Monday, September 14, 2020

Stress & Community | Acronyms | Media Tips | TAPP 77

Host Kevin Patton discusses the stress we are all feeling right now and introduces a new community of support. Word Dissection: What, if anything, is an acronym? New research on the use of acronyms in science. Some practical tips for instructional video & web meetings.

  • 0:00:49 | Instructional Media Tips
  • 0:20:54 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 0:21:35 | Acronyms: Enough or Too Many?
  • 0:33:38 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 0:34:36 | Stress. Yeah. Stress.
  • 0:54:23 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 0:55:55 | Your New Online Community
  • 1:07:31 | Staying Connected

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Instructional Media Tips

20 minutes

How can we fix that Kilroy-was-here look in our videos? Review tips on avoiding creepy-face. What are the best microphones to use for teaching online or making videos? Oh come on, do I really need headphones or earbuds?

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Sponsored by AAA

1 minute

A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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Acronyms: Enough or Too Many?

12 minutes

In a twist on the usual Word Dissection feature, we explore what an acronym is—and it's a bit more complex than you might think—and some current trends in the use of acronyms in science. There's new research, too!

  • Patton's definition of acronym & list of A&P acronyms (from Survival Guide for Anatomy & Physiology)
  • From ACTH to DNA: the rise of acronyms in research (brief summary article from Nature)
  • The growth of acronyms in the scientific literature (research article from eLife)
  • GGTOTD (good generic time of the day)


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

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Stress. Yeah. Stress.

20 minutes

Okay, I kinda got nothin' for you. But I will tell you what I've done about stress that works for me. And emphasize that I"m here for you (and where you can find others to network with).


  • Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide
    • This is a free downloadable stress-management guide for coping with adversity. The guide aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress. A few minutes each day are enough to practice the self-help techniques. The guide can be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises.
    • Informed by evidence and extensive field testing, the guide is for anyone who experiences stress, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.
    • Download here:
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety
    • Resources form the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
    • Tips for managing anxiety and stress during times of uncertainty. Advice and resources from trusted professionals. Find support today. Up To Date Statistics. 40 Years Of Experience. A Range Of Free Resources. Evidence-Based Advice. World's Leading Experts.
  • A U.S. Pandemic of Depression, Too? Rates Are Triple Pre-COVID Levels (news article)
  • Mental Health Needs Rise With Pandemic (Rising mental health problems has health advocates worried about the need for additional support for struggling students and the ability of colleges to provide it)
  • Helping Others Dampens the Effects of Everyday Stress (post from Association for Psychological Science)
  • Management‐related stress in the red‐shouldered hawk (that stress research I did years ago)

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Sponsored by HAPS

1 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!

🥂 Congratulations to Valerie O'Loughlin, the recent recipient of the HAPS President's Medal.

Anatomy & Physiology Society

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Your New Community

11.5 minutes

Take The A&P Professor experience to a new level by joining the new online private community away from distracting social media platforms, tangle email threads, and the roiling sea of available webinars.

  • Discussions that matter. In our private space, we can have the vulnerability needed for authentic, deep discussions. Discussions not limited to a sentence or two at a time.
  • No ads. No spam. No fake news. No thoughtless re-shares. Just plain old connection with others who do what you do!
  • Privacy. The A&P Professor community has the connectivity of Facebook and Twitter, but the security of a private membership site. None of your information can be shared outside the community, so you can share what you like without it being re-shared to the world. Like your dean, for instance. In our community, you can share your frustrations freely. And find support.
  • No algorithms. You get to choose what you want to see. You curate your own feed, selecting only those topics that interest you. Join subgroups that resonate with who you are—or who you want to be.
  • Access to mentors and like-minded peers. Our community is made up of all kinds of people from all over the world, each with different perspectives and experiences of teaching A&P. Find members near you—or far away. Connect with members online at that moment.
  • Courses, groups, and live events. As the community grows, we'll add mini-courses and micro-courses—some with earned micro-credentials, live virtual office hours with me and other mentors or guests, private special-interest groups, and more.
  • There is a very modest subscription fee to join our community.Deep discount on subscription to The A&P Professor community (good all of September 2020)

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