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Evelyn Becoat

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Mary Styles Harris
Mary Styles Harris
Biologist, Geneticist
Born: June 26, 1949
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
was born on June 26, 1949 in Nashville, Tennessee. She was the daughter of George and Margaret Styles. Since her father was a doctor, she liked to ask him scientific questions and did research with him. She later marries Sidney E. Harris and has a daughter with him.
Contributions to Science
In high school, she entered in local science fairs
Fun Facts
High School - Miami Jackson High
College - Lincoln University (Bachelor of Arts in Biology)
Cornell University - PhD in Genetics
Postdoctoral Study - Rutgers Medical Schoo
One of first African Americans to enroll
Graduated twelfth in class of 350
One of the first women accepted
Graduated in 1971
Then enrolled at Cornell University where she studied molecular genetics. Harris graduated with her doctorate in 1975
In 1977, Harris worked for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia as the executive director. She raised money to fight against sickle cell anemia and informed the public about this disease. Her interest in preventive health led her to took charge of a program that screened newborns for sickle disease.
Harris later became the founder and president of BioTechnical Communications, Inc., which focuses on health issues by producing health programs on topics such as breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and diabetes. She hosted many documentaries, which she wrote and produced, explaining health and science issues to the general public.Harris influenced health policies nationwide and advised many health officials in other states.
During high school years, she volunteered at the first black owned medical laboratory.
Won Glamour magazine's Outstanding Working Woman of 1980 award
Won National Science Foundation for a Science Residency Award.
Developed an award-winning television documentary, “To My Sisters... A Gift For Life.”

Color: Yellow
Food: Barbecue Spare Ribs
Quote: All that glitters is not gold.
Season: Fall
Vacation Destination: Paris, France
Evelyn Becoat

Other Contributions to science
In 1978 Mary Harris was appointed Assistant Professor to the Morehouse College School of Medicine and served as Scientist in Residence for public televison station WGTV Channel 8, University of Georgia, from 1979-1980. From 1980-81, Dr. Harris was appointed Assistant Professor of Biology for Atlanta University. Dr. Mary S. Harris served as Director of Genetic Services for the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Dr. Harris is president and genetics consultant for her company, Harris & Associates, Ltd, Atlanta, Georgia.
She has had articles published in scientific and medical journals.

Studied molecular genetics. Harris graduated with her doctorate in 1975
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