Dr. Mary Harris is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Director of the Dietetic Programs at Colorado State University. She also holds a volunteer faculty appointment at the Kansas University Medical Center and an Adjoint Associate Professorship of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. Dr. Harris is a Registered Dietitian with 30 years of experience in dietetics as a clinical dietitian and nutrition consultant in long-term care. Her research interests span the life-course and center around the health effects of omega‐3 fatty acids (fish oil) in the perinatal period and early childhood. She really enjoys working with students and teaching. The courses she teaches include lifecycle nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, and the state licensure course in health, safety and nutrition for childcare providers. She has authored over 50 research publications and book chapters and more than 80 research abstracts. She is a reviewer for many scientific journals including the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lipids in Health and Disease, Lipids and others. Dr. Harris believes in service to her profession, having served in positions at the local, state and national level of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a frequent speaker in the areas of perinatal nutrition, omega-3 fatty acids, diabetes and healthy eating. Although she works a lot, when not working, Dr. Harris enjoys cooking, gatherings with her ten grandchildren, hiking, and anything to do with horses. Until last year, she had two horses of her own. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively throughout the US, Europe, Africa and Central America. She is very excited to participate in Semester at Sea!