relevant scholarship. Ralph W. Mathisen, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, serves as the journal’s editor. It was acquired for publication at JHU Press by journals publisher William M. Breichner.

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