This Week: Babashaheb (Bob) Sonawane – “My Journey from A Dusty Village in India to Washington, D.C.”

April 28th

Bob was born in a small village, Nandgaon (pop. 868), Northwest of Bombay in Maharashtra State in India. He grew up into a large family of a poor farmer. He has 3 brothers and 4 sisters, and while helping with the goats and livestock, studied in a one-room elementary school in Nandgaon and attended high school in Ahmednagar.

Throughout his high school he was a recipient of merit scholarships and continued to work on the farm. Bob received a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Pune, India. He came to the United States in 1967. He received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and did post-doctoral training was at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C.). He served on the faculty of the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania (1975- 1983) and conducted research in Pediatric Pharmacology.

Bob served as a toxicologist at the Food & Drug Administration, Rockville, MD (1983-1985). He worked at the U.S. EPA from 1985-2016 conducting and managing researching health-risk assessment of chemicals. Bob has authored/co-authored over 150 scientific papers, in toxicology and health risk assessment of environmental agents, He has been recipient of several awards from the U.S. EPA for his outstanding contributions.

Bob retired from EPA in January 2016. He and his wife Meena have two children and five grandchildren. He is very passionate about children’s education especially in poor countries and currently supports college education of girls in India.


Last Week: Xan Fry on Getting Organized

April 27th

Last Week’s Speaker, Xan Fry, got Samantha Crosby involved in sorting socks to test her planning and organizational abilities. Samantha did a great job and should be an inspiration to all of us who need to get organized (hint: think functionally!). Xan had lots of other ideas on storage, relocation, and  generally how to get rid of stuff.  One suggestion: start small, in a corner or shelf, clean it off, and congratulate yourself.  Then move on to larger projects


Henry Coppola on Rock Creek and Montgomery Parks

April 20th

Last Week’s Speaker, Henry Coppola of Montgomery Parks, mentioned new exercise equipment in Rock Creek Park. Here’s one of the stops for “Stabilizing & Balance” located near Kensington Parkway. If you’re in the neighborhood, why not get out there and try a couple of “Plank With Same-Side Knee Tucks!”