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The Science and Ethics of Stem Cell Research
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

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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The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)

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.