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Professor receives internationalization award

Jacqueline McLaughlin, Ph.D
3/12/2010 —

Jacqueline McLaughlin, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, is a recipient of the 2010 International Women's Day Spirit of Internationalization Award, given by Penn State's University Office of Global Programs (UOGP). McLaughlin will be recognized at UOGP's third annual breakfast celebration of International Women's Day, to be held at 8:30 a.m., March 16, in Heritage Hall of the HUB, University Park, PA.


The Spirit of Internationalization Awards given each year honor women with international interests who have shown extraordinary strength of character and commitment to the cause of internationalization, whether through a specialized focus on one project, or a variety of initiatives or methods of support.


McLaughlin will be recognized as a catalyst for embedding international/experiential learning into the undergraduate curriculum through her international field course model. Using this model, McLaughlin has lead students to study and research the biodiversity and conservation realities of Alaska, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Panama, and Tanzania.


In addition, she will be recognized for her continuing work on the CHANCE program (Connecting Humans and Nature through Conservation Experiences). The program, which McLaughlin developed and directs, is a coordinated partnership between the Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education that aims to enhance the training of high school science teachers in environmental science and conservation biology. One way in which it accomplishes this is by using hands-on scientific field experience in Costa Rica/Panama (and soon, China), and computer-based, interactive "research modules" to allow teachers to bring real-world scientific issues, research methods, and data into classrooms. CHANCE is now expanding into the undergraduate classroom via an interdisciplinary field course in China and the development of new CHANCE modules specifically geared toward this level of instruction. For more information, log on to www.chance.psu.edu.


International Women’s Day (which is officially observed on March 8) is celebrated by universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals around the world in the form of rallies, festivals, conferences, craft markets, performances, and more. Originating in the early 1900s, the day has long been an opportunity to draw attention to pressing issues such as pay parity in the workforce, equal access to education, women’s health, and the cessation of violence towards women.

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