Blog Assignment #7

Who is doing the work on your research topic? Give the names of at least three (3) of the most important scholars who are publishing work on your topic other than the expert you interviewed. You might choose authors of articles you’ve found, authors of works you’ve seen cited, or names your expert mentioned.

Look up each person using a web search engine (e.g., Google) and/or a biographical dictionary such as Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. For each person, give their place of employment, exact job title, exact field of study, and any other professional / biographical facts that are interesting to you. Also, plug the person’s name into the author field of Google Scholar’s Advanced Search; give the article and journal or book title, date, and number of citations of the person’s most-cited work. (Google Scholar is much easier to use for this purpose than Web of Science, though it’s probably less accurate. You can try to use Web of Science’s “Author Finder” if you like, or you can use a different database if it has a citation-tracking feature.)

As usual, please describe exactly what you did and reflect on what you found out. For instance: Do any of these researchers know or cite one another? How long have they been doing this research? Does finding out about the people behind the publications help you understand their writing better? Can you imagine e-mailing or calling this person or speaking to them at a conference? If so, what would you ask them or say to them?

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    • Tria Metzler
    • March 18th, 2007

    Autumn Fiester: University of Pennsylvania; exact title: Director of Graduate Studies; areas of interest: Animals & bioethics, clinical professionalism, and moral theory; interesting facts: she received her PhD in moral philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and her A.M. in sociology from Harvard University; her most cited work: Stem Cell Therapies: Time to Talk to the Animals; March 2004; cited once.
    Lou Hawthorne: Genetics Savings and Clone; exact title: CEO of Genetics Savings and Clone; areas of interest: genetically modifying pets and cloning; interesting facts: Hawthorne received a BA in English Literature from Princeton University in 1983, and is now working with somewhat eccentric billionaire Dr. John Sperling on the ?Missyplicity Project?; his most cited work: A Project to Clone Companion Animals; 2002; cited twice.
    Hilary Bok: Johns Hopkins University; exact title: Associate Professor of Philosophy; areas of interest: ethics, bioethics, freedom of the will, and Kant; interesting facts: received her B.A. from Princeton and her Ph.D. from Harvard, and is also a recipient of a Laurance S. Rockefeller fellowship; her most cited work: Freedom and Responsibility; 1998; cited twenty-one times.
    I thought it was interesting that both Fiester and Bok attended Harvard; also, Lou Hawthorne cited Hilary Bok in his article A Project to Clone Companion Animals. If I were to meet any of these individuals, particularly Lou Hawthorne, I would be interested in learning what interested him in pet cloning and what his philosophy on the subject is. More specifically, I would be interested to hear why he began to and still supports the technology.
    I have now read through all of my book sources, and am almost through all of the scholarly articles I have found, although every time I search for some new fact or information, I tend to find one or two others that are relevant to my topic. I have most recently read an article named Let the Market Decide (“Let the Market Decide.” Technology review 108.3 (2005): 17-18.), which seems to want to be striving to present the material in a neutral matter, although at the end it becomes very clear that the author supports the technology. I am also reading through Lou Hawthorne?s two articles: A Project to Clone Companion Animals (Hawthorne, Lou. “A Project to Clone Companion Animals.” Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 5.3 (2002): 229.), and Hawthorne?s Rebuttal (Hawthorne, Lou. “Hawthorne’s Rebuttal.” Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 5.3 (2002): 243.). Of course with Lou Hawthorne, the CEO of GS & C being the author, these sources are clearly pro-pet-cloning. While all three of these sources provide relevant information, I have to be careful to not use biased information and check all findings with other sources, hopefully less biased.

    • Myra Fulp
    • March 18th, 2007

    Jeffrey Taubenberger: Employed at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology as Chair of the Department of Molecular Pathology. His exact field of study is molecular pathology. His father helped build the first mobile computer (it took up five semitrailers). He started college at George Mason University two years early and went on to get both a PhD and MD. He said that he got the idea for resurrecting the 1918 Spanish Flu from an article in the journal “Nature” about John Dalton’s eyeballs. He wrote “The Initial characterization of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Virues” which was published in Nature in March of 1997. This article has been cited 196 times.
    Terrence Tumpey: He is the Senior Microbiologist in the Influenza Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. His fields of study are biology and immunology. He obtained his PhD from the University of South Alabama School of Medicine. He co-authored “A Mouse Model for the Evaluation of the Pathogenesis of and Immunity to Influenza A (H5N1) viruses isolated from non humans.” This article was published in the Journal of Virology in July of 1999 and has been cited 109 times.
    Peter Palese: He is a professor and chair of the department of Microbiology at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. His specific field of study is virology. He discovered the mechanism that viruses use to enter cells which is now the basis for which antiviral drugs are designed. His most cited article, “Characterization of Temperature Sensitive Influenza-Virus Mutants Defective in Neuraminidase.” This article was published in the journal Virology in 1974 and has been cited 355 times!
    There are quite a few scientists pioneering in the field of pandemic influenza so I just picked three of the researchers that have been popping up a lot. I found biographical info on these meen in the book “Flu” by Gina Kolata, published in 1999 by touchstone, and also at http://www.pandemicinfluenza.org. I found their most cited articles by searching by the author’s name in a cited ref search on Web of Science. These men must know each other because they have done some collaborative work on some papers. I think the researchers working with these viruses are a close-knit network because there are so few facilities in the country that are equipped to work with highly pathogenic viruses.

    • Genevieve Pike
    • March 18th, 2007

    Raymond C. Francis: Research Associate/Faculty of Paper Science & Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; “The role of transition metal species in delignification with distilled peracetic acid”, 1998, and was cited fifteen times. I found it interesting that he actually did both his undergraduate and PhD in chemical engineering, but now is a professor of paper science. He is also from Canada.
    Martin A. Hubbe: Associate Professor in Department of Wood & Paper Science at the North Carolina State University; “Dependency of polyelectrolyte complex stoichiometry on the order of addition. 1. Effect of salt concentration during streaming current titrations with strong poly-acid and poly-base” 2003, has been cited eight times. He seems to really like dogs and his main area of interest is wet end chemistry. He is also a Buckman Distinguished Scientist.
    Donald R. Dimmel: Professor and Principal Research Scientist at the Institute of Paper Science and TEchnology at the Georgia Institute of Technology; “Synthesis of Lignin Model Dimers by Novel Techniques”, 1982, cited nineteen times. I found it interesting that he has published articles with faculty members of NCSU.
    I do not know if any of these researchers know each other, nor was I able to find if they have cited each other. However, each of their topics were a bit different, so most likely not. But, Dimmel, more likely than not, knows one of Hubbe’s co-workers. To find my information I used Google to do my searching. Sometimes it was a bit challenging when there were multiple people who could be cited as RC Francis, or you couldn’t find any personal information on some of the authors. However, I made it through. I don’t think knowing anything more about the people behind the article changes anything about my interpretations, since the articles are very objective for the most part. I don’t think I would imagine having a problem talking to any of these researchers about what they have done and how they have gotten involved with paper science. I would also not mind asking them where they think the future of paper is going.

    • Meagan Stewart
    • March 18th, 2007

    The first scholar is Rudolph Tanzi, PhD. He is a Professor of Neurology, as well as the Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tanzi has been investigating human neurodegenerative disease at the genetic, molecular biological, and biochemical levels since 1980. Over the past five years his work has centered around two genes known as the “presenilins”, mutations in which account for up to half of early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease. Most recently, Dr. Tanzi has been investigating the biochemical mechanisms by which defects in genes cause neurodegeneration. Interestingly, Dr. Tanzi helped in the study that was responsible for discovering the Huntington’s disease gene in 1983, and he was later was a major contributor to the report of the isolation of the first familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) gene. His most cited publication is:
    ?A polymorphic DNA marker genetically linked to Huntington’s disease,? Nature. Nov 1983. Cited by 432.
    The second scholar I chose was Daniel Kaufer, M.D.. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UNC Chapel Hill. He is also the director of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders program. His clinical field of study is Alzheimer?s disease, Lewy body dementias, and frontotemporal dementia. He received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin and he has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1995. His most cited work is:
    ?Effect of tacrine on behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease: an open-label study,? J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. Jan 1996. Cited by 135.
    My third scholar is Rob Killiany, PhD. Dr. Killiany received his master?s degree in psychology from the University of Hartford and completed his doctoral training in psychology at Northeastern University. He joined the faculty at Boston University in 2001, and he currently teaches psychology at Northeastern University and is a Research Associate of Radiology at Brigham and Women?s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Killiany has been focused mostly on the morphological changes that take place in the brain during aging and disease processes. Recently his work has shifted focus to studies aimed at exploring the value of MRI in predicting what will progress to develop decline of Alzheimer’s disease. Currently Dr. Killiany works with investigators on neuroimaging studies of Alzheimer?s disease and is Co-PI at the Boston University site for the nationwide Alzheimer?s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. His most cited publication is:
    ?Use of structural magnetic resonance imaging to predict who will get Alzheimer’s disease,? Annals of neurology. 2000. Cited by 202.
    Killiany and Tanzi work in the same area of the country, so I thought they would have published together quite a lot, but to my surprise, I could only find one publication that they have done together. I did notice a trend within Killiany?s publication of the name ?MB Moss,? which I can use as another way to find more articles. Each researcher has been involved in the area of Alzheimer?s research for quite sometime, but there are not any specific dates on each. I can infer that Tanzi has been involved the longest, based on his background and his publications. Dr. Kaufer is most likely the next longest, since he has been certified in neurology since 1995. Killiany appears to have started doing research in neurology within the past 5-8 years, because the only date given in his biography is 2001, and his publications start dating around 2002. Finding out information about these people does not help me understand their writing better, because I would normally just assume that the authors are all well-established scholars, as I have found them to be. I think it is helpful to see what their most famous works are and how many times they have been cited. I would be very intimidated to speak with any of these scholars on their subject of expertise, mainly since I am such a novice. If I did have a conversation with them I would be interested to know about their passion and what drives them to continue their work. Also, I would want to know what they think about the future of their research, and if they believe that it is feasible that a cure will be found for Alzheimer?s disease within the next ten years.

    • Patrick Proctor
    • March 18th, 2007

    Sarah Darby: Professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Oxford. Professor Darby primarily studies statistical epidemiology, and according to Cancer Research UK, she specializes in “the collection, collation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data that further an understanding of the distribution and determinants of disease in human population and of ways in which the burden of disease can be reduced”. Professor Darby received her Ph.D. at the University of London in 1977. Her most cited work is a journal article titled “Smoking, smoking cessation, and lung cancer in the UK since 1950: combination of national statistics with two case-control studies” which was published in the British Medical Journal in 2000. It has been cited 293 times.
    Amy Berrington de Gonzalez: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health. Professor Berrington de Gonzalez received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2001. Her research is focused on cancer epidemiology and prevention and includes the development of statistical methods for epidemiological studies. Her most cited work is one of my sources, a journal article titled “Risk of cancer from diagnostic X-rays: estimates for the UK and 14 other countries” published in The Lancet in 2004. It has been cited 144 times.
    David J. Brenner: Professor of Radiation Oncology and Public Health at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Professor Brenner received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Surrey in the UK, and now researches biophysical modeling, radiation biology, low dose risk estimation, radiation therapy, and radon. His most cited work is a journal article titled “Estimated Risks of Radiation-Induced Fatal Cancer from Pediatric CT” published in the American Journal of Roentgenology in 2001. It has been cited 377 times.
    Sarah Darby and Amy Berrington de Gonzalez not only know each other, they have worked together and coauthored an article. Their work tends to deal more with statistics than pure medicine. If I was going to call or meeet with one of these researchers, I would contact Dr. Brenner, because unlike Berrington de Gonzalez and Darby, who could give me statistical evidence that CT scans increase one’s risk for cancer, his work is primarily with pure medicine, and he would be able to explain in great medical detail how CT scans affect the human body and why that leads to an increased cancer risk. Knowing about the specialties of these researchers helps me when reading their material, because I know the basis of their investigations. It turns out that in order to answer my research question, I need data from both types of investigations – statistical and physiological.

    • Nikki Harris
    • March 18th, 2007

    Jonathan T. Overpeck: The University of Arizona. He is the director of the Department of Geosciences Environmental Studies Labratory. He is trying to build an understanding of the earth system and society and his specilities are: a) climate dynamics, including paleoclimatology; b) climate and ecosystem interaction; and c) climate assessment and decision-support. He recieved his PhD from Brown. “Rapid climate changes in the tropical Atlantic region during the last deglaciation.” NATURE, 1996, cited 161 times. Overpeck is also a professor of Geosciences and Atmospheric Sciences and has over 100 publications!
    Andrew R. Solow: He is the senior scientist and director at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Marine Policy Center. He does research on Environmental statistics; time series analysis; spatial statistics; Bayesian methods; statistical biology and ecology. He is co-author of over 80 publications. Interestingly enough, he received his B.A. in economics at Harvard, his masters in geomathematics and his PhD in Geostastics from Stanford! “Choosing reserve networks with incomplete species information,” Biological COnservation, 2000, cited 63 times.
    Kevin E. Trenberth: He is senior scientist and Head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology in 1972 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests are Interannual variability of the global general circulation, datasets, the moisture budget, and interdecadal varibility. “Decadal atmosphere-ocean variations in the Pacific,” Climate Dynamics, 1994, cited 641 times. This article is cited alot!
    Since El Nino and global warming are so broad, there are many researchers conducting research in these areas. Therefore, I picked three researchers that are authors of articles that most relate to my topic. And I ofund these by using Web of Science to find useful articles. Then I searched each researcher in Google and looked for their most cited article in Google scholar advance search. In general, it doesn’t really help to know the researchers’ backgrounds. But it is good to know that all the authors are experts in this field and are conducting inportant research, so they are reliable. It also shows that they are passionate in their work. It would be interesting to email them, or talk to them. I would like to get answers to my original questions from different researchers. I would like to ask each about their view on the relationship between El Nino and global warming. I am happy with what I have found, but I didn’t find the authors citing each other. Over all my research is still going well. I just got alot of books to examine, so I am excited about that!

    • Maggie Hennessy
    • March 19th, 2007

    Dr. Claudia Goetz Phillips- Dr. Phillips is currently employed at Morgan State University. She is the Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture. She specializes in Citizen participation, Environmental planning, landcape and site design, natural resource planning, physical planning and urban design. “The Relationship of Ecosystem Management to NEPA and its goals” was published in the journal “Environmental Management” in 2000 and has been sited 5 times according to Google Scholar.
    Dr. Bradley C. Karkkainen- Dr. Karkkainen is a professor at the University of Minnesota (he is mentioned as being the Julius E. Daris Chair in Law at UofM). He specializes in Environmental law, International Environmental law, natural resource law, water law, land use, property and administrative law, and regulatory theory. His research is centered around innovative strategies for environmental regulation and natural resource management. He attened Yale Law school. “Benchmarking, precursor to a new paradigm” was published in the Georgetown Law Journal in 2001 and has been cited 29 times. It was interesting to see how the law side of NEPA is applicable.
    Dr. Lynton Keith Caldwell- Dr. Caldwell was the Arthur F. Bentley Professor Emeritus of Poilitcal Science at Indiana University Bloomington. He was also named the Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs. He is named the originator of the environmental impact statement. He participated in the actual drafting of the National Environmental Policy Act. His book, International Environmental Policy: from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Century, was published in 1996 by the Duke Univerisity Press has been cited 53 times. His work is very interesting because he has been around since the actual drafting of NEPA. He passed away in 2006.
    These three experts come from very different places. One is strictly involved in law. The other is involved in urban planning. The third was at the drafting of NEPA. The fact that they all specialize in something different show how widely my topic expands throughout fields. My research continues to show how varied the information about my topic is. I’m still having to sort through information and see what is really applicable to my research question. It was interesting to look at the authors of the articles themselves instead of just the information they put out there. It makes them seem much more real. I think that Dr. Phillips information will be very interesting because she deals directly with urban planning. Much of the information I have found so far talks about NEPA but doesn’t really relate it to planning. While i do need to have a lot of information about NEPA itself, Phillip’s relation to urban planning will be very informative.

    • Amber Joyner
    • March 19th, 2007

    Morton Abramowitz- currently serves as Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation. Retired in 1991 from the State Department and in 1997 as the President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Prior to 1991 Abramowitz served as Ambassador to Turkey and held other high political offices in the international arena. His most cited work, as listed by Google Scholar, is “Adjusting to the New Asia.” FOREIGN AFFAIRS, 2003, 12 citations.
    Jason Ackleson- currently employed at New Mexico State University as Associate Professor in the Department of Government, and as Associate Dean of the University Honors College and National Scholarships Coordinator. His most cited work is “Constructing Security on the US-Mexico Border.” POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY, 2004, 6 citations.
    Jerry Hagstrom- currently employed by the National Journal at Washington Foreign Press Center as Contributing Editor. His main focus of research is on political issues revolving around agriculture. His most cited work is “The Book of America: Inside 50 States Today.” Published in 1983 with 7 citations.
    I found these authors from some of the articles I had previously found and stored in Refworks. All of them have research relevant to my topic on NAFTA, but they also cover a much wider range of issues in their research. By looking up the author, especially Mr. Abramowitz, I was able to find additional useful information by the same people. None of the authors cited each other, but I did notice a couple authors cited by two of them in different works. All of these people hold fairly high, respectable offices in the academic and political community and therefore it is likely that their information comes not only from research but first hand experience and knowledge, as well as information that may not be readily accessible to the general public.

    • Diana Tysinger
    • March 19th, 2007

    Dr. Hans Kuzmany is a professor at the University of Vienna. He leads a research group there that uses solid-state spectroscopy to study various materials. His focus is on nanotubes and fullerenes specifically. He received his doctorate in 1965 from Universität Wien und Heidelberg. On his homepage, before his research interests, he has a quote stating ?small is beautiful.? According to Google Scholar, his most cited work is the book Solid-State Spectroscopy: an introduction, which has been cited 37 times.
    Dr Paul Delaney is a lecturer at the Queen’s University Belfast, in the Atomistic Simulation Group, in the physics and mathematics department. His research interests include computational modeling of current flow in molecular systems and in fullerenes and nanotubes. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees and Cork and his Doctorate at Berkley in 1998. He is currently teaching Dynamical Systems. His most cited work is a journal article publishes in Physical Review, Broken symmetry and pseudogaps in ropes of carbon nanotubes. That article is cited 145 times.
    Dr. Wolfgang Krätschmer is an honorary professor and lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. His main area of research since 1989 is fullerenes with an emphasis on C60. He received his doctorate from University of Heidelberg in 1971. His most cited article is a journal article from Chemical Communications, The first [60] fullerene dimer with cages bis-linked by furanoid bridges. It is cited 13 times.
    Researching these people proves somewhat problematic. A general Google search did not bring about the desired results. In general, I had to go the website of the university that employs them and search that site for their name. That method produced their professional biography and current research. In two of the cases I had to use the Google webpage translator to read the sites. Even then it did not translate everything, but what I needed was translated. I chose these three people because two of them had written books specifically on fullerenes and the other had written many articles on fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. I was surprised how long some of these researchers had been researching, some of them doing very early research in fullerenes. I have not found a specific case where these authors cite each other, but they are all cited by other researchers. I don?t think that finding out about them helps me understand their writing any better. The work is still very specific and detailed and their background was not surprising to me. I can?t imagine calling these people, mostly because I would feel like I was bothering them or keeping them from something important. If I was able to meet them at a conference I think that I would be more open to speaking with them. I would like to ask their opinions on the real world applications of fullerenes and if they think that nanostructures will gain everyday uses.

    • Jeremy Bartucca
    • March 19th, 2007

    J. B. Mander: University of Canterbury. exact title- chair of CE department, PhD. Area of interest: structural engineering. Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Associate Editor Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) American Concrete Institute (ACI) American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) The Masonry Society, U.S.A. (TMS) N.Z. Society for Earthquake Engineering Royal Society, N.Z. British Masonry Society most cited work- Theoretical Stress-Strain Model for Confined Concrete, journal of Structural Engineering, 1988 , cited 491 times
    R. Park: (deceased 1928-1994) (could not find official title), area of interest: electrical and environmental engineering, was recognized for finding equations to shorten relay times(electrical) to much smaller times than thought before, most cited work- Theoretical Stress-Strain Model for Confined Concrete, journal of Structural Engineering, 1988, cited 491 times
    M.B. Priestly: (could not find full title), area of interest: structural engineering, main reason cited was that he wrote a text book for a 300 level structures class, most cited work- Spectral analysis and time series, Probability and Mathematical Statistics , 1981, cited 1716 times.
    It is interesting that all of these most prominent professors have all worked together on the same research. They have also all been doing research for near twenty years and are highly respected in their fields. It would be interesting to contact these professors by e-mail or talk to them by phone, but I think it would also be very intimidating to contact someone with such vast amounts of knowledge and research in an area. If I were to ask them anything I would ask them how tedious the process of getting their research verified as valid and a good source was and how difficult it is to deal with getting a copyright. It is also interesting that even with the large amount of research that these professors have done, the majority of them cannot upload their own research to other sites because it now belongs to a certain journal.

    • Joseph Barton
    • March 19th, 2007

    Xiao, K.Q.: University of Sydney, Australia. Professor of Composites Science and Technology. Carbon nanotube research.
    ?Effective separation and alignment of long entangled carbon nanotubes in epoxy?, Journal of Materials Science, 2005, cited 33 times(Google)
    Ebbesen,Thomas W.: Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, Professeur à l’Université Louis Pasteur, Nanostructures.
    C. Richard, F. Balavoine, P. Schultz, T. W. Ebbesen and Ch. Mioskowski Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Lipid Derivatives on Carbon Nanotubes ,Science 300: 775-778 (2003), cited 27 times (personal website)
    Su,Te-Yeu: University of Hong Kong, Professor of Chemical Engineering.
    ?Dielectric behaviours of multi-doped BaTiO3/epoxy composites?, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2001, cited 11 times (Google)
    I have at least two articles either referring to these researchers or have actual articles that these researchers wrote. I have all of my research saved in RefWorks, so it was easy to find a frequented author in my folders. Their job titles were usually in listed with their names in the journal article. I cut a paste their names into google scholar to find how many times their most cited article was referred to. Most of the prominent authors in my research probably don’t even speak my language, and I thought that was very interesting. I don’t really know why there are not as many prominent authors that are here in the US. I’m guessing the research for new materials is more of interest to other countries such as France, China, and Australia, but there does not seem to be a clear reason why.
    This assignment was insightful. I saw much more of the research being done by an expert that I had not seen before. This could also be a good method for finding more specific writings on a certain topic.

    • Adam Nock
    • March 19th, 2007

    Dr. Kolb recomended that I research Dr. Lee Stiff, a professor of math education here at NCSU. He has written several books and many book chapters about math education and done some research in computer science. He has received over a million dollars in grants. His field of study is mathematics educationa and he seems to do more of his research in math education of black students. His most cited work is “On the Education of Black Children in Mathematics” from The Jounal of Black Studies in 1988. It has been cited eight times.
    I also found in formation on Jerry Becker. He is also a professor of math education at Saint Louis University. His field of study is math education and he is a proponent of the mathematically able school of thought in the current controversy over math education. His most cited work is “The Open-Ended Approach: A New Proposal for Teaching Mathematics” from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1997. It has been cited 25 times.
    My research is going well. I have had to revise my research area into the controversy over mathematically correct Vs. mathematically able viewpoints on how to teach math.

    • Anonymous
    • March 19th, 2007

    Dr. Robert Langer
    an Institute professor at MIT. He was formerly the Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, maintains activity in the departments of Chemical Engineering and Biological engineering at MIT, runs the biggest biomedical engineering research laboratory in the world (maintaining about $6 million in grants and over 100 researchers), interests are biotechnology and material sciences
    “Biotechnology,” Science, cited by 1,237
    Dr. David A. Beebe
    Professor at University of Wisconsin, department of biomedical engineering, focuses efforts in the Microtechnology Medicine Biology lab
    “Functional hydrogel structures for autonomous flow control inside microfluidic channels,” Nature, 2000, cited by 233
    T Thorsen
    Professor in Engineering Design, MIT, interests include microfluidics and medical diagnostics
    “Microfluidic Large-Scale Integration,” sciencemag.org, 2002, cited by 245

    • Amy Stepp
    • March 20th, 2007

    oh, whoops… my post was messed up. sorry!
    as for the rest of what I said…
    It was interesting to look up the important names in my field. My field is a rather new one, and it has so many different applications in different fields. So, there were scholars from many different backgrounds and focuses that work in the field of microfluidics. I am not sure how helpful this search was in assisting me in verifying what articles I should include in my research. Having to worry about the qualifications of the authors of articles doesn’t seem to be a big problem in my field, because that’s just the nature of peer-reviewed articles (where I get most of my information). The big problem that I seem to be having is that a lot of the articles that I want to read have a technical level far above what I am trained at right now. Being able to understand what I am reading is probably a good first step in researching.

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