14 June 2016

AAS Nova Wins Online Media Award

AAS Nova, a 10-month-old website featuring research highlights from the Astronomical Journal (AJ) and the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ) family, won “Best Health / Education News Site” at the Drum Online Media Awards on Tuesday, June 7th. AAS Nova is a joint project of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing, which partner to produce the AJ and the ApJ, ApJ Letters (ApJL), and ApJ Supplement Series (ApJS). 

The AAS Nova site, developed from idea to reality in less than six months, provides a curation service to the astronomical community, highlighting breakthroughs and discoveries that busy researchers might otherwise overlook, especially outside their immediate area of expertise. The judges at Drum Online said, “It provides insight from an amazing source.”

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“It is a great honor to receive this recognition,” says Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer of the AAS in Washington, DC. “We have an awesome team working on bringing cutting-edge results from our journals to a wide audience, including researchers, students, and the interested public. AAS Nova is a shining example of the AAS achieving its mission to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe.”

“We are extremely pleased to see our publishing partner, the AAS, deservedly acknowledged for a venture that demonstrates the value of publishing with purpose,” adds Jamie Hutchins, Publishing Director of IOP Publishing in Bristol, UK. “When we seek to serve the needs of our communities, great things happen. Good collaboration is at the heart of this success, and IOP Publishing is glad to be able to lend the expertise of its science-journalism and technology teams to assist the AAS in achieving their vision for this project.”

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The Drum Online Media Awards identify the cleverest, boldest, and most original purveyors of news and views from around the world. The AAS and IOP Publishing join a roll-call of winners including the likes of BBC News Online, The Guardian, The Economist, and Bloomberg.

Alison Hadley
Senior Public Relations & Communications Officer
IOP Publishing
+44 (0)117 930 1176

Rick Fienberg
Press Officer
American Astronomical Society
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Rob Bernstein
IOP Publishing
+1 202-747-1807

Susanna Kohler
Editor, AAS Nova
American Astronomical Society
+1 202-328-2010 x127

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established in 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The membership (approx. 8,000) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers, and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the American Astronomical Society is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe, which it achieves through publishing, meeting organization, education and outreach, and training and professional development.

IOP Publishing provides publications through which leading-edge scientific research is distributed worldwide. Beyond IOP’s core journals program of more than 70 publications, high-value scientific information is made easily accessible through an ever-evolving portfolio of community websites, magazines, open-access conference proceedings, and a multitude of electronic services. The company is focused on making the most of new technologies and continually improving electronic interfaces to make it easier for researchers to find exactly what they need, when they need it, in the format that suits them best. IOP Publishing is part of the Institute of Physics (IOP), a leading scientific society with more than 50,000 international members. The Institute aims to advance physics for the benefit of all by working to advance physics research, application, and education; and engaging with policymakers and the public to develop awareness and understanding of physics. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to support science through the activities of the Institute.