Featured Interviews> September 2011

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 September 2011


Laura Airoldi & Michael W. Beck

"The paper examines the drastic decline of coastal marine habitats across Europe and calls for regulatory changes to improve their protection. The paper is comprehensive in that it examines the condition of the most critical coastal marine habitats across Europe; it provides the historical context on how we got to this point; identifies the on-going pressing threats; and highlights some of the policies that can help. It brings to fore a number of critical issues and gaps, which have stirred subsequent research and interest..."
Fast Moving Fronts, September 2011

David A. Bennett

"It’s a cognitive disorder really. If you look at motor dysfunction, the problem is you can find nerves and muscles all over the place. For loss of cognition, you’re really in the brain. So what we really pioneered is studies of risk factors for Alzheimer’s where we get the brains post mortem. This has limitations, of course. You can only get the brain once and at the end of your study. But, on the other hand, the things you can do with actual brain tissue are virtually limitless, which is not the case with brain imaging, where..."
Special Topic of Alzheimer's Disease, September 2011


John M. Butler

"Given the parade of such reliably sensational spectacles as the trial of O.J. Simpson in 1995 or the recent proceedings involving the murder conviction of American student Amanda Knox in Italy, not to mention the current abundance of television shows centered around crime-scene investigation, laypersons have by now become familiar with the role of forensic DNA testing—DNA fingerprinting, as it’s popularly known—in criminal cases and the identification of remains. The methods of using DNA to establish, in effect, 'who done it?'..."
Featured Scientist, September 2011


Victoria Ivashina

"Our paper answers several questions fundamental to understanding the propagation of the most recent economic crisis. Specifically we show that corporate lending started to fall in mid-2007, with the fall accelerating during the banking panic that began in September 2008. We also show strong evidence that credit supply contraction was the driving force behind the observed fall (vs. lack of demand for credit). Shifts in credit supply and demand differ in terms of welfare costs and the channel through which monetary..."
New Hot Papers, September 2011

Stamatios M. Krimigis

"For the Voyager missions, we designed our instruments with an eye to cosmic rays, low energy particles, and the extended solar atmosphere, or solar wind, which we knew went past Earth and Mars. Everyone wanted to know how far the solar wind extended? The feeling was that it could not reach any further than Jupiter, beyond which you would only have the interplanetary medium. Today the history of those flights is well known: we went past Jupiter..."
Special Topic of Planetary Exploration, September 2011


Elvira Poloczanska

"This paper is a synthesis covering observed and expected responses to climate change across key taxa groups, which include primary producers such as phytoplankton and seagrass, foundation species such as tropical corals and giant kelp, iconic taxa such as cetaceans and marine turtles, and commercial species such as pelagic fish and crustaceans. Where information is lacking for Australia, we draw from experimental and modeling evidence and on climate change responses from outside Australia. We found..."
Fast Moving Fronts, September 2011


Rolf Sander

"I have studied chemistry and obtained my PhD in 1994. Today I spend most of my time at the computer to develop code calculating the very complex mechanisms of atmospheric chemistry. However, in order not to lose contact to reality during my theoretical studies, I occasionally also join measurement campaigns (see picture) which provide results that can be compared to the model results. I had my first contact with atmospheric chemistry while I was a graduate student at Düsseldorf University, Germany. At that time I read..."
Featured Scientist, September 2011


Paul Zimmet

"Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors and the major question is whether there is just one defining pathological or metabolic abnormality that causes all these factors to arise or do they have different origins. It’s quite clearly useful for predicting diabetes and cardiovascular disease. That’s been well established. So I think the ADA got it wrong there. And it certainly has medical value. Our main thrust all along has been that if you get someone in your consulting room, even down at the primary health care..."
Special Topic of Metabolic Syndrome, September 2011

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