New Mexico State University professors in a number of fields including chemistry and biochemistry, physics, psychology, agriculture and engineering have been listed in a worldwide database of top scientists created by Stanford University and recently published in the journal Public Library of Science Biology.
The Stanford study measured scientists’ career-long citation impact up until the end of 2019 and separately for citation impact during the single calendar year of 2019. It lists the top 100,000 scientists in all fields and includes those who are not in the top 100,000 of all research disciplines, but are within the top 2% of scientists of their main subfield discipline.
“The range of arts and sciences faculty listed in the Stanford study recognizes the relevance and quality of their research,” said Enrico Pontelli, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Citations are often used as performance measures for research validity, plausibility, originality and societal value.”
The following NMSU professors were listed among the top 2% for career citation impact:
Jeffrey Arterburn is a Regents Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research program focuses on the design and synthesis of small molecule probes and imaging agents for chemical biology, and the discovery and development of anticancer and antiviral drug leads. His laboratory employs the methodology of synthetic organic, organometallic and medicinal chemistry.
“Our work with estrogen receptors for the discovery of new anticancer drugs has provided a series of activators and inhibitors of the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) that are now used extensively by the biomedical research community and are leading to the development of new clinical applications,” Arterburn said.
Matthias Burkardt, Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Physics, has made several seminal contributions to the interpretation of the three-dimensional structure of subatomic particles called hadrons. These novel interpretations have profoundly changed the way other researchers present the physics of their theoretical as well as experimental results and also how other researchers motivate their studies.
“Many talks in the field of hadronic structure either mention my work explicitly or implicitly make use of my results by using graphical illustrations that my research has introduced over the last 20 years,” Burkardt said.
Gary Eiceman is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and faculty affiliate Hermann Wollnik, who is part of Eiceman’s research group, were both listed. Eiceman’s group is exploring the chemistry of ionization reactions and developing mobility-based instruments for fast measurements of toxic organic compounds in airborne vapors. Ion-mobility spectrometry has application in military preparedness and commercial aviation security.
Matthew E. Gompper is a professor and department head in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. His research has focused on a series of issues, including the ecology of mammals, the interactions of domestic animals and wildlife and the ecology and epidemiology of wildlife diseases, including diseases that influence public health.
“We try to focus on interesting and important questions and we try to publish our findings as soon as we can so the broader scientific community can truth our work and use it to frame their own studies,” Gompper said.
James Herndon is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research is focused on the development of transition metal organometallic reagents for the preparation of complex ring systems from simple acetylene derivatives and applications to the synthesis of medicinally-important compounds.
Debra Peters is a faculty affiliate with the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the acting chief science information officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her research is a combination of detailed studies of the processes governing landscape dynamics in desert grasslands, the application of new technologies such as artificial intelligence to ecological problems and the search for general principles driving the spread of catastrophic events.
“For the college of ACES and NMSU it is extremely important and very significative to have faculty on this list,” said Rolando Flores, dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. “Drs. Gompper and Peters are outstanding scientists with well-known careers in their fields. It is only with faculty of their caliber that we are able to respond to the needs and commitment that New Mexican taxpayers have in NMSU and ACES.”
David Trafimow, a Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Psychology, researches areas of social cognition, attributions and memory for events and persons as well as methodological, statistical and philosophical issues pertaining to science. He has been cited often and his scientific proposals have been characterized as bold and creative, advancing science generally, not just in his area of psychology.
Stefan Zollner is a professor and department head in the Department of Physics. His research is in the discovery of new materials containing the elements silicon, germanium, carbon and tin for electronic and optoelectronic materials and optical constants of materials using spectroscopic ellipsometry over a broad wavelength and temperature range.
NMSU engineering professors in this database were listed in previous article.
The Stanford University study published in the journal Public Library of Science Biology (PLoS) can be found at https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918. all tables and information can be accessed at https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/2.