Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty

The mission of PASEF is to initiate and coordinate activities that encourage retired faculty members to maintain connections among themselves and with the intellectual and social life of the University. 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.

Jack Nagel

Greetings from PASEF President Jack Nagel

Read his Fall 2014 message

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.

Coming Events


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

William W. Braham will discuss: "Energy and Environmental Research at Penn Praxis and the TC Chan Center: Beyond Net Zero."

During the past thirty years architects have used increasingly sophisticated simulation tools and ever escalating performance goals to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings. These goals have come to be known as "net-zero energy," "net-zero water" and other net-zero measurements. Dr. Braham will present his most recent projects and explain their holistic approach to fundamental design questions such as, "how much is enough?"

Dr. William W. Braham, FAIA, is Director of the Master of Environmental Building Design and the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He received an Engineering degree from Princeton University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

25-Year Club Annual Dinner

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Adrian Raine will present: "The anatomy of violence: Dissecting the biological roots of crime."

Dr. Adrian Raine is a global leader in the modern study of neurocriminology. He applies techniques from neuroscience, such as brain imaging, to study how biological and social factors interact to cause criminal behavior, especially violent crime. Dr. Raine was recruited to Penn in 2007 as a PIK (Penn Integrates Knowledge) professor. A former chair of Penn's Department of Criminology, he holds the Richard Perry University Professorship in Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology. His 2013 book, The Anatomy of Violence, received widespread attention and resulted in numerous media appearances. Dr. Raine was educated at Oxford University and York University in his native England. He and his collaborators are conducting on-going research projects in the United States, China, Mauritius, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

The lecture will be held from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Class of '49 Auditorium, 2nd Floor Houston Hall.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amita Sehgal will present: “Tick-tock, time to wake up: timing of behavior and physiology by the clocks within us.”

Dr. Sehgal will describe the functioning of our internal circadian clocks. She will discuss how our clocks are synchronized with the environment, and are driven by various metabolic and physiological changes which determine the rhythms of sleep, wakefulness, and eating patterns. Dr. Sehgal will also discuss the molecular mechanisms effecting circadian clocks, and why daily rhythms are significant.

Dr. Amita Sehgal is Director of the Chronobiology Program, and the John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine. She pioneered a model which studies the regulation of sleep which has been adopted by laboratories worldwide. Dr. Sehgal received her PhD from the Graduate School of Medical Studies, Cornell University.

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.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Larry J. Kricka: “Making Medical Testing more Accessible and more Affordable.”

Today there are many types of tests and testing that can be performed away from the confines of a hospital. P4 Medicine (Personalized, Predictive, Preventive, and Participatory) is designed to slash the costs of laboratory testing (for example, through the use of Wellness Centers). This modern option may curb the spiraling costs of healthcare. As consumers we have access to many locations that provide direct testing, such as pharmacies and retail health clinics. Also available in our technological age is the capacity for Direct to Consumer testing and collection kits via the Internet.  New routes for obtaining testing devices such as thermometers, blood pressure monitors, and glucose meters are also increasing. Finally, due to the explosion of medical apps on phones and tablets, self-testing and monitoring devices are quickly creating unprecedented possibilities in medicine.

Dr. Larry J. Kricka is Director of the General Chemistry and the Critical Care Laboratories, and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. His current research focuses on point-of-care and direct to consumer testing.

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

PASEF has held “road to retirement” panel discussions over the past several years, and some of our colleague participants have written brief descriptions in which they describe their thoughts and steps in deciding to go emeritus, and then how life has been thereafter. Please click here to enjoy their insights and experience regarding the transition:


Do you have questions about health care, including bills?

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Members of PASEF Executive Committee, 2014/2015

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Roger Allen

Name: Roger M.A. Allen
Dept: Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-898-6337 | View Profile

David P. Balamuth

Name: David P. Balamuth
Dept: Physics & Astronomy
PASEF: Rep. to Univ. Council on Benefits & Pensions
Email | Phone: 610-896-5846 | View Profile

 Janice Bellace

Name: Janice Bellace
Dept: Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton
PASEF: At-large member of the Executive Committee
Email | PHONE: 215-898-6820 | View Profile

 Peter Dodson

Name: Peter Dodson
Dept: School of Veterinary Medicine
PASEF: At-large member of the Executive Committee
Email | PHONE: 215-898-8784 | View Profile

 Stephen Dunning

Name: Stephen Dunning
Dept: Religious Studies
PASEF: At-large member of the Executive Committee
Email | PHONE: 610-644-5138 | View Profile

 Howard Goldfine

Name: Howard Goldfine
Dept: Microbiology, Medicine
PASEF: Chair, Retirement Communities Project, Program Committee
Email | PHONE: (office) 215 898-6384, (cell) 484 557-3625 | View Profile

 Lynn Hollen Lees

Name: Lynn Lees
Dept: History
PASEF: At-large member of the Executive Committee
Email | PHONE: 215-898-8784 | View Profile

Rob Roy MacGregor

Name: Rob Roy MacGregor
Dept: Medicine
PASEF: Past President
Email | Phone: 215-662-3565 | View Profile

Mitch Marcus

Name: Mitchell Marcus
Dept: Computer and Information Science
PASEF: At-large member of the Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-2538 | View Profile

 Jeanne C. Myers

Name: Jeanne C. Myers
Dept: Biochemistry and Biophysics, Medicine
PASEF: President, ASEF
Email | PHONE: 215 592-4096 | View Profile

Jack Nagel

Name: Jack H. Nagel
Dept: Political Science
PASEF: President
Email | Phone: 215-898-4255 | View Profile

David Pope

Name: David P. Pope
Dept: Materials Science
PASEF: At-Large Member of Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-9837 | View Profile

Gerald J. Porter

Name: Gerald J. Porter
Dept: Mathematics
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-898-8467 | View Profile

Martin Pring

Name: Martin Pring
Dept: Physiology, Medicine
PASEF: Rep. to Senate Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-6870 | View Profile

Howard Rosenberg

Name: Howard M. Rosenberg
Dept: Pediatric Dentistry
PASEF: At-Large Member of Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-6555 | View Profile

Arnold Rosoff

Name: Arnold (Skip) J. Rosoff
Dept: Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton
PASEF: At-Large Member of Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-7610 | View Profile

Vivian C. Seltzer

Name: Vivian C. Seltzer
Dept: Social Policy & Practice
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-731-1101 | View Profile

Paul Shaman

Name: Paul Shaman
Dept: Statistics, Wharton
PASEF: At-large member of the Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-8749 | View Profile

Neville E. Strumpf

Name: Neville E. Strumpf
Dept: Nursing
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 215-898-8802 | View Profile

Anita Summers

Name: Anita Summers
Dept: Public Policy and Management, Wharton
PASEF: President Elect
Email | Phone: 215-898-4076 | View Profile

Ross A. Webber

Name: Ross A. Webber
Dept: Management, Wharton
PASEF: Former President
Email | Phone: 856-216-8233 | View Profile


Heidi George

Name: Heidi George
PASEF: PASEF Coordinator
Phone: 215-746-5972

Executive Committee Meetings 2014-2015

Date Day
September 16, 2014 Tuesday
October, 15, 2014 Wednesday
November 18, 2014 Tuesday
December 10, 2014 Wednesday
January 21, 2015 Wednesday
February, 18, 2015 Wednesday
March 18, 2015 Wednesday
April 15, 2015 Wednesday
May, 20, 2015 Wednesday
June 17, 2015 Tuesday

All meetings are from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. in the Lenape Room.

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