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Mid-Semester Check-Ins Keep Your A&P Course on Track | Episode 38

by Kevin Patton

Mid-Semester Check-Ins Keep Your A&P Course on Track

TAPP Radio Episode 38

Quick Take

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

spermWe 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) my-ap.us/2BP9yb0
  • Strictures of a microchannel impose fierce competition to select for highly motile sperm (research article) my-ap.us/2BLNi1J

2 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minute

HAPS logoThe 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 



3 | Hematopoiesis in the Gut

3.5 minuteshematopoietic stem cell

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) my-ap.us/2BMjEsZ
  • Human Intestinal Allografts Contain Functional Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells that Are Maintained by a Circulating Pool (research article) my-ap.us/2BMr8vY

4 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

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. Their big meeting is in April at the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting in Orlando FL. Check it out!


5 | What Happens When You Swallow a Lego?

3.5 minutes

lego headsHow 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) my-ap.us/2BGZ4dF
  • Everything is awesome: Don’t forget the Lego (research article) my-ap.us/2BMjGB7


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

4.5 minutes

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology InstructionThe 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!



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

25.5 minutes

surveyA 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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Preview of Episode 39

Host Kevin Patton previews the content of the upcoming full episode, which features a discussion of how paying attention to the meaning of muscle names can help in teaching and learning A&P. There’s more… a website note,  word dissections, and a recommendation from The A&P Professor Book Club.

language of muscles


.5 minute

  • Functions of the cerebellum
  • Liver responses when we see food
  • Exercise’s effect on body weight
  • Language of Muscles: A Strategy for Learning

Website Hiccups

1 minute

Apologies! Kevin’s two websites, theAPprofessor.org and lionden.com are having some technical issues that may occassionally mess up page layout or generate odd error messages. It’s being worked on!

Word Dissections

8 minutes

  • Cerebellum
    • Cerebrum
  • Muscle
    • Musculus
    • Musculi
  • Tendon
  • Anglicize

Book Club

8.5 minutes

Last updated: December 30, 2020 at 10:39 am

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