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.

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PASEF Seminar
3:30 PM Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Retirement Communities: Options and Choices

PASEF is pleased to present a seminar on the range and structure of retirement communities. The seminar will be presented by Michele Berardi, Director of Community Relations at Kendal-Crosslands Communities in Kennett Square, PA. Michele has 15 years of experience in retirement communities. Her lecture will cover the range of possible retirement community options throughout the Philadelphia and Tri-State area.

Michele Berardi has spoken at educational, religious, civic, and social clubs on retirement communities, and has lectured at Widener University in a course exploring retirement living options.

The seminar will be held at 3:30 PM in the Class of '55 Conference Room on the second floor of the Van Pelt Library. Please come and join with your colleagues for this PASEF-sponsored event. A chance for discussion afterwards will be accompanied by light snacks. No RSVP is needed for this event.

ASEF Spring 2014 Lecture
4-5 PM Tuesday, April 22, 2014

D. Gary Gilliland will present the ASEF Spring Lecture entitled "Integrating Precision Medicine into the Fabric of Penn Medicine"

Dr. Gary Gilliland, Vice President for Precision Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, is a cancer geneticist and pioneer in the development of targeted therapies. He will discuss Penn Medicine's research and clinical care initiatives across all disciplines to create a national model for the delivery of precise, personalized medicine to patients with all diseases.

As an investigator studying hematologic malignancies, Gilliland made seminal discoveries that have contributed to the understanding of the genetic basis of leukemias and other cancers that affect the blood and bone marrow. He has worked to help apply these findings into the development of new investigational cancer treatments, including molecularly targeted therapies, and has advanced this research into all phases of clinical development. His work has earned him numerous honors, including the William Dameshek Prize from the American Society of Hematology, the Emil J. Freireich Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

The talk will be in the Biomedical Research Building (BRB) II/III Auditorium. Refreshments will follow the talk. RSVP to Kayvon Nikoo at or 215-746-7828.

PASEF Spring Lecture
3:30 PM Thursday, May 8, 2014

Angela Duckworth will present the PASEF Spring Lecture entitled "Grit".

The annual PASEF Spring Lecture will be given this year by Dr. Angela Duckworth, who will recount her research on the importance of "grit" to human achievement. Come and hear this interesting work and stay for the reception to chat and mingle with the speaker and colleagues over wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and one of 24 recipients of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, sometimes referred to as the Foundation's unrestricted “Genius Grants." Angela received a B.A. in Neurobiology from Harvard in 1992 and, as a Marshall Scholar, a Masters in Neuroscience from Oxford. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Duckworth studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit, which predict achievement. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a non-profit summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. Angela has also been a McKinsey management consultant and, for five years, a math teacher in the public schools of San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Skirkanich Hall

Time: 3:30 PM. Location: Berger Auditorium, Skirkanich Hall, 210 South 33rd Street. The Berger Auditorium is on the lower level of Skirkanish Hall; an elevator is available for those who need assistance. There is also a wheelchair accessible entrance on the side of Skirkanich Hall.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Frederic Bushman will discuss: "The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease."

Humans are far more than merely the sum total of all the cells that form the organs and tissues. The digestive tract is also home to a vast colony of bacteria of all varieties, as well as the myriad viruses that prey upon them. Because the types of bacteria carried inside the body vary from person to person, so does this viral population, known as the virome. By closely following and analyzing the virome of one individual over two-and-a-half years, a research team led by professor Bushman has uncovered some important new insights on how a viral population can change and evolve – and why the virome of one person can vary so greatly from that of another. The evolution and variety of the virome can affect susceptibility and resistance to disease among individuals, along with variable effectiveness of drugs.

Bushman, a professor of Microbiology, received his doctorate in Cellular and Developmental Biology at Harvard University in 1988. He has over 200 publications in prestigious journals including Nature and Science.

The luncheon will begin at 12 PM at the University Club. Cost and University Club details.

PASEF Spring Outing
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Please join us for PASEF’s annual Spring Outing on Thursday, May 15, 2014. This year's program offers participants three remarkable perspectives on our city of Philadelphia. In the morning, beginning at 10:30, Philadelphia's world-renowned Mural Arts Program will take us on a guided two-hour "trolley" tour of murals in West Philadelphia--a very different look at the University's neighborhood. The trolley tour will depart from and return to the historic Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park. The Mansion features a spectacular view of the city's skyline across the green landscape of the park.

Following the tour, we will have an informal lunch in the Mansion, with catered box lunches. After lunch, you may linger to visit the Belmont Mansion's fascinating Underground Railroad Museum, which commemorates the Mansion's pre-Civil War history as an important link in the Underground Railroad by which escaped slaves journeyed north to freedom.

Full information about reservations, costs, and the three attractions will follow soon. You will be able to sign up separately for the Mural Arts tour, the luncheon, and the Underground Railroad Museum, but you can also bundle all three into a full day's outing, depending on your schedule and preferences. Meanwhile, please hold the date!

Video of PASEF/ASEF Luncheon
Feb. 26, 2014

James Saunders, "Hearing Loss and Aging: New Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment"

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:


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Members of PASEF Executive Committee, 2013/2014

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Sherrill Adams

Name: Sherrill L. Adams
Dept: Biochemistry, Dental School
PASEF: At-Large Member of Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-6569 | View Profile

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

Peter Kuriloff

Name: Peter Kuriloff
Dept: Graduate School of Education
PASEF: At-Large Member of Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-5238 | View Profile

Rob Roy MacGregor

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

Janice F. Madden

Name: Janice F. Madden
Dept: Sociology
PASEF: At-Large Member of Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-6739 | View Profile

Mitch Marcus

Name: Mitch Marcus
Dept: Computer and Information Science
PASEF: At-Large Member of Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-2538 | View Profile

Anna Meadows

Name: Anna T. Meadows
Dept: Pediatrics
PASEF: Ex-Officio, President of ASEF (School of Medicine)
Email | Phone: 215-590-2804 | View Profile

Alan Myers

Name: Alan Myers
Dept: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
PASEF: Website and Communications
Email | Phone: 215-898-7078 | View Profile

Jack Nagel

Name: Jack H. Nagel
Dept: Political Science
PASEF: President Elect
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: Website and Communications
Email | Phone: 215-898-8467 | View Profile

Martin Pring

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

Elsa L. Ramsden

Name: Elsa L. Ramsden
Dept: Nursing
PASEF: Secretary
Email | Phone: 570-223-8843 | 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 J. Rosoff
Dept: Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton
PASEF: Program, 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 Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-8749 | View Profile

Neville E. Strumpf

Name: Neville E. Strumpf
Dept: Nursing
PASEF: Road to Retirement Event
Email | Phone: 215-898-8802 | View Profile

Anita Summers

Name: Anita Summers
Dept: Business and Public Policy, Wharton
PASEF: At-Large Member of Executive Committee
Email | Phone: 215-898-4076 | View Profile

Ross A. Webber

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


Heidi George

Name: Heidi George
PASEF: Administrative Assistant
Phone: 215-746-5972

Executive Committee Meetings 2013-2014

Date Day Place
17 Sep. 2013 Tuesday Lenape
15 Oct. 2013 Tuesday Lenape
20 Nov. 2013 Wednesday 21 Penn Tower
17 Dec. 2013 Tuesday Lenape
21 Jan. 2014 Tuesday Lenape
19 Feb. 2014 Wednesday Hourglass
18 Mar. 2014 Tuesday Lenape
9 Apr. 2014 Wednesday Meyerson Conf. Room
20 May 2014 Tuesday Lenape

All meetings from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

The Meyerson Conference Room is on the second floor of Van Pelt, opposite the elevators.

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