Updating my science credentials

Hopp and Woods profileAs a scientist, I’ve been swimming in the backwaters too long. So I’m updating my web presence so people can find me and my list of science credits. You know, the Nobel Prize committee might be wondering whatever happened to me and where do they send my invitation to dance with the princess?

I have a separate website for my scientific papers, patents, discoveries and breakthroughs, but it has grown a little old and out-of-date.

So, for the last few days I’ve taken a break from novel writing and made an effort to gather up some old dusty files, make some scanned images, and upload a whole treasure trove of my long-lost scientific articles, some of which have proven to be pretty significant discoveries.

I’ve been keying on a list of protein-structure papers I published over about a decade, and which have become of interest to fellow scientists for their ground-breaking discussions of how one goes about finding hidden gems within a protein–like its active portion, if it is a hormone or an antibody or a DNA binding protein. That’s a location worth a lot, in terms of human health and disease.

So I get emails, letters and calls from other scientists who are interested in applying my discoveries to their research projects, but can’t find the proper “recipe” for using my techniques. That’s why I’ve been sneezing over those dusty files. In some cases, those are the only source for my older articles that have gone out of print or are hidden behind expensive “paywalls” where you can get a look at my work for, oh, say, $40 per article (and I don’t get a cut, by the way).

In the interest of advancing science, or at least not holding it up any longer, I’m making the effort to get a long list of them scanned, converted to text, proof-read (ouch! what a long process!) and listed on my personal website.

If this is at all amusing, then follow along as I add about one paper per day. The list can be found here. Be prepared, however, for some very dense reading. Scientific discoveries are hard to make, and even harder to describe in simple terms.

About Tom Hopp

Thomas P Hopp is a scientist and author living in Seattle. He writes Peyton McKean mystery stories and the Dinosaur Wars science fiction series.
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