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The Wallenda Model of Homeostasis | Episode 46

by Kevin Patton

The Wallenda Model of Homeostasis

TAPP Radio Episode 46

Quick Take

00:44 | Measles & Immune Amnesia
09:16| Sponsored by HAPS
09:44 | Bone Growth Update
13:55 | Sponsored by AAA
14:27 | Featured: The Wallenda Model of Homeostasis
40:43 |  Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
41:32 | Hearing from YOU

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1 | Measles and Immune Amnesia

8.5 minutesmeasles

Measles (MV) is very contagious and can be deadly, even though some cases are mild to moderate. However, it can also “erase” some or all of our immune memory!

  • Measles and Immune Amnesia (article from American Society for Microbiology) my-ap.us/2F0Chew
  • Watch: The tricks that make measles so infectious (video you can use in your class) my-ap.us/2EWugar
  • Notes
    • In this segment, the necessary step of memory cells producing effector cells (that engage pathogens) in subsequent exposures to the “remembered” pathogen is glossed over for simplicity of discussion.
    • Presumably, the “live” attenuated MV used in vaccination triggers formation of memory cells against MV without causing the full-blown infection that impairs immune memory of other pathogens.

2 | Sponsored by HAPS

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3 | Bone Growth Update

bone growth

4 minutes

How we understand growth of a long bone at the epiphyseal plate may be changing a bit. Check out the audio and the links below to find out more.

  • New mechanism of bone growth discovered (summary article) my-ap.us/2EYEdEc
  • A radical switch in clonality reveals a stem cell niche in the epiphyseal growth plate. (journal article in Nature) my-ap.us/2F2cwKy


4 | Sponsored by AAA

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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 | The Wallenda Model of Homeostasis

26 minutes

Multiple models of homeostasis may be needed for students to fully understand the important core concept of homeostasis. Here, Kevin describes an analogy he uses—a person on a highwire. Listen to why he calls this model The Wallenda Model and find out how he uses it to better understand homeostasis.

    • The Wallendas are a family of highwire artists famous for very high/long “sky walks” and human pyramids on the wire
      • Karl Wallenda, the most famous of the clan, died from a fall off the wire during a sky walk
      • The famous 7-person pyramid was also marred by a tragic fall
    • NOTE: The balance pole is normally up to about 30 pounds or so. The 80-pound figure given in this episode would be unusually heavy.
    • Elements of The Wallenda Model
      • Variable: position of body
      • Set point: directly over the wire
      • Sensors: nerve receptors (eyes, inner ears, muscle stretch receptors, etc.)
      • Integrator: brain
      • Effectors: skeletal muscles
    • Where to send students:


6 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

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Preview of Episode 47

Host Kevin Patton previews the content of the upcoming full episode, which focuses on the human microbiome, teaching in the age of artificial intelligence, and a special summer series of episodes. There’s more… some word dissections and Mindi Fried’s recommendation for The A&P Professor Book Club.



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  • Teaching A&P in the age of artificial intelligence
  • The human microbial system (human microbiome)
  • Special episodes this summer!

Word Dissections

6.5 minutes

  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Microbe
  • Microbiome

Book Club

3.5 minutes

  • Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain
    • by Timothy Verstynen & Bradley Voytek
    • amzn.to/2FAkniR
    • Recommended by Mindi Fried
  • Special opportunity
    • Contribute YOUR book recommendation for A&P teachers!
    • First five submitted and used will be in a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD 10 tablet
    • Any contribution used will receive a $25 gift certificate
    • The best contribution is one that you have recorded in your own voice (or in a voicemail at 1-833-LION-DEN)
  • Check out The A&P Professor Book Club

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