Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

The Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine (ASEF-PSOM) serves to enhance the careers of the emeritus faculty by encouraging them to remain a part of the community of scholars in the School of Medicine. The Association also serves to support the senior faculty by raising awareness of the full range of retirement options available to them, whether they are planning to retire within two years or two decades.

2014-15 Letter from the President

Hello from your new ASEF President


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maja Bucan: Autism Spectrum Disorders and their Genetic Basis

The past decade has brought advances in our understanding of the genetic basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). These devastating disorders affect approximately 1:68 infants born in the United States each year. One key finding is that in the majority of cases of ASD, individuals do not harbor a defect in a single gene, but instead have many genetic defects in neural development in general. Dr. Bucan's laboratory focuses on the essential genes in autism, and how testing in both mice and humans reveals genetic variation.

Dr. Maja Bucan is a Professor of Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine. She earned her PhD from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and conducted postdoctoral research in both London and Philadelphia. She joined the Department of Psychiatry in 1990, and the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Dr. Bucan's lecture is sponsored by the ASEF-PSOM/PASEF Program Committee.

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

Remembering with Smiles the ASEF-PSOM & PASEF

New Faculty Emeriti October 2014 Program and Reception

On a Fall Wednesday late afternoon and early evening on October 29th, 45 newly retired faculty from the University of Pennsylvania - of which 25 from 17 departments were members of the Perelman School of Medicine - were honored in a program and reception held at Sweeten Alumni House on a colorful tree-lined Locust Walk. The event was sponsored jointly for the second year by the Associations of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine (ASEF-PSOM) and University (PASEF).

Greetings to the attendees were extended by former ASEF president, Anna Meadows, and current PASEF president, Jack Nagel, who then introduced our enthusiastic guest speaker Dr. Anita Allen, Vice Provost for Faculty. The amazing accomplishments of the 45 faculty, together with introspective and also humorous remembrances of their careers at Penn, were presented in short citations by Rob Roy MacGregor, past PASEF president, and Jeanne Myers, current ASEF president. Honorees were applauded and congratulated personally by many fellow colleagues. After the program portion, all enjoyed a reception of wine and a plentiful assortment of menu items, with - most importantly - time to exchange memories and talk about future plans.

ASEF Honoree Bios

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Heinz Schleyer, D.Sc., Surgery

Heinz Schleyer passed away on November 10th at the age of 87. He received his doctorate from Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany, and came to Philadelphia in 1959 for a post-doctoral position with Britton Chance in the Johnson Foundation in 1959. In 1970 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, and Biochemistry and Biophysics; he retired as an emeritus faculty in 2004. His research involved studies on heme protein P450 in steroid hydroxylation and the mechanism of electron transfer. Heinz served as a member of the executive council of the Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty from 2007-2010, working on the Communications committee, and continued thereafter to attend and enjoy the ASEF events with his delightful wife Johanna.

Peter Randall, M.D., Pediatric Surgery

Peter Randall, M.D. Professor of Plastic Surgery, died on November 16th at the age of 91. Dr. Randall served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at CHOP and also practiced at HUP. He had a special interest in the repair of cleft lip and palate, and was instrumental in the initiation of craniofacial surgery at CHOP in the early 1970's. He was past president of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate Association and the Robert H. Ivy Society. He is survived by his wife Rose, 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Obituaries can be found in the Chestnut Hill Local and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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.

Medical Faculty Senate Presentation

On Wednesday, October 1st ASEF President Jeanne Myers delivered a presentation to the Medical Faculty Senate concerning ASEF's mission and current events. Here it is in case you missed it.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement

We are proud to announce the release of the Seventh Edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement, ASEF's 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.

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