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January 2010

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 January 2010 are listed below. To view featured interviews from past months/years, visit the Featured Interviews Main Menu.

Interviews and Features for January 2010:

Geoffrey J. Barton Describes the Latest Version of Jalview - New Hot Paper

Geoffrey J. Barton

Excerpt from the interview: "The paper describes the latest version of the Jalview multiple sequence alignment editor and analysis workbench. Jalview is one of the most powerful tools available for manipulating sequence alignments and integrating annotations from biological databases around the world. As a consequence, many thousands..."
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Research, the Top 20 Institutions - Institution Feature

University of London Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine

This month, presents a listing of the top 20 institutions which, according to our Special Topic on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), attracted the highest total citations to their papers published on the topic in Thomson Reuters-indexed journals.
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Jonathan Coleman on Nanotubes and Graphene; Featured Scientist Interview

Jonathan Coleman

Excerpt from the interview: "I started working in nanotechnology in the area of polymer nanotube composites back in 1995-96. If you add nanotubes to polymers, you get plastics in composite form that are much stronger and stiffer. So we learned to make these stiff strong plastics. Then in 2002, I was working in Dallas as a visiting researcher..."
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The Editorial Team of Dysphagia Discusses the Success of the Journal; Featured Journal Interview


The journal Dysphagia is having a growing influence in the field of Clinical Medicine. Its citation record in this field includes 399 papers cited a total of 2,772 times between January 1, 1999 and August 31, 2009. talks with several key members of the editorial team about Dysphagia's publication history and citation achievements.
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Antoine Guisan on Species Distribution & Climate Change; Special Topic of Climate Change

Antoine Guisan

Excerpt from the interview: " ...over the last decade, my work has largely concentrated on understanding drivers of species ranges, quantifying species-environment relationships in ecological models, and using these models ultimately for predicting species distributions. My approach is thus deeply rooted in a biogeographical perspective..."
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REUTERS/Carlos Barria
REUTERS/Carlos Barria

This map of GLOBAL CLIMATE AND ECOSYSTEMS is based on research-front data for the six-year period ending in August 2009. The maps shows the major component areas of the field linked together in a network based on the same principles as our research-front maps showing highly cited papers. Each circle on the map represents a group, or cluster, of research fronts on a broad topic within the main field.
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Rick Holley Discusses Plant Essential Oils - Podcast Interview

Rick Holley

Excerpt from the interview: "Rick Holley is a Professor of Food Science, Food Microbiology, and Food Safety in the Department of Food Science at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His 2005 FOOD MICROBIOL paper, "Improvement in shelf-life and safety of perishable foods by plant essential oils and smoke..."
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Terence G. Langdon on Magnesium Alloy Sheets - Podcast Interview

Terence G. Langdon

Excerpt from the interview: "Terence G. Langdon is the William E. Leonard Professor of Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. His 2006 PROG MATER SCI paper, "Langdon, TG, "Principles of equal-channel angular..."
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Northwestern’s Chad Mirkin On Enabling Nanoparticles - Science Watch® Newsletter Interview

Excerpt from the interview: "Occasionally real science plays out just like the movies: A brilliant experiment is followed by a "Eureka!" moment, and a new vision of the future reveals itself. This was the case in 1996 when the Northwestern University chemist Chad Mirkin witnessed a solution of DNA-assembled nanoparticles change from blue to red..."
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Most-Cited Paper From the Top 20 Countries, 1999-August 31, 2009 - Special Country Feature

Hands Clapping - REUTERS/Comstock/Corbis


Last month presented its annual "Top 20" listings of countries (across all 22 fields), which as of the latest bimonthly update of Essential Science IndicatorsSM, achieved particular distinction based on their papers published in Clarivate Analytics-indexed journals from January 1999 through August 31, 2009, a 10-year plus 8-month period. This month we present the highest-cited paper from each of the top 20 countries..."
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Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas & Colleagues on the COPRAS Method - New Hot Paper

Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas

Excerpt from the interview: "Our research describes and applies a novel multi-attribute decision-making method titled the COmplex PRoportional ASsessment of alternatives with Grey number (COPRAS-G). The COPRAS method or intelligent and biometric systems based on this method may be used to analyze different alternative variants..."
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