As professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, I divide my time among administration, teaching, and research into diabetes and insulin resistance-I love to think about scientific data. I wouldn't mind owning a vineyard, though. Or writing a novel. Or being the lead guitarist in a rock band (that's doable, right?). I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. I came to Birmingham five years ago to work at UAB-and I stayed for the great southern cuisine. I'm an outdoorsman with heavy interest in environmental issues with the Alabama Rivers Alliance, and I spend a lot of time hiking and jogging. On quieter evenings, I love attending cultural events like the symphony, theater, and opera or sitting down with a good glass of wine and a good novel.