The Science and Ethics of Animal Research
This Web Seminar took place on June 1, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was Joan Griswold, the Curriculum
Design Lead for the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. Ms. Griswold
showed the audience some information about the use of animals for research and some
curriculum for how to discuss this controversial issue with students.
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 and the National Institutes of Health and walked
participants through a number of lessons that they could use in their classroom.
The lessons talked about how animals are used by humans, how they are used in medical
research and how students could assume roles of different stakeholders surrounding
the use of animals and learn something about opinions that may be different than
Thirty-one (31) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,
Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. 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:
- “This allows me to be able to explain why animal cruelty is not acceptable in
science experiments in science and for a students exit project.”
- “Very good ideas on how to discuss controversial topics in a respectful, thoughtful
- “I would like to teach Biology, so this topic about ethics in research is relevant
to my subject area. The information about teaching students how to communicate civilly
is also valuable since I don't want to have chaos in the classroom.”
- “I am always looking for ways to incorporate ethics into my lesson plans and
this is certainly a way to interest students. I like the idea of saving the position
paper until the end so that students can fully understand the views of different
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.