Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin

Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin
Associate Professor, Biology
Lehigh Valley, 315-N
2809 Saucon Valley Rd
Center Valley, PA 18034

Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin, Associate Professor of Biology; Founding Director, CHANCE

Known throughout the Penn State Lehigh Valley community for her boundless enthusiasm for science, teaching and undergraduate research, Associate Professor of Biology Jacqueline McLaughlin, Ph.D., has been inspiring campus students in the classroom and out in the field for more than 25 years. Meanwhile, her devotion to conservation can be felt on a global scale.

“I have devoted my life’s work to higher education and striving to create traditional classrooms and non-traditional field-based experiences that expound the philosophy of experimental education,” Dr. McLaughlin said. “When students are engaged in real-world, hands-on experiences that allow them to pose questions, investigate, experiment, solve problems, take responsibility, be creative and contribute to society, I believe they define the well-rounded student that our institution endeavors to graduate. These students have the knowledge, skills, values and capacity to fulfill their potential and better our world.”

Background

Dr. McLaughlin’s research explores the integration of high-impact teaching and learning practices within the biology curriculum. Currently, she’s trailblazing a new area of expertise – the benefits of international CUREs (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) in short-term study abroad instruction.

That focus can clearly be found in her work as the founding director of CHANCE (Connecting Humans And Nature through Conservation Experiences), Penn State’s award-winning international environmental education program that combines a classic study abroad experience with undergraduate research in environmental sustainability. For nearly two decades, she’s been taking Penn State students to far-flung corners of the globe, including Romania, where for the past several years they’ve collaborated with students and faculty from the University of Bucharest on water issues affecting the Danube Delta.

Dr. McLaughlin also serves as an adviser to Professor Carmen Chifiriuc, vice rector of research at the University of Bucharest, assisting her with the development of international opportunities and exchanges between the two schools, as well as other universities and partners throughout the European Union.

“The goal is to uniquely blend collaborative STEM education, undergraduate research, science diplomacy and civic engagement opportunities to augment education in environmental sustainability while increasing access to quality training for all our students through the framework of the Penn State CHANCE program,” said Dr. McLaughlin, who has served as a visiting professor at both the University of Bucharest and Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China, as well as a Jefferson Science Fellow to the U.S. Department of State and an Embassy Science Fellow to the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.

Dr. McLaughlin has received a number of accolades for her teaching and scholarship, including the 2022 National Society for Experiential Education John S. Duley Lifetime Achievement Award in Experiential Education, 2021 Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State, 2018 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and 2017 Higher Education Educator of the Year from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). And, at PSU-LV, she was the recipient of the 2018 Teaching Excellence Award and the 2017 Outstanding Contribution in Research and/or Service.

When she’s not on campus, you can find Dr. McLaughlin pursuing her favorite hobbies, among them flower and vegetable gardening, cooking, baking and exercising outdoors.

Dr. McLaughlin’s research evaluates the integration of high-impact teaching and learning practices into the biology curriculum. She is the founding director of Connecting Humans And Nature through Conservation Experiences (CHANCE), Penn State’s award-winning environmental education program – a distinctive model which combines study abroad with undergraduate research in environmental sustainability. She has served as an appointed visiting professor at Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, and at the University of Bucharest, Romania; a Jefferson Science Fellow to the U.S. Department of State; and an Embassy Science Fellow to the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. She is now a special counselor to the vice rector of research at the University of Bucharest. Currently, Dr. McLaughlin is engaged in a new area of research – the benefits of international CUREs (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) in short-term study abroad instruction.

Recent Publications (since 2018):

Smith, M.A., Olimpo, J.T., Santillan, K.A., & McLaughlin, J.S. (2022). Addressing Foodborne illness in Cote d’Ivoire: Connecting the classroom to the community through a non-majors Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education,23(1): 1-9.     

McLaughlin, J. S., Perry, G., Manuel, K.B., Soluri, K.S. & Hebbeler, A.M. (2021). The U.S. Embassy Science Fellows program: implementations and impacts. Science & Diplomacy, 10 (3): Fall 2021 (online).

McLaughlin, J.S. (2021) Teaching environmental sustainability while transforming study abroad. Sustainability, 13(1): 1-13.                 

McLaughlin, J. S., Patel, M. & Slee, J. B. (2020). A CURE using cell culture-based research enhances career-ready skills in undergraduates. Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR), 4(2): 49-52.

Sheherbano, H., Babar, Z., Hadid, J. & McLaughlin, J. S. (2020). Coating polyurethane with palmitoleic acid and bovine serum albumin to prevent the host response to foreign materials. American Journal of Undergraduate Research, 16 (4): 5-14.

Slee, J. B. & McLaughlin, J. S. (2019). Making it Stick: A CURE Designed to introduce students to the scientific process and the host response to foreign materials. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (BAMBed), 47(4): 417-425.

McLaughlin, J. S., Patel, M. A., Johnson, D. K. & de la Rosa, C. L. (2018). The impact of a short- term study abroad program that offers a course-based undergraduate research experience and conservation activities. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, XXX (3): 100- 118.

Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

M.S., Cell and Developmental Biology, Florida State University

B.A., Biology, New College

All entries in this section are from 2018 to the present.

Keynotes Addresses

McLaughlin, J. S. (July 2, 2021). "CHANCE Romania: Water and Environmental Sustainability,
FarmConect, Romanian Maize Growers Association and recommendation of the U.S. Department of State, Embassy Bucharest, Slabozia, ROMANIA. 

McLaughlin, J. S. (July 2, 2021). "CHANCE Romania: Where We Are Now, and Plans for the Future," 2021 CHANCE Field Program, University of Bucharest, College (Faculty) of Biology, University of Bucharest, Romania. 

McLaughlin, J. S. (April 24, 2019). "New Places, Faces and Spaces," Penn State Lehigh Valley Awards Convocation, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA.

McLaughlin, J. S. (November 19, 2018). "The Penn State CHANCE Program Utilizes International Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences to Transform Environmental Education," Penn State CHANCE & UCB Exploratory Meetings, The Universidad Catolica Boliviana (UCB) “San Pablo", Tarija, COLUMBIA.

McLaughlin, J. S. (August 14, 2018). "Exposing Students to Environmental Realities: Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating International Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences
(I- CURES)," International Arid Lands Conference, Texas Tech University, Office of International Affairs, Lubbock, Texas.

Lectures

McLaughlin, J. S. (April 5, 2021). "The Impact of a Short-term Study Abroad Program that Offers a Course- based Undergraduate Research Experience and Conservation Activities," Natural Resource Management Class (NRM547), Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. 

McLaughlin, J. S. (April 5, 2019). "The Global Realities of Conservation and the Need for Systemic Advocacy," OES/STC Lunch Lecture Series, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (STC), Washington D.C.

Panel Discussions

McLaughlin, J. S., Perry, G., LoSecco, J., & Sen, S. (December 9, 2020). "Fellow to Fellow: A Conversation with JSFs at USAID & State," Jefferson Science Fellow Alumni Panel Discussion, National Academies of Sciences, Washington D.C.    

McLaughlin, J. S., Frohlich, E., Vandermaas-Peeler, M., Whitehead, D. M., Ketcham, C., Hall, E., Buckmaster, M., & Sutton, S. B. (October 17, 2019). "A "Think Tank" on Mentoring Undergraduate Research in Global (Local and International) Contexts," 2019 Annual AAC&U Conference, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Elon University - Center for Global Engagement, and The Forum on Education Abroad, San Antonio, Texas.

McLaughlin, J. S., Moore, D., Jacobs, S., & McDuffee, B. (July 16, 2019). "Providing STEM Education to Underserved and Vulnerable Groups," Canadian International Leadership Panel, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Washington D.C.

Cantalupo, Cantalupo, B. A., & Michalec, B. (November 6, 2018). "Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell," Reading Anew: Voices from the Past, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Papers

McLaughlin, J. S., & Esparza, D. (June 14, 2018). "Learning Outcomes of an International Program in Cuba that Offers Undergraduates Opportunities in Authentic Research in Environmental Policy," 5th European Congress for Conservation Biology, Society for Conservation Biology, Jyvaskyla, FINLAND.

Posters

McLaughlin, J. S., Mit, P., & Slee, J. B. (December 8, 2019). "Making It Stick: The Story of a CURE that Imparts Career Ready Skills," Joint Meeting for the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Washington D.C.

McLaughlin, J. S., Sarah, E. E., Esparza, D., & Patel, M. (May 29, 2019). "Undergraduate Students' International Environmental Policy Research: Outcomes and Opportunities," 2019 NAFSA Annual Conference, NAFSA, Washington D.C.

McLaughlin, J. S., Patel, M., Johnson, K. D., & de la Rosa, C. (February 5, 2019). "Undergraduate Research and Conservation Activities Enrich Short-Term Study Abroad Outcomes,"NAFSA Online Poster Fair, NAFSA Intercultural and Communication Training Network.

McLaughlin, J. S., & Esparza, D. (October 11, 2018). "Learning Outcomes of an International Program that Offers Undergraduates Authentic Research in Environmental Policy," 47th North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference, NAAEE, Spokane, Washington.

Presentations

McLaughlin, J. S., & Postolache, C. (August 24, 2022). "“A BiNational Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience as a Model for Sustainability Education," 6th European Congress on Conservation Biology (ECCB), Society for Conservation Biology, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC.

McLaughlin, J. S., & Jarsen, J. M. (March 2, 2022). "How to Design a Research Poster," Undergraduate Research Workshop Series, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA (Virtual).

McLaughlin, J. S., & Cruz, L. (October 7, 2021). "Re-inventing Short-term Study Abroad Using a High Impact, Online CURE," American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference on Global Learning, American Association of Colleges and Universities, virtual, Washington, D.C.

McLaughlin, J. S., & Slee, J. B. (June 6, 2021). "Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) Impart Career Ready Skills Needed in the American Workforce," The Teaching Professor Annual Conference - Global Learning Reimagined, The Teaching Professor, New Orleans, Louisiana.

McLaughlin, J. S. (March 25, 2021). "CHANCE: Global Conservation Efforts to Preserve the Danube Delta," 2021 Penn State Water Forum, Penn State Water Initiative, Penn State Water Institute, Virtual, State College, PA.

McLaughlin, J. S. (June 29, 2020). "A CURE that Imparts Career Ready Skills in Preparation for the American Workforce," Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Virtual Biennial Conference, Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), Washington D.C.

McLaughlin, J. S. (September 21, 2020). "Research Reveals the Importance of Reflection Undergraduate Research," 47th Annual National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) Meeting (virtual), NSEE, Mount Royal, New Jersey.

McLaughlin, J. S. (September 19, 2019). "The Global Impact of the United States Embassy Science Fellows Program," Embassy Science Fellow Reception, U.S. Department of State, Harry S. Truman Building, Washington D.C.

McLaughlin, J. S. (July 24, 2019). "Undergraduate Students' Environmental Policy Research in Cuba: Outcomes and Opportunities," 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), Kaula Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

McLaughlin, J. S., Patel, M., & Slee, J. B. (June 29, 2019). "A CURE Centered on the Host Response to Foreign Materials and Cell Culture Research," Undergraduate Research Programs Conference, Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), Columbus, Ohio.

McLaughlin, J. S., & Hogan, S. M. (June 25, 2019). "Boots on the Ground: The U.S. Embassy Science Fellows Program," Overseas Corps Orientation Seminar, Department of Energy (DOE), Washington D.C.    

Slee, J., & McLaughlin, J. S. (January 6, 2019). "Making it Stick: A CURE Designed to Introduce Students to the Scientific Process and the Host Response to Foreign Materials," Annual Meeting for the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB), Tampa, Florida.

McLaughlin, J. S., & Esparza, D. (January 5, 2019). "Learning Outcomes of a Short-term Study Abroad Program in Cuba that Offers Research Experience in Environmental Policy and Conservation Realities," Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE), Honolulu, Hawaii.

Roundtable

McLaughlin, J. S., & Slee, J. B. (December 4, 2020). "Using CUREs to Impart Career Ready Skills Needed in the American Workforce," Cell Bio Virtual 2020 Meeting, American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Washington D.C. 

Workshops

McLaughlin, J. S., & Fadigan, K. (September 19, 2022 - September 2, 2022). CIVIS CHANCE Workshop, CIVIS: European CIVIC University, University of Bucharest, ROMANIA.

McLaughlin, J. S., & Slee, J. B. (November 13, 2021). "Incorporating Authentic Research into a Course Through CUREs (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences)," NABT Annual Professional Development Conference, National Association of Biology Teachers, Atlanta, Georgia.

McLaughlin, J. S. (February 12, 2021). "CUREs Promote Student Equity, Autonomy, Workforce & STEM- specific Skills," American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), virtual, Washington, D.C.

McLaughlin, J. S. (Facilitator). (August 14, 2018). "Collaboration Workshop: Teaching Environmental Water Realities," International Arid Lands Conference, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, Invited.