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Ann M Parsons

Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Professor, University of Wisconsin- Stout
Biology Department
College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Office: 331E Jarvis Hall-Science Wing
Phone: 715-232-2563
Email: parsonsa@uwstout.edu

Brief Biography

Personal Interests: canoeing, camping, hiking, stamp collecting, raising my family.

Teaching Interests: Accomplishments: 2014 (Jan.1 – Dec31) Accomplishments: -Chancellor’s task for Program Directors Charge, March, 2014 – December, 2014. -Led group of 18 students on BIO220 Physiology of Disabilities trip to Nicaragua. Overcame the challenge of outbound flight being canceled due to weather and having to reschedule the flight two days later and the redo the itinerary. -Taught APSC101, APSC401, BIO234 (three sections), BIO489 (two students on cadaver dissection project (Sophie Sigel and Dylan Meyer). -Served on IRB. -Program revisions in all three concentrations. -Attended WSST. -Hosted cadaver groups: New Richmond. -Created a student position: Student lab manager for the cadaver facility. -Served on the MERLOT editorial board. -Thesis advisor: Duaa, Lindsay, Kellen. 2013 (Jan.1 – Dec31) Accomplishments: -Guided APSC through a successful 7-year review. -Guided APSC through major concentration revisions to revise the professional and general education curricula. -Presented at the National HAPS Meeting, Las Vegas, NV May 2013 “ xxx “ with Drs. Xyz. Biology Editorial Board, MERLOT (Multimedia educational resources for learning and online teaching). -Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, reviewer for the Emerging Technologies for Online Learning. -International Symposium, April 2014. -IRB (Institutional Research Board), University of Wisconsin – Stout. -STEM Professor Promotions Committee, University of Wisconsin – Stout.

Research Interests: Interests: Childhood obesity and community intervention programs. College student health. Research Techniques: Signal Transduction/Second Messenger: Assays:  fluorometric calcium imaging  various biochemical assays to detect:  cAMP  cGMP  MDA  cP450 activity  inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate  nitric oxide synthase activity  protein levels Cell Culturing:  maintaining immortal cell lines  preparing primary cell cultures Ligand/receptor binding:  isolated membranes  tissue sections  autoradiograms Neurophysiology:  Organ/muscle baths  Ussing chambers  Electrophysiology: flexor/reflex assay Animal surgery:  survival and terminal Behavioral nociceptive assays:  paw withdrawal and tail flick  thermal and mechanical stimuli

Office Hours

Day Time
Mo 12:20 - 1:00
Tu We 9:05 - 11:00

Education

    • Ph D Neuroscience
      University of Minnesota
      Minneapolis, MN, United States, 1996
    • BS Mathematics, Biology
      South Dakota State University
      Brookings, SD, 1988

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, B.S. in Applied Science
        Program Director
        2012 -
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        Professor
        2009 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Biology
        Department Chair
        2008 - 2011
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        Associate Professor
        2003 - 2009
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        Assistant Professor
        1999 - 2003
      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        Lecturer
        1998 - 1999
      • University of Minnesota, Medical School
        Post-doctoral Trainee
        1997 - 1998
      • University of Minnesota, Medical School
        Post-doctoral Research Associate
        1996 - 1998
      • University of Minnesota, Medical School
        Post-doctoral Trainee/ Research Associate
        Present
      • Macalester College
        Instructor
        1997
      • St. Olaf College
        Assistant Professor
        1996
      • University of Minnesota, Medical School
        Laboratory Instructor
        1996
      • University of Minnesota, Medical School
        Pre-doctoral Trainee, Graduate Research Assistant, Laboratory Instructor
        Present
      • University of Minnesota
        Instructor
        1995
      • University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Veterinary Biology
        Senior Lab Technician
        Present
      • South Dakota State University, Dept. of Animal and Range Sciences
        Statistician, Beef Breeding Research Unit
        1984 - 1988

    Academic - P-12

      • Minnesota School District 199
        Instructor
        1989 - 1991

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Parsons, A. M., & Rasmussen, D. . .
    • Anderson, M., Butek, F., Dettinger, A., Hecker, D., Osegard, M., & Parsons, A. M. Modeling Oxygen Concentrations in Reaction Diffusion Systems. , II.
    • Parsons, A. M., Christopoulos, A., & El-Fakahany, E. E. Pharmacological analysis of the novel mode of interaction of xanomeline and the M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor. Pharmacol. Therap., 289(3), 1220-1228.
    • Parsons, A. M., Sorman, J. L., & El-Fakahany, E. E. Regulation of M1 muscarinic receptor signaling in intact cells by exogenous, but not endogenously produced, nitric oxide. Neurochem. Res, 24(1), 85-94.
    • Christopoulos, A. A., Parsons, A. M., Lew, M. J., & El-Fakahany, E. E. The assessment of antagonist potency under condition of transient response kinetics. Eur J. Pharmacol, 382(3), 217-227.
    • Wotta, D. R., Parsons, A. M., Hu, J., Grande, A. W., & El-Fakahany, E. E. M1 muscarinic receptors stimulate rapid and prolonged phases of neuronal nitric oxide synthase activity: involvement of different calcium pools. J. Neurochem, 487-497.
    • Wang, S. Z., Lee, S. Y., Zhu, S. Z., Wotta, D. R., Parsons, A. M., & El-Fakahany, E. E. Activation of neuronal nitric oxide synthase by M2 muscarinic receptors associated with a small increase in intracellular calcium. Pharmacology, 55, 10-17.
    • Parsons, A. M., & Seybold, V. S. Calcitonin gene-related peptide induces the formation of second messengers in primary cultures of neonatal rat spinal cord. Synapse, 26, 235-242.
    • Parsons, A. M., Honda, C. N., Jia, Y. P., Xu, X. J., Wiesenfeld-Hallin, Z., & Seybold, V. S. Spinal NK1 receptors contribute to the increased excitability of the nociceptive flexor reflex during persistent peripheral inflammation. Brain Res, 739, 263-275.
    • Parsons, A. M., El-Fakahany, E. E., & Seybold, V. S. Tachykinins alter inositol phosphate formation, but not cAMP levels, in primary cultures of neonatal rat spinal neurons through activation of neurokinin receptors. Neuroscience, 68(3), 855-865.
    • Parsons, A. M., Seybold, V. S., Chandan, R., Vogt, J., Larson, A. A., Murray, C. R., Soldani, G., & Brown, D. R. Neurokinin receptors and mucosal ion transport in porcine jejunum. J Pharmacol. Therap, 261(3), 1213-1221.
    • Brown, D. R., Parsons, A. M., & O'Grady, S. M. Substance P produces sodium and bicarbonate secretion in porcine jejunal mucosa through an action on enteric neurons. J Pharmacol. Therap, 261(3), 1206-1212.
    • Brown, D. R., Boster, S. L., Overand, M. F., Parsons, A. M., & Treder, B. G. Actions of neuropeptide Y on basal, cyclic AMP-induced, and neurally-evoked ion transport in porcine distal jejunum. Regulatory Peptides, 29, 31-47.
    • Mitra, S. P., Muraki, K., Brown, D. R., Parsons, A. M., & Carraway, R. E. Canine neurotensin, neurotensin6-13 and neuromedin N: primary structures and receptor activity. Regulatory Peptides, 28, 11-22.
    • Seybold, V. S., Parsons, A. M., Aanonsen, L. M., & Brown, D. R. Characterization and autoradiographic localization of gastrin-releasing peptide receptors in the porcine gut. Peptides, 11, 779-787.
    • Seybold, V. S., Treder, B. G., Aanonsen, L. M., Parsons, A. M., & Brown, D. R. Neurotensin binding sites in porcine jejunum: biochemical characterization and intramural localization.. Synapse, 6, 81-90.
    • Brown, D. R., Carraway, R. E., Parsons, A. M., & Mitra, S. P. Neurotensin-related peptides inhibit spontaneous longitudinal contractions in porcine distal jejunum. Peptides, 11, 713-718.

    Abstract

    • Parsons, A. M., Budd, D., Donnelly, M., Hopp, J. J., Tafalla , R., & Wood, S. (2008). C-NERVE (Cognitive Neuroscience Education and Research-Valued Experience) : An undergraduate program. , Society for Neuroscience.
    • Schreiber, K. L., Wacnik, P. W., Laughlin, T. M., Parsons, A. M., & Wilcox, G. L. Intrathecally administered lipopolysaccaride causes mechanical allodynia, but not thermal hyperalgesia, in mice. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 24, 2076.
    • Linden, D. R., Chell, M. J., Parsons, A. M., El-Fakahany, E. E., & Seybold, V. S. Neurokinin 3 receptors couple to nitric oxide production within the same cell. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 24, 1090.
    • Parsons, A. M., Christopoulos, A., & El-Fakahany, E. E. Pharmacological analysis of the mode of interaction of xanomeline at M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. XIII International Congress of Pharmacology, Munchen, Germany.
    • Parsons, A. M., Christopoulos, A., & El-Fakahany, E. E. Pharmacological determination of the interaction of xanomeline with M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. Muscarinic Receptor Symposium, Boston, MA.
    • Wotta, D. R., Parsons, A. M., Hu-Olphie, J., Grande, A. W., & El-Fakahany, E. E. Calcium dependence of M1 muscarinic receptor-mediated stimulation of neuronal nitric oxide synthase. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 23, 1748.
    • El-Fakahany, E. E., Wang, S. Z., Lee, S. Y., Zhu, S. Z., Wotta, D. R., & Parsons, A. M. Coupling of presynaptic muscarinic receptors to activation of NOS. Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Diego, CA.
    • Parsons, A. M., Sorman, J. L., Vatassery, G. T., & El-Fakahany, E. E. Nitric oxide produced following activation of muscarinic receptors self-regulates its own synthesis, possibly via multiple free radicals. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 23, 1748.
    • Parsons, A. M., & Seybold, V. S. Calcitonin gene-related peptide-induced formation of second messengers in cultured neonatal rat spinal cord. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 22, 1304.
    • El-Fakahany, E. E., Johanning, J. A., Cuadra, A. E., Chell, M. J., & Parsons, A. M. Regulation of muscarinic receptor-mediated stimulation of NO synthesis by NO donors. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 22, 1758.
    • Parsons, A. M., Jia, Y. P., Xu, X. J., Budai, D., Honda, C. N., Wiesenfeld-Hallin, Z., & Seybold, V. S. The flexion reflex indicates increased excitability of spinal neurons during persistent, peripheral inflammation. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 20, 552.
    • Parsons, A. M., El-Fakahany, E. E., & Seybold, V. S. Tachykinin-induced inositol phosphates formation in primary cultures of rat neonatal spinal neurons. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 19, 724.
    • Brown, D. R., Parsons, A. M., O’Grady, S. M., Chandan, R., & Soldani, G. Characterization of neurokinin receptors mediating propulsion and anion secretion in porcine proximal jejunum. Pharmacol. Res.
    • Brown, D. R., Parsons, A. M., O'Grady, S. M., Chandan, R., & Soldani, G. Characterization of neurokinin receptors mediating propulsion and anion secretion in porcine proximal jejunum. Pharmacol. Res.
    • Parsons, A. M., Chandan, R., & Brown, D. R. Neurokinin (NK) modulation of Na, Cl, and HCO3 transport in proximal jejunum mucosa (PJM) of pigs. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 16, 515.
    • Parsons, A. M., Vogt, J., & Brown, D. R. Comparison of porcine proximal jejunal mucosa and smooth muscle neurokinin receptors. Physiologist, 32, 173.

    Book, Chapter

    • Seybold, V. S., Stucky, C. L., Aanonsen, L. M., Galeazza, M. T., Abrahams, L. G., & Parsons, A. M. Changes in spinal NK1 receptors accompany peripheral inflammation. IN Hökfelt, T., Schaible, H. G., & Schmidt, R. F. (Eds.), Neuropeptides, Nociception and Pain, Proc. Prussian Acad. Sci. , 311-328, Chapman and Hall, London.

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Ezensa, B., Leist, B., & Parsons, A. M. (June 23, 2011). Multi-vibration at multi-frequency system impact on neuromuscular and skeletal treatment. Medical Device Symposium, Menomonie, WI.
    • Parsons, A. M. (2010). Advancing Cognitive Neuroscience Through A Hands-On Laboratory-Based Learning Community: The C-NERVE Experience. CUR National Conference, Ogden, UT.
    • Parsons, A. M., Adekola, A., Peters, R., Levy, M., & Tafalla, R. (2010). Path to Leadership: Early Success and Transition. Professional Development, Menomonie, WI.
    • Hopp, J. J., Budd, D., Donnelly, M., Parsons, A. M., Tafalla , R., & Wood, S. (September, 2010). Advancing Cognitive Neuroscience Through A Hands-On Laboratory-Based Learning Community: The C-NERVE Experience. CUR 2010,
    • Parsons, A. M. (2008). . UW-Stout Research Day, Menomonie, MN.
    • Parsons, A. M., & Barnhart,=, C. (April 30, 2008). Reducing Childhood Obesity Through a Family-Based Intervention Program. UW-Stout Research Day, Menomonie, WI.
    • Parsons, A. M. (2005). Group building skills to meet general education standards.. Society for College Science Teachers National Meeting, Dallas, TX.
    • Parsons, A. M. (2004). Teaching group skills in Biology 101. Professional Development, Menomonie, WI.
    • Parsons, A. M. (2004). Matching Student Learning Styles with individual/course pedagogy. Society for College Science Teachers National Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
    • Parsons, A. M. (2002). Memory Pauses. Aging and Memory, Menomonie, WI.
    • Parsons, A. M. (2002). Using MERLOT to enhance teaching and learning. Webcamp,
    • Parsons, A. M. (2001). Searching the MERLOT website. Advanced Webcamp, Menomonie, WI.
    • Parsons, A. M. (2000). New Research on the Aging Brain. Aging Seminar Series, Menomonie, WI.
    • Parsons, A. M. (1999). . Cell Biology and Neuroanatomy, MN.
    • Parsons, A. M. (1998). . Dept. of Biological Sciences, St. Cloud, MN.
    • Parsons, A. M. (1998). . Dept. of Biology, St. Peter, MN.
    • Parsons, A. M. (1997). . Dept. of Biology, Northfield, MN.
    • Parsons, A. M. (1996). . Red Wing School District,
    • Parsons, A. M. (1994). . Neuroscience Graduate Program, MN.
    • Parsons, A. M. (1990). . Dept. of Biology, Whitewater, WI.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Grant, J. E., Parsons, A. M., & Hashmi, M. P. Biocircle. Sponsored by NSF TUES Proposal, $186640 (Not Funded).
    • Parsons, A. M., & Ezenwa, B. 2011 Pilot studies on MD&F technology-aided changes in lower limb blood flow. Sponsored by National Institutes of Health (NIH), $304000 (Not Funded).
    • Grant, J. E., & Parsons, A. M. Collaborative Integration of Research into the Curriculum and Learning Environment (Bio-Circle). Sponsored by WySys Reassignment Time Grant, $3500.
    • Hashmi, M. P., Parsons, A. M., Burritt, J. B., & Pickart, M. Curricular Incubation Center. Sponsored by UW-Stout, $6831 (Not Funded).
    • Parsons, A. M., Tafalla, R., Budd, D., Donnelly, M., & Li, P. C-NERVE: Cognitive-neuroscience education and research-valued experience. Sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), $135000.
    • Parsons, A. M., Pejsa, J., & Rasmussen, D. Family-based interventions to reduce childhood obesity in Dunn County. Sponsored by Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, UW-Madison , $42062.
    • Parsons, A. M., Tafalla, R., Budd, D., Connelly, M., Kapus, J., & Deckleman, S. Minor in Cognitive Science. Sponsored by Curricular Incubation Center, UW-Stout.
    • Parsons, A. M., & Bomar, C. Initiation of biology curricular reform: Addressing course standards and pedagogy. Sponsored by UW-System Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Grant Program, $35470.
    • Parsons, A. M. Cellular Physiology Research Opportunities for Stout Students. Sponsored by Stout University Foundation, Inc., $3600.
    • Parsons, A. M. Physiology Experiments in Biological Science: Shared Resources for Life Sciences. Sponsored by Faculty Research Initiative Program, University of Wisconsin – Stout, $9600.
    • Parsons, A. M. Role of Ubiquinone in Protecting Colon Cells from Iron- and Oxysterol-induced Damage. Sponsored by Milheim Foundation for Cancer Research, $18000 (Not Funded).
    • Parsons, A. M. Establishing Communication between UW Neuroscientists. Sponsored by Consortial Activities Grant, University of Wisconsin System, $3000.
    • Parsons, A. M. A Science Education Seminar Series. Sponsored by College of Arts and Science Deans Office, University of Wisconsin-Stout, $4500.
    • Parsons, A. M. Enhancing Student Learning in Introductory Biology. Sponsored by Woman and Science Program, University of Wisconsin System, $3000 (Not Funded).
    • Parsons, A. M. Interactive Software to Enhance Biology Curriculum. Sponsored by Bulls-Eye Tuition Revenue Funds, College of Arts and Science, University of Wisconsin-Stout, $4800 (Not Funded).
    • Parsons, A. M. Self regulatory actions of endogenous nitric oxide. Sponsored by National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Post-doctoral Trainee, Individual National Research Service Award.

    Contract

    • Parsons, A. M., Carlson, K. M., & James, K. C. Polytechnic Mission, Applied Science Vision. Sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), $570000.
    • Parsons, A. M., & Barnhart, C. Understanding the Variables of Childhood Obesity: A Global Epidemic. Sponsored by Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Stout , $2375.

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Nelva G. Runnalls Outstanding Research Support Award, (2010)
    • Nelva G. Runnalls Research Recognition Support Award, (2008)
    • UW-Stout Graduate Faculty/Graduate Student Cooperative Achievement Award, (2007)
    • Individual National Research Service Award, (1998)
    • Individual National Research Service Award, (1997)
    • Institutional National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (1996)
    • National Research Service Award, (1996)
    • Institutional National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (1995)
    • National Research Service Award, (1995)
    • Institutional National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (1994)
    • National Research Service Award, (1994)
    • Institutional National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (1993)
    • National Research Service Award, (1993)
    • President's Leadership and Service Award, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1993)
    • Institutional National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (1992)
    • National Research Service Award, (1992)
    • Institutional National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (1991)
    • National Research Service Award, (1991)

    Honor

    • Tenure to the University of Wisconsin- Stout, (2004)
    • Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD (1988)
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD (1987)

    Fellowship

    • University Graduate School Fellowship, University of Minnesota (1991)
    • Howard Hughes Fellowship, (1990)
    • National Science Foundation Fellowship, (1990)
    • University Graduate School Fellowship, University of Minnesota (1990)
    • USA Dept. of Defense Fellowship, (1990)

    Scholarship

    • Morgan Genetics Scholarship, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD (1987)

Professional Memberships

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, (HAPS)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Society for College Science Teachers (SCST)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Sigma Delta Epsilon
  • Society of Neuroscience
  • Women in Science and Engineering
  • Commission on Women in Science Initiative
  • Program for High School Women
  • Science outreach
  • Voyageurs Chapter, newsletter editor

Service

    Department / School

    • Co-Chair, Obesity Research Team (2003 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Applied Science Program Committee (1999 - 2005)
    • Committee Member, Subcommittee for Strategic Planning in Personnel, Dept. of Biology (2003)
    • Committee Member, Subcommittee for Biotechnology Concentration, Dept. of Biology (2001 - 2003)
    • Committee Member, Peer Grants Review, Psychiatry Dept., Univ. of Minnesota Medical School (1998)
    • Committee Member, Seminar Committee, Dept. of Cell Biology and Neuroanatomy, Univ. of Minnesota (1994)

    College

    • Committee Member, STEM College Full Professor Promotions Committee (2013)
    • Committee Member, Promotions Committee, Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout, College of Arts and Science (1999)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB) (2012 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Risk Control Program Committee (2003 - Present)
      • Committee Chair, Applied Science Coop and Placement Committee (2001 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Technical Communications Program Committee (2000 - Present)
      • Committee Member, All-University Promotions Committee (2012 - 2013)
      • Committee Member, Faculty Senate (2008 - 2011)
      • Committee Member, All-University Promotions Committee (2007 - 2008)
      • Committee Member, Summer Think Tank, CAS (2006)
      • Dissertation Committee Member, ADA Committee (2000 - 2006)
      • Committee Member, All-University Promotions Committee (2003 - 2004)
      • Committee Member, Personnel Policy Committee (2003 - 2004)
      • Committee Member, Faculty Senate (2001 - 2004)
      • Committee Member, Faculty Executive Committee (2001 - 2002)

    Community

    • Member, Fun Food and Fitness (2003 - Present)
    • Outreach, Smart Girls Rock! Event at Menomonie High School (October 15, 2014)
    • Volunteer, Girl Scouts (2010 - 2013)
    • Member, River Heights Elementary School Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) (2001 - 2005)
    • Event Supervisor, Wisconsin Science Olympiad (2001 - 2003)
    • Volunteer, Boston Museum of Science (1997 - 1998)
    • FACTS (Focus on Animal Contributions To Science) (1991 - 1996)
    • Volunteer, Science Museum of Minnesota (1991 - 1996)