“My students are going to do all kinds of wonderful, world-changing things.” Dr. Jill Adler-Moore developed a life-saving drug that would have made it easy to give up teaching. But for more than 40 years she's continued to train and mentor new generations of scientists at Cal Poly Pomona. Page ContentIn the mid-1960s, after graduating with a degree in biology from Douglass College, an all-women's school within New Jersey's Rutgers University, Jill Adler-Moore, Ph.D., briefly considered becoming a veterinarian. A meeting with the dean at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine quickly put an end to that ambition. "We don't," the dean informed her, "accept women." He went on to explain, "They can't handle the animals." Clearly, the dean didn't know anything about the student standing in front of him. x Over a long, illustrious career as a scientist, there hasn't been much Dr. Adler-Moore couldn't handle. But in standing up for herself, she wasn't out to make a point. "I never felt I was proving myself. I was being myself," she says. "If anyone didn't understand that, it was their problem, not mine."