Robert Vernon Blystone
Robert Vernon Blystone , Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Cell Biology - University of Texas at Austin
M.S. in Physiology - University of Texas at Austin
B.S. in Biological Sciences - University of Texas at El Paso
Biological Impact and Issues
Born literally in the shadow of El Paso's Franklin Mountains, as a boy Bob Blystone flew homemade kites for hours in the March winds of west Texas. There he and his wife attended the same grade school and high school. While in public school he played violin, trombone, and piano perhaps reflecting the proclivities of his father, a professional musician. First in his family to go to college, he followed a premed path as a chemistry major with the encouragement of his mother, a registered nurse. He graduated as a biology major having taught his first college zoology laboratory on the eve of his 20th birthday.
I teach best when I am learning along with the students.
In graduate school Blystone focused on anatomy, both micro and gross. He was fascinated with the idea that function followed form. He was employed at Trinity University in January of 1971 with the responsibility of operating the electron microscopes there. He taught more than 280 undergraduates how to visualize cellular fine structure with both the transmission and scanning electron microscopes. In 1976 he began a series of projects for the United State Air Force Office for Scientific Research beginning with the documentation of laser damage to retinas and ending with millimeter radiation of skin resulting in thermal load. Along the way he developed a profound interest in computer reconstruction of anatomical data in three, four, and five dimensions.
Bob Blystone has received funding for educational research and activities from private foundations and the National Science Foundation. He has served on numerous national education committees and given many educational workshops. His current interests have become focused on issues of public and global health.
Donna and Bob Blystone are looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary. And as the March winds begin, Blystone and his young grandson look forward to building kites and flying them in the pale blue San Antonio sky.
Sypniewska RK, Millenbaugh NJ, Kiel JL, Blystone RV, Ringham HN, Mason PA, and Witzmann FA. 2010. "Protein changes in macrophages induced by plasma from rats exposed to 35 GHz millimeter waves." Bioelectromagnetics In Press.
Scudder JD, Blystone RV, and Pulliam DA. 2009. "Control of anesthesia-induced hypothermia by ambient temperature regulation in rats." Journal of Thermal Biology 34(4): 176-182.
Millenbaugh NJ, Roth C, Sypniewska R, Chan V, Eggers JS, Kiel JL, Blystone RV, and Mason PA. 2008. "Gene expression changes in skin of rats induced by prolonged 35-GHz exposure." Radiation Research 169(3): 288-300.
Trinity and Community Involvement
President of the Friends of the P.I.Nixon Medical Historical Library of the Univ. of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
Chair - First-Year Seminar Steering Committee
Member - Teaching and Learning Committee
Member - Health Professions Advisory Committee
JAMP Faculty Director
Member - Neuroscience Advisory Committee