Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New cell image database

The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB) recently announced the availability of a new database of cell images that you can use for FREE.

The announcement in the Journal of Cell Biology states that cell biologists can now post their images (and associated data) to the browser-based application called the JCB Viewer.

Here's an example: http://jcb-dataviewer.rupress.org/jcb/img_detail/127/134/

Click here to access the main page for the JCB Viewer.

Please note that the images are copyrighted by individual authors of journal articles in the JCB. However, because the images are available for viewing FREE to nonsubscribers a professor could link to the images to enhance teaching.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Secrets to Using this Blog

As more and more of you are "tuning in" to The A&P Professor blog, I thought I'd give you a few tips on how to use the blog more efficiently to improve your teaching.

1. Subscribe to the The A&P Professor FREE newsletter. That way, new posts will automatically go directly to your inbox and you'll know about "breaking news as it happens." Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.

2. Instead, or in addition, to a newsletter subscription you can subscribe in your favorite RSS reader. Click here to subscribe to the feed.

2.5. Want a feed that talks to you? Click here to subscribe to the PODCAST version of the feed. You can hear articles if you subscribe to the newsletter by clicking the speaker icon at the foot of each article.

3. Want to go back to an item that you read a while back? The simplest way is to enter a key term into the Search box at the very top edge of the blog screen. Another way is to go to the left column and scroll down to the Blog Archive section and find it by date and title.

3.5. Most articles have keywords listed at the end. At the blog, click on a keyword to automatically find all other posts with the same keyword.

4. Don't forget to go to the The A&P Professor website! I have a LOT more detailed and abundant information for you there! Click here to go to the website. Or click the logo in the left column of the blog screen.

4.5. At the The A&P Professor website, use the navigation buttons along the lower edge of the title to explore around . . . the buttons expand as your mouse rolls over them.

5. Email articles you like (or really hate) to your friends (or enemies). There's an email icon (envelope) at the bottom of each post at the blog.

6. If you read more easily in another language, automatically translate articles with the Google Translate widget in the left column of the blog.

7. Be sure to LEAVE a comment! That's how I learn new things . . . and you, too! And READ the comments of others. So far, many of the comments that have been left have been left by folks how matter (such as the subject of the article!). It's also a good way to let me know what you like and what you don't!

8. When you visit a journal article that I recommend, then SAVE it. You may want to look back at it again. PRINT it out and bring it to class to show your students that you are using the LATEST information (and one of them may actually be interested enough to read it, too!)

9. If you are intrigued by one of the images I use in an article, then click the image. Often, you'll go straight to the source . . . which is often a BIGGER image with some accompanying information. Many of the images I use are FREE for your reuse, but click for the source to make sure. If there is no link to the image, you probably can't use it.

10. Tell your friends and colleagues about the blog! The more folks we have in our little community, the more feedback and sharing we can generate!

And now for something completely different . . .

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Want an easy way to record audio files for your course website?

Audacity is a FREE software program that allows you to record anything you like in a compact, intuitive screen on your computer, then export it in any of several formats (mp3, wav, ogg, etc.).

Before exporting it, you can edit it, rearrange it, add echo or other effects, remove noise . . . and lots of other stuff, too.

I know several teachers who teach online, hybrid, or web-enhanced courses and use Audacityregularly to record podcasts (audio lectures or instructions) and easily post them online.

I used this program to create the audio pronunciation guide at my web page that explains The A&P Professor hip logo

To find out more . . . or download and try it . . . visit the Audacity site!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Blogs and wikis for A&P

I already know your favorite blog related to A&P . . . this one!

But in case you still can't get enough, I just created a new page a The A&P Professor website . . . this one listing various blogs, wikis, and online communities related to teaching and learning human anatomy and physiology.

Besides topical blogs in A&P subjects, and blogs on teaching/learning at the college level, I've also including a listing of FREE sites where you can build your own blog or wiki or related community.

Check it out at The A&P Professor's list of blogs and wikis.

This list is still in the "beta" stage . . . I need more entries. PLEASE help me by submitting your favorites! Just click the "comments" link or email me at info@theAPprofessor.org

Sad pucker

It's not alway easy for beginning students to remember which organs are peritoneal and which are retroperitoneal.

One easy way to remember which abdominopelvic organs are retroperitoneal is to use a mnemonic such as SAD PUCKER:
  • S = Suprarenal (adrenal) glands
  • A = Aorta/Inferior Vena Cava
  • D = Duodenum (second and third segments)
  • P = Pancreas
  • U = Ureters
  • C = Colon (ascending and descending only)
  • K = Kidneys
  • E = Esophagus
  • R = Rectum
Or instead, Ursula Uses Kids to Deliver All Lemon Pies except Sue’s Tasty Crust
  • Ureters
  • Urinary bladder
  • Kidneys
  • Duodenum
  • Adrenal glands
  • Large intestine
  • Pancreas
  • exept (not retroperitoneal) Sigmoid and Transverse Colon
[NOTE: these mnemonics are adapted from a Wikipedia entry]

What are we doing?

My HAPS colleague Kevin Young shared this YouTube video with us . . .

It's funny but it also really makes you think about what we're doing--or NOT doing--in education!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Protect your tools!

Thinking of taking some homework along during holiday travel?

These days, one of the primary tools of teachers are laptops and other mobile devices. The problem is that these things are stolen faster than one per minute!

For any of us planning to take our tools along during travel over the next few weeks, here are some tips published at the PC World website:

Holiday Travel Tips: Protect Your Laptop and Privacy
Thomas Wailgum, CIO.com
Sunday, November 30, 2008

For speeding through the security line, you may want to check this out:

8 Laptop Bags That Will Help You Speed Through Airport Security
By Becky Waring
September 16, 2008 Computerworld 2008

And here's even more advice from YouTube . . .

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More on 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

A few weeks ago, I alerted you to the winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The article 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry outlined how the discovery of and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) relates to human A&P.

The Nobel website has just released an interview with Martin Chalfie, one of the winners that you may want to listen to.

For the whole interview click here.

Here's just an excerpt . . .

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