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April 3-4, 2009
2009 NABT/sanofi pastuer Northeast Regional Workshop

Penn State Lehigh Valley 240W students and several other biology major upperclassmen under Dr. McLaughlin's mentorship, accompanied her to the professional development workshop entitled, The Molecular Basis of Disease. Designed for high school and college educators, this event featured prominent scientists discussing the successes and challenges of modern biology as it attempts to solve important medical problems. Additionally, presented through a case study approach, the molecular basis of two diseases, influenza and cancer, were examined. Plenary speakers included:

Dr. David Dressler, Dr. David Dressler, scholar, author, and scientist, formerly of Harvard University, and currently Oxford University, will discuss two diseases---influenza and cancer---in terms of the Molecular Basis of Disease.

Dr. Mary Kate Reeves-Hoche, Senior Director and Project Leader for the Pandemic Influenza project at sanofi pasteur, who will review the US Government Strategic Plans for pandemic preparedness, review the current epidemiology of the H5N1 influenza in humans, and update the results of world-wide clinical studies testing H5N1 vaccines in humans.

The NABT/sanofi pasteur workshop was held in the Poconos at the Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake, Reeder, PA.

February 28, 2009
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science

Jacqueline McLaughlin and several of her Penn State Lehigh Valley biology students judged the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 75th Annual Science Fair (Region #3) for local middle and high school students at Easton Area High School.

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.

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science


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 development.


Biology students, Dr. M. and Dr. Schöler

February 26, 2005
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science


Dr. McLaughlin and students enrolled in her Biology 240W: Function and Development of Organisms acted as judges for the 71st Annual Science fair of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) on February 26, 2005.

September 30, 2004
Biodiversity Forum

Dr. E. O. Wilson, Professor, Harvard University, gave a presentation to Penn State Lehigh Valley Bio 110 biology students. Dr. McLaughlin then lead  a question and answer/discussion forum. Content centered on global biodiversity issues and Dr. Wilson's book, The Future of Life.

 

November 18, 2004
Botany Field Day


Dr. McLaughlin, along with her teaching assistant Daniel Kohli and Jeremy Schreivert, Director of Educational Programs at Hawk Mountain, explored first-hand the flora and fauna of the northeastern deciduous forest at Hawk Mountain with the Biology 110 students from the PSU Lehigh Valley campus. A hike through rugged terrain, in search of migrating raptors, was the highlight of this adventure. Alumni, Timothy Dugan, now Service Forester for the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) accompanied the group and gave a presentation on the state of, and conservation efforts to protect and sustain,  Pennsylvania's forests.

October 16, 2004
Hawk Mountain Field Day

Ten PSU Lehigh Valley biology majors accompanied Dr. McLaughlin to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in order to lead a field day in forest ecology and raptor biology for St. Joseph the Worker's (Orefield, PA) fourth graders. Each biology student spent the day with six-eight fourth graders facilitating outdoor learning activities. Service Forester from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Timothy Dugan, a PSU Lehigh Valley alumni, also partook in the days activities by sharing his knowledge of Pennsylvania's forests and their state of preservation and tree dynamics. It was a fun and enjoyable day of experiential education!

April 22, 2004
Lehigh Valley River Sojourn

Chris Kocher, Director of the Rivers Program at the Wildlands Conservancy, led Drs. McLaughlin and Zervanos' first-year seminar students (Biology 297/PSU 005 - Biodiversity of World Ecosystems) down the Lehigh Valley river as a capstone experience to understand river restoration and biodiversity.


April 25, 2003

Bronx Zoo / Wildlife Conservation Society Field Trip

John Delaney from the WildLife Conservation Society (WCS) enlightened Dr. McLaughlin and her Biology 110 and 297/005 students on of the global conservation efforts that are currently taking place by the WCS to save endangered species, prevent habitat destruction, and to allow man and organism to live together in biologically enriched areas of the world. Students then toured the Zoo and all its exhibits.

John Delaney and Dr. McLaughlin
Monkeys Turtle
2003 Class Dr. McLaughlin and Kids

Fall 2002
Hawk Mountain Field Trip

Dr. McLaughlin, and her teaching assistants Brandon McCollum and June Brown, exposed the biodiversity of the northeastern deciduous forest via tree and raptor identification and hands-on "biodiversity plot" exercises to Biology 110 students from the PSU Lehigh Valley campus.

2002 Hawk Mountain Group Photo
Students in the information center practicing flight Students in the information center practicing flight
North Lookout 2002 Hawk Mountain Group Photo

April 5, 2002
New Jersey State Aquarium -
Dr
. McLaughlin's Biology 240W class spent
the day touring the aquarium and participated
in a special biodiversity program followed by
a behind the scenes tour of the facility.

Group photo of Biology 240W students
Group photo of Biology 240W students
Students overlooking the shark tank
March 22, 2002
Biodiversity of Costa Rica

Dr. Neal Woodman, Dr. Neal WoodmanResearch Zoologist and Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History, gave a captivating presentation to Dr. McLaughlin's 240W students on the biodiversity of selected Costa Rican ecosystem. Several students were able to share lunch and conversation after this event.

 

Lunch with Dr. Woodman at the New Smithville Inn

October 23, 2001
Hawk Mountain Field Trip

Dr. McLaughlin and her teaching assistants Travis Bower and Brandon McCollum,
Dr. McLaughlin, Denise Letscher, Brandon McCollum and Travis Bower
trekking through the woods
along with former student Denise Letscher, led an expedition through the forests of Hawk Mountain. Their audience, fourth graders from Mr. Gilbert's and Mrs. Fuguli's classes at St. Joseph the Worker School in Orefield, PA, were taught about the characteristics and migration habits of raptors as well as the environment in which they dwell.
class photo at South Lookout
learning about raptors

Hawk Mountain group photo October 11, 2001
Botany Field Day - Led by field guide Beth Swartzentruber, Dr. McLaughlin and her Biology 110 students explored first hand the Northeastern Deciduous Forest biome, concentrating on its biodiversity and forest ecology.
Beth Swartzentruber and Group 1
Beth Swartzentruber and Group 2
Group 1 in the field
Group 2 in the field
Looking for hawks.

October 5, 2000
Botany Field Day - Lehigh Valley students in Dr. Mclaughlin’s Biology 110 class hiked through the northeastern Deciduous forest of Hawk Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary to identify trees, birds of prey, and delve into forest ecology and preservation.
class at Hawk Mountain

March 30, 2000
American Museum of Natural History - New York City
Students from Dr. McLaughlin's Biology 240W and 141 courses spent the day learning about past, present and future life on earth.

Biology Boys
Posing for a picture in the park.
 
Hawk Mountain - October '99
October 7, 1999
Botany Field Day - Along with Dr. Keith Bildstein, Director of Research at Hawk Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, students in Dr. McLaughlin's Biology 110 class trampled through the northeastern deciduous forest in order to identify trees, birds of prey and learn about forest ecology.

March 26, 1999
American Museum of Natural History
- New York City

Using CDs and headphones, Biology 240 students from Dr. McLaughlin's (Lehigh Valley) and Dr. Zervanos' (Berks) classes were guided through the fossils, treasures and endangered species of our planet.

Students also viewed the Academy Award® nominated film Amazon (projected with state-of-the-art IMAX motion picture technology onto a four-story-high screen) which gave a special look at the rain forest, too. Movie-goers learned that one out of every four plants on Earth can be found in the Amazon basin. The Amazon’s plant life is among the greatest gifts we can get from the region, because it may hold the cures to diseases not yet conquered.

students pose for a group photo

lunch in Central Park


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