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New Project Promotes Virtual Science Labs, Despite Skepticism

12/10/2009 Atlanta -- Can online science laboratories replace the experience of sitting at a lab bench with beaker in hand? No way, say many professors. But Kemi Jona, director of Northwestern University's Office of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education Partnerships, argues that virtual labs are at least as good, and in some cases better, at teaching students concepts to prepare them for modern laboratory research. Read More »


Animal rights group dicusses MSU's practices

11/11/2009 A national organization is calling on MSU officials to consider alternatives to how the university teaches its veterinary students. Representatives from Animalearn, a division of the nonprofit animal advocacy and educational organization American Anti-Vivisection Society, questioned MSU’s past practices of purchasing live animals from Class B animal dealers at a lecture Wednesday, but said the university is making progress. Read More »


Animalearn Launches New Search Engine & Improved Humane Science Program

10/13/2009 In 1996, Animalearn established a one-of-a-kind dissection alternatives lending library called The Science Bank, and is now proud to launch its newly re-designed website, In 1996, Animalearn established a one-of-a-kind dissection alternatives lending library called The Science Bank, and is now proud to launch its newly re-designed website, www.Animalearn.org. Read More »


There’s more than one way to skin a frog

10/07/2009 Holy Formaldehyde! Times are changing. As of this fall, thousands of Catholic school students in the Philadelphia area can opt out of that once mandatory, highly stinky rite of passage — dissecting a frog in biology class. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has established a policy under which students in its 20 high schools Read More »


Student honored for refusing dissection assignment

10/06/2009 A Warminster student won an animal protection group award for not participating in a dissection in her class. The next time a Catholic high school student gets queasy over the idea of dissecting an animal in science class, he or she can put down the scalpel. Read More »


Archdiocese of Philadelphia Institutes New Dissection Choice Policy

10/05/2009 Animalearn commends the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on its new model student choice policy, affecting thousands of students. Animalearn’s 2009 Humane Student of the Year Megan Sweeney, graduate of Archbishop Wood High School, knows how important that is. Read More »


Animalearn Presents "Dying to Learn" Report at the World Congress on the Use of Animals and Alternatives in the Life Sciences, Rome, Italy

10/01/2009 Animalearn presented our two-year investigation "Dying to Learn: Exposing the Supply and Use of Dogs and Cats in Higher Education", as a scientific poster at The 7th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal use in the Life sciences in Rome, Italy from August 30-Sept.3. Read More »