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

ASEF-PSOM presents the new series, "Healthy Aging."

The first talk will take place at 12:00 p.m. Thursday March 26th, 2015 in Room 1412 of the Biomedical Research Building (BRB) II/III.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to kayvon@upenn.edu.

Sarah Hope Kagan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing will speak on the topic:

"Skip the Checklist - Aim to Age Well"

What are we to make of the current societal discourse on healthy aging? Is healthy aging a useful metric for an aging society? For individual lives? Dr. Kagan offers aging well as a response to fundamental flaws made in the assumptions of healthy aging and proposes parameters for aging well. Come join us for a dialogue about aging, health, and well-being.

Dr. Kagan is a Lindback award winning teacher and teaches students across the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs in the School of Nursing. She is a superb communicator who has developed the course "Growing Old Around the Globe" on COURSERA and is a regular monthly contributor for Calkins Media on "Myths of Aging"

Amongst Dr. Kagan's many honors is the award of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship (the oft-called "Genius Award"). She received this award for her commitment to clinical excellence, her passion for original scholarship, her dedication to teaching, and a singular ability to meld all three in the interest of older, frail, and vulnerable cancer patients.

The Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF)


Planning For Retirement

Join Victoria Mulhern, Executive Director, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (PSOM) and Hilary Lopez, Senior Benefits Specialist in Human Resources as they discuss the policies and processes around phased retirement, the retirement incentive program (the Faculty Income Allowance Program--FIAP), retirement benefits (including continued medical benefits), qualifying for emeritus status, and the rights and privileges of retired faculty.

All ASEF-PSOM members are also invited to attend this program.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Class of '55 Conference Room

Van Pelt Library

You may RSVP to Heidi George, PASEF Coordinator.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi at 215-746-5972.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Thomas Childers, PhD, History

Dr. Childers is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching specialty is modern German history and World War II. A prodigious author, he is also quite well known for his legendary and distinguished teaching career spanning two decades. Since 1997, Dr. Childers has received many of the highest honors for outstanding teaching awarded by the University of Pennsylvania.

The lecture will be held in the Hourglass Room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn. Lunch is available for a modest cost.

ASEF-PSOM February event held at the University of Pennsylvania

Museum of Anthropology and Archeology

A group of Penn faculty and guests gathered at the University Museum on Feb. 19th for an afternoon program organized by ASEF-PSOM. We were first treated to a 90 minute lecture entitled "CSI: Ancient Egypt, Solving Deaths on the Nile" by Steven R. Phillips, Ph.D., an Emeritus Professor of Physical Anthropology and Curatorial Research Coordinator of the Museum's Egyptian Section. In this well-illustrated and fascinating presentation, Dr. Phillips introduced us to some basic principles of physical anthropology, demonstrating characteristics of the skull and bony skeleton that indicate the subject's likely gender, approximate age, and evidence of illness or trauma. These studies have been greatly advanced by radiological enhancements and are applicable in both archeological and forensic investigations. He briefly discussed the work at a Tennessee site, in which he had participated, where the decomposition patterns of human remains are examined using cadavers willed for scientific study. The second part of the talk was focused on Tutankhamun, the boy king whose tomb engendered such excitement when it was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. A popular theory - as murders always are - advanced in the 70's was that young King Tut had been killed by a blow to the head. However, closer skeletal examination suggested the damage noted at the base of the skull was likely caused by recovery from the tomb. The most probable cause of death could be ascribed to several factors: first, he had suffered from malaria, second, he had congenital deformations in one foot and difficulty in walking (as attested to by 20+ walking sticks in the tomb), and third, there was evidence of an unhealed leg fracture which could have led to sepsis. Taken together, these observations point to death by a less surreptitious set of circumstances than criminologists had envisioned.

Following the lecture, a graduate student in the Egyptology program led us on a tour of some of the Egyptian artifacts and provided historical and compelling background of the pieces. We also visited the laboratory where specimens including mummies (found in the museum basement!) were being analyzed. At our final stop, we gathered at the signature attraction of the museum collection, the 3,200 year-old massive granite sphinx of the Pharaoh Ramesses the Great that arrived here intact in 1913. Penn has amassed over 40,000 Egyptian artifacts and been fortunate in not experiencing the need to repatriate the treasures through permission obtained in their acquisition and in continuing personal relationships with influential Egyptians. Visit the Museum [www.penn.museum] at no charge with your Penn ID card and learn, as we did, about ancient history!

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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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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 Eighth 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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