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Paths less taken . . . interesting career options from biology

The Biology Department and the Career Development Office were excited to present a Career Panel on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 6:30 - 8:00 pm in Sharpless Auditorium for all majors and students interested in Biology. Several alumni/ae who have distinguished themselves in careers that reach out in interdisciplinary ways to other professional tracks came and spoke with us. This year's panelists included:

Sarah Harding HC ‘01
Currently: Community Outreach Analyst, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Previously: A biology major at Haverford, Sarah received her master’s degree from the University of Washington in Public Health Genetics. Her research focused on characterizing the development of population genetic databases and methods of communication to potential research participants. While in Washington she worked for the Washington State Department of Health to assess public opinion on issues related to genetics. Moving back to the east coast, Sarah then worked at the University of Maryland as a research assistant. She has worked at the NHGRI since 2004.

Dan O'Connell HC '90
Currently: Biology Teacher, St. Andrew's School, Middletown, DE
Previously: A native of Chatham, N.J., Dan discovered his interest in biology and long-distance running at Chatham Township High School. He graduated in 1990 from Haverford College, where he competed on the track and cross-country teams and majored in biology. He researched ribosomal RNA in Professor Santer's lab. Professor Santer inspired Dan to return pursue the study of RNA, on-and-off, for over seventeen years. Dan earned a master’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992. He then worked for NeXstar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a start-up company, in Boulder, Colorado developing an RNA-based drug discovery technology. In 1999, Dan earned a law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Later in 1999, Dan began teaching biology and coaching running at St. Andrew's School, a boarding school in Middletown, Delaware. Dan keeps his hand in molecular biology research through summer positions at SomaLogic, Inc., another Boulder biotechnology company. In his free time, Dan continues to enjoy long-distance running, and spending time with his wife and two sons. Dan commutes to work each day by electric canoe.

Andrew S. Wasson HC ’02
Currently: Associate, Frommer Lawrence & Haug, New York, NY
Previously: After completing a biology major at Haverford College, Andrew earned a J.D./M.A. (philosophy) from Duke University School of Law. At Duke, Andrew was an executive editor of the Duke Law and Technology Review and focused on issues of patent policy. After graduating from Duke in 2005, Andrew joined the law firm Frommer, Lawrence & Haug in New York, NY. His current practice includes strategic patent analysis in the pharmaceutical and life science industries.

Albert Woodward HC '70
Currently: Director of Science & Research Services, American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC
Previously: Prior to this position he was with the Office of Applied Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, where he did behavioral health economic and financing analysis, as well as serve as acting Deputy Director for a few years. During 1993-1994 he served on the President's Task Force on Health Care Reform. Prior to his federal service, he worked for several organizations in the health care area, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Coopers & Lybrand, and Arthur Young. He has a Ph.D. in economics (with distinction in mathematical economics) from American University, an M.B.A. in health care finance from the Wharton School, and a B.A. from Haverford College.

Contact info for these four distinguished alumni/ae are available to students on the Biology 499 Blackboard Site.

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes.

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