Wilson-Ashworth, Dr. Heather
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Professor - Biology
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(801) 863-7031
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Curriculum Vitae
Last Updated: 12/7/16 -

Heather Wilson-Ashworth

 

Associate Professor of Biology                                              Email: heather.ashworth@uvu.edu

Utah Valley University                                                           Telephone: 801-863-7031

800W. University Pkwy                                                         Fax: 801-863-8064

Orem, UT 84058

 

Professional Experience

 

Associate Department Chair                         Department of Biology, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, Sept. 2007-2012

 

Contributor                                                                            Stanfield’s Human Physiology text and Campbell’s Biology text supplementary materials, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 2011-present

 

Collaborator                                                                           Computerized Thermal Imaging Inc. Lake Oswego, OR, Dec. 2011-present

 

Faculty positions                                                      

-Professor, Department of Biology, Utah Valley University, Sept. 2006-present

-Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Utah Valley University, Sept. 2000-2005

-Visiting Professor, Department of Zoology, Brigham Young University, Jan 2000-Aug 2000

-Instructor, Division of Cellular Biology, Department of Zoology, Brigham Young University, February 1999, Spring 1997, 1998

-Instructor, Department of Life Sciences, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT 1997 – 1999

Education

 Ph.D Brigham Young University, Emphasis: Cell Biology and Physiology, 1999. Advisor: John D. Bell. Dissertation: The Factors Responsible for S49 Cell Membrrane Susceptibility to Secretory Phospholipase A2. GPA: 3.81

 B.A. Brigham Young University     Major: Secondary Education-Math, Minor: Biology. 1994. Graduated Magna Cum Laude

 Scholarship                                                        

 Peer-Review Journal Articles

 Franchino, H.A., Johnson B.C., Neeley, S.K., Tajhya, R.B., Vu, M.P., Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., and J. D. Bell. (2010) Combined Use of Steady-State Fluorescence Emission and Anisotropy of Merocyanine 540 to Distinguish Crystalline, Gel, Ripple, And Liquid Crystalline Phases in Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine Bilayers. PMC Biophysics 3, 1-16.

 Olson, E.D., Nelson, J., Griffith, K., Nguyen, T., Streeter, M., Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Gleb, M.H., and J. D. Bell. (2010) Kinetic evaluation of cell membrane hydrolysis during apoptosis by human             isoforms of secretory phospholipase A2. Journal of Biological Chemistry 285, 10993-1002.

 Stott, B.M., Vu, M.P., McLemore, C.O., *Lund, M.S., Gibbons, E., Brueseke, T.J., Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., and J. D. Bell. (2008) Use of fluorescence to determine the effects of cholesterol on lipid behavior in sphingomyelin liposomes and erythrocyte membranes. Journal of Lipid Research 48, 1202-15.

 Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Bahm, Q., *Erickson, J., *Shinkle, A., Vu, M.P., Woodbury, D., and J. D. Bell. (2006) Differential detection of phospholipid fluidity, order, and spacing by fluorescence spectroscopy of bis-pyrene, prodan, nystatin, and merocyanine 540. Biophysical Journal 91, 4091-101.

Jensen, L. B., Burgess, N. K., Gonda, D. D., Spencer, E., Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Driscoll, E., Vu, M. P., Fairbourn, J. L., Judd, A.M., and J. D. Bell. (2005) Mechanisms governing the level of susceptibility of erythrocyte membranes to secretory phospholipase A2. Biophysical Journal 88, 2692-2705.

Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Judd, A.M., LawR.M., *Freestone, B.D., *Taylor, S., Mizukawa, M.K., Cromar, K.R., Sudweeks, S., and J. D. Bell. (2004) Formation of transient non-protein calcium pores by lysophospholipids in S49 lymphoma cells. Journal of Membrane Biology 200, 25-33.

Wilson, H.A., Allred, D.V., O=Neill, K., and J. D. Bell. (2000) Activities and interactions among phospholipases A2 during thapsigargin-induced S49 cell death. Apoptosis, 5, 389-396.

 Wilson, H.A., Waldrip, J.B., Nielson, K.H., Judd, A.M., Koduri, R.S., Gelb, M.H., Han, A.K., Cho. W., Sims, P.J., and J. D. Bell. (1999) Mechanisms by which elevated intracellular calcium induces S49 cell membranes to become susceptible to the action of secretory phospholipase A2. Journal of Biological Chemistry , 274, 11494-11504.

 Wilson, H.A., Huang, W., Waldrip, J.B., Judd, A.M., Vernon, L.P., and J. D. Bell. (1997) Mechanisms by which thionin induces membrane susceptibility of S49 cell membranes to extracellular phospholipase A2. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1349, 142-156.

Winder, W.W., Wilson, H.A., Hardie, D.G., Rasmussen, B.B., Hutber, C.A., Call. G.B., Clayton, R.D., Conley, L.M., Yoon, S., and Zhou, B. (1997) Phosphorylation of rat muscle acetyl-CoA carboxylase by AMP-activated protein kinase and protein kinase A. Journal of Applied Physiology, 82(1), 219-225.

*indicates UVU student researcher

 

Books and Teaching Materials

Wilson-Ashworth, H.A. Human Physiology Study Guide, 3rd edition, Pearson Benjamin Cummings (2010).

Wilson-Ashworth, H.A. Human Physiology Study Card, Pearson Benjamin Cummings (2010).

Wilson-Ashworth, H.A. Essential Biology Test Preparation Guide, Pearson Benjamin Cummings (2010).

Kopp,Olga, Samson, April, Wilson-Ashworth, Heather, College Biology (BIOL 1615) Laboratory Manual, 2nd edition, Pearson Benjamin Cummings (2008).

   -First edition published 2007.

Wilson-Ashworth, H.A. Instructor Guide for Human Physiology, 4th edition, Pearson Benjamin Cummings (2009).

Wilson-Ashworth, H.A. Essential Biology Study Card for Pearson Benjamin Cummings (2004).

 Wilson-Ashworth, H.A. Powerpoint Slides for Bioinquiry text by Wiley (2004).

 Invited Presentations

Heather A. Wilson-Ashworth, Faith M. Harris, Aaron Shinkle, Joshua Erickson, Lauren B. Jensen, and John D. Bell. (2004) Distinguishing membrane fluidity and lipid order using steady state fluorescence emission and anisotropy. Biophysical Conference, Balitmore, MD.

 Heather A. Wilson-Ashworth, Faith M. Harris, Aaron Shinkle, Joshua Erickson, Lauren B. Jensen, and John D. Bell. (2004) Distinguishing membrane fluidity and lipid order using steady state fluorescence emission and anisotropy. Utah Valley University, Biology Department Seminar, Orem, UT.

 Wilson, H.A., Judd, A.M., and J.D. Bell. (2003) Mechanism by which phospholipase A2 causes cells to become resistant to its action. FASEB Conference, San Diego CA.

 Conference Abstracts and Presentations

 Stott, B.M., Franchino, H.A., Tajhya, R.B., Vu, M.P., Yeung, C.H.-Y., Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., and Bell, J.D. (2008) A complete phase diagram for palmitoylsphingomyelin-cholesterol liposomes. Biophys. J. 94 (suppl), (#393).

 Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Vu, M.P., Noble, A., Lund, M.S., McLemore, C., and Bell, J.D. (2007) Use of fluorescence spectroscopy to create a cholesterol "phase diagram" for a biological membrane. Biophys. J. 92 (suppl), 426a.

 Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Baum, Q., Shinkle, A., Erickson, J., Vu, M., and Bell, J.D. (2006) Differential detection of phospholipids fluidity and order by fluorescence spectroscopy depending on probe depth. Biophys. J. 90, 366a.

 Jensen, L.B., Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Judd, A.M., and Bell, J.D. (2004) Quantification of the adsorption of secretory phospholipase A2 to cell membranes and relationship to its mechanism of action. Biophys. J. 86, 377a.

 Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Harris, F.M., Shinkle, A., Erickson, J., Jensen, L.B., and Bell, J.D. (2004) Distinguishing membrane fluidity and lipid order using steady state fluorescence emission and anisotropy. Biophys. J. 86:31a.

 Jensen, L.B., Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Judd, A.M., and Bell, J.D. (2004) Quantification of the adsorption of secretory phospholipase A2 to cell membranes and relationship to its mechanism of action. Biophys. J 86:377a.

 Wilson-Ashworth, H.A., Freestone, B.D., Taylor, S. (2003) Formation of transient non-protein calcium pores by lysophospholipids in S49 lymphoma cells. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Salt Lake City, Utah March 2003

 Wilson, H.A., Judd, A.M., and Bell, J.D. (2003) Mechanism by which phospholipase A2 causes cells to become resistant to its own action. FASEB J. 17:A578.

Wilson, H.A., and Bell, J.D. (2002) Formation of transient non-protein calcium channels by lysophospholipid in S49 lymphoma cells. FASEB J. 16:A906.

Wilson, H.A. and J.D.Bell. (2001) Secretory phospholipase A2 causes mammalian cell membranes to become refractory to further hydrolysis by the enzyme. Biolphys. J. 80, 549a.

Wilson, H.A., Allred, D.V., O'Neill, K.L., and J.D. Bell. (1999) Roles of intracellular phospholipase A2 in the induction of membrane susceptibility to sPLA2 during apoptosis. Mol. Bio. Cell 10, 189a (#1093).

Wilson, H.A., and J.D. Bell. (1998) Novel cellular response to lysophosphatidylcholine: calcium-dependent changes in membrane structure and susceptibility to phospholipase A2. Mol. Bio. Cell 9, 80a (#464).

Wilson, H.A., Olsen, C.A., and J.D. Bell. (1997) Induction of susceptibility to secretory phospholipase A2 in S49 lymphoma cells. Mol. Bio. Cell 8, 78a (#456).

Wilson, H.A., Judd, A.M., and J.D. Bell. (1997) Mechanisms by which thionin induces susceptibility of S49 cell membranes to phospholipase A2. Biophys. J. 70, A419 (#W-Pos234).

 

Teaching

Courses

 

Utah Valley University

 Biology 1010.           General Biology. General education biology for non-science majors.

 Biology 1610.           College Biology I. Introductory course for biology majors.

Biology 4200.            Teaching Methods in Science. Senior course preparing science secondary                education majors for student teaching.

Biology 494R.          Senior Seminar. Journal article discussions with senior students.

Zoology 1090.        Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology. Basic introductory course to anatomy and physiology.

Zoology 2420.          Human Physiology. Physiology for health care professionals.

Zoology 242H.         Honors Human Physiology. Honors physiology for health care professionals.

Distance education courses:

Biology 1010.           General Biology (Online). General education biology for non-science majors.

Zoology 1090.         Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (Live Interactive). Basic introductory course to anatomy and physiology.

Teaching Awards

Faculty Appreciation Award from Utah Valley University Academic Tutoring, 2011.

Nominated for Faculty in Excellence Award, Utah Valley University, 2011.

Service Learning Faculty of the Year, Utah Valley University, 2006.

Academic Service Learning Fellowship, 2005, $750.

Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2005, 2004.

 

Teaching Conferences attended:

 

CNorthwest Peer Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) conference, 2011.

CProblem Solving Approach to Teaching (FIPSE) Workshop. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2005.

CNational Science Teachers Conference. San Diego, California, 2002.

CRegional Science Teachers Conference. Salt Lake, Utah, 2001.

Service

Service to the Profession

 

            CPeer Reviewer. National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Fall 2011.

CPanel Contributor, Finding Balance as a Professional LDS Mother, Brigham Young University, 2010.

CPeer Reviewer. 32 reviews of various chapters and teaching materials for national publishers including McGraw-Hill and Pearson Benjamin Cummings. 2000-present.

CJudge for the Central Utah Science and Engineering Fair, 2004, 2006.

CBoard member of the State Science Education Curriculum Committee, 2001-2002.

CBoard member of the State Science Education Coordinating Committee, 2001-2002.

CPeer Reviewer. FIPSE Grants, Department of Education. 2002.

CJudge for the State Sterling Scholar Competition, 2001.

 

Service to University

 

CTutoring and Academic Skills Services Faculty Advisory Board, 2010-present.

CUVU Personnel and Elections Committee, 2010-present.

CUVU Course Fee Evaluation committee, 2010-present.

CTesting Services Faculty Board, 2010-present.

CUVU Academic Standards Committee, 2007-2010.

CSecretary Elect for the Faculty Senate, 2004-Spring 2005.

 

Service to the College

 

CChair for College Policy Committee, 2008-2011.

CSecretary for College Policy Committee, 2003-2008.

CCollege committee member for student retention 2006-2007.

CCollege Policy Committee Member, 2000-2003.

 

Service to the Department

 

CDepartment of Biology Associate Department chair, 2007-present.

CChair College Biology Lab Manual Revision Committee, third edition, 2010-2011.

CDepartment of Biology Course Scheduler, 2007-present.

CDepartment of Biology Assessment Coordinator, 2007-present.

CCollege Biology Lab Manual Revision Committee, 2006-2007.

CDepartment Seminar Coordinator 2004-2005.

CChair of the Biology Retention, Tenure and Promotion Writing Committee, 2004.

CMember of the Biology 1010 Final Writing Committee, 2004.

CSecondary Education Advisor, 2001-2002.

            CCoauthor of Secondary Education Science Degree for Approval by Board of Regents and Utah State Office of Education, 2001.

CChair or committee member for seven faculty/staff position searches.