She has traveled to all of the continents with a singular purpose of helping identify and combat diseases such as diabetes with simple chemical test strips
She was on her way to becoming a teacher until Pearl Harbor was bombed. At that point, with so many men at war, women were encouraged to pursue careers in science, so she switched her major to chemistry. She later called it the “most terrific thing” that ever happened to her
With her husband Al, developed the use of dry regents for use in test strips to test for diabetes in a doctor’s office or hospital setting. Additionally, developed the test strips for convenient, in-home testing of blood sugar levels. Developed strips to test for other key indicators of disease. Work culminated in development of Mutlistix, a single strip for urinalysis of 10 different clinical tests.
. . . that her first job was testing the quality of the creosote that fence posts were dipped into before being sold to local farms?
. . . that her decision that there must have been something more challenging than fence posts led her to Miles laboratories, producer of Alka-Seltzer, where she met her husband?