William F. Pickard

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Office: 227 Bryan Hall
Tel. (314) 935-6104
email: wfp@ese.wustl.edu

Harvard U. M.A., Ph.D. 1955, 1962 
Boston U. A.B., 1954  

 Biophysical plant biology  
 Energy sustainability
Microwave biology  


American Physical Society 
Amer. Society of Plant Biologists

Bioelectromagnetics Society  

Distinguished Faculty Award 
Fellow of IEEE  

Following appointments as Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Harvard and as Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology at M. I. T., Professor Pickard joined Washington University where he is currently a Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for "contributions to the engineering aspects of biology and in particular to our understanding of the health effects of nonionizing radiation."

He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri.  

Biophysical Plant Biology  is the science/art of making sense of the physical problems plants must solve to survive their sedentary existences and thrive.  It includes such processes as pulling water upards from the soil to the leaves, of oozing toxic resin onto munching insects, of transporting sugar from leaves to roots, ....  And, at one time or another, Professor Pickard has studied all of these processes and more.  At present he is working two simple- seeming problems.  The first is that of the osmotic swelling of a spherical cell; when you combine a moving boundary with diffusive spreading of osmolyte, the result is resolutely resistant to simple solution. The second is that of extracting actual analytic predictions from the simplest possible physical model of the Ernst Münch's conceptual hypothesis for phloem translocation:  "everyone" believes the hypothesis, and now we are learning why analytic predictions are so rare.   

Energy Sustainability  is the Grand Challenge of science in the Twenty First Century.  If we can not, without destroying our environmnent, generate enough energy to support our global industrial civilization, then our civilization will crash.  Recently, he purported to show that a sine qua non of mineral use sustainability is energy sustainability.  Now, with collaborators from the Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Structural Engineering, he is investigating issues of storing the energy produced by intermittent generators.  

Microwave Biology  examines the response of organisms to electromagnetic fields over a span of frequencies from roughly  3 kHz  to  300 GHz , and Professor Pickard has, at one time or another, designed equipment or done biological experiments in every single decade of this range.  At present his activities here are restricted to the design of applicators which deliver known quantities of energy to living cells being observed in real time with a high resolution optical microscope.

Other.  Take a peek below and see if anything catches your fancy.   


Selected Publications  

W. F. Pickard, "Great captains:  The dean as a military commander," IEEE Eng. Management Rev. vol. 36. no. 2. pp. 109-111, 2008.  

W. S. Peters, M. Knowblauch, S. A. Warmann, W. F. Pickard, A. Q. Shen, "Anisotropic contraction in forisomes:  Simple models won't fit," Cell Motil. Cytoskel. vol. 65, pp. 368-378, 2008.      

W. F. Pickard, "Geochemical constraints on sustainable development:  Can an advanced global economy achieve long-term stability?"  Glob. Planet. Change, vol. 61, pp285-299, 2008.    

V. S. Rao, I. A. Titushkin, E. G. Moros, W. F. Pickard, H. S. Thatte, and M. R. Cho, "Nonthemal effects of radiofrequency-field exposure on calcium dynamics in stem cell-derived neuronal cells:  Elucidation of calcium pathways," Rad. Res. vol. 169, pp. 319-329, 2008.  

W. F. Pickard, "Laticifers and secretory ducts:  two other tube systems in plants," New Phyt. vol. 177, pp. 877-888, 2008.  

S. A. Warmann, W. F. Pickard, A. Q. Shen, "Elastic properties of the forisome," Func. Plant. Biol., vol. 34, pp. 935-945, 2007.

W. S. Peters, M. Knoblauch, S. A. Warmann, R. Schnetter, A. Q. Shen,
and W. F. Pickard, "Tailed forisomes of Canavalia gladiata:  A new model to study Ca2+-driven protein contractility," Ann. Bot. vol. 100, pp. 101-109, 2007.  

W. F. Pickard, E. G. Moros, B. A. Cha, and P. Novak, "Electromagnetic and thermal characterization of an UHF-applicator for concurrent irradiation and high resolution non-perturbing optical microscopy of cells," Bioelectromagnetics, vol. 27, pp. 593-601, 2006.  

A. Q. Shen, B. D. Hamlington, M. Knoblauch, W. S. Peters, and W. F. Pickard, "Forisome based biomimetic smart materials," Smart Struct. Syst., vol. 2, pp. 225-235,2006.    

W. F. Pickard,
"Absorption by a moving spherical organelle in a heterogeneous cytoplasm:  Implications for the role of trafficking in a symplast," J. Theoret. Biol., vol. 240, pp. 288-301, 2006.   

W. F. Pickard, M. Knoblauch, W. S. Peters, and A. Q. Shen, "Prospective energy densities in the forisome, a new smart material," Mat. Sci. & Eng. C, vol. 26, pp. 104-112, 2006.

W. F. Pickard, "Inverse statistical estimation via order statistics:  A resolution of the ill-posed inverse problem of PERT scheduling," Inverse Problems, vol. 20, pp. 1565-1581, 2004. 

W. F. Pickard, "The riddle of root pressure.  I.  Putting Maxwell's demon to rest.," Functional Plant Biol., vol. 30, pp. 121-134, 2003.   

W. F. Pickard, "The riddle of root pressure.  II.  Root exudation at extreme osmolalities.," Functional Plant Biol., vol. 30, pp. 135-141, 2003. 

W. F. Pickard, "The role of cytoplasmic streaming in symplastic transport," Plant, Cell & Environ., vol. 26, pp. 1-15, 2003. 

W. F. Pickard, "A novel class of fast electrical events recorded by electrodes implanted in tomato shoots," Aust. J. Plant Physiol., vol. 28, pp. 121-129, 2001.  

J.E. Moulder, L.S. Erdreich, R.S. Malyapa, J.Merritt, W.F. Pickard, and Vijayalaxmi, "Cell phones and cancer: what is the evidence for a connection?," Rad. Res., vol. 151, pp. 513-531, 1999. 

W.F. Pickard, "Manpower dynamics of a scientific field," Physics Today, vol. 47(3), pp. 53-54, 1994. 

W.F. Pickard , "The Symplegades," Greece & Rome, vol. XXXIV, pp. 1-6, 1987.