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For the third time, will you stop nagging?
It comes as no surprise to parenting expert Virginia
Kurtz Stowe, GNu'68, that nagging and yelling are the topics
of her most popular workshops. After all, she says, even though parents
and children typically have the same end goal -- the child's eventual
independence -- they often have different ideas of how to get there.
But it is possible, she promises, to curtail the nagging and make the
process more enjoyable for all parties. Stowe, founder and director
of the Parenting Resource Center in New York City, shared some of her
tools during a lunchtime workshop held at Penn's School of Nursing to
promote her new book: Tired of Nagging?: 30 Days to Positive Parenting
Punts and Pints
While the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons faced off, 22-year-old
entrepreneur Jeremy Kraus, W'98, scored the equivalent of a touchdown
in the business world with an ad aired during the Super Bowl. And he
didn't have to spend a dime of his burgeoning ice cream company's money
for the $1.6 million time-slot. Continued...
Sleuthing a Silent Virus
Though it doesn't command the research dollars that
AIDS does, the epidemic of hepatitis C has quietly infected nearly four
million Americans. The blood-borne virus, for which there exists no
vaccine, often incubates for decades before symptoms of chronic (and
potentially fatal) liver disease appear. Battling those obstacles, Dr.
Miriam Alter, Nu'71, has been at the forefront of trying to control
its spread. Alter is chief of the epidemiology section of the Hepatitis
Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has also
served as a consultant for the World Health Organization on the control
of viral hepatitis. Continued...
Digging for Clues in Jefferson's Other Backyard
While the media have been digging into Thomas Jefferson's
sexual history based on recent DNA analysis, a Penn alumna has been
busy uncovering real dirt on our nation's third president -- the dirt
from his lawn, that is. The soil in question is not located at Monticello,
but a lesser-known home, some 90 miles to the south, which reveals a
more private side of the author of The Declaration of Independence.
It was Poplar Forest, a 4,800-acre plantation outside Lynchburg, Va.,
where Jefferson designed and built his own retirement villa retreat
-- a place where he could enjoy what he called "the solitude of
a hermit." Continued...
Census and Sensibility
Last spring Penn began asking alumni what they've been
up to in the decade since the previous University-wide census, and they
responded by the thousands. In addition to being an updated source of
addresses and telephone numbers, the 1998 census provides a window into
Quakers' diverse post-graduation lives. Continued...
The Yankee's Secret Weapon
Almost every day during the New York Yankees' magical
1998 season, the same scene played itself out in the office of team
manager Joe Torre. Around 3 P.M., Torre would sit in his clubhouse nook
for an hour and talk baseball, from players to situations to strategies,
with a few of his advisers: his brother, Frank, a former major league
first baseman; Don Zimmer, the rumple-faced coach spending his 50th
year in professional baseball; and Frank Dolson, C '54.
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"We never knew enough to know what it was we weren't supposed
to do. We just went ahead and did it." That's how David Glickman,
W'87, explained the success of his international telecommunications
company, Justice Technology Corp., to Inc. magazine after
it was ranked as the fastest-growing private company in the United
States on the 1998 Inc. 500 list. According to Inc.,
Justice has brought in revenues of $55 million just five years
after takeoff. In addition to the risk-taking style of Glickman,
its founder, chair, and president, another ingredient in the L.A.-based
company's rapid growth has been diversity: employees come from
40 different countries and speak 22 languages.