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Sharon Haynie

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
It Beats Walking The Streets.

Birthplace

Born:
11/6/1955
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
It Beats Walking The Streets.

Birthplace

Born:
11/6/1955
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Biochemist Sharon Haynie was born on November 6, 1955 in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Baltimore City Public Schools in 1973 and enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate years, she became fascinated with biochemistry and advanced inorganic chemistry. In her freshman year she was a work/study research assistant to a graduate student in organic chemistry. After receiving her B.A. degree in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976, Haynie enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and graduated from there in 1981 with her Ph.D. degree in chemistry.

Haynie was appointed as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1981 to 1984. She then moved to the DuPont Company Experimental Station Laboratory. In her first assignment in the Central Research Department Haynie worked in the Medical Biomaterials Group. She conducted research in developing the synthetic materials used in vein replacements and she isolated peptides with inherent antimicrobial properties. She also worked with the award-winning bio-3G team. Haynie authored and co-authored numerous patents, many of which detail processes of using environmentally friendly, bio-inspired pathways in a laboratory setting to create certain organic materials. Haynie served as an adjunct professor of chemistry at Delaware State University and the University of Delaware. She has been a mentor to students through several outreach projects, such as Project SEED (Summer Educational Experience for the Disadvantaged), a project sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Haynie has been recognized for her scientific research and serving as a mentor to African Americans pursuing STEM careers. In 2003, not only did Haynie work on the research team that received the 2003 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presidential Green Chemistry Award for New Innovation; but, she was also elected to serve as chair of the Philadelphia Section of the ACS. She is a member of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Board of Directors. The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers bestowed upon her their Henry A. Hill Award in 2006 and their Percy L. Julian Award in 2008.

Sharon Haynie was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 24, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sharon Haynie's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sharon Haynie lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sharon Haynie describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sharon Haynie talks about her maternal grandfather, William Penn
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sharon Haynie talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sharon Haynie describe the importance of her maternal grandfather, William Penn
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sharon Haynie talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sharon Haynie talks about her mother's career in the Baltimore Police Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sharon Haynie describes her mother's decision to leave the Baltimore Police Department and to become a claims investigator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sharon Haynie describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sharon Haynie talks about her father's time in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sharon Haynie describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sharon Haynie talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sharon Haynie describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sharon Haynie describes the neighborhoods of Baltimore, Maryland where she grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sharon Haynie describes the first home her family owned
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sharon Haynie talks about being given independent reading and math during elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sharon Haynie remembers the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sharon Haynie talks about her elementary schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sharon Haynie talks about her elementary school mentor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sharon Haynie describes her independent math course in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sharon Haynie talks about junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sharon Haynie talks about the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sharon Haynie talks about the 1969 moon landing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sharon Haynie describes when she decided to become a research scientist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sharon Haynie talks about her high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sharon Haynie describes her high school mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sharon Haynie describes her extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sharon Haynie describes how she chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sharon Haynie describes how she chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sharon Haynie recalls her time at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sharon Haynie describes her work as a chemistry lab assistant at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sharon Haynie describes the influence of Dr. Phoebe Leboy pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sharon Haynie describes the influence of Dr. Phoebe Leboy pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sharon Haynie talks about Dr. Allen McDermott
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sharon Haynie describes why she chose the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sharon Haynie describes how she picked Dr. George Whitesides as her graduate adviser at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sharon Haynie talks about her graduate research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sharon Haynie talks about environmental stewardship in chemistry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sharon Haynie describes how she was recruited by Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sharon Haynie talks about collaboration in science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sharon Haynie talks about the diversity programs at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sharon Haynie describes why she moved from Bell Laboratories to DuPont
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sharon Haynie talks about her research at DuPont
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sharon Haynie describes her research on vein replacement materials
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sharon Haynie describes her work with antimicrobial materials
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sharon Haynie talks about her research on amphiphilic helices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sharon Haynie talks about her involvement in Project SEED
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sharon Haynie describes the 3G Process
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sharon Haynie describes her involvement in the American Chemical Society and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sharon Haynie describes receiving the Presidential Green Challenge Award
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sharon Haynie describes Green Chemistry research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sharon Haynie talks about winning the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineer's Henry Hill Award
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sharon Haynie reflects on her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sharon Haynie offers advice for young people interested in chemistry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Sharon Haynie explains why she went into industry rather than academics
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Sharon Haynie reflects on her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Sharon Haynie describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Sharon Haynie talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Sharon Haynie talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Sharon Haynie describes her photographs