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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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Jun 21, 2022

Sure, we're all life-long learners. But taking an actual college course from time to time throughout our teaching career can have unexpected benefits. Olfactory adaptation helps a lot when visiting the zoo, of course, but how does it really work? Researchers have found some new answers. Did you know that cerebrospinal fluid affects the process of memory? It does and we'll find out how.

00:00 | Introduction

00:43 | Olfactory Adaptation

06:23 | Sponsored by AAA

07:06 | CSF and Cognitive Decline

10:57 | Sponsored by HAPI

11:47 | Enrolling as a Student in a Course

21:33 | Sponsored by HAPS

22:24 | Lessons from Being a Student

36:03 | Staying Connected

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Olfactory Adaptation

6.5 minutes

We know that olfactory adaptation reduces perception of an persistent odor so that we can monitor our environment for new odors. But how does it work? This segments reveals some of those mysteries.

★ Olfactory Neurons Adapt to the Surrounding Environment (brief article explaining the new research)

★ Transcriptional adaptation of olfactory sensory neurons to GPCR identity and activity (research article in Nature Communications)

Why A﹠P Faculty Need to Become Students | TAPP 117


Sponsored by AAA

40 seconds

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

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CSF and Cognitive Decline

4 minutes

Factors in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) help regulate oligodendrocyte development and myelin sheath health in the hippocampus.  Myelinization in the hippocampus affects memory. As we age our CSF factors decline and put us at risk of memory loss. New research shows that restoring those factors can reverse memory decline. Listen and find out more!

★ Young cerebrospinal fluid improves memory in old mice (brief news post in Nature)

★ Young CSF restores oligodendrogenesis and memory in aged mice via Fgf17 (research article in Nature)


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

47 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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Enrolling as a Student in a Course

10 minutes

Enrolling as a student in a college course can have benefits for faculty. Being mindful of the student experience—intentionally avoiding a focus on using our "teacher lens" —can help immerse us in being a student for a change. Besides helping us avoid burnout, there are other benefits.

Burnout! A Chat with Rebecca Pope-Ruark | TAPP 91


Sponsored by HAPS

48 seconds

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!

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Lessons from Being a Student

13.5 minutes

What can we use from a student experience in a course to help us improve our teaching and our course? A lot, it turns out.

Supporting Returning Learners | Episode 9



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