A few people that I know seem to have found the balance that I’ve pretty much spent my entire life trying to find. I often speak about my wife, who is one of those who simply completes the challenges before her, successfully balancing a demanding husband and family with career and personal life.
Norma Nowak is also one of those people. Norma is world renowned for her work in genomics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (and now Empire Genomics as well), instrumental in the development of the NYS Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; she’s been a Buffalo ambassador forever, is extremely personable and, oh yeah, is raising two teenage boys as well. She appears to be able to successfully juggle family, career and community demands for her time without showing signs of wear and tear. I think she has figured out how to be awake at all times, because there’s no way that anyone who needs sleep can accomplish as much as she does in a normal day.
There are certainly other Normas in Western New York, but Norma came to mind today. I hope she does not take offense by my bragging about her.