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
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
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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: 92-100, 5 April 2002).
Currently, this paper is the #2
Highly Cited Paper in the field of
Plant & Animal Science in
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,
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.
Dr. Van Savage talks about his
highly cited work in the field of
Environment & Ecology.
According to a recent analysis of
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,
Bruce D. Trapp talks about his
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