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The A&P Professor

86 EpisodesProduced by Kevin PattonWebsite

Explore human anatomy and physiology (A&P) teaching and learning with host Kevin Patton. An experienced professor, textbook author, and mentor, Kevin is a recognized leader in A&P teaching. The A&P Professor builds on the practical approach taken in Kevin's popular blogs, newsletters, and websites. … read more


The Elephant Episode | TAPP Episode 31

Kevin Patton shares experience as an elephant keeper & trainer that give us insight to how the skin helps us maintain homeostasis of body temperature. An update in memory formation regarding the role of netrin at the synapse. And a reminder about your homework!

00:41 | Homework!
02:03 | Netrin and memory
06:47 | Sponsored by HAPS
07:04 | 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

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.

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2 | Netrin and memory 4.5 minutes

New 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

The 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.

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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).



5 | Sponsored by AAA 0.5 minute

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


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