Vol 6. Issue 35 / November 13, 2006


Scripps Research Scientists Publish "Hot Papers"
A number of papers by researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have been designated "Hot Papers" by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators. Hot Papers are articles published within the last two years receiving the most citations—the top one tenth of one percent—over a two-month period.

Some of the Scripps Research publications recently receiving the Hot Paper designation include:

  • "Development and testing of a general amber force field" by Junmei Wang, Romain M. Wolf, James W. Caldwell, Peter A. Kollman, and David A. Case, Journal of Computational Chemistry 2004, 25(9): 157-74. This paper made the top-ten Hot Papers in Chemistry.
  • "A 1.7-kilobase single-stranded DNA that folds into a nanoscale octahedron," by William M. Shih, Joel D. Quispe, and Gerald F. Joyce, Nature 2004 427(6975): 618-21.
  • "Enamine-Based Organocatalysis with Proline and Diamines: The Development of Direct Catalytic Asymmetric Aldol, Mannich, Michael, and Diels-Alder Reactions," by Wolfgang Notz, Fujie Tanaka, and Carlos F. Barbas, III, Accounts of Chemical Research 2004, 37(8): 580-591.
  • "A Model for Random Sampling and Estimation of Relative Protein Abundance in Shotgun Proteomics," by Hongbin Liu, Rovshan G. Sadygov, and John R. Yates, III, Analytical Chemistry 2004, 76(14): 4193-4201.
  • "Copper(I)-Catalyzed Synthesis of Azoles. DFT Study Predicts Unprecedented Reactivity and Intermediates," by Fahmi Himo, Timothy Lovell, Robert Hilgraf, Vsevolod V. Rostovtsev, Louis Noodleman, K. Barry Sharpless, and Valery V. Fokin, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2005, 127(1): 210-216.
  • "Direct Asymmetric anti-Mannich-Type Reactions Catalyzed by a Designed Amino Acid," by Susumu Mitsumori, Haile Zhang, Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong, K. N. Houk, Fujie Tanaka, and Carlos F. Barbas, III, (in three separate top journals) Journal of the American Chemical Society 2006, 128(4): 1040-1041.

Many of these papers are available on the American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications web site, which has listed some of ISI's Hot Papers in celebration of National Chemistry Week. (See http://pubs.acs.org/promo/ncw/2006/index.html.) The ACS site also provides a list of the most-cited papers for each of its journals, including studies by Scripps Research investigators Phil Baran, Carlos Barbas III, Dale Boger, Charles Brooks III, Benjamin Cravatt, Kim Janda, K.C. Nicolaou, and Gary Siuzdak. (See http://pubs.acs.org/journals/promo/most_accessed/index.html.)

The ISI "Science Watch: Hot papers database" is available through the Scripps Research Kresge Library's catalog ELLeN at http://scripps.iii.com/.

Institute Hosts Three Fulbright Scholars
The Scripps Research Institute will host three Fulbright Visiting Scholars from Spain beginning this fall:

  • Manuel Amorin Lopez of the University of Santiago de Compostela, will conduct research on single-molecule DNA capture and nanopore sequencing,
  • Juan Bautista Blanco Canosa, also of the University of Santiago de Compostela, will conduct research on synthesis of quantum dots linked to biomolecules and the study of the systems in living cells,
  • Laura Orio Ortiz of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Spanish Council for Scientific Research, will conduct research on behavioral and neurodegenerative aspects of the interaction between cannabinoids and methamphetamine.

The Fulbright Program, which brings 800 professionals to the United States each year for teaching and research, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


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