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Six @ Seven series invites community to a "Mini Medical School"

3/5/2014 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley Continuing Education has announced a new topic for its spring "Six @ Seven" lecture series. Jacqueline McLaughlin, associate professor of biology at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will lead six "Mini Medical School" lectures at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 26-April 30, at the Lehigh Valley campus. The cost of the series is $100 and it is open to the public.

Each one-hour session will provide insight into the workings of the human body systems as well as the diseases that impact their well-being. McLaughlin stresses that no science or medical background is necessary to participate, and that anyone with an interest in the human body and wellness is welcome.

In addition to her professorial role at Penn State Lehigh Valley, McLaughlin is Founding Director of Penn State's award-winning international professional development and environmental education outreach program called CHANCE (Connecting Humans and Nature Through Conservation Experiences). Whether she is working as a cell and developmental biologist on cancer cell lines with her undergraduate students or as a conservation scientist studying the effects of global climate change on ecosystem diversity and dynamics with high school teachers and undergraduates in the fields of Panama, Costa Rica or China, her overall mission is to create learning environments wherein students, at any level, are inspired and effectively learn science by doing actual research. She has published, as an author or editor, over 40 publications in peer-reviewed books, journals, proceedings, and online environments, and has received numerous awards at the local, state, and national levels for excellence in teacher professional development, international programming and education, and undergraduate biology teaching and learning. Her research interests include the use of research in science education; teaching and learning with technology; and, international programming and assessment.

For more information or to register for the series, please contact Diane McAloon at 610-285-5066 or email dmcaloon@psu.edu.

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