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October 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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Ahissar October 2008
Merav Ahissar & Shaul Hochstein; "It introduces a coherent conceptual framework to behavioral, electrophysiological, and imaging data of perception and perceptual learning. In addition, it tackles the exciting issue of what brain activity enters consciousness..."
Emerging Research Front, October 2008
Bokoch October 2008
Gary M. Bokoch; "Our current studies involving Paks demonstrate that Pak1 and Pak2 are critical regulators of cell motility by controlling the functioning of the cell leading edge. This has important implications for Paks in both cancer and neurogenesis/mental retardation syndromes..."
Emerging Research Front, October 2008
Borja The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.October 2008
Angel Borja; "In 2000 we developed and published in Marine Pollution Bulletin an index of quality—a Marine Biotic Index (AMBI)—which has since been applied to different anthropogenic impacts in many geographical areas—throughout the European Union, Uruguay, Brazil, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Calfon This is a Podcast InterviewOctober 2008
Marcella Calfon is the lead author of a citation classic article on the protein IRE 1. Here she discusses her career and research in the field of cardiovascular physiology. She has been named a Current Classics scientist (Multi.) for Apr. 2008.
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Ferrando The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.October 2008
Riccardo Ferrando & Francesca Baletto; "The pursuit of nanoscience and nanotechnology is in order to understand, control, and manipulate objects of only a few nanometres size (1-100 nm), thus comprising from a few atoms to several million. These objects, usually called nanoclusters or..."
Emerging Research Front, October 2008
Filippi October 2008
Massimo Filippi; "In this paper, we assessed the effect of interferon beta-1a on the occurrence of relapses in patients after the first clinical episode of central nervous system involvement and brain MRI lesions; these patients are at high risk of conversion to clinically definite MS. Patients were randomly..."
Special Topic of Multiple Sclerosis
Girault October 2008
Jean-Antoine Girault; "In this article we review the mode of action of dopamine on target cells at a molecular level, focusing on an important enzyme named “extracellular signal-regulated kinase” or ERK. Recent evidence shows that activation of ERK is important for long term cellular alterations which underlie behavioral changes..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
He The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.October 2008
Ji-Huan He; "This paper suggested a new approach, in which a traditional Chinese drug called Yunnan Baiyo is used as an additive, in order to produce nanoporous microspheres by electrospinning, which has always been recognized as an efficient technique for the fabrication of continuous..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Herrero October 2008
Rolando Herrero; "...we have team of more than 100 people that is fully dedicated to research on cervical cancer. We have trained scientists, epidemiologists, physicians, microbiologists, molecular biologists, and statisticians. The Guanacaste Project is a large research center, fully dedicated to HPV..."
Special Topic of Human Papillomavirus
Daniel E. Ho October 2008
Daniel E. Ho, Kosuke Imai, Gary King, & Elizabeth Stuart; "Easy-to-use matching methods have been recognized as offering one way to avoid some statistical modeling assumptions, but crucial results in this fast-growing literature have been grossly misinterpreted. We show how..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Satoshi Ikemoto October 2008
Satoshi Ikemoto; "Neuroscientists are fascinated by dopamine and how it mediates reward-related functions. This paper presents anatomical and functional refinements of the way we understand a dopaminergic projection system that has been implicated in reward. These refinements in our anatomical understanding..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Iwatani The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.October 2008
Yasumasa Iwatani & Judith G. Levin; "A3G is currently under active investigation by a large group of researchers because it has potential application in AIDS therapy. For this reason, work in the field is focused on elucidating the mechanism of A3G’s antiviral activity and papers that contribute new insights..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Kim October 2008
Jae-Hong Kim; "This paper answers one of the key questions regarding the fate of carbon nanotubes in the natural aqueous environment, a timely subject considering that there are widespread concerns regarding environmental implication of various nanomaterials. The paper found that, despite its extremely..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Knight October 2008
Jonathan Knight; "The paper demonstrated that one could design and fabricate optical fibers with properties which had previously been unobtainable. We proved experimentally that a very simple model of the fibers gave reliable predictions of their properties. The paper had a big impact because..."
Special Topic of Photonic Crystals
McHugo October 2008
Gregory J. McHugo; "The Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center has developed and disseminated evidence-based practices for 20 years, so our involvement in the national project to implement evidence-based practices was a natural consequence of our ongoing research and collaborations..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Onida The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.October 2008
Giovanni Onida, Lucia Reining & Angel Rubio; "This paper is focused on the description of excited state properties, by further developing and uniting two different previously existing theoretical approaches. Namely, we have established the bridge between Many-Body Perturbation Theory (MBPT)..."
Emerging Research Front, October 2008
Robert M. Plenge October 2008
Robert M. Plenge; "our study represents one of the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The second is that two independent alleles at a single locus (6q23/TNFAIP3) were identified that contribute to risk of one disease, in this case, RA. This is an emerging..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Eqab M. Rabei October 2008
Eqab M. Rabei & Dumitru Baleanu; "The paper is highly cited because it describes a new method in the emerging field of fractional calculus. Also the field of the physical applications of fractional calculus is a hot subject. This new methodology is quite useful in discussing fractional dynamics and its applications..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Terasaki October 2008
Osamu Terasaki; "Mesoporous" means the material has pores 20 to 100 angstroms in diameter. These materials are crystals, which mean the pores are imbedded in amorphous silica and are arranged periodically. Then we can study entirely new materials, like nano-network materials..."
Special Topic of Mesoporous Materials
October 2008
Robert Tibshirani ; "The human genome, as I've mentioned, has maybe 20,000 to 30,000 genes in it. You’re trying to study them—you want to know about all of those genes. But there could be hundreds, maybe thousands, involved in any specific disease process. The problem is that the number of human samples you..."
Science Watch® Newsletter Interview
 Ragauskas October 2008
Arthur Ragauskas; "Our paper recognized that the development of sustainable, secure, and environmentally compatible energy generation would become the research challenge for our generation. Furthermore, the scope and breadth of this global challenge required a multidisciplinary approach focused on..."
Special Topic of Biofuels
Read October 2008
William G. Read; "The paper describes an assessment of the accuracy and precision of a rather unique water vapor data measured by satellite in the atmosphere from 8km to 20km. At these altitudes, the atmosphere is very dry and cold. Water vapor concentrations are 100 to 1,000 times smaller..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008
Reznick October 2008
David Reznick; "This paper was a comparative study of aging in fish derived from natural populations that experience differences in mortality rate. I looked at populations that either do or do not live with predators and have shown in earlier work that those that live with predators suffer higher mortality rates. Evolutionary..."
Emerging Research Front, October 2008
Sheen October 2008
Jen Sheen; "This paper provides the first conclusive genetic and biochemical evidence that a specific Arabidopsis hexokinase (HXK1) acts as glucose sensor and integrates nutrient, light, and hormonal signaling to modulate plant growth, a fundamental problem linked to many areas of plant research..."
Emerging Research Front, October 2008
Woodgett October 2008
Jim Woodgett; "...I cloned the GSK-3 genes in 1990 and within two weeks of that publication two other papers appeared from fly geneticists who'd cloned a key gene involved in developmental patterning. The sequence showed their gene was GSK-3. That was our first clue that there was more to this kinase..."
Featured Scientist Interview, October 2008
Wuttig October 2008
Matthias Wuttig & Noboru Yamada; "This research could help pave the way for a new generation of storage devices. These materials could combine the benefits of the speed of fast volatile memories and the longevity of non-volatile memories, i.e., they could serve as materials for a universal memory. ..."
Fast Breaking Paper, October 2008

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