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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. 

Have a question, comment, or an idea for an episode you'd like to hear—or in which you would like to participate or help plan? Contact host Kevin Patton. Or call the podcast hotline at 1-833-LION-DEN (1-833-546-6336).

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Feb 25, 2019

00:45 | Sperm Speed
02:48 | Sponsored by HAPS
03:32 | Hematopoiesis in the Gut
07:04 | Sponsored by AAA
07:22 | Swallow Legos Much?
10:41 | New Sponsor: MS-HAPI Program
15:23 | Featured: Mid-Semester Check-Ins Keep Your A&P Course on Track

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Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness. (Brené Brown)


1 | Sperm Speed

2 minutes

We know that some sperm are fast and some are slow. And it seems that if the sperm are generally pretty slow, that may reduce fertility. Now we have a clue why that may be so.

  • Slow sperm may fail at crashing ‘gates’ on their way to an egg (brief summary; includes video)
  • Strictures of a microchannel impose fierce competition to select for highly motile sperm (research article)



2 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast. Did you know there's a one-day regional HAPS conference in March? Check it out. You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there.

Anatomy & Physiology Society

 HAPS logo


3 | Hematopoiesis in the Gut

3.5 minutes

In Episode 37, I mentioned the "reserve hematopoiesis" in bone marrow. New information shows that significant hematopoiesis occurs in the adult intestine. In an allograft of intestinal tissue, as may occur in patients with a GI disorder, donor stem cells and progenitor cells produce white blood cells that circulate in the recipient's blood stream.

  • Some blood cells have a surprising source—your gut (brief summary)
  • Human Intestinal Allografts Contain Functional Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells that Are Maintained by a Circulating Pool (research article)

 hematopoietic stem cell


4 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

The searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) at Their big meeting is in April at the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting in Orlando FL. Check it out!

 American Association of Anatomists


5 | What Happens When You Swallow a Lego?

3.5 minutes

How long does it take for a Lego piece to travel through the alimentary canal? The answer is in—er, I mean out.

And learn about the Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score and the all-important Found-and-Retrieved Time (FART) score.  That alone is worth the price you paid to listen to this episode.

  • Study reveals how long it takes for LEGO head to pass through adult human digestive tract (brief summary)
  • Everything is awesome: Don't forget the Lego (research article)

 lego heads


6 | New Sponsor! MS-HAPI Graduate Program in A&P

4.5 minutes

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in instructional practice, this program helps you power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

 NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


7 | Featured: Mid-Semester Check-Ins Keep Your A&P Course on Track

25.5 minutes

A recent conversation with Krista Rompolski brought up her practice of a mid-semester student survey. Why does she do that? Find out in this episode that focuses on ways to "take the temperature" of your course while there's still time to fix anything that needs fixing.


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