Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of August 11:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Marie Daly
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Marie Daly ALSO:
- Earned a Bachelor’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Chemistry from Queens College (1942)
- Earned a Master’s degree in Chemistry from NYU just one year later (1943); earned a PhD from Columbia University (1947)
- Earned a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Taught biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University; was awarded tenure in 1971
- Won a grant from the American Cancer Society; spent seven years at the Rockefeller Institute studying how proteins are built inside the body
Extra tidbits: Daly’s groundbreaking work clarified the relationship between high cholesterol and clogged arteries, revealing the impact foods and diet had on the health of the heart and circulatory system. In 1988, Daly started a scholarship in honor of her father, Ivan C. Daly, himself an aspiring chemist who had to cut his studies at Columbia short, due to lack of funds. In 1999, Daly was named as one of the Top 50 Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology by the National Technical Association.
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