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The Science and Ethics of Animal 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 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 there own.

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 manner.”
  • “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 stakeholders.”

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.