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January 2009 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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Boyd January 2009
James Boyd; "What is happening to nature—are things getting better or worse—and what does that mean for our well-being? This is a fundamental question facing humanity right now. The thing is it's very difficult to answer these questions. One reason is that we don't have standard ecological measures that we can track over time..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Brinkman January 2009
Alexander Brinkman talks with and answers a few questions about magnetic effects at the interface between non-magnetic oxidesfrom the field of Materials Sciences.
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Chen The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.January 2009
Zhihong Chen; "In our paper, we demonstrated one of the first graphene nano-ribbon devices with channel width down to 20nm and showed the possibility of opening up a band gap in this semi-metal material. We also discussed the impact of the ribbon edges on device transport. Opening a band gap, which can..."
Special Topic of Graphene
Dye January 2009
Christopher Dye; "We know that around 1 in 10 new TB cases in former Soviet countries is multidrug resistant (MDR-TB); that is, resistant to (at least) the two main first-line drugs used in combination therapy, isoniazid and rifampicin. The numbers of multidrug-resistant cases are also high in India and China..."
Special Topic of Tuberculosis
Eichenbaum January 2009
Howard Eichenbaum; "The article reviews a growing body of research that suggests a functional organization of the brain system that supports our capacity for conscious recollection. The paper describes a synthesis of research that includes studies on humans with amnesia due to brain damage, functional brain..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Falush January 2009
Daniel Falush; "It is very important that people continue to work on non-model, non-medical organisms, and that we have a fuller picture of the patterns of diversity across all of life. In the modern world, if people are not made aware of what is out there and that it should be valued, then it is probably in danger..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Fekih January 2009
Afef Fekih; "This paper describes a new structure of partially connected neural networks for real–time residual generation in nonlinear systems. For nonlinear systems, the task of residual generation is sometimes complicated by the size of the problem, or by the lack of a suitable model from where the residual can be generated..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Gillett January 2009
Nathan P. Gillett; "Our study showed that the increase in the area burnt by forest fires in Canada is due to human-induced climate change. It was the first study to formally identify a significant impact of human-induced climate change. The effects of increases in greenhouse gas and other human climate influences have..."
Fast Moving Front, January 2009
Guenther January 2009
Matthew Guenther; "This paper represents a shift in the way we think about regulation of gene transcription. Our finding that the majority of human genes experience transcriptional initiation runs contrary to previously held views that Pol II recruitment is the rate-limiting or principle regulatory..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Hoegh-Guldberg January 2009
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg; "The paper focuses on the issue of coral reefs and climate change, synthesizing our current understanding of past, present, and future trajectories for these biologically diverse marine ecosystems. I believe that this paper has attracted a lot of attention given the importance of coral reefs to over 100 million..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Hod January 2009
Oded Hod, Gustavo Scuseria, & Veronica Barone; "Our paper presents the first calculation, based on screened-hybrid density functional theory, of the electronic and structural properties of semi-conducting graphene nanoribbons. Our findings reveal important differences between previous calculations.."
Special Topic of Graphene
Hibbett January 2009
David S. Hibbett; "This article presented a comprehensive classification of the Fungi, based on recent molecular evolutionary studies. The article had over 60 authors, representing 13 nations. This paper is being cited because 1) Fungi represent a huge and tremendously important group of organisms, which impact..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Hubert January 2009
Mia Hubert, Peter Rousseeuw, & Karlien Vanden Branden; "Our paper offers a solution to an important problem in statistics and data analysis: how to perform data reduction when the observations may be contaminated with outlying values. This problem is especially important for the analysis of high-dimensional..."
Fast Moving Front, January 2009
Ito The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.January 2009
Hiroshi Ito; "As the co-inventor of chemical amplification resists, I am considered an expert in this area. All of today's advanced semiconductor devices are manufactured using chemical amplification resists, and my article presents the most comprehensive review to date in this area. My article describes a new discovery, development..."
Fast Moving Front, January 2009
Kjekshus January 2009
John Kjekshus; "This paper was the first to examine in a prospective manner the effects of a statin (rosuvastatin 10 mg) compared to placebo in chronic heart failure of ischemic etiology. The results were neutral with respect to cardiovascular mortality, non-fatal myocardial infarction and stroke. This was unexpected because..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Livak This is a Podcast InterviewJanuary 2009
Kenneth J. Livak is a Senior Scientific Fellow at the Fluidigm Corporation in San Francisco, whose general area of research is molecular genetics. He discusses his highly cited paper on real-time PCR..."
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Liz-Marzan The author(s) of this interview/comment have included images of their work.January 2009
Luis Liz-Marzan; "Nanoparticle size and shape control is a hot topic within nanoscience and nanotechnology. Although chemical methods for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles have been reported since 150 years ago, and dozens of papers are still published every month, our report deals with an extremely..."
Fast Moving Front, January 2009
Marlatt January 2009
G. Alan Marlatt; "Nationally, on average, one out of every five college students is a frequent binge drinker. That means they’re getting drunk several times a month. Fifty-five percent have had at least one binge in the last 40 days. And a lot of students die every year from alcohol-related accidents and problems. NIAAA says..."
Special Topic of Underage/College Drinking
Mumby January 2009
Peter J. Mumby; "The paper addresses an important issue in mangrove and coral reef ecology; the degree to which coral reef fish populations are constrained by the availability of mangrove nursery habitats. We took a large-scale approach to investigate the question that spanned all four of the atolls with..."
Fast Moving Front, January 2009
Nell This is a Podcast InterviewJanuary 2009
Andre Nel; "Andre Nel is a tenured Professor and practicing allergist/immunologist at UCLA. He runs the Cellular Immunology Activation Laboratory in the Johnson Cancer Center at UCLA. He discusses his highly cited paper..."
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Noda January 2009
Susumu Noda; "Photonic crystals are a kind of nanostructures for light with a periodic refractive index distribution described above. A photonic bandgap, which blocks photons in certain wavelengths, is formed as an analogy of solid-state crystals. By controlling the photonic crystal structures, novel manipulations of..."
Special Topic of Photonic Crystals
January 2009
Amy Pinkham & David L. Penn; "The paper summarizes the neural mechanisms underlying why individuals with schizophrenia have difficulty processing social information. In other words, what neural factors contribute to their problems in understanding and perceiving others facial affect and..."
Fast Moving Front, January 2009
Porcella January 2009
Stephen Porcella; "My main focus is genomics, both at the host and pathogen level. Many of the investigators that we support are specifically interested in either the host response to infection or the pathogen response during the infectious process, and sometimes both at the same time. We also support those working on..."
Featured Scientist Interview
Ralevic January 2009
Vera Ralevic; "The main aim of this review was to categorize some of the extensive literature on endogenous purine receptors according to the new nomenclature developed around cloned receptors. In the 10 years before the review was published, 16 out of 19 different receptors for purines and pyrimidines were cloned..."
Featured Paper Interview
Schubert January 2009
Ulrich S. Schubert; "The article summarizes and critically discusses the use of click chemistry in macromolecular science, which has found widespread adaptation within just a few years. Doing chemistry with large macromolecular building blocks provides a major challenge in purification if the transformation does not..."
New Hot Paper, January 2009
Taylor January 2009
Russell Taylor & Dan Stoianovici; "This survey paper provides a broad overview of medical robot systems used in surgery. As such, it provided a very useful guide to researchers wishing to enter the field. Although intended for an engineering audience, it is written in a way that should make it accessible to clinicians..."
Fast Moving Front, January 2009

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