Computer Assisted Instruction Specialist


Coordinator of the Educational Technologies Center for Life Sciences,

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Urbana, IL U.S.A.


E. Barbara Meyer
Computer Assisted Instruction Specialist
Educational Technologies Center

Life Sciences

Responsibilites include: managing the educational computing labs, providing support and instruction for web authoring, graphics and other software; giving workshops and training classes, and working with the teaching faculty and staff to plan and implement computers and multimedia into the biology classroom.

Previous positions

1975-1992: Research Specialist in Biology, Department of Ecology, Ethology and Evolution, University of Illinois, Urbana. Dr. David Nanney. Starch gel electrophoresis, isozymes, DNA sequencing, light microscopy, database design and maintainence for a large collection of ciliate cultures. 1970 - 1974: Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, University of Illinois, Urbana. Dr. Jack Widholm. Plant tissue culture.

1968 - 1970: University of Hawaii Medical School, Honolulu, HI. In the Departments of Anatomy and Pharmacology. Electron and light microscopy, behavioral testing, small animal surgery, fungal culture and extraction for drug testing.

1966 - 1967: University of Illinois, Urbana. In the Departments of Physiology (John Willis) and Entomology (Joe Larson). Transmission and scanning electron microscopy of insect mouth parts and ion analysis in tissues of hibernating mammals.

1964 - 1966: Department of Zoology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Il. Dr. Birgit Satir. Nucleic acid analysis in Tetrahymena.

Professional Publications

  1. 1992. Suicide is not the inevitable outcome of perpetual selfing in tetrahymenines collected from natural habitats. Simon EM, Meyer EB Developmental Genetics 13 (1): 47-52.
  2. 1992. RM Preparata, CA Beam, M Himes, DL Nanney, EB Meyer and EM Simon. Crypthecodinium and Tetrahymena: An exercise in comparative evolution. J. Mol. Evol. 34 (3):209-218.
  3. 1991. DL Nanney, DO Mobley, RM Preparata, EB Meyer and EM Simon. Eukaryotic origins: string analysis of 5S ribosomal RNA sequences from some relevant organisms. J. Mol. Evol. 32:316-327.
  4. 1989. DL Nanney, EB Meyer, RM Preparata and EM Simon. Comparison of ribosomal and isozymic phylogenies for tetrahymenine ciliates. J. Protozool. 36:1-8.
  5. 1989. DL Nanney, RM Preparata, FP Preparata, EB Meyer and EM Simon. Shifting ditypic site analysis: heuristics for expanding the phylogenetic range of nucleotide sequences in Sankoff string analysis. J. Mol. Evol. 28:451-459.
  6. 1989. RM Preparata, EB Meyer, FP Preparata and CR Vossbrinck, EM Simon and DL Nanney. Ciliate Evolution: The ribosomal phylogeny of the Tetrahymenine ciliates. J. Mol.Evol. 28: 427-441.
  7. 1987. EB Meyer and DL Nanney. Isozymes in the Ciliated Protozoa. Isozymes: Current Topics in Biological and Medical Research 13:61-101.
  8. 1985. EM Simon, EB Meyer and RM Preparata. New wild Tetrahymena from Southeast Asia, China and North America, including T. malaccensis, T. asiatica, T. nanneyi, T. caudata, and T. silvana, n. spp. J. Protozool. 32(1): 183-189.
  9. 1980. DL Nanney, EB Meyer and S Portnoy. Perturbance analysis of nuclear determination in Tetrahymena: effects of nutrition, cell extracts and CaCl2 on A/B hybrids. Differentiation 16:49-60.
  10. 1980. DL Nanney, D Nyberg, SS Chen and EB Meyer. Cytogeometric constraints in Tetrahymena evolution: contractile vacuole positions in 19 species of the T. pyriformis complex. Amer. Nat. 115:705-717.
  11. 1978. DL Nanney, SS Chen and EB Meyer. Scalar constraints in Tetrahymena evolution: Quantitative basal body variations within and between species. J. Cell biol. 79:727-736.
  12. 1977. DL Nanney, EB Meyer and SS Chen. Perturbance analysis of nuclear determination in Tetrahymena. I. Background, rationale and illustrative example, employing temperature responses. Differentiation 9: 119-130.
  13. 1977. DL Nanney and EB Meyer. Traumatic induction of early maturity in Tetrahymena. Genetics 86:103-112.