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September 2009

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 September 2009 are listed below. To view featured interviews from past months/years, visit the Featured Interviews Main Menu.

Interviews and Features for September 2009:

The Editors of Anxiety, Stress, & Coping Discuss the Journal's Growing Impact - Journal Interview

Anxiety, Stress & Coping

Excerpt from the interview: "Anxiety, Stress, & Coping (ASC) focuses on publishing new empirical research findings that make a significant contribution to the psychology of anxiety, stress, coping, and associated characteristics, outcomes, and processes. Consequently, research published in ASC is highly relevant for many..."
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Austrian Science: Ascendant in Impact - Featured Analysis

A survey of research from Austria since 1985 indicates that the nation’s overall scientific impact has been rising steadily, from a point well below the world average to a current standing that exceeds the world average and also outstrips the impact score for the combined European Union nations. In particular, the impact of Austrian physics papers has been impressive in surpassing the world average, while, since the 1980s, clinical medicine has improved the most markedly in impact.
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Richard H. Cyburt Discusses Unstable Relic Particles - Podcast

Richard H. Cyburt is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Cyburt is the lead author of the second-most-cited paper listed in the Research Front Map titled, "The Big Bang," from Top Topics for April 2009 from the field of Space Science.
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Global Map of Science

SEM image of ZnO nanowire arrays

This Global Map of Science is based on research-front data for the six-year period ending in April 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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Janet G. Hering on Arsenic Water Pollution - Podcast

Janet G. Hering

Janet G. Hering is Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag) in Dübendorf, Switzerland and is the coauthor of the most cited paper listed in the Research Front Map titled, "Arsenic Water Pollution," from Top Topics for April 2009 from the field of Geosciences.
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Aapo Hyvarinen Discusses Algorithms for Independent Component Analysis - Featured Paper Interview

Aapo Hyvarinen

Excerpt from the interview: "In August 1995, I started my Ph.D. at the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in a research group focusing on the method called independent component analysis (ICA). ICA is a statistical method for analyzing multidimensional data, which can find underlying components in the data based on independence..."
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U. Michigan’s Dan Klionsky On Cellular Autophagy - Science Watch® Newsletter Interview

Daniel Klionsky

Excerpt from the interview: "" Autophagy" literally means "self-eating," which seems like a particularly gruesome brand of cannibalism. As it turns out, however, we all do it. Just wait long enough between meals and we start to consume our own fat tissue, and if we wait even longer, we start to live off our muscle as well. Researchers have known for half a century..."
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NASA's Chryssa Kouveliotou on Her Gamma-Ray Burst Research - Special Topic of Gamma-ray Bursts

Chryssa Kouveliotou

Excerpt from the interview: "I first started working on gamma-ray bursts in 1978 when I was doing my Ph.D. work in Germany, and I used to joke that there were two and a half or three and a half Gamma Ray Burst astronomers at the time, and I was the half. I was just very intrigued by these bursts. They were a brand-new phenomenon and we didn't know anything..."
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Rana Munns & Mark Tester Discuss Their Work with Salinity Tolerance - New Hot Paper

Rana Munns

Excerpt from the interview: "Salinity is a topic that attracts significant attention in plant science, as it is of both intellectual and applied interest. This review synthesizes thinking based on a sum of 50 years’ experience from the two authors, both of whom have separately published well regarded reviews in the past. The paper describes a new synthesis..."
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Lane W. Martin Discusses His Work in the Field of Multiferroics - New Hot Paper

Lane W. Martin

Excerpt from the interview: "This paper came at a pivotal time for the field of multiferroics. Science magazine had put the field of multiferroics on the Breatkthrough of the Year: Areas to Watch list (Science, 318, 1848-1849 (2007)) for 2008. This designation came at a time when multiferroics had been experiencing more and more attention in solid state physics..."
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Country Profile of the Netherlands, 1999-April 30, 2009 - Country Feature


According to Essential Science Indicators SM from Clarivate Analytics, among the 150 top-performing countries in all fields, the Netherlands ranked #13 for citations (3,161,426), #8 for papers (228,983), and #7 (13.81) for citations per paper. Time period: 1999-April 30, 2009.
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Yoshinori Ohsumi Talks about His Autophagy Research - Special Topic of Autophagy

Yoshinori Ohsumi

Excerpt from the interview: "I started graduate school at Tokyo University under the guidance of Professor Kazutomo Imahori. Since the first subject I started to work with was in vitro protein biosynthesis of E. coli, intracellular dynamics of proteins has always been in my mind. From the third grade I changed my research subject to the mode of action of Colicin E3..."
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Philip Raskin on Insulin Therapy for Diabetes - Special Topic of  Diabetes

Philip Raskin

According to the Special Topics Research Front Map on Insulin Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes, the paper "Initiating insulin therapy in type 2 diabetes—a comparison of biphasic and basal insulin analogs" (Raskin P, et al., Diabetes Care 28[2]: 260-5, February 2005) is a key paper, with 178 cites to its credit. This paper is also a Highly Cited Paper in the field...
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Stanford's David Relman on Human Microbiota - Featured Scientist Interview

David Relman

Excerpt from the interview: "I was finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford with Stanley Falkow and my plan was to pursue a career in the research basis for microbial pathogenesis and combine that with some clinical care. The only catch was that I had gotten interested in what had started out to be a side project. It had less to do with..."
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Dustin Rubenstein & Keith Hobson on Spatial Patterns of Stable Isotopes - Fast Moving Front

Dustin R. Rubenstein

Excerpt from the interview: "The use of stable isotopes, or naturally occurring biogeochemical markers, revolutionized studies of animal movement because it allowed researchers to track movement patterns without having to recapture animals. Our paper reviewed the state of the field and discussed a series of keys issues and assumptions..."
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J. Evan Sadler Talks About New Findings on von Willebrand disease - Fast Moving Front

J. Evan Sadler

Excerpt from the interview: "...our paper is highly cited because it provides a useful and relatively simple and useful framework to organize a complex mass of biochemical and clinical data. Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a bleeding disorder caused by inherited defects in von Willebrand factor (VWF), which is an enormous multimeric blood protein..."
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Tufts University's Ana Soto on Bisphenol A - Special Topic of Bisphenol A (BPA)

 Ana Soto

Excerpt from the interview: "We developed an assay called E-SCREEN, which we described in Environmental Health Perspectives in 1991, together with the discovery of nonylphenol in plastic. The 1999 paper by Anderson is a comparison of all the tests that existed then for estrogenicity. E-SCREEN was the oldest of all these in vitro assays..."
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