The Daily brief: August 8, 2011

Aug. 8, 2011, 5:48 p.m.

A Look at Longevity | As the population of baby boomers continues to age, the legacy of Stanford’s eighty-year Longevity Project continues to be seen. The project, which has followed approximately 1,500 children since its inception, has dispelled numerous misconceptions about old age, such as the belief that one can maintain a healthy lifestyle due to family influence — it turns out that the health of friends and peers play a much bigger role.

Fountain Hopping | Getting a little stuffy this August? If you’re planning to partake in the storied campus tradition of fountain hopping to beat the heat, you might notice the water tasting a little… off. That’s because the fountains are now chlorinated. For those of you currently away from the Farm and not lucky enough to be seaside or lounging by a pool, join in vicariously through this Palo Alto Patch video.

Bamboo Ceiling | Asian executives gather at the GSB this week to work toward breaking the “bamboo ceiling,” so called because a disproportionately small number of ethnically Asian executives leading their companies. The Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives is the first of its kind to work with this group to study how cultural upbringing and bias could hinder their careers.

Overheard | “Black women confront the worst relationship market of any group because of economic and cultural forces that are not of their own making; and they have needlessly worsened their situation by limiting themselves to black men […] Black women can best promote black marriage by opening themselves to relationships with men of other races.” — Law professor Ralph Richard Banks in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on the state of romantic relationships involving black women.

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