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Volume 109, No. 4


Untangling Alzheimer’s
A remarkable collection of Penn scientists, led by Virginia Lee and John Trojanowski, is attacking the merciless affliction known as Alzheimer’s, along with other neurodegenerative diseases. But the clock is ticking. 
By Samuel Hughes

Almost Perfect
Penn’s 1970-71 men’s basketball team was arguably the very best the Ivy League will ever see—even if their 28-0 season did end with a baffling loss that stings even 40 years later. By Dave Zeitlin

Penn Fights the Civil War
As soldiers on the battlefield or doctors in military hospitals, Penn alumni and faculty played remarkable roles in the nation’s bloodiest conflict—serving both North and South. By W. Barksdale Maynard

Passion Play
Sure it’s nice being a giant in the world of psychology, but sometimes Marty Seligman “just can’t wait to get to the bridge screen.” By Barbra Shotel 


From the Editor
From College Hall

First Person: Essays
Notes from the Undergrad Worth 1,000 words 
Alumni Voices “You put my f**ckin’ mug where I can’t reach it.” 
Elsewhere Return to Vietnam 
Expert Opinion What’s in store for the Euro?

Gazetteer: News & Sports
$10,000 ventured, millions gained
Report puts Penn economic impact at $14 billion statewide
Menu for sustainability at Joe’s Cafe
New Wharton MBA curriculum announced
Marshall scholars Kristin Hall and G.J. Melendez-Torres
Tlingit tribe and Penn Museum argue over artifacts
History professor Kathleen Brown on what it means to be clean
The case for letting states declare bankruptcy
Students produce “Classless” comedy
Good reading about eating: Penn Appetit 
Men’s basketball: better, but still rebuilding 

MUSIC Veronica Jurkiewicz C’04 foments Classical Revolution
ART Anne Tyng Gr’75’s Inhabiting Geometry at the ICA
INTERVIEW Ruth Davis Konigsberg C’90 on The Truth about Grief 
BOOKS Tell me how it hurts. The Language of Pain
POETRY Jacket2 looks good on Kelly Writers House
INTERVIEW Cynthia Kaplan C’85 rocks comedy in Fangry

Alumni Profiles
Gerri Trooskin EAS’02 SPP’06 is leading Philly’s science celebration 
G. Michael Lemole Jr. M’95 
was Gabrielle Gifford’s neurosurgeon 
Jacob Lief C’99’s
Ubuntu Education Fund helps 40,000 South Africans 
Kitsie Converse CW’63 CGS’95 
did not forget her friend Victo 
Dara Lovitz C’00 
defends animals and their advocates 



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