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Valerie Reiss
Year: (1999)

Updated: 3/26/2009
Last Visit: 3/26/2009

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Bryan, TX  77808
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Things I've been doing lately:
After high school, I attended Jackson Community College for two years while continuing to work at Arbor Hills Veterinary Clinic. Then, I transferred to Michigan State University and completed two degrees (a BS in Zoology and a BA in Communications). I went on to complete a Masters in Genetics in 2007 from Texas A&M University. I am now finishing up a PhD in Science Education and applying for faculty positions that will allow me to teach introductory/nonmajors Biology and/or Genetics classes, teaching Science Education methods classes, and do research in how to improve Evolution Education.
My family:
My parents still live in Jackson, MI. My sister and her husband (Nick Schroeder) live in Vandercook Lake, MI. My sister is expecting their first child in August 2009, so soon I will have a little niece to spoil.
Life experiences:
So far, going to grad school to study my passions. I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people and become involved in the local community. For the last two years, I have been one of the main organizers on a large dog event in the Brazos Valley area.
My favorite memories of the good ole days:
Great friends, learning interesting things, being a total geek, and being around animals.
My favorite things now:
Spending time with my pets (a Boxer and 3 ferrets), reading scifi/fantasy, hanging out with friends, dog shows/events, educational events with my ferrets, organizing dog events professional development seminars for other graduate students, foster rescue dogs, decorating my home, amateur gardening, video games, visiting museums & zoos, baking odd things, crafts, etc.
My favorite books, movies and music:
Movies: Contact, Jurassic Park series, Eragon, DragonHeart, MIB I & II, XFiles, Lord of the Ring series, Matrix series, Star Trek movies, Pitch Black, Mummy series, Batman series (except Batman Forever), Blade series, Pirates of the Caribbean series, Queen of the Damned, Cat Woman, Hellboy, XMen series, Dare Devil, Ironman, Hitch, Love Actually, Cloverfield, Independence Day, Deep Impact, Troy, 300, and many more. Music: classic rock, 80s, 90s, some pop, Asian, classical, violin pieces, female vocalists/singers, etc. (I just really dislike country music and opera.) Books: anything scifi/fantasy, about science, teaching, dragons, etc. I have three fullsized bookcases full at home, plus a couple boxes, and a bookcase in my office. I wish I had more time to read for fun, but I do a lot of reading as a grad student...the last thing I want to do after a long day of reading is to read more.
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Texas A&M University
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