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Publishing Association Honors UA Ecologist’s Book on Rivers Among ‘Best of Best’

Dr. Arthur Benke

Dr. Arthur Benke

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Association of American Publishers has presented “Rivers of North America,” co-edited by University of Alabama ecologist Dr. Arthur Benke, an Award for Excellence.

The Association’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division lauded the winners earlier this month as the “best of the best for 2005.” Selected by a nine-member panel consisting of librarians, academics and working publishers as the winner in the category of Geology and Geography, “Rivers of North America” is published by Elsevier/Academic Press.

The book, a 1,168 page comprehensive guide detailing 218 of the continent’s rivers, is co-edited by Dr. Colbert Cushing, a retired river ecologist, with a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance. River basin maps, combined with almost 200 breathtaking photographs, demonstrate the diversity, beauty and power of each river system.

University of Alabama faculty Drs. Milton Ward, Phillip Harris, Amelia Ward and Alexander Huryn are among the co-authors of the book’s individual chapters.

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The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.