Vince BrachChemistry / Human Anatomy & Physiology
Hi! I earned my BS in Biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1970 and my Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami, Coral Gables in 1975. My training is largely in biology and chemistry (I minored in chemistry). I also do a great deal of writing, having written for both professional and popular magazines and journals (one of my recents is an article on hermit crabs for the fall 2018 The Local <issuu.com/thebolivarlocal>, a Galveston-area magazine). I also write--believe it or not--romantic fiction, and won the coveted Golden Heart award from the Romance Writers of America for an inspirational romance in 1985! I feel that I bring a lot to the table to help your student succeed in science.
This year I will be teaching Chemistry and Human Anatomy & Physiology classes and will be handling lunch detention assignments . We will also be entering the Team America Rocketry Challenge as a club this year, limited to 10 students.
Personal Fun Facts:
- I live in both Tyler, TX and Ore City, commuting back and forth twice a week.
- I am an avid fisherman and naturalist.
- I am a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Cathedral) in Tyler, where I minister as a Scripture Reader during Mass.
- I am a Professed Secular Franciscan (OFS), where I minister as Treasurer for the Sacred Heart Fraternity.
- I have been married to my wife Jane for 48 years, and have two children and five grandchildren.
- I love Japanese pop music ("J-Pop") and have three favorite Japanese lady singers: Toko Furuuchi, Hitomi Shimatani, and Utada Hikaru.
- My picture: That's me on the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston with "Crabzilla", the biggest blue crab I've ever caught (7-1/2" between the shell points!) He and two other big crabs made a tasty seaside supper last summer.