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“Like an answered prayer”: Colorado educators celebrate receiving coronavirus vaccine after disruptive school year - The Colorado Sun

Posted: 12 Feb 2021 03:44 PM PST

Jessie Massey once fainted when faced with the idea of getting jabbed with a needle, but on Friday, as the school principal prepared to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, her excitement just about outweighed her nerves.

"I think I'm just so grateful to be here and to be part of this with Mapleton that I just had to put that aside and try not to focus on it," said Massey, principal of Trailside Academy in Adams County just outside Denver.

Massey, 33, is one of the first of about 30,000 educators being vaccinated over the next six weeks as part of a broad effort to reopen schools and keep them open safely, with behind-the-scenes help from COVIDCheck Colorado, which introduced a COVID-19 testing network to the state in July


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Through partnerships with HCA HealthONE and Centura Health, COVIDCheck Colorado has converted its testing platform into one that can schedule vaccine appointments for teachers from 27 school districts. The initiative is positioned to connect educators with an anticipated 60,000 doses of the vaccine so that each educator can receive the two required shots, said Mike Johnston, president and CEO of Gary Community Investment Company. 

COVIDCheck Colorado, developed by GCI and The Piton Foundation, is also expanding three of its testing sites to double as vaccination sites. Those will be located at Mountain Range High School in Westminster, EchoPark Stadium in Parker and Cherry Creek High School's Stutler Bowl Stadium. The three locations will begin offering vaccinations next week. District and school employees must make an appointment.

COVIDCheck Colorado began preparing to help launch a multi-district vaccination movement in response to Gov. Jared Polis' decision to bump teachers closer to the front of the inoculation line. Monday was the first day that teachers and child care workers were eligible to get vaccinated

In partnering with Colorado health care systems and school districts, COVIDCheck Colorado is streamlining the vaccination process for teachers so they don't have to wonder exactly when or where they can get innoculated.

"I think what we saw in the early stages of the vaccine is it can be complicated for any individual to find out how to access a dose from a specific hospital or a specific provider," Johnston said.

And it could be particularly complicated for a few dozen different districts all working with different providers. Now, educators from those districts can turn to one platform to schedule an appointment at a location and time when doses are guaranteed to be available. One of the positive consequences: Teachers can get back into classrooms with their kids without having to worry as much about safety.

"All the educators we've talked to have been desperate for the vaccine," Johnston said. "They are anxious to get back to school if they're not there now and they want to be in person and they want to be safe."

North Suburban Medical Center staff administer COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Many of the people who received vaccines are educators from Mapleton Public Schools. (Erica Breunlin, The Colorado Sun)

Along with vaccinating Mapleton educators with help from HCA HealthONE, COVIDCheck Colorado and Centura Health are teaming up to vaccinate district staff from:

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools
  • Adams County School District 14
  • Agate School District No. 300
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Big Sandy Schools 100J
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Byers School District
  • Cherry Creek School District
  • Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Cotopaxi School District RE-3
  • Douglas County School District
  • Elizabeth School District
  • Englewood Public School District
  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
  • Haxtun Re2J
  • Holyoke School District RE-1J
  • Jeffco Public Schools
  • Kiowa School District C-2
  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38
  • Littleton Public Schools
  • Montrose County School District RE-1J
  • Pueblo School District 60
  • Revere School District 
  • St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Westminster Public Schools
  • Widefield School District 3

Mapleton's staff are the first group of educators that HCA HealthONE has vaccinated, and Centura Health is also inviting district staff to receive the vaccine. The other 26 districts benefiting from the mass vaccination effort will receive vaccines from Centura Health.

Eleven of those districts have relied on COVIDCheck Colorado for consistent coronavirus testing in the last year, said Chyrise Harris, vice president of communications for GCI.

Johnston, who was determined to support a vaccine rollout ever since launching COVIDCheck Colorado, is optimistic that educators from these districts who want to be vaccinated will have the opportunity within the next six weeks. It depends on how many doses Colorado receives from the federal government and where those doses are shipped.

For educators who have been on the front lines still trying to engage their students, the prospect of the vaccine actually arriving "feels like an answered prayer," Johnston said.

For one teacher, the vaccine is like "bubble wrap"

On Friday, Mapleton Public Schools staff members, including teachers and administrators, crowded into an atrium at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton for their first round of the Pfizer vaccine. Medical staff sped through each vaccination within minutes and directed educators to observation rooms, where they had to wait up to a half hour to ensure they didn't have an adverse reaction. 

The medical center had the capacity to inoculate 525 educators on Friday. Another 210 can get their first vaccine dose next Friday. Those who get their first dose will automatically be scheduled to receive their second dose on March 5 or March 12, depending on which day they were given their first dose, Harris said.

Mapleton Public Schools, which has about 6,800 students, reopened its classrooms to in-person learning at the start of the school year. It has also offered families a remote-only schooling option. Like many Colorado school districts, some of Mapleton's classes and cohorts have had to pivot to remote learning temporarily for the sake of quarantining after exposures to the virus, Superintendent Charlotte Ciancio said.

Veronica Wolff, a certified medical assistant for North Suburban Medical Center, puts a bandaid on Jessie Massey, principal of Trailside Academy, after vaccinating her against COVID-19 on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Massey is part of a wave of 30,000 educators receiving the vaccine over the next six weeks. (Erica Breunlin, The Colorado Sun)

The superintendent was also among those who received their first vaccine dose on Friday. She said she felt the light at the end of the tunnel was finally in sight.

"All these things that we were hoping for are actually happening," Ciancio said in a phone interview on Thursday.

It's also the beginning of a long-awaited peace of mind for educators. The vaccinations will go a long way toward easing pandemic-fueled fears among teachers, Ciancio said. Still, the district will continue to keep its other health and safety protocols to keep students safe until all students be vaccinated, the district leader said. Those include relying on new filtering systems, maintaining social distance and enforcing mask wearing.

Ciancio also noted that having a mass of vaccinated teachers will minimize disruptions the rest of the school year. Should a vaccinated teacher be exposed to a student who tests positive for COVID-19, she said, they will be able to continue teaching in their classroom. Any students with the virus, however, will have to move to remote learning.

Dr. Melissa Miller, director of pharmacy at North Suburban Medical Center, described the vaccine as an extra shield for educators.

"This isn't going to keep them from getting exposed," Miller said, "but it is going to give them a layer of protection from that exposure that they didn't have before the vaccine was available."

For Melanie Newton, a second grade teacher at York International in Thornton, getting the vaccine is like "bubble wrap," guarding her against the virus.

Newton, 49, feared for her health and safety heading into the school year after struggling throughout the summer to decide whether to apply to teach online, take a leave of absence or return to in-person instruction. She opted to step back into the classroom.

"For me, it was the right thing to do," said Newton, who received her first dose on Friday. "After experiencing teaching online at the end of last year, I didn't feel like it was the best choice for me to stay online for a whole year."

Getting vaccinated eases her concerns about going into the classroom. Massey, the Trailside Academy principal, is flooded with the same sense of relief. She often interacts with about 450 people throughout the day at school. Now, she feels more comfortable spending more time with students and in the classroom. She looks at the prioritization of teachers in the vaccine line as an acknowledgement of their work and the sacrifices they've made in the past year, noting it's a way to give back to them after they have given so much to their own communities.

Mapleton Public Schools staff was vaccinated at the North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, as part of a broad effort to inoculate 30,000 Colorado teachers by the end of March. (Erica Breunlin, The Colorado Sun)

Neither Newton, Massey nor Robert Rodewald, an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor at Skyview Campus in Thornton, had second thoughts about getting vaccinated. Rodewald served 28 years in the military and is used to getting vaccinated for diseases. He's already been vaccinated for a long list of diseases — including anthrax twice — and a new vaccination doesn't scare him.

He's had to connect with his students over a computer screen all year to avoid mixing different cohorts and he's eager for the day he can see them face to face. He's less concerned about contracting COVID-19 than he is about the possibility of infecting someone else, particularly  high-risk individuals.

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"I'm doing it for the greater good," Rodewald, 51, said Friday after his first shot.

Johnston, of GCI, sees the large-scale teacher vaccination effort as the starting point for rebuilding the state's education system.

"We've been doing the best we can to hold things together under incredibly difficult circumstances," said Johnston, formerly a principal in the Mapleton district, "and this represents our chance as a state to really begin to build for the future and to be able to get our kids back connected to each other and to their schools."

Plus, as the vaccinations help reopen classrooms and keep them open safely, students will finally have that first day of school experience many of them were deprived of last fall. One of Johnston's own sons, who attends Denver Public Schools, met his teacher and classmates in person for the first time last week — a day complete with the back-to-school jitters that typically come during the start of the year.

"For many kids," Johnston said, "that wonder of the first day of the school year is suddenly waiting ahead of them."

CORRECTION: This file was updated at 10:31 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2021, to correct inaccurate information about instructor Robert Rodewald. He has not had anthrax twice but has been vaccinated for the disease twice.

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Dr. Marie Maynard Daly: The first Black woman with a Ph.D. in chemistry - Medical News Today

Posted: 12 Feb 2021 08:07 AM PST

The women who have contributed to the advancement of the medical sciences throughout history are often overlooked, and Black women all the more so. Medical News Today are bringing some of those little-known names to the fore. In this Special Feature, we talk of Dr. Marie Maynard Daly, the first Black woman with a Ph.D. in chemistry.

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Pictured: Columbia University campus, 1969. Dr. Marie Maynard Daly obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University.
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At a time when only about 2% of Black women living in the United States held college degrees, Dr. Marie Maynard Daly became the first Black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Dr. Maynard Daly was among the first researchers to help identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease, particularly those relating to high blood pressure.

She also helped uncover groundbreaking information detailing the organization, structure, and expression of DNA and its elements in cells. In addition, she was an early investigator of the effects of smoking on the heart and lungs.

Dr. Maynard Daly was so influential that the men credited with discovering DNA's double helix backbone, Dr. Watson and Dr. Crick, even mentioned her work in their Nobel acceptance speech.

She held a range of accomplished positions during her lengthy career, acting as a professor and investigative researcher at a slew of world-renowned institutions.

In this Special Feature, we look at the personal and professional life of Dr. Maynard Daly, as well as her most significant research and continued legacy.

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly was born on April 16, 1921, in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City, to Helen and Ivan Daly. Corona is a multicultural neighborhood that is home to historic Black communities.

Dr. Maynard Daly dreamed of greatness in chemistry from an early age.

Her mother, an avid reader, fostered in her daughter a love of reading, especially about science and scientists. Dr. Maynard Daly also loved to read science adventure novels from her grandparents' extensive library.

Her inspiration to pursue science — in particular, chemistry — also came from her father.

Ivan Daly, who migrated to the U.S. from the Caribbean, had to drop out of Cornell University before completing a bachelor's of science in chemistry due to a lack of funds. To feed his family, he worked for the post office.

Dr. Maynard Daly's parents encouraged her to pursue higher education and science, enrolling her in the Hunter College High School in Manhattan, an all-female college. In 1942, she graduated among the top of her class with high honors from Queens College, obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

After graduation, Queens College offered Dr. Maynard Daly a fellowship, allowing her to enroll in a graduate program in chemistry at New York University (NYU).

To help fund her studies, she also worked part-time at Queens College as a laboratory assistant. Within a year, she graduated in 1943 from NYU with a master's degree in chemistry.

Dr. Maynard Daly spent much of the following year saving money for further graduate studies while working as a chemistry tutor at Queens College. She is quoted as saying that she pursued doctoral studies because "there wasn't any opportunity for me if I left school at that time."

In 1944, Dr. Maynard Daly enrolled in Columbia University's Ph.D. in chemistry program.

While the precise circumstances remain unknown, some sources claim that Dr. Maynard Daly likely gained funding from Columbia given the lack of male scientists enrolling during World War II.

Once at Columbia, Dr. Caldwell, the institution's sole senior female scientist in the chemistry department, helped mentor Dr. Maynard Daly.

Dr. Caldwell's research focused on amylase, a vital digestive enzyme, which likely helped shape Dr. Maynard Daly's early areas of interest.

Dr. Maynard Daly graduated from Columbia University in 1947 with a Ph.D. in chemistry. With this achievement, she became the first Black female in the U.S. to hold a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Her doctoral work focused on how bodily compounds affect digestion, particularly amylase. The digestive protein amylase breaks bonds between carbohydrates in starches, converting them into simple sugars that the body can easily digest.

Dr. Maynard Daly's doctoral thesis, A Study of the Products Formed by the Action of Pancreatic Amylase on Corn Starch, describes the molecules created during the breakdown of cornstarch by amylase.

From Columbia, Dr. Maynard Daly went on to spend 2 years working as a physical science professor at the prestigious, private, historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Following her teaching stint, she won a grant from the American Cancer Society to conduct postdoctoral research at the Rockefeller Institute in New York.

In New York, Dr. Maynard Daly joined forces full-time with a revolutionary in the world of molecular biology, Dr. Alfred E. Mirsky. Their work primarily sought to explore the composition and metabolization of parts of cellular nuclei and the creation of proteins.

Cellular nuclei, often called the cellular brain, control and help regulate most cellular functions. They also carry the cells' genetic material, allowing them to replicate.

Throughout the early 1950s, Dr. Maynard Daly and Dr. Mirsky also published work describing the composition and characteristics of histones. In the nucleus, DNA wraps around proteins called histones that help condense DNA into the coils that form chromosomes.

During this time, Dr. Maynard Daly detailed the order of amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — in histones. She also helped uncover the structure of pyrimidines and purines, which are the basic units of DNA.

Dr. Maynard Daly reportedly referred to time at the Rockefeller Institute as the highlight of her career due to her exceptional coworkers and how interesting she found the work.

After 7 years of collaboration with Dr. Mirsky, Dr. Maynard Daly returned to her alma mater in 1955 to teach biochemistry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

Working with Dr. Quentin B. Deming, Dr. Maynard Daly made arguably her most important research breakthroughs during this period and the following years.

In 1958, their team published a study uncovering a strong link between high blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels in rats. They also published work showing how high cholesterol levels contributed to clogged arteries.

In 1960, Dr. Maynard Daly left Columbia with Dr. Deming to work as a professor of biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York.

During her final working years, she shifted her focus slightly, looking at how muscle cells use creatine and the effects of age on the circulatory system.

Dr. Maynard Daly also contributed to early research into the impact of smoking cigarettes on lung and heart health and explored how sugars and hormonal factors influence high blood pressure.

Throughout her career, Dr. Maynard Daly also served as a researcher and advisor for several esteemed scientific groups and organizations. From 1958–1963, she was an investigator for the American Heart Association (AHA). In the 1970s, she also joined the New York Academy of Sciences.

In 1999, the National Technical Association named Dr. Maynard Daly as one of the top 50 women in science, engineering, and technology.

She gained tenure in 1971 at the Albert Einstein College and retired in 1986.

Dr. Maynard Daly married Dr. Vincent Clark, a physician at the Harlem Hospital in New York, in 1961, but she maintained her working name for professional reasons.

Reports describe Dr. Maynard Daly as a very cultured woman with numerous interests. She enjoyed music and playing the flute, and later in life, when illness made this too difficult, she learned to play the guitar instead.

Dr. Maynard Daly also reportedly loved her dogs and was an excellent gardener.

Following the death of her husband, Dr. Maynard Daly passed away from cancer in New York in October 2003.

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly is a tangible role model for women who daydream of becoming a science giant, especially those from historically marginalized groups.

She helped develop programs to increase student enrollment in graduate science programs and medical schools among people from historically marginalized groups.

One of these programs, the Martin Luther King-Robert F. Kennedy Program, helped prepare Black students for university.

She also recruited Puerto Rican and Black students to the Albert Einstein College and mentored several prominent scientists, including Dr. Francine B. Essine, the first Black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in biology.

Furthermore, in 1988, Dr. Maynard Daly created a scholarship fund for Black students at Queens College in honor of her father's unfulfilled chemistry degree.

She was also one of 30 female scientists from historically marginalized groups to attend a conference in 1975 discussing the challenges that women from these groups face in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

Dr. Maynard Daly's work changed how researchers and doctors think about the impact of the diet on heart and circulatory system health.

It also paved the way for future researchers to unravel the mystery of why heart disease and stroke occur and how to prevent them. In particular, her work helped reveal the causes of atherosclerosis and conditions related to high blood pressure.

Atherosclerosis occurs when fats, cholesterol, and other molecules accumulate on the inner walls of blood vessels. This buildup slowly narrows blood vessels, raising blood pressure and reducing blood flow.

Dr. Maynard Daly's work on histones and other compounds that make up DNA shaped the foundation of cellular biology. It also helped other science giants, such as Dr. Watson and Dr. Crick, make major discoveries regarding the organization and expression of DNA.

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly may not be a "household name" yet, but her legacy lives on through her contribution to science, as well as the programs and funds she created to encourage students from historically marginalized communities.

With public awareness campaigns such as Black History Month, more and more people continue to get inspiration from her accomplishments and perseverance. The Dr. Marie M. Daly Academy of Excellence, an elementary school in St. Albans, NY, was founded in 2016.


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