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Ligia Paina, '05

Advancing public health worldwide

M.H.S., Ph.D. Student, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Former Health Systems Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C.

Albert Schweitzer Fellow, 2007-2009

Undergraduate research on the health care system in my native Romania and an internship at the European Parliament in Brussels convinced me to pursue a career in international public health. After earning my master's degree, I worked alongside seasoned public health and medical professionals at the U.S. Agency for International Development and contributed to the agency's efforts to improve health care in countries worldwide. Now, I am pursuing a doctorate in public health and preparing myself for the next phase in my career, still focused on improving population health wherever the need exists.

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T.J. Carnegie, '97

Developing solutions in political marketing

President

Full Circle Political Marketing, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Why Albion? It is difficult to choose one reason: the strong academics; the close community of students and faculty; the beautiful campus and strong traditions. I believe it is the unique combination of it all that makes Albion such a great place. Even years later, I still cherish my time as a Briton and my experiences on campus. Albion taught me how to leverage classroom theory, address practical issues, and develop solutions that I apply every day in managing my political marketing organization.

 

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Sam Hogg, '05

Becoming an Internet entrepreneur

M.B.A., Michigan State University

Founder/Chief Executive Officer, GiftZip.com, East Lansing, Michigan

Most Innovative Business Award, Michigan Business Review, 2009

The diverse curriculum and experiences at Albion helped prepare me for a business world that is ever-changing. On a given day at Albion, I'd have class transitions from "The 1960s" (an American history course) to "Managerial Accounting." In an entrepreneurial role, you need to wear both creative and analytical hats, often at the same time. Albion taught me to stretch my mind in a variety of ways.

 

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Nate Sowa, '03

Breaking through the pain problem

Ph.D., M.D. Candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Cancer Research Training Award, National Cancer Institute

Kirschstein Fellowship, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

My first exposure to scientific research was at Albion. That experience provided a firsthand application of the scientific method to a problem in the real world. The intellectual satisfaction and inspiration from this experience has driven my further academic pursuits, up through my Ph.D. work identifying new drugs to treat chronic pain. Through it all, I constantly return to my Albion principles that keep me "always thinking" about my next experiment.

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