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Biology professor awarded National Science Foundation grant


The National Science Foundation has awarded Penn State Lehigh Valley Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin, a grant of $17,000 for support of her project entitled, "Vision and Change: A NABT Professional Development Summit." Along with Dr. Anneke Metz, a biology instructor at Southern Illinois University of Medicine, McLaughlin will organize and deliver a Professional Development Summit with the theme "Vision and Change."

The event will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012, as part of the activities of the larger 2012 National Organization of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference. For the 2012-2013 school year, they will select a group of “Summit Fellows” who will be mentored to make a change in their biology teaching inspired by the Summit. The Fellows will then be assessed six months and twelve months post-summit in order to research transformations in undergraduate classrooms over the academic year. Additionally, the Summit Fellows will include ten faculty members who make a formal commitment to implement a transformation and agree to be interviewed by McLaughlin and Metz to document in-depth the nature of their implementation, the issues faced in implementing the new strategy, the methodology of implementation, and much more.
“Leading scientists, science educators, and policymakers have given much thought to improving the teaching and learning of science in undergraduate biology classrooms through their creation of Vision and Change. The utility of this document, however, depends upon its implementation by our nation's faculty to heed the call-to-action to "transform" how they teach biology. Assisting our nation's faculty in their personal transformations (professional development) by creating this Summit (with Dr. Metz and NABT) and mentoring selected Fellows is a career milestone for me,” says McLaughlin.

McLaughlin and Metz plan on sharing their findings through publication upon completion.


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