Rick Ash (John Frederick Ash), Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy
(b. 1947); B.S. 1969, University of Illinois; Ph.D. 1975, Stanford University;
Postdoctoral Fellow 1975-1979 University of California, San Diego
Office Phone: 801-581-3192
I joined the Department in 1980 and focused on investigating the multiple roles that membrane transport plays in the biology of cells. My lab employed somatic cell genetic approaches to generate cell lines with alterations in membrane transporters and then analyzed the effects of perturbing transport on cellular physiology and metabolism.
In 2008 I stopped bench research and joined a group of faculty responsible for the design and implementation of a new medical curriculum, which was launched the next year. I continued to work on instructional design through 2011 and have co-directed three of the first-year units. I’m responsible for much of the large classroom microanatomy instruction and teach the histology laboratory along with Drs. Sheryl Scott and David Morton. The three of us recently published a new histology textbook.
For many years I’ve explored ways to incorporate digital technology in medical education. An important part of my work for the new curriculum was to develop a secure means for students to take weekly exams on their own laptops in a classroom. I organized a project that created a digital form for clinical faculty to assess medical students giving a well baby exam using a tablet computer rather than a paper checklist, which facilitates grading and will allow performance data to be collected and analyzed longitudinally. I am currently updating histology laboratory self-instruction programs I began creating more than 15 years ago so that they can be presented on tablets. In addition, Dr. Scott and I are restructuring the histology lab by incorporating large-scale use of virtual microscopy, which will allow us to correlate physiology and pathology with the important structural identifications of a traditional course.
Ash, R., D.A. Morton, and S.A. Scott (2013). The Big Picture Histology. McGraw Hill, New York, 296 pp.
Ash, R., S.M. Lamb, A. T. Stevenson, P. E. Burrows. (2011). Scoring Clinical Skills Exams with the Apple iPad. J Int. Assoc. Med. Sci. Educ. 21-3s: 309.
Lamb, S. M., R. Ash, M. Haight, J. Lindsley. (2010). Integrated Case Development and Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration. J Int. Assoc. Med. Sci. Educ. 20-2s: 192.
Ash, R. and J. Lindsley. (2010). A 3-Pronged Approach to Weekly Formative Assessments: Individual and Group Quizzes, Plus Feedback. J Int. Assoc. Med. Sci. Educ. 20-2s: 182.