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February 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 Thomson Scientific citation data, and on how research in their respective fields has progressed over time and will likely unfold in the future.

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

Featured Interviews for February 2008:

Dr. Stephen Goff talks about the draft sequence of the rice genome Featured Paper Interview


Dr. Stephen Goff talks about his paper, "A draft sequence of the rice genome (Oryza sativa L. ssp japonica)" (Goff SA, et al., Science 296[5565]: 92-100, 5 April 2002). Currently, this paper is the #2 Highly Cited Paper in the field of Plant & Animal Science in Essential Science Indicators, with 949 citations to date. Dr. Goff’s record in the database includes 17 papers cited a total of 1,474 times between January 1, 1997 and October 31, 2007. Dr. Goff is a Senior Fellow at Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
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CMU’s Krzysztof Matyjaszewski on Radical Polymerization Featured Interview

A Chemist Krzysztof Matyjaszewski of Carnegie Mellon University discusses his work on living radical polymerization, a means of creating highly ordered polymers for use in coatings, sealants, drug delivery, and other applications. Matyjaszewski himself remains one of the most influential scientists in all of chemistry.
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Dr. Van Savage Discusses Identifying Which Factors Constrain, Organize, and Control Diversity in Ecological Systems Featured Scientist Interview


Dr. Van Savage talks about his highly cited work in the field of Environment & Ecology. According to a recent analysis of Essential Science Indicators, Dr. Savage’s work has entered the top 1% in this field. At present, his overall record in the database includes 23 papers cited a total of 865 times to date. Dr. Savage is an Instructor in the Fontana Laboratory of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Dr. Bruce D. Trapp on Multiple Sclerosis Featured Emerging Research Front Interview


Bruce D. Trapp talks about his paper, "Premyelinating oligodendrocytes in chronic lesions of multiple sclerosis," (Chang, A., et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 346 (3): 165-173, Jan. 17, 2002). He answers a few questions about this month's Emerging Research Front in the field of Neuroscience & Behavior dealing with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Trapp is the Chairman for the Department of Neurosciences at the Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.
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