October 21, 2008
Hawk Mountain Field Trip
PSU Lehigh Valley biology majors accompanied Dr. McLaughlin and Environmental Educator, Jeremy Schreivert, to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to teach forest ecology and raptor biology to the fourth graders from St. Joseph the Worker Elementary School, Orefield, PA. The days activities were hands-on and included hiking, tree identification, bird counting, and forest exploration!
March 19, 2008
Toward the Conquest of Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. David Dressler from Oxford University gave a presentation at Penn State Lehigh Valley campus to members/students of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Biology Club and Allied Health Program. Dr. Dressler is a lecturer on Biochemistry at Oxford University. He is a researcher and author in the field of molecular biology, with current interest in Alzheimer's Disease. He is the originator of the major undergraduate course in molecular biology at Harvard College, and a recipient of the Camille and Henry Drefus Award and the Guggenheim Fellowship. Upon completing his Ph. D. thesis at Harvard in 1970 on the mechanism of DNA replication, Dr. Dressler joined the university's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research in molecular biology led to a series of scientific papers on DNA replication, DNA recombination, and the structure of viral chromosomes.
This event was sponsored by the Penn State Lehigh Valley Biology Club and sanofi pasteur, Swiftwater, PA.
February 23, 2008
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
Dr. McLaughlin and students and members of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Biology Club acted as judges for the 74th Annual Science Fair of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) at the Easton Area High School.
October 15-17, 2007
NSF Chautauqua Course - The Molecular Basis of Disease
Honor's students, Nadia Abidi, Daniel Devine, Jason Hinkle and Stephen Seaquist from Penn State Lehigh Valley traveled with Dr. McLaughlin to Orlando, Florida to take a professional development course at Velenzia Community College which considered several diseases, each of which represents an important area of molecular medicine -- AIDS, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Schizophrenia and Cancer.
This course was designed to offer a discussion of the principles of biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology that are essential to understanding the origin and molecular physiology of these diseases. This accomplished, it was possible to consider the rationale underlying the current methods of therapy, some of which are as effective as they are elegant.
Course contents included:
AIDS: an Infectious Disease
The Molecular Biology of Cancer
The Molecular Biology of Alzheimer's Disease
Neurons and Neurotransmitter Imbalances: Two Mental Illnesses Schizophrenia and Depression
The Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Disease
Instructor: Dr. Dressler is a lecturer on Biochemistry at Oxford University. He is a researcher and author in the field of molecular biology, with current interest in Alzheimer's Disease. He is the originator of the major undergraduate course in molecular biology at Harvard College, and a recipient of the Camille and Henry Drefus Award and the Guggenheim Fellowship. Upon completing his Ph. D. thesis at Harvard in 1970 on the mechanism of DNA replication, Dr. Dressler joined the university's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research in molecular biology led to a series of scientific papers on DNA replication, DNA recombination, and the structure of viral chromosomes.
April 17, 2007
In Vitro Fertilization Clinic
Huey Huynh and Jaime Bower, Embryologists at Lehigh Valley Hospital,
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, allowed Dr. McLaughlin
and her biology students from Biology 240W to tour the In Vitro
Fertilization Clinic, then analyze and micro-manipulate mouse embryos
and sperm. Basically, the concepts of meiosis, differentiation,
determination, induction, gametogenesis, and fertilization - just
to name a few, were brought to life. How thrilled the students were
to 'scrub up'!
April 14, 2007
Sanofi Pasteur and the National Association of Biology Teachers
Vaccines: Pox to Pandemics
Penn State Lehigh Valley and Northampton Community College biology students and seventy teachers representing 40 high schools and colleges from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania attended a day-long workshop at sanofi pasteur’s United States corporate offices in Swiftwater, PA. Participants spent their morning in sessions about the history of vaccines and vaccines for the twenty-first century. Dr. Jeffrey Jahre from St. Luke’s Hospital was the luncheon keynote speaker with the presentation Focus on the Flu: Seasonal Flu, Avian Flu, and Pandemic Flu. In the afternoon, teachers selected to attend two of four workshops: Protecting the Herd: Effectiveness of Vaccination Programs; Microscopists Do It with Resolution: Can I See a Virus; AIDS Vaccine Case Study; and Defining Life: Viruses – Living or Non-living.
Sessions were lead by leading scientists and researchers, such as Dr. Fred Ruben, Dr. Sanjay Guruanthan, Dr. Sam Lee, and Dr. Mary Kate Reeves from sanofi pasteur; Dr. Kip Bollinger, Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research; Alan Paris, Leica Microsystems; and Ramil Sapinoro, University of Rochester Medical Center.
Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin, NABT Chair of the Four-Year College Biology Teachers Section, stated, “The day will always be remembered as a valued component to each participant’s understanding of virology, vaccine production, pandemics, and research and teaching strategies in this field." Participants learned how to be catalysts to blend real-world research with teaching in their classrooms.
October 31, 2006
Hawk Mountain Field Day
Dr. McLaughlin, along and Jeremy Schreivert, Director of Educational
Programs at Hawk Mountain, and Timothy Dugan, PA Service Forester,
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), traveled
to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary at the peak of golden eagle migration
to study forest ecology and raptor biology. Students clad in binoculars
to partake in the annual migratory count, and carried out activities
related to tree biodiversity and deer population dynamics.
October 6, 2006
Stem Cell Research: Science and Fiction
Dr. Hans R. Schöler, Director of the Department of Cell
and Developmental Biology, Max Planck Institute for Molecular
Biomedicine, Münster, Germany, one of today's leading scientists
in the field of stem cell research, gave a presentation as part
of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Invitational Lecture Series
on the molecular biology of stem cell pluripotency and germline
Biology students, Dr. M. and Dr. Schöler