Anatomy Now

Each issue of Anatomy Now, the official newsletter of the American Association for Anatomy, includes breaking news on activities within (and adjacent to) our community, public policy updates, research breakthroughs, membership profiles, and industry accomplishments.

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Recent articles from Anatomy Now

Summer of Science: BAAM Girls Program Builds Future Scientists

By Sheryll Poe
This article was originally published in the July 28, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

What’s more fun than summer camp? Learning about anatomy and science, of course. Read more >>

Bringing Inclusivity to Speech Training

By Julie Foh

The project of writing Experiencing Speech: A Skills-Based, Panlingual Approach to Actor Training started with a desire for a workbook for Knight-Thompson Speechwork (KTS), which is a physical, descriptive approach to speech and accent training for actors. Read more >>

The Power of Hands-On Learning: A Conversation with Member Beth Moody Jones

By Sheryll Poe
This article was originally published in the June 16, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

When Beth Moody Jones began teaching gross anatomy at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine in 2000, “I taught it how I took it 20 years prior. I had my flashcards and I was memorizing them,” Moody Jones reminisced. Read more >>

Personal Grief in the Anatomy Lab

By Jennette J. Ball, DC, MS
This article was originally published in the October 2020 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

The anatomy lab is my ‘happy place.’ I love dissection, exploration, and discovery of the amazing patterns, structures, and variations of the human body. I strive to complete dissections that will look like the pictures in an anatomical atlas… not usually possible! Read more >>

Meet the Authors: Daria Larionova, Hervé Lesot, Ann Huysseune

By Sheryll Poe
This article was originally published in the August 11, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

For their paper, “Miniaturization: How many cells are needed to build a tooth,” published in Developmental Dynamics, Ghent University’s Daria Larionova, Herve Lesot and Ann Huysseune tackled the question by looking at the first functional dentition in small-sized teleost fish, such as medaka (Oryzias latipes). Read more >>

Meet the Authors: Rebecca J. Laver & Juan D. Daza

By Sheryll Poe
This article was originally published in the July 28, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

The next Special Issue of the Anatomical Record will focus on blind snakes, a small, burrowing snake known for its’ degenerate eyes that lie beneath opaque head scales. Read more >>

Member Shares His Zeal for Anatomy With Students, Invents New Lab Designs

By Sheryll Poe
This article was originally published in the May 5, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

Zdilla has brought approximately 100 students to the AAA Annual Meeting over the last decade, with over 250 presentations featuring student authors. In 2019, his team of 11 students from West Liberty University had 25 presentations alone.Read more >>

Chromatophores, Melanocytes, and Skin Color

By Soma Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.
This article was originally published on October 28, 2020.

Whether it is an African savannah or Antarctic desert, the organ that provides protection and a first line of defense in animals is the skin. When we look at the basic characteristics of life, two of the important features for survival are effective intragroup communication and response to the ecological environment. Read more >>

Member Perspective: LGBTQ+ People in STEM

This article was originally published in the February edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

I have always felt I have had two support systems: my LGBTQ+ community and friends outside of my professional life and my colleagues in academia. However, each group does not necessarily understand the other’s challenges and achievements.Read more >>

Into the Lion’s Den with Member Kevin Patton

By Sheryll Poe
This article was originally published in the July 14, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

Sometimes, teaching any type of scientific discipline at the advanced level can feel like trying to tame wild animals. Luckily, Professor Kevin Patton has experience in that area.  Read more >>

The Body Scan: Mindfulness Meets Anatomy

By Edgar Meyer (member of the AAA Committee for Early-Career Anatomists)
This article was originally published in the June 16, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

Present Moment. It’s morning! Another day, and you are still living the dream. You have donned your clothes, and you have arrived at work with intentionality and determination. Read more >>

Meet Anatomical Sciences Education’s New Associate Editor

By Sheryll Poe
This article was originally published in the June 2, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

Dr. Nalini Pather has been chosen as the new Associate Editor for Anatomical Sciences Education journal. She has served on the ASE editorial board since 2014. Pather is currently Chair of Anatomy at the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine and Health in Sydney, Australia. Read more >>

Dancing Through Adversity

By Sheryll Poe
This article was originally published in the February 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

Talking to him today, it’s hard to believe that Da’Quan Craven has ever had an issue with confidence. He’s a funny, chatty, charismatic, proudly gay Black man who admits his favorite form of self-care is hitting the dance floor in the latest fashions. Read more >>