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William Weiner

Associate Professor of Biology and Biomedical Engineering

Named one of America’s ‘Best 300 Professors’ in 2012 by Princeton Review

Dr. Bill Weiner is an expert in circadian rhythms, the sensory processing of neural systems and invertebrate vision. He enjoys teaching and trying to maximize each student’s potential. His efforts were recognized by the Princeton Review, being listed among the Best 300 Professors in America book. He also has been recognized among the outstanding professors on campus and spent a year helping examine how to incorporate engineering design concepts into the institute’s curriculum. Dr. Weiner has helped several students be named Goldwater Scholars and earn scholarships to support their undergraduate and graduate careers. He also assists with the Grand Challenges After-School Project team, through which Rose-Hulman students create activities for fourth- and fifth-grade students to increase their interest in STEM fields.

Teaching Interests

  • Human physiology
  • General biology
  • Electrical systems
  • Biocontrols

Research Experiences

  • Circadian rhythms
  • Culturing amebocytes from gill books of horseshoe crabs
  • Invertebrate vision

Publications & Presentations

  • Weiner, W. W.,  “The Ozturk Algorithm:  A New Technique for Analyzing Random Data,” Adaptive Antennas and Receivers, CRC Press, 2006
  • Zarse, C.A., Deaton, E.A., and Weiner, W.W., “Light Intensity Appears to be More Important than an Endogenous Seasonal Clock for Regulating Structural Rhythms in the Lateral Eye of the Horseshoe Crab,” Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, Vol. 40, 407-412, 2004
  • Pieprzyk, A.R., Weiner, W.W. and Chamberlain, S.C., “Mechanisms Controlling the Sensitivity of the Limulus Lateral Eye in Natural Lighting,” Journal of Comparative Physiology, Vol. 189(8), 643-653, 2003
  • Chamberlain, S., Weiner, W., Ankrom, L., Carone, T., Gushue, D., Kirby, M., Papuga, M., Sacunas, R., and Stroope, D., “Circadian Rhythms in the Limulus Visual System,” Acta Universitatis Ouluensis Medica (Finland), Vol. D584, 37-42, 2000
  • Chamberlain, S. C. and Weiner, W. W., “Hints of Photostasis in Invertebrates,” Photostasis, Plenum Press, 33-48, 1998
  • Weiner, W. W., and Chamberlain, S. C., “Hints of Photostasis in Invertebrates,” Photostasis Symposium, Tallahassee, Florida, 1997
  • Weiner, W. W., and Weiner, D. D., “Application of a Radar Signal Processing Algorithm to the Analysis of Neural Spike Trains,” Dual-Use Technologies & Applications Conference, Syracuse, New York, 1996
  • Weiner, W. W., and Chamberlain, S. C.,  “The Visual Fields of American Horseshoe Crabs: Two Different Eye Shapes in Limulus Polyphemus,” Visual Neuroscience, Vol. 11, 333-346, 1994
  • Weiner, W. W., “An Undergraduate Research Experience:  Mapping the Visual Field of the Horseshoe Crab,” Department of Biology, SUNY Geneseo, New York, 1991

Awards & Honors

  • One of America’s ͞Best 300 Professors,͟ Princeton Review, 2012
  • Dean’s Outstanding Teacher, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2008
  • Teacher of the Year, Triangle Fraternity, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2011

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Syracuse University, Neuroscience, 2000
  • BS, Syracuse University, Bioengineering, 1991