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Heather Leslie Grebe (B.S. 1996, M.S. Astrophysics, Advisor: T. Jones)


In 1996 I got my B.S. in Astrophysics under my advisor, Professor Terry Jones, and in 1998 I got my M.S. in Astrophysics under Professor Larry Rudnick in 1998.

Although I have always been interested in astrophysics, I have never been one for telescopes. To get us ready for leading public viewing night, I was shown how to use the telescope on top of the physics building. When I aimed and looked through it, I exclaimed "Hey! You can see Saturn's rings!" My other good memories of the Physics department include Professor Jim Kakalios’s "Ψθ" joke in his Modern Physics class, my summer internship, and Professor Hans Courant’s stories about his time in Los Alamos. I married in 1996 and my son was born in 2001 and my daughter in 2003. I worked as an actuary for 12 years and I became a fellow in the Society of Actuaries in 2003. In 2007, I went to night school to get my teaching license. I became a high school physics teacher in 2010 and I am currently a science teacher at South Education Center Alternative, Richfield, MN.