Featured Interviews> December 2010

Current Author Commentaries

In these interviews, scientists talk to ScienceWatch.com 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 December 2010


Satya Atluri

Satya Atluri is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. In this Podcast interview he discusses his article: “A Fictitious Time Integration Method for the Numerical Solution of the Fredholm Integral Equation and for Numerical Differentiation of Noisy Data, and Its Relation to the Filter Theory,” CMES-COMPUT MODEL ENG SCI 41:3, 243-61, MAR 2009. This paper was selected as a New Hot Paper in May 2010. View a sample of Satya Atluri's work.
Podcast Interview; MP3 ¦ WMA. December 2010


Xiaodong Cheng

"Epigenetics is currently one of the hottest research topics. Without changing the DNA sequence, control of gene expression by epigenetic signaling could have a role in tumor formation, disease progression, ageing related mental retardation and autism, as well as intergenerational prenatal influences to offspring. Our paper takes a small but important step towards uncovering the regulatory mechanism of epigenetic signaling. In our bodies, all cells face the problem of controlling the amounts and timing of expression..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2010


Laurent Gosse

"I studied for higher degrees at French universities, in Lille for my master’s, followed by the Université Paris-Dauphine, which awarded my Ph D in 1997. I decided to go for mathematics because I was stronger at math than physics. I chose the field of analysis, which refers to the solution of problems by reducing them to equations. The main influences on my career date from my time at Paris-Dauphine, where there were outstanding people, such as the Fields Medallist Pierre-Louis Lions. He was the best teacher of non-linear..."
Featured Scientist, December 2010


Herbert Hirt

Herbert Hirt is Director of the URGV Plant Genomics Institute in Paris. His 2004 article, coauthored with Klaus Apel: "Reactive oxygen species: Metabolism, oxidative stress, and signal transduction,” ANNU REV PLANT BIOL 55: 373-99, was the Current Classics selection from the field of Plant & Animal Science for June 2010.
Podcast Interview; Listen: MP3 ¦ WMA. December 2010.

Rosa Margesin

"The aim of the study was to characterize microorganisms involved in the degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in alpine soils by using molecular methods. We investigated the prevalence of seven genotypes involved in the degradation of n-alkanes, aromatic hydrocarbons and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in petroleum-hydrocarbon-contaminated and pristine alpine soils from Tyrol (Austria). Genotypes containing genes from Gram-negative bacteria were detected to a significantly higher percentage in the contaminated than in the pristine soils..."
Special Topic of Earthquakes, November 2010

John Rundle

"I was doing classical geophysics until the mid-1980s when I became aware of this area called complexity and chaos theory, which sounded like statistical physics, a subject I had always enjoyed. In 1989, I met Bill Kline, who was at Boston University, and we had the idea that earthquakes were an example of a phase transition. Once you think of them like that, you can describe them with a field theory, which is pretty much the same way they describe phase transitions in high energy physics -- the decay of the false vacuum in the early universe, for instance..."
Special Topic of Earthquakes, November 2010


Koichiro Tamura

Koichiro Tamura is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Tokyo Metropolitan University and lead author of the Current Classics selection from the field of Biology & Biochemistry for the month of June 2010: "MEGA4: Molecular evolutionary genetics analysis (MEGA) software version 4.0," Tamura, K, et. al, MOL BIOL EVOL 24(8), 1596-99, AUG 2007.
Podcast Interview; Listen: MP3 ¦ WMA


Yi Wang

"Cosmology is a promising arena for testing new ideas in quantum gravity. We related the recently proposed entropic force conjecture to the late time acceleration of our universe. A large number of other papers came out later describing related ideas. Our application also inspired a number of future works. These make the present paper highly cited. Our work describes a new synthesis of knowledge. We applied the entropic force conjecture to cosmology and found the conjecture related to holographic dark energy..."
Fast Breaking Paper, December 2010

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