Vanderbilt’s online research magazine recognized as an “official honoree”

The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the Web, today recognized Vanderbilt University’s Exploration website as an official honoree, a distinction that recognizes work exhibiting remarkable achievement. The online research magazine is produced by Vanderbilt’s Office of Science & Research Communications.

Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.

“The Webby Awards honors the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “Exploration’s Official Honoree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators.”

The 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states. Out of more than 8,000 entries submitted, fewer than 15 percent received this honor and were deemed official honorees.

Exploration, which began publishing in 2000, is one of the few university research magazines designed from the ground up as an online publication. It uses the power of multimedia to provide viewers with a unique window onto the world of basic research as it is conducted at one of the nation’s top research universities. In addition to describing important research advances, it provides an inside look at the worlds of scientists, engineers and medical researchers and explains what motivates them in their quests for answers to life’s toughest questions and biggest mysteries. Exploration’s link is

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