Campus: Dominguez Hills -- March 9, 2006

CSU Dominguez Hills Physicist among World's "Hottest Researchers"

Science Watch Says Kenneth Ganezer's Papers Gained Lots of Worldwide Attention

Physics Professor and Pre-Engineering Program Coordinator Kenneth Ganezer has been named one of the world’s “hottest researchers” for 2004-2005 in Science Watch, a bi-monthly publication from Thomson Scientific, the science arm of the multi-billion-dollar international Thomson Corporation.

The Thomson Scientific Hot Papers database identifies published work as a Hot Paper if it has achieved a rate of citations in scientific journals that is markedly higher than papers of comparable type and age.

Ganezer had seven such papers during 2004-2005, tying him for third in the world. Only three researchers are ahead of him: Shizuo Akira, an immunologist at Osaka University in Japan, with 11 “hottest” papers; Marc A. Pfeffer, in clinical medicine at Harvard University, with eight papers; and Norio Tamura, a physicist at Niigata University in Japan, also with eight papers.

A total of 21 researchers made the “hottest” list. The others are from Germany, Japan, Korea, and several universities and labs in the United States, including MIT, Cal Tech, the University of Oregon, Fermilab, Wellcom Trust Sanger Institute, Budker Institute in Russia, and Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. The United States led the list with 10 researchers cited as “hottest.”

“We always knew Ken Ganezer was a great scientist and a wonderful asset to this campus as a researcher and a teacher,” said President James E. Lyons, Sr. “It is wonderful to know that he has gotten this kind of widespread recognition for what he does so well. His work and dedication bring honor to him, quality education to his students, and recognition to the university, which strives to nurture this kind of work.”

A surprised and please Ganezer said he had no idea his papers were even in the running as among the “hottest.”

“No one told me that Science Watch was even tracking them,” Ganezer said. “I have to say, though, that there are papers I wrote, but there were others that were the result of a great deal of collaboration at LIGO [Laser Interferometry Gravitational Observatory] and Super Kamiokande.” At LIGO, Ganezer said, high-energy physics work was being conducted, and at Super Kamiokande, a 50,000-ton ring-imaging detector thousands of meters below the surface of the Earth in Kamioka, Japan, astrophysics research is being done on the oscillations of neutrinos.

The Super-Kamiokande papers, the physicist said, were on studies of neutrino oscillations, nucleon decay, and neutrino astrophysics, including the standard solar model and cosmic ray neutrinos using the Super-Kamiokande detector. The LIGO papers were on initial searches for gravitational waves—that is, ripples in space and time—that yielded negative results from various astrophysical sources, including supernovas, gamma ray bursts, pulsars, and the big bang, using the LIGO detectors and associated observatories. Both Super-Kamiokande and LIGO are cosmic-ray detectors searching for very rare and difficult to detect phenomena.

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