have lived in Riverside, CA since 1980. My family moved out of Sharon in
the mid-70's and except for a quick drive through and lunch this summer,
I have not been back to Sharon since then. I heard about any reunions,
so I never attended any. It would be nice to see everyone again.
am a professor of plant physiology at the University of
California-Riverside. Relevant facts can be obtained at the web address http://cnas.ucr.edu/~bps/lovatt.html.
I always wanted to be a scientist and here I am.
It was an opportunity that came later rather than earlier but I
love it. My "job"
probably occupies more of my life than it should, but to me it is my
hobby as well. Now that my children are grown, I can treat myself to a
hobby. I am fortunate that
my position is 80% research and only 20% teaching so I only teach half
(the plant half) of a large intro Biology course each spring quarter
(but I won't be doing that for the next three years) and my graduate
course one quarter every other year (that I have to do this winter).
It is not very much teaching and I still enjoy it. I enjoy
running effective committees, but committee work is really what gets me
bogged down. I like writing
grants and papers, too, but I feel like a secretary much of the time. My
"science" is restricted to creative thinking rather than a lot
of hands work. Hence, I have a large lab. of graduate students, postdocs,
visiting scientists, and technicians.
I came out to UC-Riverside in 1980 to do a postdoc but got a
faculty position 2 months later and have been here ever since.
son Jerry is 33. Jerry is a
CPA, with an MS in Tax, and is a Senior manager for KPMG-Peat Marwick in
San Jose, CA. My daughter Jennifer is 30.
She is married to a super guy, Keith, and they have a little boy
Alec, 6-years-old. Jennifer
is a Dental Hygienist, Keith is a supervisor for a large construction
company out here, they live in Riverside about 15 minutes from me, which
is great cause I can see my grandson all the time.