Jill Scott Biography
Dr. Jill Scott has a multi-disciplinary science background ranging
from physical bioinorganic chemistry to analytical chemistry – including
experience designing and developing the research instruments she uses.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma
Baptist University, a Masters of Natural Science degree from the University
of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University
of Arkansas. While at the University of California—Riverside as a
postdoctoral research associate, she learned to use mass spectrometry.
Dr. Scott now works at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls,
Idaho, where she conducts many research projects including searching
for signs of terrestrial and extraterrestrial life, and designing
instruments that detect unknown compounds, such as explosive agents.
Previously, she taught High School chemistry and physics at Harrah
High School, Harrah, Oklahoma. Dr. Scott is fascinated that many of
the scientific concepts taught in high
school are still
the basis for the development of today’s most cutting-edge instruments.
She was initially attracted to science through a High School Physics
correspondence course she took while living with her family in the
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