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September 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.

The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.Many interviews and comments include images of the authors’ work featured in their papers.

September 2008
Avinash Kumar Agarwal; "The paper covers all aspects of biofuels (biodiesel and alcohol), starting from the production stage and fuel characterization, along through detailed engine tests involving performance, emission, and long-term investigations into aspects other than the mere combustion..."
New Hot Paper, September 2008
September 2008
Julia Balogun & Gerry Johnson; "Our paper is highly cited as it fits within several different research conversations. First it is a paper about sensemaking and is, therefore, relevant to other research in this area. However, it is also a paper about middle managers and strategic change and is therefore..."
Fast Moving Front, September 2008
Baumeister September 2008
Wolfgang Baumeister; " became immediately clear that this paper marked a breakthrough in demonstrating for the first time that cryoelectron (cryo-ET) tomography—an emerging imaging technique with unique potential for molecular cell biology—was capable of visualizing molecular structures..."
Fast Moving Front, September 2008
Cutlip September 2008
Donald E. Cutlip; "...placement of a stent or small metal tube to open a blocked artery. A new form of stent that was coated with medication had been thought to be more effective, since it prevented reblockage of the artery, but some studies had questioned if the stents had higher risk of clotting and causing major heart attacks..."
New Hot Paper, September 2008
Sankar Das Sarma September 2008
Sankar Das Sarma; "This paper is highly cited because it solves the outstanding quantum mechanical problem of theoretically and quantitatively understanding the dielectric screening properties of graphene. Graphene has two-dimensional electrons and holes. These electrons and holes..."
Fast Moving Front, September 2008
Do September 2008
Chuong B. Do; "This paper describes CONTRAfold, (CONditional TRAining for RNA secondary Structure Prediction), a novel approach to predicting the secondary structures of RNAs for single sequences using machine learning, which makes significantly more accurate predictions than all previous methods...."
New Hot Paper, September 2008
September 2008
Alisdir R. Fernie; "Fruit and leaf material was harvested at different developmental stages and its chemical composition analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The results of these studies revealed that the importance of this particular enzyme declines throughout the ripening process..."
Fast Moving Front, September 2008
Hammerschlag September 2008
Roel Hammerschlag; "The paper is a literature review of energy-return-on-investment (EROI) analyses for corn and cellulosic ethanol. The paper has received citation attention because it succeeds in normalizing and comparing multiple research teams' results, and because it is transparent and easy to read..."
Special Topic of Biofuels, September 2008
Irizarry September 2008
Rafael Irizarry is a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Here he discusses his work on the development of quantitative methods and software for genomics and epigenomics. He has been named a Current Classics scientist (Math.) for Apr. 2008. Also view a commentary from a past New Hot Paper feature.
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Jaroniec September 2008
Mietek Jaroniec; "The term "mesoporous materials" refers to solids with broad or narrow distribution of pores in the range between 2 and 50 nm, which form a disordered or ordered network. In my studies at M. Curie-Sklodowska University, I was primarily interested in interfacial chemistry...."
Special Topic of Mesoporous Materials, September 2008
Kammen The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.September 2008
Daniel Kammen & Richard Plevin; "...determined that ethanol from cellulosic feedstocks might be dramatically less greenhouse gas (GHG) intensive than corn ethanol, which even if refined properly, offered at best a slight reduction in GHG emissions versus gasoline..."
Special Topic of Biofuels, September 2008
Hudson This is a Podcast InterviewSeptember 2008
Ron Kessler & Jim Hudson; "Ron Kessler, Professor of Healthcare Policy & Jim Hudson (pictured), Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, discuss binge eating disorder and the link to obesity. This podcast accompanies their New Hot Paper commentary on the same topic (May 2008). Podcast added Sept. 1, 2008.
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Lefkowitz September 2008
Robert J. Lefkowitz; "This discovery has led to a completely new understanding or paradigm for how the receptors work, which has important implications for drug discovery. This is important because GPCRs are the most important target of therapeutic drugs..."
New Hot Paper, September 2008
Lindblad-Toh September 2008
Kerstin Lindblad-Toh; "This paper has important information about how mammals evolve. It suggested that the major changes in the genome that lead to evolutionary changes in body plans and development of mammals are caused by changes that regulate when and how much of a protein is produced rather..."
New Hot Paper, September 2008
McKenzie September 2008
Edward A. McKenzie; "This review brings together the key publications over recent years since the cloning of the gene in 1999 and synthesizes the knowledge of heparanase biology and pathology which has lead to the current diverse array of inhibitors of heparanase activity..."
New Hot Paper, September 2008
Obradors September 2008
Xavier Obradors & Teresa Puig; "Our paper has described a new methodology to prepare epitaxial superconducting nanocomposites which has resulted in new physical discoveries. One important hindrance of high temperature superconductors is that they have a layered structure which results in anisotropic..."
New Hot Paper, September 2008
Page September 2008
Lyman Page; "We measure the polarization in light left over from the Big Bang over large swaths of sky. The degree of polarization tells us when the first stars formed. Armed with this information, we can account for the "screen" between us and the "surface of last scattering" and begin to probe..."
New Hot Paper, September 2008
Powell September 2008
Roger Powell & Tim Holland; "What this paper provides is a dataset of thermodynamic properties of the constituents (end-members) of the minerals, fluids, and melt that are needed in order to perform calculations on the conditions of formation of rocks. It is an internally consistent dataset..."
Featured Paper Interview, September 2008
Schaeffer September 2008
Stephen W. Schaeffer; "The Richards et al. (2005) article is highly cited because of the value of the Drosophila pseudoobscura genome sequence data and also because the paper contributed to our understanding of genomic evolution at the level of genes, of gene regulation, and also of chromosomes..."
Fast Moving Front, September 2008
Troyanskaya September 2008
Olga G. Troyanskaya; "My group’s research is in the area of computational functional genomics, specifically in developing novel computational methods for the prediction of protein function, interactions, and regulation from diverse high-throughput biological data. We aim to develop algorithms and systems..."
Featured Scientist Interview, September 2008
Wheeler September 2008
Cosette M. Wheeler; "Because human papillomaviruses, to our knowledge, are not changing rapidly and thus are apparently somewhat "fixed," we don’t think some new monster virus is going to arise from the evolutionary pressures of HPV vaccination. What we showed is that HPVs vary—as compared to saying they mutate..."
Special Topic of Human Papillomavirus, September 2008
Wright September 2008
S. Joseph Wright; "The paper is a review that attempts to synthesize the impact of a wide range of anthropogenic drivers on tropical forests. Interest in this subject is intense because tropical forests support 60% of all species, influence regional climates far beyond the tropics, are a key component..."
Fast Moving Front, September 2008
Zhou September 2008
Haoshen Zhou; "Currently, nanostructure surface modification has become one of the most efficient ways to fabricate functional surface for various applications. The super-hydrophobic technology is only one example. Some other possible applications, such as LIB, SP, DSSC, OWGS, are already..."
Fast Moving Front, September 2008

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