Raising the bar: What makes an effective public response in the face of animal rights campaigns?

For some scientists and institutions engaged in animal research,  activist campaigns against them are a fact of life.  These campaigns vary in tactics, scope, and longevity. At one end of the scale are the limited scope campaigns, perhaps when a paper reprints, more or less verbatim, an activist press release manufactured from misrepresenting publicly-available records. … Continue reading Raising the bar: What makes an effective public response in the face of animal rights campaigns?

2013 AMP Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach

Today's guest post is from Elizabeth Reitz, who is the program director for Americans for Medical Progress. They are now starting their 2013 Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach - a great program which played a huge part in starting Speaking of Research in 2008. Please share this with friends and colleagues. Americans for … Continue reading 2013 AMP Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach

Public Outreach – A Toolkit for Investigators

That public outreach is an increasingly important part of the scientific life in the 21st century should be news to no-one, and this is as true of biomedical research as of any other field of scientific endeavor. Allyson Bennett has written extensively for us on this subject, highlighting both the benefits of public outreach, and … Continue reading Public Outreach – A Toolkit for Investigators

Part 4: Many voices speaking of animal research

We recently wrote about the many existing venues, activities, and materials designed to encourage public dialogue and informed discussion about animal research.  Many individuals, institutions, and organizations contribute to public outreach and education efforts, and also take active roles in dialogue about continuing changes in practice and policy concerning animal welfare and the conduct of … Continue reading Part 4: Many voices speaking of animal research

Help Defend Research: Apply for the Michael D Hayre Fellowship

Our colleagues at Americans for Medical Progress are taking applications for the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach. In 2008 I became the Inaugural Fellow, using the opportunity advance public understanding of medical research through Speaking of Research (which was joinly supported by AMP and Pro-Test). I would recommend anyone interested in defending lifesaving … Continue reading Help Defend Research: Apply for the Michael D Hayre Fellowship

Promote Advocacy – Support a Hayre Fellow

In March 2008 I travelled to the US as the inaugural Michael D. Hayre Fellow in Public Outreach. Through this opportunity I founded Speaking of Research and worked to improve the public's understanding in public outreach. This year the new Hayre Fellow(s) will be able to try their hand at making a difference both nationally … Continue reading Promote Advocacy – Support a Hayre Fellow

Hayre Fellowship Deadline Extended – Will You Support Research?

There are many ways you can support lifesaving research. You could sign the Pro-Test Petition, you could join the SR Facebook group, or you could get out there and start something yourself! UCLA scientists and students stood up for research, why don't you! Due to the UCLA Pro-Test march Americans for Medical Progress decided to … Continue reading Hayre Fellowship Deadline Extended – Will You Support Research?

Help Defend Animal Research – AMP offers $5,000 Fellowships

Americans for Medical Progress are accepting applications for new Michael D. Hayre Fellows in Public Outreach. The program is aimed at students and young adults (18-30)  who feel that they can help improve the public understanding of animal research. Successful applicants will receive a $5,000 stipend, as well as the full support of both Americans … Continue reading Help Defend Animal Research – AMP offers $5,000 Fellowships