|The Virtual Microscopy Database arose as the brainchild of a group of histology educators that are members of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) and participate in the society’s Digital Histology Interest Group. Drs. Goldman, Hortsch, and Lee have used virtual microscopy in their courses for many years. Seeing this technology adopted at a growing number of educational and research institutions all over the world, they felt the need for a centralized database of virtual microscopy files that will enable colleagues without access to high quality histological glass slides or scanning and digitization equipment to adopt this didactic approach in their classrooms. Funding from an AAA Innovation Grant made the development of this platform for donating and exchanging digital microcopy files possible.
||HAVIVA M. GOLDMAN, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She is the course director for Medical Microanatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine, and also teaches extensively in Gross Anatomy. She has numerous teaching awards including a 2013 Basic Science Educator Award and a 2014 Lindback Award. She has developed numerous web-based microanatomy resources and in-class active learning exercises for students using virtual microscope images. She also maintains an active lab with a focus on bone biology, utilizing histological, imaging and mechanical methods to examine structure-function relationships in bone during growth and with aging.
||MICHAEL HORTSCH, Ph.D., is professor in the Departments of Cell and Developmental Biology and of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since 1991 he has taught medical and dental histology at the University of Michigan and is currently component director of both dental and medical histology and the course director of an undergraduate/graduate histology course at the University of Michigan. He is a recipient of the 2012 Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Pre-clinical Teaching from the University of Michigan Medical School and the 2013 University of Michigan Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for his SecondLook™ series of mobile review applications. He is interested in the development of novel electronic teaching tools, like mobile learning apps, eBooks, and educational websites, and to research how these new resources impact students’ learning.
||LISA M.J. LEE, Ph.D., PA(ASCP)CM, is an associate professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Lee teaches histology, embryology and gross anatomy to medical and dental students and serves as the course director of both histology and embryology offered to graduate students in the Modern Human Anatomy Program. She is a recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee’s overarching professional goals are to make anatomical sciences education impactful, accessible and long lasting. To that end, her research and scholarly endeavors are in human-computer interaction in digital learning environment, evidence-based digital resource development and training the next generation of anatomical scientists and educators.
The American Association of Anatomists was founded by Joseph Leidy in Washington, D.C. in 1888 for the “advancement of anatomical science.” Today, via research, education, and professional development activities, AAA serves as the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on the structural foundation of health and disease.
Mission: Advancing anatomical science through research, education, and professional development.
Vision: The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) serves as the gateway for conveying the relevance of biological structure as it relates to function from molecules to organisms, and the role of anatomy in team-based, interdisciplinary science, healthcare, and education.
AAA is a nonprofit scientific organization with tax-exempt status. AAA is an organizational member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) , a coalition of 30 independent societies that play an active role in lobbying for the interests of biomedical and life scientists.
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