Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin

Associate Professor, Biology
Office Phone: 610-285-5109
Office Location: 315N

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Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin is an Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley and Founding Director of CHANCE, Penn State's award-winning, international environmental engaged-scholarship program. She earned her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, M.S. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Florida State University, and B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from New College (Sarasota, FL). Whether working as a cell and developmental biologist on cancer cell lines or the embryonic vertebrate heart with her undergraduate students, or as a conservation scientist studying the effects of global climate change, habitat destruction, or pollution on ecosystem diversity and dynamics with high school teachers and undergraduates in the fields of Africa, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru, her overall mission is to create learning environments wherein students, at any level, are inspired and effectively learn science by engaging in real-world research. As a scholar, she has published, as an author or editor, more than 45 publications in peer-reviewed books, journals, proceedings, and online environments, and has gratefully accepted numerous awards at the local, state, and national levels for excellence in teacher professional development, international programming and education, and her ultimate passion – undergraduate biology teaching and learning. She has been an active voice for the NSF/AAAS Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education movement through an NSF TUES grant award and her research in developing effective CUREs, Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences. 

Dr. McLaughlin’s professional service is extensive, serving the National Association of Biology Teacher, Society for Conservation Biology, Society of Developmental Biology, and the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol – PA event, to name only a few of her volunteer focal points. She has been a visiting professor at Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, for nearly a decade, researching the pollution of the Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) and the eutrophication of Tai Hu (Lake Tai) with her Chinese students and colleagues. Beginning in August 2017, she will proudly serve as an appointed National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Jefferson Science Fellow wherein she will spend one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State and USAID in Washington D.C. as a science advisor on foreign policy/international development issues.

Dr. McLaughlin prides herself in being a visionary who effectively "reimagines" educational interfaces, course delivery, and programs that utilize authentic research. Her experiences as a teacher of biology, researcher of the teaching and learning biology, and director of a university-wide international educational program have provided her expert training in creating web-based educational materials and interfaces, partnership building, and leadership skills.

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