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Dr. Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen

Dr. Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen

Penn State Worthington Scranton

Key event in career

My parents were both faculty members, a biologist and an engineer. They taught me to love nature and learn mathematics. They never gave me the sense that a woman scientist was unusual. The 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine really inspired me to understand the genetic basis of life
Years later, it was a great honor for me to publish three articles with the 1998 Nobel Laureate
John Pople.

How she expanded her
sphere of influence

I developed a belief in the Renaissance scientist. I organized workshops for mentoring of students and faculty, was elected to the Advisory Board for Women's Studies, and participated in programs. By doing this I found more women in a variety of fields to have a broader learning community.

"Develop the necessary skills and experience. Talk with a mentor. Get feedback about your approach. Change direction if you need to. Become part of a larger group of influences and especially inspired doers."