OSU scientists are highly respected by peers

December 7, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Isaac Newton, it is said, credited his scientific achievements to “standing on the shoulders of giants.” At Oregon State University, there are more giants’ shoulders than at any other university in Oregon, as measured by the number of times a scientist’s work is cited by peers.

A recent report by ISI Web of Knowledge, an international index of scientific information, lists the top 250 scientists in the world, in each of 21 subject areas, whose work is most often cited in peer-reviewed scientific journals. They comprise less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers.

Twelve OSU scientists made the list, including Thayne Dutson, the Rueb Long Endowed Professor and dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, whose work focuses on meat science and muscle biology.

The ISI list identifies individuals, departments and laboratories that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology in recent decades. According to ISI, these researchers have demonstrated great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work – the intellectual debt acknowledged by their colleagues.

The other OSU scientists on the ISI most-cited list are:

  • Ronald Wrolstad, distinguished professor emeritus of food science and technology in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, whose work examines antioxidant properties of fruit and fruit pigments;

  • Joseph Beckman, a biochemist in OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute, whose work examines how oxidative stress and zinc are involved in Lou Gehrig’s disease;

  • Brian Flay, a social psychologist in OSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences, whose work involves health promotion and disease prevention;

  • Shawna Grosskopf, an economist in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts, whose work focuses on public finance and productive performance;

  • Jane Lubchenco, distinguished professor of zoology and the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology, whose work examines biodiversity, climate change, global sustainability, and coastal marine ecosystems;

  • Bruce Menge, distinguished professor of zoology and the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology in OSU’s College of Science, whose work includes the topics of scale and interactions in marine community dynamics;

  • Lawrence Marple, an electrical engineer in OSU’s College of Engineering, whose work focuses on digital signal processing;

  • Evelyn Sherr, an oceanographer in OSU’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, whose work examines the physiology and ecology of marine microbes;

  • Bernd Simoneit, an environmental and petroleum geochemist in OSU’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences; whose work crosses many disciplines from organic chemistry, geology, atmospheric and oceanic processes to cosmochemistry;

  • Robert Duncan, the Alice Rohm Professor of Marine Education and associate dean of OSU’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and an expert in marine volcanic "hotspots";

  • Lloyd Elliott, a crop scientist with USDA-ARS and courtesy professor in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

  • Seven scientists from Oregon Health and Sciences University, two from the University of Oregon and one from Portland State University also made the ISI most-cited list. For the complete list of most-cited researchers in the world, see http://isihighlycited.com.

    Author: Peg Herring
    Source: Sabah Randhawa