McGraw-Hill Professional Names John Rennie Editorial Director of the Science Publishing Group

Jul 24, 2012, 09:00 ET from McGraw-Hill Professional

NEW YORK, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Professional today announced that John Rennie has joined the division as editorial director, responsible for Professional's science program. In his role, Rennie will oversee the ongoing editorial development of the AccessScience digital subscription platform and the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (EST) and formulate strategies for expanding their reach and deepening their content.

Before joining McGraw-Hill Professional, John served as editor in chief of Scientific American (including the monthly magazine Scientific American Mind, and other publications). During his tenure the magazine won two National Magazine Awards.

In 2000 Rennie was the recipient of the Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science, bestowed by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. In Sept. 2003 the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies honored him with its Navigator Award for distinguished service in support of national science and technology policy. He serves as a trustee of the James Randi Educational Foundation, on the board of managers for a Harlem Success Academy charter school in New York City, on the board of directors for the National Science Communication Institute, and as an advisor to the Science & Entertainment Exchange.

"John will play a key role in refining the editorial strategy for our science group in an increasingly digital environment," said Steve Chapman, publisher of the Science-Technology group. "His deep experience in presenting science to a broad, non-specialist audience will be invaluable as we grow the AccessScience platform."

"We have to move beyond the traditional concepts of what encyclopedias are," said Rennie. "People's needs for reliable, authoritative information about science are greater than ever, but we need to find increasingly dynamic ways to anticipate and meet those needs. I'm excited about the opportunity to build on the foundation of excellence already present in AccessScience, the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, and our other products."

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