Scientific research is like running a marathon, said Gloria Jacobovitz: The hours are long and the work is hard, but a discovery is like crossing the finish line.
"It's a rush when you discover something," she said. "When you find out something you were looking for, oh, gosh, it's so exciting."
Jacobovitz would know — she's done both.
The program director at the Howard County Economic Development Authority's Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship has run several marathons. And, research she did as a physicist in 1987, long before she entered the business world, was recently cited in the work of Serge Haroche and David Wineland, which won the 2012...