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The A&P Professor Podcast
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Content updates and teaching advice for teachers of human anatomy & physiology (A&P) from professor, author, and mentor Kevin Patton. 

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Nov 19, 2018

Kevin Patton shares experience as an elephant keeper & trainer that give us insight to how the skin helps us maintain homeostasis of body temperature. An update in memory formation regarding the role of netrin at the synapse. And a reminder about your homework!

00:41 | Homework!
02:03 | Netrin and memory
06:47 | Sponsored by HAPS
07:04 | Featured: Elephants and skin
23:29 | Sponsored by AAA

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People are so difficult. Give me an elephant any day. (Mark Shand)


1 | Homework! 1.5 minutes

Don't forget your homework assignments:

  1. Share this podcast with ONE other A&P colleague before the next episode arrives. Yes, I do accept late homework.
  2. Have questions, comments, stories, or ideas related to accommodating student needs? Pass them along for a future episode focused on this topic.

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2 | Netrin and memory 4.5 minutes

New information about how memories form at synapses in the hippocampus tells us that netrin-1 is involved. (Click on the image to see details (you can use this image in your teaching, if you dare).

 netrin mechanisms


3 | Sponsored by HAPS 0.5 minutes

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4 | Elephants and skin 16.5 minutes

Kevin's experience in zoos, circuses, and on safari in Africa form the basis of some elephant stories he tells in his A&P courses to emphasize some concepts of the integumentary system. In this episode, he shares some elephant research updates, then goes into how elephant skin can help us better understand the thermoregulatory function of human skin. The images show Kevin (on ground in dark suit) and his elephant friend Flora, the retired namesake of Circus Flora. The anterior and posterior sides of Flora's ears pictured are referred to in Kevin' stories (you may use these images in your teaching with attribution).

elephant (anterior)back of elephant earkevin and elephant at circus flora



5 | Sponsored by AAA 0.5 minute

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