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The Elephant Episode | Episode 31

by Kevin Patton

The Elephant Episode

TAPP Radio Episode 31

Quick Take

0:41 | Homework!
2:03 | Netrin and memory
6:47 | Sponsored by HAPS
7:04 | Featured: Elephants and skin
23:29 | Sponsored by AAA

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People are so difficult. Give me an elephant any day. (Mark Shand)


1 | Homework!

1.5 minutes

listen. learn. share.

Don’t forget your homework assignments:

  1. Share this podcast with ONE other A&P colleague before the next episode arrives. Yes, I do accept late homework.
  2. Have questions, comments, stories, or ideas related to accommodating student needs? Pass them along for a future episode focused on this topic.

podcast@theAPprofessor.org (you can attach a sound file if you like! you get double extra credit if you do!)


2 | Netrin and memory

4.5 minutes

netrin mechanismsNew information about how memories form at synapses in the hippocampus tells us that netrin-1 is involved. (Click on the image to see details (you can use this image in your teaching, if you dare).


3 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

HAPS logoThe Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast. Did you know there’s a reduced “early bird” registration rate for the annual HAPS confercnce in Portland OR next May? 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  |  theAPprofessor.org/haps


4 | Elephants and skin

16.5 minutes

Kevin’s experience in zoos, circuses, and on safari in Africa form the basis of some elephant stories he tells in his A&P courses to emphasize some concepts of the integumentary system. In this episode, he shares some elephant research updates, then goes into how elephant skin can help us better understand the thermoregulatory function of human skin. The images show Kevin (on ground in dark suit) and his elephant friend Flora, the retired namesake of Circus Flora. The anterior and posterior sides of Flora’s ears pictured are referred to in Kevin’ stories (you may use these images in your teaching with attribution).

elephant (anterior)back of elephant earkevin and elephant at circus flora


5 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minute

American Association of Anatomists

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 anatomy.org

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Preview of Episode 32

Host Kevin Patton previews the content of the upcoming full episode, which focuses on tips in helping students manage test anxiety. There’s more… a few content updates, a tip for finding journal articles (for free)…plus some word dissections and recommendations from The A&P Professor Book Club.


test anxiety


2 minutes

  • Update in mitochondrial inheritance
  • Finding journal articles (for free)
  • Are cardiac stem cells really there?
  • Featured: Helping students with test anxiety

Word Dissections

5.5 minutes

  • Biparental and uniparental
    • Viviparous, oviparous, multiparous, postpartum
  • Metacognition

Book Club

5.5 minutes

  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others  by Daniel H. Pink
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
    • Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives
    • Mastery – the urge to get better and better at something that matters
    • Purpose- the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves
    • https://amzn.to/2BC1n1K

Last updated: January 4, 2021 at 19:09 pm

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