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I’m a psychologist with a strong interest in basic mechanisms of behavior.  I teach courses about the brain, learning, and basic psychological principles.  My research examines both neural mechanisms of behavior and lawful changes in behavior in response to changes in the environment or experiences of the animal.

Here is my vita.

I grew up in Pennsylvania, in a beautiful home that has since been converted to a bed and breakfast.  I attended Haverford College for my undergraduate education, and UCLA for my Ph.D.  I taught at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne for 15 years before coming to Albion in 1999.  I was an early member of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, giving the group its name and its logo, and I once served as its President.  I have been an officer of the Pavlovian Society  since 2002.

I trace my scientific roots to Pavlov — I am his scientific great-grandson.  I did my Ph.D. with Stefan Sołtysik, who trained under Jerzy Konorski, who was Pavlov’s first Polish student.  This might explain my deep interest in Pavlovian conditioning.   I have twice spent a semester at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw, Konorski’s institute.

 

When I am not being academic, I enjoy interacting with my family, and playing the diatonic accordion (I have a Cajun 1-row and a recently acquired 3-row on which I want to learn Tejano style).  Here are some examples of my Cajun accordion (another examplea holiday offering my 1st public appearance, short Bach piece).  I roast my own coffee beans – Mmm!! When I have time and money I enjoy working on my 1939 Chevy.

I have always been an avid photographer.  My best artistic photos, as well as photos of some local events, are now for sale at eventphotography1.shootproof.com.  I am also now linking my photography with one of my life-long interests, astronomy (I almost double-majored in physics and astronomy in college) as I learn astrophotography.  I am also experimenting with Lytro‘s new camera; especially playing with 3D effect.

 

Excluding the well-known psychologists and neuroscientists with whom I have interacted, I have had “brushes with greatness” that involve Katharine Hepburn, Francis Crick, Buckminster Fuller, and Stephen Jay Gould.

 

Contact information

wjwilson@albion.edu
517-629-0393
Olin Hall, Room 322
Office Hours: M, W 8:00–9:00 AM; R 11:00 AM–Noon.

And students – it is good form to begin emails to professors with “Dear Dr. Wilson” or simple “Dr. Wilson”  unless you are on a first-name basis with the prof.  I will trash any emails that come to me and begin in a disrespectful manner (e.g., “Hey Wilson” or “Yo” or “Wassup?”)

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  • By Ulises Ricoy, October 24, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    Hi all, Hope you are well, I wanted to see if you can share / FW an amazing opportunity for an individual (with a passion for Low Cost Approaches in Biomedical models such as Invertebrates for Teaching / Research) at Northern NM College.

    We do not have an animal facility and thus I have focused with cockroaches to do behavior (vanilla preference / peppermint avoidance, chile avoidance / preference) and neurophysiology (extra/intra) recordings. Saludos

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    Faculty will be responsible for teaching courses in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science Department. Examples of primary course responsibilities are lower and upper division courses in Physiology, Neuroscience, Ecology, Evolution, Toxicology, Bioinformatics, and Biochemistry. The faculty member will also be expected to develop partnerships with regional major employers such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Graduate career options with UNM, NMSU, UTEP, UTSA, etc.

    We recently got a 1 million dollar NSF grant to assist undergraduate work in labs so we are set for the next 4-5 years with student assistantships at no cost to the Faculty. We have also started a laboratory in which we have been building a rig and have a fluorescence macroscope, neurolucida micrcoscope, lots of AD instruments to record extra / intra signals, as well as Backyardbrains equipment for outreach. I (current Chair of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science) recently stepped up to an Interim Dean role at the College and my academic efforts are more limited to “Undergraduate Research Experiences” Courses, and a Biology Seminar that I started 5 years ago in which speakers come in. These efforts, I’d like to continue and need help. The ideal candidate will collaborate and share space on with Dr. Ulises M. Ricoy (Chair).

    The ideal candidate will be outgoing pursuing extramural funding mechanisms exploring low cost approaches and undergraduate neuroscience / physiology publishing venues, as well as heavily involved in STEM outreach activities. We are interested in a person that has experience and/or willing to explore invertebrate models (NSF and NIH) with undergraduates as teaching/research methods, given we are a small rural College without Animal facilities. For example, we have been focusing on invertebrates (cockroaches) to examine locomotor behavior, stimulant effects, eco-toxicology as well neural activity. These projects have yielded numerous poster presentations at local and national meetings and even peer-reviewed publications. Slowly, we are placing Northern NM College as a national model for Low Cost Approaches in STEM / Biomedical Education / Research with underserved undergraduate populations. If you are an individual with this “calling” please consider this opportunity in our College that does not present itself very often.

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    Faculty will work with the director; chair, faculty, deans and the provost to further develop and implement the Baccalaureate programs in biology and environmental sciences. Committee work is expected from all instructors. Service to the Department, College and Community and Research Scholarship in the field is also expected. Candidate will be required to write and edit student and learning assessment instruments, and tactical and strategic plans for the BCES programs.

    All Professors are expected to deliver corresponding laboratories to selected courses and to work effectively to deliver of safe and relevant laboratory and field exercises.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    · Assist with development, implementation and evaluation of policies and procedures as related to programs of instruction.
    · Participate in faculty in-service training as necessary to provide effective and efficient programs of instruction and promote faculty development activities as required.
    · Coordinate the identification, implementation any necessary changes in curricular offerings commensurate with community needs and specifically student needs. This will include assisting with school catalog development as related to curricular offerings.
    · Establish dialogue and work with in collaboration between secondary and pre-secondary pipeline institutions and programs.
    · Participate in industry or community related environmental initiatives that support professional development, program development, the College mission, and community objectives.
    Assist on matters related to institutional accreditation efforts and on matters related to grant writing and administration.

    MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
    PhD in life sciences; Postdoctoral and Teaching experience required

    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
    · PhD in life sciences (Physiology, Neuroscience, Neuroethology) with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience.
    · Record of research in field and demonstrated ability to develop a nationally-competitive research program with undergraduates.
    · Three years of teaching experience, preferably at a 4 or 2 year, post-secondary institution.
    · Commitment to the use of new technologies in teaching
    · A firm commitment and experience with serving the needs of multi-cultural students in an educational setting
    · Recognized understanding and experience in undergraduate research initiatives related to neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology/toxicology and research
    · Competency in presenting effective oral and written communications
    · Have experience in STEM undergraduate research and grant writing
    WORK ENVIRONMENT
    1. Primarily in an office setting with field-related work.
    2. Must be able to conduct business in different locations and/or buildings.
    Other Considerations:

    1. Primary location: Espanola Campus
    2. Classification: Tenure-track, Full-time, 9-month. Salary competitive, D.O.E., benefits package
    3. Occasional Travel may be required
    4. Work hours may vary to include teaching in evenings and weekends
    Instructions to apply:
    Please submit as one PDF file (Cover letter, CV, Teaching Statement, Research Statement, unofficial Transcript, 3 letters of reference). Official transcripts will be required if selected for hire.

    Email this packet to: ndelatorre@nnmc.edu Or Mail: Northern New Mexico College, Attn: Nanette De La Torre, 921 Paseo de Oñate Española, NM 87532.

    9-month, tenure track position. Salary is competitive, D.O.E., great benefits package.
    Position is open until filled.

    EEO/AA Employer

    Northern New Mexico College serves a diverse multicultural population and is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status or disability, or any other protected class in its programs, activities or employment.

    The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It not designated to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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