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I am married to Tom (20 years now). I have 2 children and Tom has 2 children and together we raised all 4. All are now all grown up. Matt is my youngest and the youngest of the 4 kids.
Teacher - I teach biology and anatomy and physiology for Wytheville Community College
Clinical Scientist - I worked in the lab for over 16 years before going back to school.
Research Scientist- spiders . . . yep, spiders. I researched how male funnel-web spiders subdued the female prior to mating and found it to be a pheromone. You can check out my research by clicking here.
I worked toward my doctorate at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in the department of Neurobiology and Anatomy but found I just couldn't juggle the demands with 4 teenagers at home. So I picked up my Master's (in Education) instead. I always thought I would go back and finish but something peculiar happened - I found I actually love teaching!
Writer - I am writing a book on autism. I have much of it completed, but this is no easy task as I can only write in my spare time (spare time?).Any comments you wish to make would be greatly appreciated (good or bad). Thanks for stopping by!
Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition - Honorable Mention for the feature article, "Art Transforms a Mind". October, 2010. I had just started writing and had very little practice under my belt so this was a really big deal. It inspired me to continue. I haven't entered any more competitions but may do another one next year.
Here's my research on spiders - in case you are interested in that kind of thing....
Male induction of female quiescence/catalepsis during courtship in the spider, Agelenopsis aperta
(Male induction of female quiescence/catalepsis during courtship in the spider, Agelenopsis aperta
by E Becker, S Riechert, F Singer. Behaviour (2005. Volume: 142, Issue: 1, Pages: 57-70 ISSN: 00057959).
Biology Alumna and Autism Advocate Shares Stories with the World
Autism-Live Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnD_da9JR6c
Autism Miracles Everyday Interview: http://toginet.com/shows/everydayautismmiracles/articles/4337