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Banks' Textbook Wins R. R. Hawkins Award

Date: February 7, 2006
Phone: 269-471-3322

John C. Banks, Andrews University professor of anatomy and physical therapy, recently received news that the Atlas of Clinical Gross Anatomy, is one of two recipients chosen to receive the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) R. R. Hawkins Award for the Outstanding Professional, Reference or Scholarly Work of 2005. Banks co-authored the textbook with two Andrews alums Kenneth Moses, staff physician and assistant professor at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and Darrell Petersen, biomedical photographer and architect in Elkhart, Ind., and the chair of the pathology and human anatomy department at Loma Linda, Pedro B. Nava. 

The full-color atlas was published in May 2005 by London-based Elsevier Publishing, the world's largest publisher of medical education materials, and has been well-received by the medical education community, already appearing in the classrooms of Harvard Medical School, the University of Connecticut Medical School, and University of Southern California's physical therapy program.

The R. R. Hawkins Award, named for the former head of the Science and Technology Division of the New York Public Library, was presented at a special awards luncheon at the PSP Annual Conference in Washington, DC on February 7. Richard Taruskin's The Oxford History of Western Music, published by Oxford University Press, is this year's second Hawkins Award recipient. This is the first year that two texts have been chosen for this award. Awards were also passed out for books, journals, digital media, and more in 30 different categories. Winners were chosen by a panel of nine experts consisting of librarians, academics, and publishers.

"I'm pleased it [the Atlas] is getting recognition," commented Banks. "It's something we as authors can feel good about as a whole."

Read more on the Association of American Publisher's website.

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