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August 2008

In these interviews, scientists talk to and offer behind-the-scenes insights into their research: reflections on what led them to their chosen field, the motivation driving their work in a given direction, and the challenges encountered along on the way. These authors also offer their views on why their work has wielded particular influence in the scientific community, as indicated by Clarivate Analytics citation data, and on how research in their respective fields has progressed over time and will likely unfold in the future.

Featured interviews for August 2008 are listed below. To view featured interviews from past months/years, visit the Featured Interviews Main Menu.

Featured Interviews for August 2008:

David L. Armstrong & Lutz Birnbaumer on orai proteins interact with TRPC channels - Fast Breaking Paper Commentary


Excerpt from the interview: "The implications of our research are primarily in understanding human disease. Additional physiological roles for TRPC channels and Orai proteins in asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and psychiatric disorders are being discovered by many groups using mice which have"
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Xavier Bosch discusses his human papillomavirus research - Special Topic of Human Papillomavirus


Excerpt from the interview: "Invasive cervical cancer in the majority of countries in the world is still the #1 or #2 cancer in women. Where there is screening activity—the Pap test—the fatalities have dropped significantly, and in these populations it’s typically the sixth or seventh most common cancer in women..."
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Sampurno Bruijnzeel: hydrological functions of tropical forests: not seeing the soil for the trees? - Emerging Research Front Commentary


Excerpt from the interview: "...there has been so much debate on the hydrological role of (tropical) forest in recent years that many people have become confused and simply do not know what to believe anymore. The issue is rather complex indeed, in that the effect of deforestation or reforestration..."
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Jeff Dyer & Harbir Singh on the relational view cooperative strategy - Featured Paper Interview


Excerpt from the interview: "The main contribution of the "relational view" paper was that it outlined a theory for considering dyads and networks of firms as a key unit of analysis for explaining superior individual firm performance. The strategy field is fundamentally concerned with explaining differential firm performance ..."
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Olivier Gascuel on bioinformatics and comparative genomics- Podcast


This is a Podcast InterviewOlivier Gascuel leads a research group at LIRMM-CNRS, Montpellier, France. Here he discusses his work in bioinformatics and comparative genomics. Gascuel has been named a Current Classics scientist (Env./Eco.) for Aug. 2008, and has provided commentary in a Fast Breaking Paper in the same field. Podcast added August 9, 2008.
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U. Manchester's Andre Geim: sticking with graphene—for now - The Science Watch® (print version) Newsletter Interview


Excerpt from the interview: "Graphene is a single atomic plane of graphite. Graphite is a stack of graphene planes. It’s very important to emphasize that all matter, all materials we knew before this, were and are three-dimensional materials. Even those that were called one- or two-dimensional..."
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Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University - Featured Institution Interview

Ghent University, Department of Plant Systems Biology

Excerpt from the interview: "The Department is grounded in fundamental science. Research in the early days focused on microbial genetics, such as the search for the tumor-inducing principle (TIP) in A. tumefaciens. The laboratory achieved its first international breakthrough in the mid-'70s with the discovery that the TIP..."
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Milford Hanna on developments in biofuels - Special Topic of Biofuels


Excerpt from the interview: "This manuscript reviews the ways vegetable oils and animal fats can be processed for use as mobile fuels with a particular emphasis on the state-of-the-art of the transesterification process, which is the generally accepted method of converting fats and oils to biodiesel today..."
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Alan Hevner, Salvatore March, Jinsoo Park & Sudha Ram on design science in Information Systems research- Emerging Research Front Commentary


Excerpt from the interview: "The broad impact of the 2004 MISQ paper continues to be strong as researchers in the Information Systems field recognize the value design science brings to a research project. Design science offers an effective means of addressing the..."
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Gerhard Knothe discusses his biofuels research- Special Topic of Biofuels


Excerpt from the interview: "This paper summarizes and evaluates several important fuel properties—for example, cetane number, viscosity, and oxidative stability—that are determined by the major components of biodiesel, i.e., alkyl esters of fatty acids. By combining insights on the various properties, it points in a direction..."
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Christopher Lipinski, Scientific Advisor to Melior Discovery, Inc., Exton, PA - Podcast


This is a Podcast InterviewHere he discusses his 1997 article from Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, "Experimental and Computational Approaches to Estimate Solubility and Permeability in Drug Discovery and Development Settings." In addition he also appeared as a Current Classics scientist for Feb. & Apr. 2008.
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Guilherme V. Polanczyk & Luis Augusto Rohde on the worldwide prevalence of ADHD - Fast Breaking Paper Commentary


Excerpt from the interview: "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent disorder also associated with a wide range of adverse outcomes across the lifespan, justifying the scientific and lay interest in it. This study comprehensively addresses the distribution of ADHD..."
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Markus Reichstein on earth system dynamics - Featured Scientist Interview


Excerpt from the interview: "One big unknown and "final frontier" is what is happening below ground, i.e., in the soil. Soil contains about four times more carbon than the atmosphere, and annual global soil respiration fluxes are, for example, 10-fold higher than human fossil fuel CO2 emissions. While..."
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Nils Chr. Stenseth on ecological effects of climate fluctuations - Emerging Research Front Commentary


Excerpt from the interview: "We demonstrate that climate fluctuations affect the dynamics of populations through how the ways in which individuals within and between different species interact. Furthermore, since we do this within a classical ecology conceptual framework, we brought mainstream..."
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Bao-Lian Su on organized, hierarchically porous and bio-inspired materials - Special Topic of Mesoporous Materials


Excerpt from the interview: "This paper provided a comprehensive study on the synthesis mechanism of highly ordered mesoporous materials. This paper was one of first papers to use a special type of neutral surfactant molecule (polyoxyethylene alkyl ether) as a templating agent to tailor the organization..."
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From Berkeley, Current Classics scientist David Teece - Podcast


David Teece is Professor in the Haas School of Business at UC, Berkeley. Here he discusses his concept of “applied industrial organization.” Teece has been named a Current Classics scientist (Eco. & Bus.) for Apr. 2008. Podcast added August 19, 2008.
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Zhi-Qiang Zhang discusses Zootaxa's Success - Featured Journal Interview


Excerpt from the interview: "Zootaxa has become the largest and the most important journal in taxonomy, and taxonomy has been fundamental to all branches of biological sciences, especially biodiversity, biogeography, and evolutionary development, as well as of ecology, the environment..."
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(Additional interviews/commentaries will be added during August 2008)


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