My interest in science
began very early. I was always interested in how things work, how they are made and how different things relate to each other. Science to me was my special thing in school. I easily excelled in most science and math
classes while I found other subjects a little more difficult. I knew I would be a chemist by the time I was a freshman in high school. Fortunately for me I had a part time in the 7th grade in a girls HS helping the science teachers clean and prepare their labs for the next weeks experiments. I was well able to help my teachers out setting up and helping my peers in biology
, etc. So, I can honestly say I have been working in a laboratory since I was 12 years old and I have yet to tire of learning new things.
Most of my professional life has involved analytical chemistry. During college, I was a phlebotomist and a lab technician in a hospital. After graduation I was a forensic chemist in a police crime laboratory rising to the senior level before I left. Most of my work involved toxicology and narcotics. I left to pursue an interest in developing a micro – sensor technology for law
enforcement which developed into sensor development for a very broad range of materials.
Throughout my career as a chemist I have had the responsibility and the pleasure of explaining chemistry to a wide variety of people. I have testified in court in criminal cases over 100 times, presented to large groups of people, both professional and general audiences. I have taught as a teaching assistant in college and taught law enforcement, military, and other scientists how to use the equipment I helped develop. People have told me many times I explain things and their significance well. I also appreciate that everyone does not want to be scientist, but sometimes they need to learn it to do their jobs well. Chemistry has a value that most people never felt the need to learn. I help them to see the value and how it can benefit them.
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