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December 2008 from Clarivate Analytics takes you behind the scenes of highly cited research in these interviews, essays, and rankings featuring researchers in a variety of fields. Author commentaries come from all areas of There are also interviews with authors featured within every Special Topic and corresponding Research Front Map. In addition, there are comments from authors who have papers featured in Emerging Research Fronts, Fast-Moving Fronts, New Hot Papers, Fast-Breaking Papers, Current Classics, and Top Topics. Search for an author by year, month, or alphabetically.

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Armstrong The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.December 2008
Daniel W. Armstrong; "...we first introduced multifunctional ILs and demonstrated their greatly enhanced stability and tunablity. Furthermore we outlined the most definitive approach for characterizing them via their solvent properties, as well as outlining the factors that..."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008
Apostolakis This is a Podcast InterviewDecember 2008
John Apostolakis & Makoto Asai; "The authors discuss their 2003 Nucl. Instrum. Meth. Phys. Res. A paper: "GEANT4-a simulation toolkit." Geant4 is a complex system of detector description and simulation tools. The toolkit simulates the passage of elementary particles through matter in order to aid in..."
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Bendini December 2008
Alessandra Bendini; "The identification and quantification of the individual phenols of virgin olive oil are of great interest because several agronomic and technological parameters can affect phenolics' presence in virgin olive oil, and, as a consequence, affect the resistance to oxidation of oil during storage..."
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Bagger December 2008
Jonathan Bagger & Neil Lambert; "Our paper presents the construction of a new highly supersymmetric Lagrangian field theory. This Lagrangian was not previously thought to exist and enables a definition of the interacting theory of multiple 2-branes in M-theory. Our result is novel in that it is the first example of a field theory..."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008
Berman December 2008
David S. Berman; "The paper catches the wave of exciting new developments in M-theory that have taken place over the last year. M-theory is the fundamental description of nature that unifies string theories and allows us to describe string theory when the strings are strongly coupled. The paper reviews the state-of-the-art..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Dai December 2008
Hongjie Dai; "This paper describes a new discovery. We developed a chemically derived method to make graphene nanoribbons with a very smooth edge and a width ranging from about 50nm to sub-10nm. We found that all these sub-10nm graphene ribbons are semiconductors and gave a high on/off ratio..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Elser The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.December 2008
Jim Elser; "The paper involves a meta-analysis of more than 1,000 nutrient enrichment experiments testing for nitrogen (N) or phosphorus (P) limitation (and interactions) of primary production in all of Earth's ecosystems (marine, freshwater, terrestrial). It is likely highly cited because nutrient..."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008
Fan December 2008
Shanhui Fan; "This paper dealt with the optimal condition for a frequency-selective transfer between two waveguides. This condition leads to the construction of ultra-compact photonic crystal channel add/drop filters, which is of great importance in wavelength division multiplexing for communication purposes..."
Special Topic of Photonic Crystals
Feng December 2008
Suhua Feng & Xing Wang Deng; "This paper describes a new discovery. Briefly, in the absence of GA, GA pathway negative regulator DELLA proteins bind to PIF3, a bHLH-type transcription factor, to sequester PIF3 from its target gene promoters. While in the presence of GA, GA receptors GID1 proteins bind DELLA..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Peter Ferdinandy December 2008
Peter Ferdinandy; "Our review paper describes a synthesis of knowledge which accumulated over the past decade and highlights a clinically very important, novel aspect of the field, which was neglected by most of the opinion leaders for many years. We are very happy that the paper is now highly cited. It was..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Paul Flicek December 2008
Paul Flicek; "Our paper describes one of the fundamental bioinformatics resources on which many other researchers build analysis and bioinformatics tools. One resource within the project that many people find integral to their work is the collection of Ensembl gene annotations. These genes sets are created..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Garrett This is a Podcast InterviewDecember 2008
Laurie Garrett; "...the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and author of an article in the journal Foreign Affairs, entitled: “The Challenge of Global Health, ” in January 2007, discusses the impact of turmoil in the energy & financial..."
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Guinea December 2008
Francisco Guinea; "Graphene is a lot of fun for many reasons. It relates to almost all interesting problems in condensed matter and statistical physics, and it has also fascinating connections to field theory, and even cosmology. Besides, there is a general consensus about the general models to be used..."
Special Topic of Graphene
Higgins December 2008
Desmond G. Higgins; "This paper describes a recent version of a computer program called Clustal (actually Clustal W and Clustal X versions 2.0) which is widely used for aligning sets of related protein or DNA (or RNA) sequences together. Much of modern molecular biology revolves around the determination..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Hosono The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.December 2008
Hideo Hosono; "A brand new high-Tc superconductor was discovered in a layered iron oxyarsenide compound. No superconductivity was observed in F-free LaFeAsO, but only upon the partial replacement of oxygen with fluorine, which means electron-doping, Tc appeared, and increased to 32K(on-set)..."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008
Knowles December 2008
L. Lacey Knowles; "The paper describes a new framework in which genetic data can be used to delimit species. The approach differs from past methods in that it is based on an explicit model of species divergence, as opposed to relying on arbitrary criteria for making inferences about species boundaries. As a consequence..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Mayberg The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.December 2008
Helen S. Mayberg & Andres M. Lozano; "This paper describes a first proof-of-principle experiment testing a potential new treatment for intractable major depression. The work served to unite the fields of brain imaging of neuropsychiatric disorders with neurosurgery and specifically deep brain stimulation (DBS) surger..."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008
McGillicuddy December 2008
Dennis McGillicuddy; "Mode-water eddies can generate extraordinary diatom biomass and primary production at depth. These blooms are sustained by eddy/wind interactions, which amplify the eddy-induced upwelling. In contrast, eddy/wind interactions dampen eddy-induced upwelling in cyclones. The carbon export inferred from oxygen..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Nelson December 2008
Toben Nelson; "There is a very clear pattern in our college student data that students who either participate in intercollegiate athletics, or who are sports fans, are more likely to binge drink. This was true for both male and female students, and there are not differences in drinking behavior between the athletes..."
Special Topic of Underage/College Drinking
Rubinsztein December 2008
David C. Rubinsztein; "The aim of the paper was to review the current understanding of the importance of protein degradation pathways in neurodegenerative diseases. This has been a rapidly evolving field and the paper provided the opportunity to include a fairly detailed assessment of more..."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008
Stokols December 2008
Daniel Stokols, Shalini Misra, Richard Moser, Kara Hall & Brandie Taylor; "Our article provides an overview of important personal and situational factors that either constrain or facilitate successful interdisciplinary collaboration in scientific, training, and applied research settings. This article is part of the rapidly...."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008
Uppala The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.December 2008
Sakari Uppala; "The "ERA-40 reanalysis" paper describes a project, which, by using a data assimilation system, created a global four-dimensional state-of-atmosphere for the period 1957–2002. In the data assimilation, a prediction model was constrained by and navigated through all the historical observations..."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008
The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.December 2008
Gerardo Escobar Valderrama; "It describes a new methodology to control the UPS inverter, and also makes an interesting modification to the hardware in order to save current sensors. Of course, it also synthesizes several procedures from the theory of control..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
December 2008
Zhong Lin Wang; "When I first started in 1995, people were just beginning to work on the self-assembly of nanoparticles—metallic particles of gold, silver, etc., so I worked on that. I worked on shape control of self-assembled nanoparticles and on carbon nanotubes, and I developed a method called in situ nano-measurement..."
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Watts December 2008
Duncan Watts & Steve Strogatz; "...the behavior of complex interconnected systems cannot be understood without also understanding the role played by the network. These days, it’s become conventional to say that "networks matter," but as the current financial crisis illustrates quite painfully, we still don’t understand how..."
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Yang December 2008
Xuexian Yang & Chen Dong; "Th17, as a newly defined T helper lineage, regulates tissue inflammation in host defenses against infections and in autoimmune diseases through producing cytokines IL-17, IL-17F, IL-21, and IL-22. In this article, we demonstrated that, in addition to retinoid acid receptor-related orphan..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2008
Zlokovic December 2008
Berislav V. Zlokovic; "Our paper showed that RAGE is increased in the blood vessels of a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (AD), and that this increased level of RAGE is associated with greater entry of the AD toxin Aß into brain. This supports the vascular hypothesis of AD, i.e., that blood vessels contribute..."
Emerging Research Front, December 2008

(Additional interviews/commentaries may be added during December 2008.)


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