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Apr 5, 2021

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

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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)
  • Don’t Ditch the Laptop Just Yet: Replication Finds No Immediate Advantage to Writing Notes by Hand (blog article from American Psychological Association)
  • 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)
  • Paper Notebooks vs. Mobile Devices: Brain Activation Differences During Memory Retrieval (journal article from Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience)
  • Stronger Brain Activity After Writing on Paper Than on Tablet or Smartphone (article at Neuroscience News)

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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

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Captioned audiogram 

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

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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)
  • Body Weight Changes During Pandemic-Related Shelter-in-Place in a Longitudinal Cohort Study (journal article from Journal of the American Medical Association)

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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 Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Diluted Blood: Fountain of Youth?

7.5 minutes

New research suggests that diluting our blood plasma could reduce or reverse some effects of aging. Don't try this at home!

  • Rejuvenation of three germ layers tissues by exchanging old blood plasma with saline-albumin (journal article)
  • Diluting blood plasma rejuvenates tissue and reverses aging (summary article of the recent research)
  • Rejuvenation of aged progenitor cells by exposure to a young systemic environment. (Journal article on the 2005 research)

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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

Check out: My Experience in Striving for Equitable Education in A&P Curriculum: Why it Matters to my Students (HAPS blog post)

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Taking Bold Steps in Teaching

13 minutes

Ever feel resistance from peers when suggesting a try of  new or different teaching or curriculum strategies? Yeah, me too.

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Long-Term Learning Seminar

1.5 minute

Here's a great refresher of some basic evidence-based strategies that you can use to take a bold step in teaching: Five Powerful Ways You Can Enhance Long-Term Learning in Your A&P Course

  • Topics include:
    • spaced retrieval practice
    • test debriefing
    • pre-testing
    • cumulative testing
    • initial exams
  • Don't forget! You can earn a digital credential in professional development for this online seminar.

Long-Term Learning


More Bold Steps

6.5 minutes

The conversation continues with some practical advice. For example, how to bring your critics on board with your bold ideas!


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