Today's guest post is from Amanda Dettmer, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Dr. Dettmer is a developmental psychobiologist whose research examines the early life organization of sociocognitive development in nonhuman primates. She received her PhD in Neuroscience & Behavior from the University of Massachusetts … Continue reading Guest Post. How to Engage with the Public About Animal Research: Society for Neuroscience Panelists Offer Strategies to Scientists During Annual Meeting
What would you do if an activist group, whose Facebook wall features the extremist group the ALF, asked to tour your labs? While many people would ignore their request, the University of Guelph (Canada) invited the individual in to tour the facility and answer their questions. A post on the Animal Rights Compliance Facebook page … Continue reading What happens when an animal rights activist tours an animal research lab?
As many students and faculty begin the new academic year, there is a resolution that all of us need. To be more open about animal research and how we are involved in it. Possible ways to get involved: Small effort (1 - 5 minutes): Talk to friends and family about your job. Explain why animal … Continue reading A new year resolution for the new academic year
The German Primate Center (DPZ) have been producing some excellent resources to show how their primates are housed. This sort of outreach goes a long way to helping understand the lengths that institutions will go to ensure that high standards of animal welfare are maintained for their primates. The first resource is an interactive tour … Continue reading German Outreach Done Right
Scientist, technicians, animal care attendants and veterinarians all have different roles to play in explaining how and why animals are ethically used to advance scientific discoveries and improve therapeutic treatments of illness. Speaking of Research committee member Michael Brunt was asked to speak to laboratory animal veterinarians and LA veterinary residents from Canada and northeastern … Continue reading Veterinarians Bringing Research to the Public
Only have a few moments to spare? Quick jump straight to one of the Five Ways to Help: Check what your institution says about its animal research [2 minutes] Get them to add a link to Speaking of Research [3 minutes] Help share Speaking of Research’s message on social media [3 minutes] Send us a … Continue reading Five Ways to Help
Outreach is important in improving the public's understanding of animal research. A school STEM fair offers the perfect opportunity.