Faculty Profile: Dr. Kay Grimnes
Dr. Kay Grimnes, professor of biology, believes her free time spent writing haiku makes her a better biologist. "It reminds me to pay attention to detail," she said.
Grimnes began writing haiku in 2000 and has numerous poems published in magazines like Modern Haiku, Frogpond and Heron's Nest. She enjoys haiku because it consists of small thoughts that can be polished until they are finished.
a mass of starlings
splits in two
the baby's fingers
close around nothing
even the spinach
Teaching at Alma since 1986, Grimnes said her career allows her to satisfy the things she cares about most: teaching and advising.
"I am really happy to work with students. We can work together through their problems," she said.
Biology interests for Grimnes lie in the area of insect reproductive physiology. At present, she is studying the pickle beetle at Sparks Pickle Company in Ithaca. The company is owned by Alma alumnus Tom Sparks.
Grimnes received her B.A. degree in zoology from the University of South Florida, and her Ph.D. in zoology from Michigan State University.
Her major teaching areas are developmental and invertebrate biology and immunology.