So What's in the Petri Dish, Dr. Periwinkle?

by Michael Fontaine



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 08/07/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 424
ISBN : 9781463403294
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 424
ISBN : 9781463403287

About the Book

“So what’s in the Petri dish Dr. Periwinkle?”

A Synopsis:

What’s it like to know that your future and a decision that could possibly change your future in a huge way is going to be decided not as much by scientists, but by politicians? That’s exactly what Dr. Oliver Periwinkle learns only after a few months as Chair of the Albert Einstein Department of Science and Technology at Belvedere Crossing University. Excited by the prospect of joining the faculty of one of the nation’s pre-eminent research institutions in the fall of 2000; he brings with him the promise of a significant federal grant to continue a highly controversial Stem cell initiative. Obviously life is good. But as quickly as fortunes can blossom, they can turn, and turn they do as a bizarre series of events start to unfold.

So begins the often amusing and delightful romp through the ‘Halls of Letters’ that chronicle a litany of asinine behavior, a gluttony of academic has-beens, political crackpots, government double-talk and of course—corruption and greed. ‘So what’s in the Petri dish’ is set in a university environment fractured by cynicism and an insanity that has run-a-muck. Periwinkle encounters a host of good guys and bad guys, G-men and ‘Wise-guys’ in a brush with Nobel Prize fortune and fame; corporate espionage and congressional hearings where “I have no recollection of that Senator”, more often than not is bellowed by just about anyone with something to hide. It is an exaggeration of the absurd—a microcosm that peeks behind its own closed doors, secret files, and clandestine meetings only to discover time and time again, ‘the enemy is us’.

‘So what’s in the Petri dish’ is the coming of age of a naïve latter day scholar who is indoctrinated to a culture of perpetual chaos as a university transforms in the midst of perhaps one of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time. Here we get a glimpse of idealism as it comes face to face with reality while society struggles with a phenomenon that will ultimately shape and define its values. Alas, ‘So what’s in the Petri dish’ is a venture into higher education’s inner sanctum; yet never once promising the reader to emerge any smarter, but perhaps wiser for making the journey. Many deem it a clear case of morality vs. mortality, right—or is it? Ever since that sheep, I know I’ve been a little curious. What about you?

Dr. Michael Fontaine is a university Professor, former journalist and freelance photographer.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Fontaine is a writer and educator. He spent a number of years early in his professional career as a journalist/photo journalist, writing and shooting photos for newspapers in the Midwestern Region of the U.S. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Marketing with National Louis University in the College of Management and Business in Chicago, Illinois where he has served for more than twenty years as a fulltime faculty member. Dr. Fontaine enjoys writing novels that acknowledges the human condition and triumph of the human spirit. He is an avid tennis player and enjoys dancing, jazz musicians, fine dining, and stimulating conversation. He currently resides in the Chicagoland area and travels both regionally and nationally.