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
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.
The subject of this lecture is a manuscript of extraordinary importance to the history of science,
the Archimedes Palimpsest. This thirteenth century prayer book contains erased texts that were written
several centuries earlier still. These erased texts include two treatises by Archimedes that can be
found nowhere else, The Method and Stomachion. The manuscript sold at auction to a private collector on
the 29th October 1998. The owner deposited the manuscript at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland,
a few months later. Since that date the manuscript has been the subject of conservation, imaging and
scholarship, in order to better read the texts. The Archimedes Palimpsest project, as it is called, has shed
new light on Archimedes and revealed new texts from the ancient world. These new texts include speeches by an
Athenian orator from the fourth century B.C. called Hyperides, and a third century A.D. commentary on
Aristotle's Categories. The project, has generated a great deal of public curiosity, as well as the interest
of scholars throughout the world. All the raw imaging data, as well as transcriptions of the unique texts in
the manuscript have been published on the web.
William Noel was the Project's director, and he will give an account of the history of the book and the project, and discuss its discoveries. Dr. William Noel is Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscript, and Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at The University of Pennsylvania, positions he took up in September 2012. Before that he was Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. He received his PhD in 1993 from Cambridge University England.
Gino Segré and Bettina Hoerlin
The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12 PM
Due to large attendance the lecture has been moved to the WOODLANDS BALLROOM A on the registration
desk floor of The Inn At Penn, 3600 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA. Lunch will not be available during
the lecture. The University Club buffet is open until 2 pm.
Gino Segré is Professor of Physics Emeritus. In addition to Penn, he has taught at M.I.T. and
Oxford, and was Director of Theoretical Physics at the National Science Foundation. Hoerlin served
as Health Commissioner of Philadelphia, and has taught at Penn, Haverford College and Oxford.
Enrico Fermi is unquestionably among the greats of the world's physicists, the most famous Italian scientist since Galileo. Called the Pope by his peers, he was regarded as infallible in his instincts and research. His discoveries changed our world; they led to weapons of mass destruction and conversely to life-saving medical interventions. This unassuming man struggled with issues relevant today, such as the threat of nuclear annihilation and the relationship of science to politics. Fleeing Fascism and anti-Semitism, Fermi became a leading figure in America's most secret project: building the atomic bomb. The last physicist who mastered all branches of the discipline, Fermi was a rare mixture of theorist and experimentalist. His rich legacy encompasses key advances in fields as diverse as cosmic rays, nuclear technology, and early computers.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 215-746-5972.
Signed copies of their book, The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age, will be available for purchase following the talk.
Road to Retirement Essays by Colleagues
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement
We are proud to announce the release of the Ninth 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.