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We Owe More to Clean Living Than We Thought
After years of poring over statistics on mortality around the world and across the centuries, Dr. Samuel Preston, professor of sociology and director of Penn's Population Studies Center, found himself wondering what the population of the United States would look like if its mortality rates had not changed. What he discovered was astonishing: About half of us wouldn't be here today. Continued ...


Mining the Moon: Not Just Pie in the Sky
Many investors these days are putting their dollars into the emerging markets of eastern Europe and Asia. If a former astronaut has his way, however, they will shift their attention to another business frontier -- one about 240,000 miles away. Continued ...


Going Potty Over Toilet Training
Potty training may not be one of the highlights of parenting, but it is an unavoidable part of the job. And a pair of recent studies reveal that parents whose children don't train easily are in good company. Continued ...


Where Am I Supposed to Be? Let Me Check My E-mail
Nine thousand people can't be wrong -- at least not when it comes to remembering the important events in their lives. Blake D. Mills IV, EAS'98, has made sure of that with his online calendar service, Remind U-Mail, which logged its nine-thousandth member in late January.
Last summer Mills devised a computer program "to send [myself] personal reminders via e-mail." Friends soon asked if he could expand the program for their use, and Mills decided that a Web-based calendar and e-mail reminder service "would be a fun project to work on." Setting up the system took him about a month's worth of spare time; Remind U-Mail, as Mills officially dubbed it, was up and running by October. Continued ...


Chipping Away
Work continues on Logan Hall and the Perelman Quadrangle. Continued . . .


Grants Support International and Community Programs
The University has signed a five-year, $5-million agreement with the Seoul-based Korea Foundation to promote Korean studies at Penn. Both sides are contributing $2.5 million toward an endowment that will support the salaries of endowed professors -- to be collectively known as the Korea Foundation Professors -- as well as visiting professors, graduate fellowships, academic-research conferences, seminars, and the expansion of the Korean collection in Van Pelt Library. Continued ...


Eight Hours a Night Keeps the Doctor Out of Sight
It's common wisdom that sleep is protective and restorative in battling illness, but research now under way may eventually show just how that process actually works. "We don't understand the mechanism," says Dr. Janet Mullington, a research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, who is teasing out the relationship between sleep and the immune system in a series of experiments. "If we understand how this works, we can intervene." Continued ...


Campus Crime: What Does it Mean?
Colleges and universities across Pennsylvania may soon have to provide some context for the crime statistics they provide to prospective students and their parents. State education officials are considering changes to the crime-disclosure law that would require schools to define exactly what they consider to be their campus boundaries. Continued ...


Eat Your Heart Out Christo
Two campus works-in-progress -- one new building and an old one -- undergoing a complete change of identity have been draped in weather-proof plastic recently in a manner that brings to mind the work of the artist Christo. Continued ...



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