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This week in Black History Month we celebrate Marie Maynard Daly for being the first black American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Marie’s research led to saving millions of people from heart attacks! She discovered that a high cholesterol diet leads to clogged arteries. Continued research found cholesterol and sugar were connected to high blood pressure. Although Marie Daly died on October 28, 2003, her legacy lives on as she started a Queens College scholarship fund in honor of her father. This scholarship has paved the way for many other minority students majoring in chemistry or physics.

“The message is risk, really risk. Be yourself. Create.” – Mary Daly

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