December 4, 2019 | Erin Bluvas, firstname.lastname@example.org
SmartState Endowed Chair Jamie Lead (Department of Environmental Health Sciences; SmartState Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk (CENR)) and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Steven Blair (Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Department of Exercise Science) have once again been included in the Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers List. Known as Reuters until 2016, Clarivate, which also collects data and awards impact factors for peer-reviewed journals, names only scientists whose articles produce citations in the top one percent by field and year in the Web of Science®.
Lead’s focus on environmental nanoscience has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, six patents and four books since he arrived at the Arnold School in 2012 to establish the CENR. Now comprised of six faculty members and more than 20 doctoral students and staff, CENR members study how to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of nanoparticles on environmental and human health. Focus areas include soil, sediment, water and atmospheric nanoscience as well as social sciences. Lead has been included in the Highly Cited List every year since it was established in 2014. He has been cited approximately 10,000 times by Web of Science since joining USC.
Blair joined the Arnold School in 2006 to wrap up a career of research on physical activity and health that spanned more than five decades. He has published more than 800 scientific papers and chapters. Though he retired in 2016, he continues to publish widely with an emphasis on the relationship between physical activity and health outcomes. Among his many honors, Blair received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 2014; and the US Surgeon General’s Medallion in 1996. This is his fourth year on Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers List.
Compiled annually, the Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences. The 2019 list includes just over 6,000 highly cited researchers in 21 fields from more than 60 nations around the world, with the United States serving as the home base for 2,737 (44 percent) of these authors.
“Recognition and support of these exceptional researchers represents an important activity for a nation or an institution’s plans for efficient and accelerated advancement,” David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information, said in a Clarivate Analytics press release. “The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”