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Explore human anatomy and physiology (A&P) teaching and learning with host Kevin Patton. An experienced professor, textbook author, and mentor, Kevin is a recognized leader in A&P teaching. The A&P Professor updates science content and provides practical teaching advice. Want some ideas to supercharge your A&P course? How about some support from a fellow A&P professor? This is the podcast for you!

The A&P Professor Kevin Patton

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Explore human anatomy and physiology (A&P) teaching and learning with host Kevin Patton. An experienced professor, textbook author, and mentor, Kevin is a recognized leader in A&P teaching. The A&P Professor updates science content and provides practical teaching advice. Want some ideas to supercharge your A&P course? How about some support from a fellow A&P professor? This is the podcast for you!

    Are We Answering Student Questions? | Science Updates

    Are We Answering Student Questions? | Science Updates

    Episode 92 is all about how we can use customer-service concepts in education. Tune in and hear Kevin Patton discuss the importance of being a good listener and empathetic responder. You’ll also hear about new research that shows not all plaques are bad actors when it comes to Alzheimer disease. And finally, find out how to get free almost-daily updates on life science, teaching, and learning!
    00:00 | Introduction 00:53 | New Discovery about Plaque 08:33 | Sponsored by AAA 09:51 | New TAPP Science & Education Updates 15:23 | Sponsored by HAPI 16:45 | Are We Answering Student Questions? 30:52| Sponsored by HAPS 31:40 | Power Skills for Answering Students 40:19 | Staying Connected  
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    The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. (Ralph Nichols)
     
    New Discovery about Plaque 7.5 minutes
    In teaching A&P, it's not our objective to dive too deeply into pathophysiology. But we do use it as a tool to help students understand and apply concepts of "normal" structure and function. A new discovery about plaque's role in Alzheimer disease—or perhaps what is NOT its role—is a story that at once helps students make clinical applications, lets students know more about the vital functions of glial cells, and gives a glimpse of contemporary scientific discovery.
    Plaque Protect: Study Makes Surprising Finding About Alzheimer's Hallmark (summary article) my-ap.us/3aJFzCy In surprising twist, some Alzheimer’s plaques may be protective, not destructive (announcement from Salk Institute) my-ap.us/2S9BvW5 Microglia use TAM receptors to detect and engulf amyloid β plaques (research article from Nature Immunology) my-ap.us/3eBEf5S Image: dense-core amyloid-beta plaque (red) surrounded by microglia (white) [Credit: Salk Institute] my-ap.us/3gFlp0l
     
    Sponsored by AAA 1.5 minute
    A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at anatomy.org.
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    New TAPP Science & Education Update 5.5 minutes
    You may (or may not) remember that Nuzzel newsletter I've had going a couple of years. It was an almost-daily curated list of headlines of interest to anatomy and physiology faculty (and, I've discovered, some random non-A&P folks who just like the content). Well, Nuzzel is suddenly shutting down it's newsletter function and so I've switched to Revue by Twitter. Here's how to subscribe (it's free) if you're not already subscribed:
    The A&P Professor Science & Education Updates theAPprofessor.org/updates
     
    Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program 1.5 minute
    The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!
    nycc.edu/hapi

     
    Are We Answering Student Questions? 14 minutes
    No, really. Am I really answering what each student wants to know? Or am I simply reacting to key words or phrases without really listenin

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    Burnout! A Chat with Rebecca Pope-Ruark

    Burnout! A Chat with Rebecca Pope-Ruark

    Burnout is a serious issue that can affect your health, relationships, and job performance. It’s important to know the signs of burnout so you can take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place. But if you do experience burnout, don’t panic! There are ways for you to get back on track and feel good again. Listen to this episode of The A&P Professor with Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark about how we can avoid, deal with, or be there for others experiencing burnout! You'll be glad you did!
    00:00 | Introduction 00:48 | Rebecca Pope-Ruark 02:42 | Sponsored by AAA 04:08 | Burnout & How to Fix It 18:41 | Sponsored by HAPI 19:59 | Reducing Academic Burnout 34:42 | Sponsored by HAPS 35:59 | Student Burnout 41:54 | Staying Connected If you cannot see or activate the audio player click here.

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    Connection with peers, rather than competition, can drive our creative energy and help us through difficult times. (Rebecca Pope-Ruark)
     
    Rebecca Pope-Ruark 2 minutes
    Introduction to this episode's special guest, Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark. She's an author of the popular book Agile Faculty, host of the Agile Faculty podcast, and an expert in faculty burnout.
    The Agile Faculty Life (Rebecca Pope-Ruark's website) my-ap.us/3dAYcJB Agile Academic (Rebecca Pope-Ruark's blog) my-ap.us/31MFLfB The Agile Academic Podcast (Rebecca Pope-Ruark's podcast for women in higher ed) my-ap.us/3dysixv Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (book by Rebecca Pope-Ruark) amzn.to/3wrZFKU
     
    Sponsored by AAA 1.5 minute
    A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at anatomy.org.
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    Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

     
    Burnout & How to Fix It 14.5 minutes
    Following up on a recent online HAPS webinar hosted by Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark lays out some of the basics of burnout. What is burnout? Is it different than stress? How can we deal with faculty burnout?
    Keeping the Spark - March 10, 2021. Presentation by Rebecca Pope-Ruark on faculty burnout and how to avoid or recover from it. Sponsored by HAPS and AACA. (recording of presentation) my-ap.us/3rSOsQb
     
    Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program 1.5 minute
    The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!
    nycc.edu/hapi

     
    Reducing Academic Burnout 14.5 minutes
    What can we do to prevent or reduce faculty burnout? Are there ways we can support each other and keep each other out of "the burn?"

     
    Sponsored by HAPS 1.5 minute
    The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!
    Anatomy & Physiology Society
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    Student Burnout 6 minutes
    Yes, there are things we can do in our courses to help with student burnout.
     
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    Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates

    Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates

    Episode 90 of The A&P Professor podcast is a thematic smörgåsbord, full of tasty tidbits to share with students and colleagues. Host Kevin Patton talks about dealing with resistance when we try to take bold steps in teaching. Is note taking better with a paper or an electronic device? The effects of diluting blood plasma on aging (don't try this at home).And the phenomenon of pandemic weight change.
    00:00 | Introduction 01:06 | Notetaking: Paper or Digital? 13:14 | Sponsored by AAA 14:53 | Pandemic Twenty? 19:27 | Sponsored by HAPI 20:39 | Diluted Blood: Fountain of Youth? 28:25 | Sponsored by HAPS 29:37 | Taking Bold Steps in Teaching 42:57 | Long-Term Learning Seminar 44:20 | More Bold Steps 50:46 | Staying Connected If you cannot see or activate the audio player click here.

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    Of all frictional resistances, the one that most retards human movement is ignorance, what Buddha called ‘the greatest evil in the world’. The friction which results from ignorance can be reduced only by the spread of knowledge and the unification of the heterogeneous elements of humanity. No effort could be better spent. (Nikola Tesla)
     
    Notetaking: Paper or Digital? 12 minutes
    It's the battle of paper notetaking vs. digital notetaking. Who's the winner? Are are we ready to declare a winner?
    The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking (journal article from Psychological Science) my-ap.us/39qbNCo Don’t Ditch the Laptop Just Yet: Replication Finds No Immediate Advantage to Writing Notes by Hand (blog article from American Psychological Association) my-ap.us/39svN7h Don’t Ditch the Laptop Just Yet: A Direct Replication of Mueller and Oppenheimer’s (2014) Study 1 Plus Mini Meta-Analyses Across Similar Studies (journal article from Psychological Science) my-ap.us/3fpmHff Paper Notebooks vs. Mobile Devices: Brain Activation Differences During Memory Retrieval (journal article from Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience) my-ap.us/3u3YjEb Stronger Brain Activity After Writing on Paper Than on Tablet or Smartphone (article at Neuroscience News) my-ap.us/3ftufxE
     
    Sponsored by AAA 1.5 minute
    A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at anatomy.org.
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    Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

     
    Pandemic Twenty? 4.5 minutes
    Originally conceived as the equivalent of the mythical "freshmen 15," the "pandemic 15" may turn out to be the "pandemic twenty" or more. Or less. Listen and find out.
    How Much Weight Did We Gain During Lockdowns? 2 Pounds a Month, Study Hints (article from New York Times) my-ap.us/3fqgX5a Body Weight Changes During Pandemic-Related Shelter-in-Place in a Longitudinal Cohort Study (journal article from Journal of the American Medical Association) my-ap.us/3dg5L8y
     
    Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program 1 minute
    The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!
    nycc.edu/hapi

     
    Diluted Blood: Fountain of Youth? 7.5 minutes
    New research suggests that diluting our blood pla

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    Smooth Teaching with Slides: Animations to Dramatize the Story of Anatomy & Physiology | Science Updates

    Smooth Teaching with Slides: Animations to Dramatize the Story of Anatomy & Physiology | Science Updates

    Host Kevin Patton outlines several new discoveries, including the function of background noise in the brain, how exercise triggers immunity, a possible blood marker for longevity, and how mitochondria are organized during cell division. And he discusses how easy animation effects can help students focus on important elements of the story of anatomy and physiology.
    00:00 | Quotation & Intro 00:47 | Brain's Background Noise 08:06 | Sponsored by AAA 09:12 | How Exercise Triggers Immunity 13:30 | Sponsored by HAPI 14:41 | Mitochondria During Cell Division 22:10 | Sponsored by HAPS 23:03 | How Old Will We Get 26:22 | Focus Our Story on Slides 35:22 | The Scoop About Segments 36:33 | Smooth Slides for a Smooth Story 43:56 | Staying Connected If you cannot see or activate the audio player click here.

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    We deal with our mind from morning till evening, and it can be our best friend or our worst enemy. (Mathieu Ricard)
     
    Brain's Background Noise 7 minutes
    The so-called "background noise" in an electroencephalogram (EEG)—that aperiodic data that contrasts with the periodic waves we usually look for—may be a measure of consciousness.
    Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Hold Clues to Persistent Mysteries (Quanta magazine article) my-ap.us/3lisLqW Most brain activity is "background noise" — and that's upending our understanding of consciousness (Salon magazine article) my-ap.us/30KWq2q
     
    Sponsored by AAA 1 minute
    A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at anatomy.org.
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    How Exercise Triggers Immunity 4 minutes
    We know that exercise has many beneficial effects in the body, including stimulation of the immune system. A new discovery in mice suggests that the same pressure that triggers bone growth with exercise also triggers the precursors to lymphocytes in bone marrow.
    Exercise generates immune cells in bone (article in Nature) my-ap.us/30JA4i5
     
    Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program 1 minute
    The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!
    nycc.edu/hapi

     
    Mitochondria During Cell Division 7.5 minutes
    We know how the nuclear genome is organized into two equivalent groups during cell division—at least the broad strokes. A new discovery sheds light on complex mechanisms that distribute the mitochondrial genome.
    Actin cables and comet tails organize mitochondrial networks in mitosis (article in Nature) my-ap.us/30J7cX4
     
    Sponsored by HAPS 1 minute
    The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!
    Anatomy & Physiology Society
    theAPprofessor.org/haps

     
    How Old Will We Get? 3 minutes
    A study of 90- to 100-year-olds sugges

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    The Proper Order of Topics in A&P | Leaderboards | Student Frustration

    The Proper Order of Topics in A&P | Leaderboards | Student Frustration

    Ever wonder why topics in A&P seem to have a uniform order of topics in all the courses & textbooks? Host Kevin Patton discusses the proper order of those concepts. We continue the discussion of gamification, including a focus on leaderboards. And we tackle why pandemic learning causes students to lament that they have to teach themselves.
    00:00 | Quotation & Intro 00:44 | More on Gamification 06:20 | Sponsored by AAA 07:38 | Leaderboard Competition 16:02 | Sponsored by HAPI 17:16 | Pandemic Feelings of Learning 25:12 | Sponsored by HAPS 26:16 | Order of A&P Topics 35:27 | TAPP Community 36:03 | The Proper Order? 41:18 | Staying Connected If you cannot see or activate the audio player click here.

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    I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.  (Albert Einstein)
     
    More on Gamification 5.5 minutes
    We revisit how Kevin uses Badgr badges in his course and in the TAPP-ed program—including the main steps for setting up either badges internal to the learning management system (LMS) or external to the LMS.
    Listening to the previous episode is a good idea! Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests | TAPP 87 Gamifying Education: Motivation and the Implementation of Digital Badges for Use in Higher Education (journal article) my-ap.us/3rxneig The Usefulness of Digital Badges in Higher Education - Exploring the Student Perspectives (journal article) my-ap.us/2MLz4GL The Elements of Gamification Learning in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review my-ap.us/36SntfJ Sample form platforms Google Forms my-ap.us/2AfzbQU JotForm jotform.com (Kevin's favorite) Sample automation services Zapier zapier.com IFTTT ifttt.com Integromat www.integromat.com/en Badgr.com
     
    Sponsored by AAA 1.5 minutes
    A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at anatomy.org.
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    Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!
    Sign up for the new VDD or Virtual Dissection Database. You can access it at www.virtualdissectiondatabase.com

     
    Leaderboard Competition 8.5 minutes
    Competition can be a potent part of the gamification strategy in education. This competition can motivate students to keep going and keep succeeding. One way to to support this kind of competition and collaboration is to use a leaderboard. Leaderboards are built into the Badgr microcredential system— as well as other microcredential systems.
    The effect of challenge-based gamification on learning: An experiment in the context of statistics education (recent research study on using leaderboards in higher ed) my-ap.us/3sg4Drg Kevin's badge page for his Pre-A&P students lionden.com/fis-badges.htm Duolingo (free app for learning a new language, where Kevin is currently experiencing the advantages of gamification as he learns the Esperanto lingvo, er, language) www.duolingo.com/info Using Badgr's Course Leaderboard my-ap.us/3aLovfP Gamification in Science Education. A Systematic Review of the Literature. (review article from the journal Education Sciences)my-ap.us/3khSy2b The Gamification of Learning: a Meta-analysis (journal article from Educational Psychology Review) my-ap.us/2NPf0U2
     
    Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program 1 minute
    The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a gradua

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    Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests

    Micro-Credentials & Gamification in the A&P Course | Brown & Black Skin | Refresher Tests

    Allowing students to earn badges in the A&P course provides motivation to master all the concepts and also provides granular documentation of learning beyond the transcripted course grade. Host Kevin Patton shares his experience, along with a discussion of skin color in teaching future health professionals and the use of refresher tests to get students ready for their A&P course.
    00:00 | Quotation 00:46 | Refresher Tests 08:49 | Sponsored by AAA 10:13 | Black & Brown Skin 19:48 | Sponsored by HAPI 20:54 | Badges 1: Digital Micro-Credentials 29:06 | Sponsored by HAPS 30:07 | Badges 2: Gamification 38:11 | Staying Connected If you cannot see or activate the audio player click here.

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    “That’s what games are, in the end. Teachers. Fun is just another word for learning.”  (Raph Koster)
     
    Refresher Tests 8 minutes
    A brief "refresher" on refresher tests, or as Kevin calls them... Test Zero. Pulling together ideas mentioned in past episodes, Kevin describes how he uses initial review tests in A&P 1 and a bit differently in A&P 2 to get students better prepared for their course. And he reveals the learning science behind why they work.
    Some previous episodes that mention Test Zero Teaching For Long Term Learning | Episode 7 The Syllabus Episode | Bonus | Episode 24 Promoting Academic Integrity in Our Course | Episode 25 Warnings & Safety Tips in the A&P Syllabus | Episode 57 The Prerequisite Problem | Wi-Fi Effects | Transplant Genomes | Episode 61
     
    Sponsored by AAA 1.5 minutes
    A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at anatomy.org.
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    Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!
    Sign up for the new VDD or Virtual Dissection Database. You can access it at www.virtualdissectiondatabase.com

     
    Black & Brown Skin | Book Club 9.5 minutes
    A&P faculty have the awesome responsibility to "set the stage" for future health professionals. One way we can do this is to start early with an awareness of anatomic variations and how they influence observation of clinical signs. That that starts with the skin, particularly how common clinical conditions appear in a variety of skin colors. A new recommendation from The A&P Professor Book Club may help us (and our students) with that.
    Black & Brown Skin (Mind the Gap book) www.blackandbrownskin.co.uk/ Pulse Oximeter Devices Have Higher Error Rate in Black Patients (NY Times article) my-ap.us/3q0Gkg7 Racial Bias in Pulse Oximetry Measurement (letter in New England Journal of Medicine) my-ap.us/3jud132 Back to Campus Pandemic Teaching | Resilience | TAPP 74 (where Kevin talks about "setting the stage" in lion taming)
     
    Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program 1 minute
    The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!
    nycc.edu/hapi

     
    Badges 1: Digital Micro-Credentials 8 minutes
    Returning to the concept of badges (which are available for podcasts, book readings, seminars, etc., in The A&P Professor universe world), Kevin talks about the value of badges both for us as profession

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