This is a question I find myself asking...myself (though usually in English) quite frequently these days. Since starting as a professor, I've done little in the way of what I would call 'science,' and a lot in the way of what I would call 'administrative drudgery.' Trying to decipher the Machiavellian machinations of the procurement office is my current challenge. I thought I would have more time to spend on, you know, trying to cure cancer.
Admittedly, I expected this, and I am just starting out, so the lab isn't ready. But still -- why is the life of a biomedical engineering professor permeated with so much non-science? This is a topic that I will definitely revisit.