Dr. William "Nick" Norton

Dr. William "Nick" Norton



Dr. William N. Norton

Dr. William Norton

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1975

B.S., Troy State University, 1968

EXPERIENCE

2002 - Present, Director of the Institute of Biodiversity & Interdisciplinary Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University.

2002 - Present, Director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program, Southeastern Louisiana University.

1997 2004, Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University

1977-present, Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Southeastern Louisiana University

1987-present, Adjunct Professor of Biology at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

1975-77, National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Medical Center, Texas

TEACHING AREAS

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cytology
  • Electron Microscopy

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cell differentiation, morphogenesis and cardiac myogenesis, as the processes relate to gravitational and space biology. Techniques employed: transmission and scanning electron microscopy, immunoelectron microscopy, morphometry, freeze-etching, fluorescence microscopy, and histochemistry.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Research Fellowships

Joint appointment: Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and Visiting Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California, Summer, 1995.

U.S. Fulbright Research Fellowship awarded by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. University of Coimbra, Portugal. Research area: Mechanism of calcium transport among membrane systems of neural tissue, 1984-85.

U.S. Department of Defense Summer Faculty Research Associate at either the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Maryland, or the Walter Reed Army Institute of Medical Research, Washington, D.C., 1986-93.

U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Research Associate at the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, 1981-84.

National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Medical Center, 1975-77.

Honors, Awards, and Positions

Member of the Executive Board of the university consortium Coastal Restoration and Enhancement Through Science and Technology (CREST), 2001 present.

Member of the University Evaluation Committee for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program, 2002 present.

Member of the National Science Foundation review committee for their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), 2003 & 2004.

Member of the U.S. Department of Defense Evaluation Board for awarding National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships, 1990- present.

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Electron Microscopy Society of America (name changed in 1993 to the Microscopy Society of America), 1987-95.

Elected President of the Louisiana Society for Microscopy, 1996 and 1984.

Recipient of the 1992 Electron Microscopy Society of America Distinguished Service Award.

Recipient of the Award For Outstanding Research In The Biological Sciences at the 1991 annual meeting of the Electron Microscopy Society of America.

Recipient of the Southeastern Louisiana University Excellence-In-Research Award, 1984.

Recipient of Phi Sigma (National Biological Sciences Honor Society) 1975 National Graduate Research Award.

Recipient of the 1973 Snodgrass Memorial Grant-In-Aid of Research Award, presented by Sigma Xi, the National Research Society of North America.

Invited to serve as a Course Director in the National Science Foundation sponsored Chautauqua Short Course Program for university and college professors, 1992-96.

Appointed to the U.S. Department of Defense Evaluation Board for awarding National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships, 1990-present.

REVIEWER OF JOURNAL ARTICLES AND DOCUMENTS

Science

Journal of Scanning Microscopy

Journal of the Microscopy Society of America

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Peer Reviewer of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's draft for the Department of Defense (DOD) toxicological profile document on hydrocarbons, 1992.

GRANTS

Principal Investigator, “Unprecedented Degradation of the Wetland Ecosystems of Southeastern Louisiana: The Causes and Recommendations from the Scientific Community for Their Restoration A Documentary Film and Traveling Exhibit”, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), $55,988, 2006-7.

Principal Investigator, “The Need to Upgrade an Antiquated Operational System for a Philips XL 20 Scanning Electron Microscope”, Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education, $25,580, 2005-6.

Principal Investigator, “The Influence of Altered Gravity on Early Chick Heart Development in Culture", National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), $128,000, 1995-98.

Principal Investigator, "Acquisition of an Ultramicrotome for Electron Microscopy-Related Instruction and Research", Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund, $31,900, 1995.

Principal Investigator, "Acute Exposure of Medaka to Carcinogens: An Ultrastructural, Cytochemical and Morphometric Analysis of Liver and Kidney", U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, $35,100, 1990-93. *

Principal Investigator, "Ultrastructural and Cytochemical Evaluation of the Cytotoxicities of Trimethylpentane on Rat Renal and Hepatic Tissues", U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $60,000, 1984-86.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

William Norton and Hank Gardner. 2005. "Diethylnitrosamine Induced Spongiosis Hepatis in Medaka". Proceedings Microscopy Society America. 63:184-185.

Lwigale, Peter, Darrell Wiens, Brian Spooner and William Norton. 2000. Simulated microgravity and hypergravity attenuate heart tissue development in explant culture. Cells, Tissues & Organs. 167:171-183.

Howard, Gary, William Norton and Robert Blake. 1998. Adherence and Growth of a Bacillus Species on an Insoluble Polyester Polyurethane. International Journal of Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 42: 63-73.

Norton, William, Charlie Brown, Philip Zack and Marian Rippy. 1994. Characterization of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infected AA-2 cells by SEM and immunoelectron microscopy. Journal of Microscopy Research & Technique. 28:430-439.

Brown, Charles, Mark Lewis and William Norton. 1991. Demonstration of SIV-specific structural viral proteins in infected AA-2 cells by immunoelectron microscopy. Ninth Symposium On Nonhuman Primate Models For AIDS.

Norton, William and Dave Mattie. 1990. Effects of aromatic hydrocarbons on glycoproteins associated with surfaces of gill and nasal mucosa. Transactions of the American Microscopical Society. 109:181-192.

Norton, William and Hank Gardner. 1988. Renal lesions induced by the acute exposure of diethylnitrosamine to medaka embryos. Proceedings of Electron Microscopy Society of America. 46: 125- 26.

Norton, William and Dave Mattie. 1987. The cytotoxic effects of trimethylpentane on rat renal tissue. Scanning Electron Microscopy. 1: 783-790.

Norton, William. 1986. Reflective thoughts on the experiences of a Fulbright Fellow in Portugal. Journal of the Association of International Education Administrators. 6: 35-40.

Norton, William and Dave Mattie. 1985. The cytopathologic effects of selective aromatic hydrocarbons. American Journal of Pathology. 118: 387-398.

Norton, William and Olga Coutinho. 1985. Na+/Ca++ exchange in plasma membranes and microsomal fractions of brain cortex. Proceedings of Electron Microscopy Society of America. 43: 115-116.

Norton, William and Brad Vinson. 1983. Correlating the initiation of virus replication with a specific phase of pupal development in an ichneumonid parasitoid. Cell and Tissue Research. 231: 387-398.

Norton, William. 1983. Influence of aromatic hydrocarbons on the distribution of mucopolysaccharides. Proceedings of the Electron Microscopy Society of America. 41: 676- 678.

Norton, William and Brad Vinson. 1982. Synthesis of the vitelline and chorionic membranes of an ichneumonid parasitoid. Journal of Morphology. 174: 185-195.

Norton, William, Ierachmiel Daskal and Montague Lane. 1979. Asynchrony of erythrocyte maturation induced by riboflavin deficiency. Virchows Arch. BB Cell Pathology. 30: 43-51.

Norton, William, Ierachmiel Daskal and Montague Lane. 1978. Effects of galactoflavin- induced riboflavin deficiency upon rat hepatic cell ultrastructure. Virchows Arch. BB Cell Pathology. 23: 353-361.

Norton, William and Brad Vinson. 1977. Encapsulation of a parasitoid egg by its habitual host: an ultrastructural investigation. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 30: 55-67.

Norton, William, Ierachmiel Daskal and Montague Lane. 1976. Effects of riboflavin deficiency on the ultrastructure of rat sciatic nerve fibers. The American Journal of Pathology. 85: 651- 660.

Norton, William, Brad Vinson and Donald Stoltz. 1975. Nuclear secretory particles associated with the calyx cells of the ichneumonid parasitoid Campoletis sonorensis. Cell and Tissue Research. 162: 295-308.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society

Sigma Xi, National Research Society of North America

Phi Sigma, National Biological Sciences Honor Society

American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology

Portuguese Society of Electron Microscopy

Microscopy Society of America

American Institute of Biological Sciences

American Association for the Advancement of Science



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