The Florida Keys originated as a coral reef during a high stand of sea level during Pleistocene time. Today a magnificent living reef parallels the chain of low islands we know as the Keys. We stayed at Sea Camp on Big Pine Key (shown above), and spent a day investigating coral reef, turtle grass flats and other marine environments.
Environmental problems we saw included contamination and salinity changes in Florida Bay induced by water use patterns in south Florida, and fishing and recreational pressures on reef ecosystems. We discussed the use of Marine Preserves as a means of addressing some of these problems.
Shark behavior and protection is the research specialty of Dr. Jeff Carrier, one of our faculty. Here Jeff is explaining some of the challenges related to creation of Marine preserves, in the Keys and elsewhere.
Faculty and Staff
Dr. E. Dale Kennedy, Director
Ms. Renée Kreger, Honors Coordinator
Dr. Barbara Keyes
B.A., College of Wooster, 1970
M.A. Bowling Green State University, 1973
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, 1976
Laura Loman, D.P.T.
Health Professions Advisor
Office: 110 Olin Hall
B.S., Salisbury University, 2007
D.P.T., The George Washington University, 2010
Jennifer Aschenbrener, D.V.M.
Office: 110 Olin Hall
What Is the Institute?
Amy Bell, '14, shadowed multiple physicians at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson. She was supervised by Dr. Dave Komasara, '85.
Chelsea Woodward, '14, shadowed in speech pathology at Allegiance Hospital. She was supervised by Katherine Dorr.
Kimmy Leverenz, '13, participated in the Cancer Research Summer Internship Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor.
Rachel Kohanov, '14, completed a veterinary practicum at the practice of Dr. Jennifer Aschenbrener in Albion.
Robin Redline, '14, and Nikila Peddireddy, '14, completed the Beaumont Hospital Radiology Summer Apprentice Program under the supervision of Dr. Kurt Tech, '80.
The Institute's Marikay Dobbins, R.N., gives a presentation to high school students and their families at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland.
As someone who is interested in the health professions, we think you should consider Albion's Institute for Healthcare Professions. The Institute is here to help assure that you have the best chance of getting into the health professional school of your choice -- and we invite you to apply for membership in the Institute.
As a member of the Institute for Healthcare Professions, you will receive all of the benefits below, at no additional cost during your education at Albion College:
- Quality advising to assure appropriate preparation for professional training;
- Assistance in securing job shadowing, internships, and/or research opportunities;
- Workshops and seminars to help navigate the professional school application process;
- Support for standardized test taking (MCAT, GRE, DAT, etc.);
- Access to health professionals who will serve as mentors;
- Information and statistics on professional schools;
- Access to an extensive resource library maintained by the Institute;
- And many other valuable opportunities and resources
Albion College and the Institute have a proud tradition of students being admitted to the health professional schools of their choice. Let us show you how we can help you achieve your goals.
We believe that you have what it takes -- and encourage you to apply to the Institute
Students generally apply for admission to the Institute as incoming Albion College students, and have a strong academic background with an interest in the healthcare professions.
Students are required to complete the appropriate prerequisite courses for the track(s) to which they are interested. Pre-health students can major in any field and are encouraged to explore the full range of liberal arts course offerings at Albion. We recommend healthcare students take a recommended set of classes to prepare them for a medical career.