Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty
The mission of PASEF is to initiate, conduct and coordinate activities that encourage retired faculty members to continue to be active, contributing participants in the intellectual and social life of the University and to maintain connections among themselves and with their colleagues who are not retired. Such activities include organizing lectures, discussion groups, and social functions that provide fellowship and interaction among members and with the scholarly community on campus; familiarizing members, especially those planning retirement, with issues relating to retirement benefits and retired life; and promoting opportunities for members to render service to the University and its surrounding community.
Paul Shaman, Statistics
2016-2017 PASEF President
View Videos of PASEF Lectures
PASEF-sponsored lectures are now being recorded and made available on YouTube. To find links to the videos, click on Previous Events from the menu on the left of the PASEF home page. Or go to PASEF's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PASEF-213035898871820/
PASEF Launches Speakers Bureau
PASEF is pleased to announce a new service to members and community organizations in the Philadelphia area. Our Speakers Bureau is designed to connect groups that regularly sponsor talks with retired Penn faculty (and faculty nearing retirement) who are glad to share their expertise with local audiences. To learn more about the Speakers Bureau, please click here.
PASEF Lecture and Luncheon
A Remedy for the Electoral College
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 pm
The 2016 Presidential Election has led many people to believe that there is something wrong with a system where the losing candidate receives two million more popular votes than the winner. There is a widespread belief that any constitutional amendment to change the Electoral College is doomed to failure because it would not get the support of the small states that benefit from the current system. Jack will speak about "The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact" which would achieve the same result as a constitutional amendment without needing the votes of two-thirds of the Congress and three-fourths of the states.
Jack Nagel is Professor of Political Science Emeritus. He has served the School of Arts and Sciences as Chair of the Political Science Department, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Dean for the Social Sciences. He is a former President of the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty.
The lecture will be held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Hourglass Room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn. Lunch is available for a modest cost.
PASEF Lecture and Luncheon
Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles appear to be around the corner, promising safe and efficient transportation for everyone regardless of their ability to drive. This would provide independence for aging or disabled individuals, and could relieve congestion and land use in urban centers.
How are these autonomous systems designed, and what provides the intelligence or "brains" for these machines?
Prof. Lee's research focuses on giving machines the ability to learn from experience and to process large amounts of data from sensors and communications.
Daniel Lee is the UPS Foundation Chair Professor in Transportation for the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department in SEAS. He serves as Director of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. He joined the Penn faculty in 2001 coming from the Theoretical Physics and Biological Computation departments at Bell Labs.
The lecture will be held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Hourglass Room in the University
Club in the Inn at Penn. Lunch is available for a modest cost.
Road to Retirement Essays by Colleagues
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement
We are proud to announce the release of the Tenth Edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement, our annually revised handbook highlighting the policy and process governing the transition from full-time faculty to emeritus.
Please refer to the official release notes for a review of the updates to this year's edition.
From time to time links to articles and reports deemed to be of interest to the PASEF membership will be posted. PASEF does not endorse any positions taken or views expressed in the items cited. The two listed below address Social Security and the choice of a retirement community. Both are from The New York Times.
New Summary of Information on Retirement Communities
Howard Goldfine, Jim Saunders and Heidi George have recently assembled a set of tables providing important information for those considering the move to a retirement community. You can find this information by clicking on the Retirement Communities link under Spotlights in the right column of this web page or simply clicking here.
Do you have questions about health care, including bills?
We suggest that you contact Health Advocate,offered through the Penn Division of Human Resources (HR) to help Penn employees and their families resolve healthcare-related issues.
Check out their website.
Members of PASEF Council
Name: Sarah Barr
Council Meetings 2016-2017
|September 21, 2016||Wednesday|
|October 19, 2016||Wednesday|
|November 16, 2016||Wednesday|
|December 14, 2016||Wednesday|
|January 17, 2017||Tuesday|
|February 21, 2017||Tuesday|
|March 21, 2017||Tuesday|
|April 18, 2017||Tuesday|
|May 16, 2017||Tuesday|
All meetings are from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in the Hourglass Room, University Club, Inn at Penn.