Her class pet is a tarantula named Rosie

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Spider Woman, the college professor's class might make you scream

NEW ORLEANS – As a professor at Loyola University New Orleans, Aimee Thomas aims to be a serious student.

So Aimee studies spiders.

WGNO’s Bill Wood is in her laboratory at Loyola.

Aimee Thomas has had a lifelong fascination with spiders.

She’s now the director of the environment program at Loyola University .

Her fascination goes back to the beginning.

Her beginning, almost.

She’s had tarantulas as pet.

As a kid.

As an adult.

Her tarantula’s name is Rosie.

It’s all about research, really.

Spiders teach us about life.

It’s in a classroom where natural history is the teacher.

And where some of the students stand up.

And out.

And on eight legs.

Like her own tarantula, the mascot of her movement.

The tarantula’s name is Rosie.

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