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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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May 17, 2022

We once again revisit deadline extensions, we discuss warm demanders and how they avoid toxic rigor, we discover which arm is best for a vaccine booster, we find out if we can grow new auditory hair cells, we get tips on how to speak more effectively while wearing a mask, and learn about a new discovery about oxygen absorption in the intestines.  Can we breathe through our anus? Listen to find out!

00:00 | Introduction

01:02 | Growing New Auditory Hair Cells

06:19 | Mask Talk: Loud, Slow, & Clear

11:17 | Sponsored by AAA

12:21 | Which Arm for That Booster?

15:32 | Intestinal Breathing

19:40 | Sponsored by HAPI

21:03 | Deadlines, Death, and Due Dates

34:31 | Sponsored by HAPS

35:39 | Are You a Warm Demander?

50:08 | Staying Connected


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[Warm demanders] expect a great deal of their students, convince them of their own brilliance, and help them to reach their potential in a disciplined and structured environment. (Lisa Delpit)


Growing New Auditory Hair Cells

5.5 minutes

An optimistic headline suggesting that we can now cure neural hearing loss turns out to be less than Kevin expected. But still pretty cool. We are poised for a cure!

★ New tool to create hearing cells lost in aging (press release with subtitle, "'We have overcome a major hurdle' to restore hearing")

★ Tbx2 is a master regulator of inner versus outer hair cell differentiation (research article in Nature)

Episode cover forAre You a Warm Demander? | TAPP 115


Mask Talk: Loud, Slow, & Clear

5 minutes

As the academic conference season gets into full swing, we may find ourselves trying to communicate while wearing masks. I hope everyone will be wearing masks—except in online conferences.  Kevin's experience in trying to hear conversations while hearing-impaired provides a few tips on effective communications while masked.

★ Let's Talk (Kevin's column in The Academic Author about tips on communicating while wearing a mask; Issue 2022:1)


Sponsored by AAA

61 seconds

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Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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Which Arm for That Booster?

3 minutes

Which arm is best to get that vaccination booster? New evidence suggests that it's the same arm where you received your primary vaccination. Listen and find out the logic behind this strategy!

★ Recall of B cell memory depends on relative locations of prime and boost immunization (research article in Science Immunology)

Revisiting A&P Learning Outcomes | Episode 54 (includes segment on recent research on the best time of day to get vaccinated)


Intestinal Breathing

4 minutes

Apparently mammals can absorb oxygen through the intestinal lining.  At least that's what recent research shows. This could be a breakthrough for oxygenating blood in patients that cannot be artificially ventilated in other ways. But it's just kinda weird, isn't it?

★ Mammals can breathe through their intestines (news article in Science)

★ Mammalian enteral ventilation ameliorates respiratory failure (research report in Med)

★ "Blowing Smoke Up Your @$$" Used to Be Literal (you're probably better off not reading this because you might feel the urge to tell this story in your class)


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

79 seconds

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 at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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Deadlines, Death, and Due Dates

13.5 minutes

Jerry Anzalone calls in with some thoughts on our previous discussion of extending student deadlines. And he even provides a Word Dissection of the term deadline, which turns out to be deadlier than we thought! Jerry suggests an alternative term (and why we may want one) and Kevin shares another alternative used by his friend Wendy Riggs. 


Should We Extend Deadlines? | Models & Color Codes | TAPP 112 (episode where I start this conversation)

Skin's Microbiome & Other Stories | TAPP 114 (episode where Heather Armbruster shares some stories about deadline extensions)

★ Your 'Deadline' Won't Kill You (article from Merriam-Webster about the origins of the term deadline quoted by Jerry Anzalone in his Word Dissection)

★ Creating Community in Online STEM Classes (online presentation by Wendy Riggs; one of her many "must see" presentations)

★ Why deadlines are important (you can link to this blog post in The A&P Student for your own students)

★ Free Parking (I dug up this old 2005 version of my Free Parking handout and it's now available as a bonus PDF on the TAPPapp (The A&P Professor listening app) or search in your device's app store [free]


Sponsored by HAPS

64 seconds

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Are You a Warm Demander?

14.5 minutes

Kevin shares a term new to him (but not to others)—warm demander. What is a warm demander? Is it something to avoid or aspire to? How does the term compare to toxic rigor?

★ Becoming a Warm Demander (article from ACSD summarizes some important points)

★ The Teacher as Warm Demander (another good article from ACSD)

★ "Multiplication Is for White People": Raising Expectations for Other People’'s Children (book by Lisa Delpit)

★ Humanizing Online STEM (home page of the program Kevin describes in this segment: "Instructor-student relationships are the connective tissue between students, engagement, and learning… face-to-face and online")



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