The Science and Ethics of Stem Cell Research
This Web Seminar took place on May 26, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Jeanne Ting Chowning, Director of Education for the nonprofit Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. In this Seminar, the presenter gave an overview of stem cell research. She also shared conversational tools that allow students to explore controversial topics without harsh arguments.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized
under the My Resource Collections tab.
This program highlighted some of the resources that have been developed by the Northwest
Association for Biomedical Research the National Institutes of Health and Howard
Hughes Medical Institute for the teaching of stem cell work. The lessons include
wet labs, modeling and discussing the ethical issues around stem cells in a way
that allow students to voice their opinions with getting argumentative or heated.
Thirty-two (32) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont,
Virginia and Washington. In addition, one participant attended the Web Seminar from
a country outside the United States: Turkey.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance
was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning
Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “I received a lot of interesting information about stem cell research. In addition,
I got great ideas for activity, such as using clay to build models of stages of
cells. The "stakeholder" activity is engaging for me, so I think the students would
find it engaging for them too.”
- “Anything that helps me encourage my students to think critically and back up
their opinions with sound reasoning is invaluable!”
- “Important issues about science and ethics related to improving health and medicine.”
- “It was an important to me to see how I might connect new lesson ideas on stem
cell technology to what I am teaching in my preservice elem. ed classes.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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This program was supported by a Collaborations to Understand Research and Ethics
(CURE), 1R25RR025131, a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center
for Research Resources. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors
and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for
Research Resources or the National Institutes of Health.