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A CSR “So Long” to Three of our Valued Researchers

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
-Khalil Gibran

As we near the end of summer, CSR must say goodbye to three of our employees as they say goodbye to Calvin College and embark onto exciting, unknown territories.  Today we recognize Tom Sherwood, Zig Ingraffia, and Dan Molling, thanking them for their contributions to CSR and wishing them the best of luck in their new endeavors.

The first to leave CSR this summer was senior student research assistant Dan Molling. During his two years with us, Dan particularly enjoyed working on projects with Professor Jonathan Hill of the Sociology Department as well as projects with the CRCNA. After working two full years at CSR, Dan was offered a position as a Research Associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Missouri. Dan accepted the position and is currently working with urban economist Jordan Rappaport, assisting him in a variety of policy work. In the future, Dan plans to pursue his Ph.D. in Economics, then either continue working for the Federal Reserve, work for an international institution like the International Monetary Fund or World Bank, or become a professor.

Four-year employee Zig Ingraffia, who worked as both a student research assistant and a research specialist, also leaves CSR this summer. He has been our lead researcher evaluating various programs for the Believe 2 Become and Gatherings of Hope Initiatives, both funded by the DeVos Foundation. Zig leaves CSR to attend graduate school at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio to pursue a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, focusing on social research. He will be researching with Dr. Keith Markman studying social judgment and behavioral decision making with further specialization in counterfactual thinking and debiasing. After that, Zig hopes to pursue further careers in academia, desiring that no matter what he is involved in, it will always involve learning.

Finally, Tom Sherwood, research associate and fearless leader to our student research assistants, is also moving on from CSR this summer. Because of his supervisory role, Tom has been involved in an abundant number of projects during his time here. He also played an integral role in bringing the survey design software system Qualtrics to CSR. Tom ventures next to the University of Michigan to obtain a Master of Public Health degree, focusing on health management and policy. After this, Tom plans to seek a career with NGOs that focus on global health issues, hopefully working with technology.

The combined effort that these three individuals have contributed to CSR during their time here is—dare we say
it—immeasurable. We thank them for their loyalty, we admire their abilities, we will miss their geniality, and we will, albeit impatiently, wait for their updates and visits. They have accepted their charges, and now we salute them as they continue forward to their indubitable victories.

Posted by Michael Kelly on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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