Meet astronomer Jill Tarter in this video profile from NOVA’s “The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers.” Growing up, Jill was an only child whose weekends were spent hunting and fishing with her dad, a former pro football player who had always wanted a son. He instilled in her a great sense of toughness and determination and urged her to follow her dreams of becoming an engineer. His support and values would prove crucial to Jill’s success, as she resisted cultural and peer pressure to abandon what was perceived to be a “male” aspiration. Jill earned her degree and has since forged a distinguished career in the sciences. This resource is part of the NOVA: Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers Collection.
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