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Inside the NICHD:
Find out how Dr. Albert became interested in biostatistics

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GRAPHIC SLIDE: Paul Albert, Ph.D.

Dr. Albert on camera.

Dr. Paul Albert: I went to Oberlin College in Ohio, and, like every good liberal arts student I didn’t know what I was going to do when I finished college. I was a math major and I was a biology major, psychobiology. I thought—and both really interested me, and I had no idea what to do. So I remember talking to one of the senior faculty at the time, and he suggested, “Why don’t you think about biostatistics?” At that time I never had a statistics class, because I was more in mathematics than statistics, but I looked at brochures and things. We didn’t have the Web then, but basically magazines and things. I thought, “Oh, that would be interesting,” and basically applied to graduate schools really not even knowing what biostatistics was.

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Dr. Albert on camera.

Dr. Albert: I fell into it, and I look back and I think that there’s no other occupation I’d really want to do today. So I think of myself as very lucky to have done that.

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Dr. Albert on camera.

Dr. Albert: I advise people to keep an open mind of what they like, what they do. So basically explore. My son, who is a college student now; he’s a junior and he doesn’t know what he wants to do and he’s changing all the time—I say to him, “You don’t know how you’ll feel 2 or 3 years from now. Yes, pick something. Get good training, but keep an open mind because there’s a lot of opportunities and a lot of careers in the world that you just don’t know yet. And be trained to do a lot of things. Get a good education so you can move in lots of different directions.

Last Updated Date: 07/03/2013
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