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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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Sep 2, 2019

Host Kevin Patton asks why we should be transparent in our course and elsewhere. Plus an update on AAA's recent rebranding, how the tongue can smell, tips on serving students better, and updates on brain cells.


00:43 | Smell and Taste
02:18 | Old Gray Coat (Service to Students)
10:08 | Sponsored by HAPS
10:46 | Brain Cell Comparisons
12:50 | T Cells Attack Brain Stem Cells
15:25 | Sponsored by AAA (A New Name!)
19:35 | Transparency in Podcasting
32:16 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
33:15 | Transparency in Teaching
42:40 | Staying Connected


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Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. (Mother Teresa)


1 | Smell and Taste

1.5 minutes

Did you know that the tongue can smell? Kevin gives an update on new research.

  • Human Tongues Can Apparently Smell Things (brief summary)
  • Smelling with your tongue: Identification of functional olfactory receptors in human taste cells opens doors to new approaches to modify food flavor (brief summary)
  • Mammalian Taste Cells Express Functional Olfactory Receptors (journal article)


2 | Old Gray Coat

8 minutes

You ever see me in my classic, reliable, sporty (really old) gray sport coat at a HAPS conference? If not, then maybe you haven't seen me at a HAPS conference within the last 20 or so years. Or any conference, for that matter. Having nearly lost it after the 2019 HAPS conference, I use my bad experience with a dry cleaner to more fully realize the importance of good customer-service skills when dealing with students.

Kevin Patton


3 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

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. There are a bunch of 1-day regional workshops scattered all over the continent. There's probably one near you coming up this year (or next)!

Anatomy & Physiology Society

HAPS logo


4 | Brain Cell Comparisons

2 minutes

The current flurry of cellular and molecular research on brains is largely carried out in mice, with the assumption that it will inform us about human brains. Is that valid? How far does it go? Kevin cites a recent report that furthers our understanding of this comparison.

  • Conserved cell types with divergent features in human versus mouse cortex (journal article)

mouse brain


5 | T Cells Attack Brain Stem Cells

2.5 minutes

Yeah, another update on making new neurons in adult brains. This time, we find some evidence that "rogue" T cells may attack stem cells in the brain, specifically in the subventricular zone (SVZ), thus slowing the rate of making new neurons.

  • Rogue immune cells can infiltrate old brains: Killer T cells may dampen new nerve cell production in aged mice (summary article)
  • Single-cell analysis reveals T cell infiltration in old neurogenic niches (journal article)


6 | Sponsored by AAA | A New Name & Logo for AAA!

4 minutes

  • The American Association of Anatomists has recently changed its name to the American Association for Anatomy and updated its logo to better reflect its mission. Find out more in this segment, as Kevin explains the changes.
  • 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

AAA logo


7 | Transparency in Podcasting

12.5 minutes

While participating in a gigantic conference for podcasters, Kevin learned some things about the need for transparency. In this segment, he cites some principles of being up front about financial relationships. Then he explains the story behind the financial relationships in this podcast.

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8 | 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. 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 power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


9 | Transparency in Teaching

9.5 minutes

Yeah, nearly everything I learn—about anything, really—I find a way to apply it to my teaching. In a previous segment, I explained some things I learned about transparency in podcasting. In this segment, I apply those principles to my teaching.

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