In Brief

In May, the APA book "Why Aren't More Women In Science? Top Researchers Debate the Evidence," earned a bronze medal in the category of women's issues, as part of the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards, or "IPPY" Awards.

The book-edited by Cornell University psychologists Stephen J. Ceci, PhD, and Wendy M. Williams, PhD-explores findings on the nature, extent and significance of sexdifferences in cognitive ability from 15 of the top sex differences researchers in psychology and other fields. In particular, the contributors examine whether these differences are responsible for low numbers of women in math-intensive fields such as computer science, engineering, physics and chemistry, or whether the source is social, cultural or personal preferences. At the beginning of the volume, Ceci and Williams frame the arguments and organize the evidence, and at the end of the book, they summarize the disparate views of researchers, concluding that sex differences are neither clear-cut nor insubstantial.

The annual IPPY awards, launched in 1996, recognize the year's best independently published books. This year, Independent Publisher, a book industry trade magazine, received more than 2,100 nominations from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 18 other countries. The award was presented in June during the annual BookExpo America convention in New York.

"We were surprised and delighted to receive this unexpected honor, and heartened to see an important topic getting the attention it deserves," says Ceci.

--A. Cynkar

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