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Passion for Biomedical Research is leading a Recent Alum to Yale
Alumni Profile - Passion for Biomedical Research is leading a Recent Alum to Yale

When he was growing up, Jack Moen's father had trouble with his heart. Moen wouldn't go so far as to say this set him on his future path, but he is currently a Post-baccalaureate Cardiac Researcher at National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, Maryland, researching heart rate variability as it relates to aging, heart pacing, and molecular mechanisms. Moen is passionate about his future as a biomedical researcher, a field he discovered while studying at CU Denver. This fall, Moen heads to Yale to get his PhD in the Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology track of the Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS). He says, "I can't say I'll end up in cardiovascular research down the road, but it was a really great place to start in terms of biomedical work, and the close association I had because of my dad was probably a factor."

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Alum Learned a Love of Knowledge and Giving that she's Excited to Share
Alumni Profile - Alum Learned a Love of Knowledge and Giving that she's Excited to Share

Laying on Little Beach in Maui, HI, Karen Hinkel had an epiphany. As an international flight attendant for United Airlines, traveling the world, working routes to Bangkok, Singapore, New Zealand, and Japan, Karen was happy with her life. She says, "I can still see this exact moment in my mind…lolling around on the beach with the cumulus clouds rolling by, I realized that I did not know how to bring my thoughts to fruition." This was the pivotal moment that she decided it was time to go to college and develop critical thinking skills. She didn't need a college degree for a job—she had a job she loved. Her goal was to go to college to improve herself.

"I wanted to go to school to learn, because I realized in my mid-thirties that I didn't know a lot. I knew everything when I was 18," she laughs. "But at some point, I realized that I wasn't as smart as I thought I was."

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Alum Pursues Passion for the Arts With Enlightened Understanding of the Mind
Alumni Profile - Alum Pursues Passion for the Arts With Enlightened Understanding of the Mind

Everyone comes to understand their life's calling in different ways and at different times. Some seem to have been born with a single-minded vision of what was meant for them; others have to try their hand at several endeavors to discover their talents; and still others are guided toward their futures by faithfully following their interests and intuition. Recent CLAS graduate Duy "Andy" Le followed an interest in art and a deep desire to better understand his own mind to their logical conclusions this winter when he completed a BA in Psychology and went to work as a graphic designer for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE).

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