Bostonians know the Quabbin Reservoir as the source of their city’s water supply. Thanks to a tenacious UMass researcher and a zealous entrepreneur, the world may soon know it as the home of a microbe that could fuel a clean-energy revolution.
Archive for April, 2011
What it’s like to be young, brilliant, fawned over by multimillionaire investors, courted by universities and corporations around the world, and forever racing—sometimes as teammates, sometimes as rivals—to change medicine as we know it.
Kendrick Perkins’s left shoulder is sore and it’s two minutes to game time, so a silver-haired Russian man is kneading the 6-foot-10 center’s massive arm. Then the man moves down the bench to vigorously rub Paul Pierce’s left calf. The Friday-night Garden crowd is buzzing, anticipating another blockbuster outing for the men in green—but it is this busy masseur who is tonight’s secret weapon, and perhaps the key to an upcoming championship.
A buddy of mine has a toddler daughter and baby son. He works long hours as a programmer but craves time with his kids. I suggested he put the kids to bed and he told me his wife was being a “baby hog” — she had her own ideas about the kids’ bedtime routine and didn’t trust Daddy to drive. I asked around and found that this phenomenon is not uncommon.
Let’s get one thing clear from the get go: moms are generally better parents than dads. And that goes double for me. I’ve had three kids across two marriages and I am undoubtedly the weak link. My 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son trust their step-mom more than they trust me, which proves that I married well but am still getting the hang of being a dad. Most of us are.