IN HONOR OF AJ HARRIS
This year we lost another brilliant evolutionary biologist much too early! AJ Harris lost her battle with cervical cancer on January 15th at her home in Indiana at the young age of 44. AJ was a BSA member and the leading organizer of the Beringia symposium at Botany 2022 in Anchorage, has led Colloquia at our conferences, and was a staunch supporter and promoter of women in botany and diversity at all levels. Her research endeavors were highly integrative, spanning traditional specimen-based science, paleobotany, phylogenomics, biogeography, and computational biology. AJ’s studies and research took her to North Carolina State University, the Smithsonian, Oberlin College, and AJ received her PhD from Oklahoma State University in Botany. She was known for working with many colleagues across the globe, especially in China where she has spent the last two years as an associate professor at the South China Botanical Garden, CAS.
Do you have memories of AJ you would like to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, memory, and institution (if any) and it will be added to the memory wall. You can also share memories on social media by using the hashtag #AJHarrisMemorial. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this Memory Wall.
AJ HARRIS FUNDRAISER
BSA is collecting funds in memory of AJ Harris to establish a graduate student research award in her name in perpetuity. We are thrilled to announce that the first goal of $20,000 has been met and an award will be established! Thank you to all who have supported the AJ Harris memorial graduate student research award fund!
A second goal has been proposed that will allow the AJ Harris Graduate Student Research Award to be at the same award level as the other current Graduate Student Research Awards, which is $1500. For this to happen, an additional $5000 will need to be raised by September 30, 2023. Please consider donating further to reach this additional goal.
Graduate student research awards are open to all students, including non-US citizens. Your donation to this fundraising effort to the BSA is tax deductible and you will receive a tax donation receipt upon making your gift. Thank you for your contributions in honor of AJ Harris.
Original Goal = $20,000