Telephone: (518) 580-5079 (office)
Fax: (518) 580-5071
On Leave Fall 2011:
information on courses, web-HUMAN, more < link >
The Comp Vert Neuro Shark Lab (photos; Sam Brook, '12)
Biology As it Should Be!
Students of Aaron Townshend, Cardigan Mountain School
photo: Aaron Townshend
Max Ruby '05 and Kristin Near, Hand AG or RSM
photo: Leo Geoffrion
Aaron now teaches forestry and natural resource management.
Max is now an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Skidmore.
/ Educational Resources on line
[ Note: I am working under "phased employment" which usually results in my being present one out of every two semesters ]
Current regular courses
Web-HUMAN on-line interactive systems physiology simulation [ See below for more. Click & try it out! ]
Roy S. Meyers, Professor of Biology, holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Downstate Medical Center and has held additional research appointments at the Manhattan Veterans Hospital, Brown University and RPI. His Skidmore (and Brown) research has focused largely on the evolutionary physiology of transitional vertebrate cardio-respiratory systems and the neural control of the heart in transitional vertebrates. He teaches/has taught courses in Introductory Neurobiology (non-majors), Comparative Vertebrate Physiology, Medical Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Mammalian Physiology and a course in Computer Modeling in Biology and also maintains the on-line systems physiology teaching simulation web-HUMAN. [email@example.com]
Meyers, Roy S. (2007). Using web-HUMAN
To Teach Basic Classical Physiological Relationships.
HAPS Educator, Summer, 2007, Volume 11(4), 16-18.
Meyers, Roy S. and Geoffrion, Leo. (2004) Web-HUMAN: A Comprehensive Systems Physiology Teaching Simulation. Advances in Physiology Education (Abstr.) 28:122, 2004.
Shi, H., Hamm P.H., Meyers, R.S., Lawler, R.G. and Jackson, D.C. (1997). Mechanisms of pHi recovery from NH4Cl-induced acidosis in anoxic isolated turtle heart: a 31P-NMR study. American Journal of Physiology 272 (Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 41), R6-R15.
Watson, C.L., Meyers, R.S. and Jackson,
D.C. (1993). Intracellular pH regulation by acidotic turtle cardiomyocytes.
FASEB Journal (7): (Abstr.).
Selected presentations & workshops
Meyers, R. and Geoffrion,L. (2002) Web-HUMAN: A comprehensive systems physiology teaching simulation is available on the web. Society For Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Conference (Abstr.), Jan. 5, 2002. (presentation)
Meyers, Roy S. (2002) Use of the web-HUMAN Simulation to Teach Systems Physiology Concepts. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. May 28, 2002. (workshop)
Meyers, Roy S. (2003) Use of the web-HUMAN Simulation to Teach Clinical Physiology Concepts. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. June 4, 2003. (workshop)
Meyers, Roy S. (2004) Teaching Systems Physiology and Pathophysiology Concepts with web-HUMAN. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. June 16, 2004. (workshop)
Meyers, Roy S. (2005) Using Normalized Data Plots in web-HUMAN To Teach Integrated Systems Responses. Proceedings- 19th Annual Conference of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (Abstr), June, 2005. (workshop)
Meyers, Roy S. (2006) Using web-HUMAN To Teach Classical Physiological Relationships. Proceedings- 20th Annual Conference of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (Abstr), May, 2006. (workshop- University of Texas At Austin)
Meyers, Roy S. (2007) Using The Familiar To Hook Students: Simulate Exercise As A Systems Physiology Teaching Tool. Annual Conference Proceedings. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. May, 2007. (workshop)
Meyers, Roy S. (2008) Teaching Renal Physiology with the web-HUMAN Application. Annual Conference Proceedings. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. May, 2008. (workshop- LSU Medical Center, New Orleans)
Meyers, Roy S. (2010) Using web-HUMAN To Store Experimental Assignments For Your Students. Annual Conference Proceedings. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (Abstr),. June, 2010. (workshop at HAPS Meeting, Denver Colorado)
Meyers, Roy S. and Geoffrion, Leo (2011) New Web-HUMAN features: Single click experiments and reserved web space for your class or college. Annual Conference Proceedings. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (Abstr),. June, 2011. (2 workshops at HAPS Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia)
Physiology Simulation (see below for sample screens)
Skidmore College's web-HUMAN web site (http://placid.skidmore.edu/human/) provides educators with a no-fee, web browser-accessible and interactive full implementation of Tom Coleman's classic medical systems physiology teaching simulation, HUMAN.
The web-HUMAN model is comprehensive, encompassing 6 major core systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, fluid balance, acid-base balance and thermoregulatory) and aspects of 3 other systems (nervous, endocrine and muscle metabolism). In each one 1 minute iteration 137 user-assessable physiological variables can be monitored and simulated experiments can be run by changing one or more of 67 user-alterable physiological and clinical parameters. A range of diagnosable and "treatable" patients are also available.
For user support the model has 6
variable plotting (link), save-retrieve experiment capability, a user's manual and on-line
In addition, version 9 offers a wide variety of preset "one-click" and run experiments (see left, link) and a new complete clinical patient section [link] that includes a Hints section and an Analysis/Diagnosis section.
The site has running almost 40,000 simulation sessions by non-Skidmore users in each of the past four years (Jan. 2007- Jan. 2011). Users range from secondary school advanced placement and health professions (e.g. nursing) Anatomy and Physiology courses on through medical school and post-graduate health science program lab use with the most common users being four year colleges.The web site was created (and is maintained and upgraded) by Roy Meyers (the physiology) and Leo Geoffrion (the heavy lifting) along with contributions from a range of Skidmore computer science students, and colleagues on the faculty (Flip Phillips, psychology) and in Skidmore IT.
Those interested may wish to try out the screen-by-screen "Teach Yourself How To Use web-HUMAN" tutorial [ tutorial link].
Below - Some Sample web-HUMAN Screens
web-HUMAN Opening Screen
Web-HUMAN Typical Graphic Output - Exercise Experiment
web-HUMAN - Clinical Patients Screen with options
Web-HUMAN - The Experimental Navigator Screen