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Penn State recognizes McLaughlin as distinguished professor

Penn State awarded Patricia McLaughlin, DEd, professor in the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences and a member of Penn State Cancer Institute’s Next-Generation Therapies research program, the title of Distinguished Professor.

McLaughlin joins a prestigious group of Penn State faculty awarded with this title, which recognizes excellence in teaching, research and service.

McLaughlin joined Penn State in 1986. Since then, she has served in numerous institutes and graduate programs. Since 2006, she has been the director of the PhD program in Anatomy at Penn State College of Medicine. From 2007 to 2010, she served as the Basic Science Director of the Experimental Therapeutics Team at Penn State Cancer Institute.

Throughout her career, she has received accolades for teaching and has been a mentor to more than 60 graduate students. McLaughlin was named the Senior Basic Science Mentor of the Year in 2019 and a Distinguished Educator in 2020. She received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012, 2020 and 2021.

Her impact extends beyond Penn State and is felt worldwide through her research and participation in several professional societies. The Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine named her a Distinguished Scientist in 2015. McLaughlin was the Councilor of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine from 2012-2018. In addition to her 20 patents, her innovative research has led to four start-up companies. She was named among the American Men and Women of Science in 2004 and named the Innovator of the Year by the Center for Medical Innovation in 2018.

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