In this Wednesday, June 22, 2011 picture, Morris Kaunda Michael, 22, center, a biomedical engineer, works with research assistant Pranay Agarwal, foreground, at Columbia University's biomedical ... more 
In this Wednesday, June 22, 2011 picture, Morris Kaunda Michael, 22, center, a biomedical engineer, works with research assistant Pranay Agarwal, foreground, at Columbia University's biomedical engineering lab in New York. In 1993, Michael's mother, at that point raising seven children on her own, decided it was time to flee their village in southern Sudan as a civil war convulsed the region. They made it to Kenya's sprawling Kakuma Refugee Camp, where he spent most of his childhood. With his academic achievements in Kakuma, then Nairobi and Syracuse, N.Y., Michael graduated from Columbia in May 2011 and works in the lab where he helped design a vital signs monitor called "Uzima," Swahili for "wellness," that can be produced at low cost for hospitals in developing countries. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Bebeto Matthews
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