I have 2 children and Tom has 2 children both now in their 30s. Matt is my youngest.
Teacher - I teach biology, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology for Wytheville Community College and for Radford University.
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 of 2 teenagers (one autistic) at home. Besides, my schedule really needed to be on par with Matt's.... so I backed up, and got 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! No regrets....
Author - Autism and the World According to Matt
From the local Newspaper: "Mom's autism blog reaches around the world"
Radford University Interview
This is my Alma mater - and so proud to have been asked to be interviewed for the RU Today online magazine, and featured in today’s edition of From the Dean’s Desk - the news and events section for the College of Science and Technology.
My 15 minutes of fame as a scientist ....
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).