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“”Wangari Muta Maathai – Unbowed, p. 47.She received a scholarship to study at Mount St. Scholastica College (now Benedictine College), in Atchison, Kansas, where she majoredin biology, with minorsin chemistry and German.After receiving her bachelor of science degree in 1964, she studied at the University of Pittsburghfor a master's degree in biology. Her graduate studies there were funded by the Africa-America Institute,and during her time in Pittsburgh, she first experienced environmental restoration, when local environmentalists pushed to rid the city of air pollution.In January 1966, Maathai received her M.Sc in biological sciences,and was appointed to a position as research assistantto a professor of zoology at University College of Nairobi.Upon returning to Kenya, Maathai dropped her forename, preferring to be known by her birth name, Wangari Muta.When she arrived at the university to start her new job, she was informed that it had been given to someone else. Maathai believed this was because of gender and tribal bias.