I would be remiss if I did not proudly announce that Scientific American received the 2011 National Magazine Award (so-called ‘Ellies’) for general excellence. If I understand correctly, SciAm never won one of these, and was not even nominated in the past 27 years. This year, out of two nominations, we won one. The excitement in the office, even from the telecommuting distance, is palpable.
Now, as I understand the way it works, the Award has to be given to a particular issue or set of issues of a print magazine. I think SciAm won this for its September, November and December issues of 2010 (after the redesign of the print magazine). But the strength of the organization is not just in the print magazine, but in all sorts of things that are pulled together and feed back on each other – the fantastic website, the print (and online) magazine, the sister-publication SciAm MIND, the international editions, the popular multimedia (especially podcasts), the blogs (more to come), explainers, in-depth reports, the 166-years of archives (just added 1910-1947 to the archive collection – all of it will be available soon), iPhone and iPad apps, special editions and books, the education efforts, including the citizen science and Bring Science Home projects, involvement in offline events and projects, and vigorous participation by everyone in the social media.
Now, back to regular programming….
On the Expeditions blog, we say goodbye to the Catlin Arctic Survey – Going home – and say hello to the new field trip – The South Pacific Islands Survey – Destination: The Cook Islands! – dispatches from the garbage patch by
And, since I was traveling and could not post this, you may have missed two of Charles Choi’s posts – Too Hard for Science? Simulating the Human Brain and Too Hard for Science? Dean Kamen–Defying Gravity
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