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Hello, my name is Steven D. Munger and I am the associate director at the Center for Smell and Taste at the University of Florida. My research focuses on how odors and tastes influence the way we eat and respond to food. AMA!

Hello, Reddit! I’m Steven D. Munger and I’m fascinated with how we smell and taste things. Everything from how we crave certain foods to how odors and taste stimuli contain information about the quality and nutrient content of food.

Just a little bit of information on me:

I’m a professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Associate Director of the Center for Smell and Taste at the University of Florida. Go Gators!

I received a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia (1989) and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Florida (1997). I completed postdoctoral training in molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2000, where I remained until joining UF in 2014.

My lab focuses on understanding the molecular and cellular machinery used to detect odors, tastes and other chemicals in foods and pharmaceuticals.

I'll be back at 1 pm EDT (10 am PDT, 6 pm UTC) to answer your questions, ask me anything!

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Tifu by asking how my dad's project at work is millions over budget

This is my first time posting on reddit because I just don't know what else to do. I need to talk to someone but I can't talk to anyone I know...

This happened Saturday, but learning more everyday.

This Past Saturday: my mom came to visit me at college, and she and I were talking about a project my dad was managing at the company he works for while catching up over lunch. he mentioned that they were a few million dollars over budget. Shocked I asked how no one (including him) could be fired for that gross negligence. She said he couldn't be fired since he was advising it more than managing it and wasn't in charge, but mentioned she didn't think the other people could be fired despite repeatedly doing bad work. She said it made her wonder if they had dirt on my dad that they using to blackmail him (who would have to give his approval to get them fired).

Up until now, I'd always thought my dad was a pretty average, albeit successful, guy, so I jokingly asked if my mom thought he was having an affair. I could tell something was wrong and made the mistake of asking more.

Turns out my mom and him went away for a weekend a few weeks ago, and my mom saw some weird texts from a number on my dad's phone. Things like "Hey, I miss you, when are you coming back?" with heart emojis and stuff.

She asked my dad about it, and he immediately got defensive, enough for her to start digging more. She found enough stuff on his phone to hire a private eye who's been getting his internet history and text messages for the last week or so (its amazing how easy it was for them to do this).

Long story short, within a day of getting data from the websites he'd visited, there were more than 100 visits to hardcore gay porn websites and several male escort services.

The private eye was able to get past texts as well, and it was clear there were explicitly covert meetings arranged. My mom checked my dad's calendar, and every single meeting corresponded with a time he was out of town (he travels for work a lot), and the meeting locations were always the hotels on his calendar.

When she first told me my gut instinct was to feel sorry for him for being closeted and not feeling like he could come out and tell us about his real struggle.

Then a few things happened Saturday night that made me lose my sympathy ( a few hours after my life had already been blown apart):

 1) I got a call from my uncle (my dad's brother), telling me to get my dad to call him ASAP. I tried his cell and was thankful he didn't pick up. I texted him to call. Turns out my grandpa (86) had had a stroke, and my grandma (84) hadn't heard him fall to the floor so he was unconscious for more than 20 minutes before my grandma called an ambulance. 2) My mom told me he'd arranged to meet a guy during his time in LA, and the private eye had contacted someone to take photos/videos and catch him in the act. 3) I talked to my dad and urged him to cut his "business" trip to LA short. He said he'd be leaving a day early (leaving Tuesday instead of Wednesday). I asked him what was so important that he couldn't come home immediately, that I was sure whatever meetings he had the people would understand. He just blew it off. 

The fact he would choose some hooker over his father pushed me past the edge of sympathy... and then it got even worse.


My mom told me something that hadn't even crossed my mind: he had inadvertently exposed her to std's. To make matters worse, my dad has had a weird cold/cough the last 2 ish years. He's had tons of blood tests and nothing's ever come up. My mom and him have the same general doctor, so she had a long talk with him and asked if he'd ever been tested. The doctor's answer, "straight, faithful, older (my parents are in their 50's) married men" don't really get tested for that kind of stuff...

One of the symptoms of HIV? flu like cough.

Today (Monday): -The Private Eye got video of my dad and a hooker together... she didn't tell me the details but she said we can't hold onto our hope that literally all of his tech has been hacked...

-My mom got tested for every STD imaginable and we're waiting on the results.

-My grandpa was released from the ICU this afternoon.

-My mom's confronting my dad tomorrow when he gets home. I'm the only one of my siblings (3 of us) that know, and she wants him to tell us himself.

Oh, and slightly selfish aside: I'm an engineering student in college and have 3 PSETS due and a midterm on Thursday. The more I try and study, the angry I get at him. I can't sleep because i have so much work to do, I can't work because I can't stop thinking about what the future holds.

Updates to come.

tl;dr: Asked my mom why bad employees who work with my dad aren't fired; her thoughts: they know something he doesn't want the world to know; that thing is he's gay; my mom has had a private eye following him, today we got irrefutable proof that he is doing stuff with male hookers; grandpa (dad's dad) had a stroke; he chose the hooker over his own father; dad might have HIV; mom's getting tested

tl;dr x 2 my dad's gay, might have HIV, might have given it to my mom, and chose gay hookers over his own father who had a stroke this past weekend. Oh and i'm the only one in my fam who knows besides my mom.

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