Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania


The Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (ASEF) 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.






April 18th Memorial Service for Dr. Nicholas A. Kefalides

On December 6, 2013, we lost a dear friend and colleague, Nicholas A. Kefalides, M.D., Ph.D. On April 18th, 2014, there will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Nick's life and career to be held at 4 PM in the Austrian Auditorium followed by a reception in the adjoining lobby lounge. The Austrian Auditorium is located in the Clinical Research Building, 445 Curie Boulevard at the University of Pennsylvania.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Cordelia Biddle: biddlec@mail.med.upenn.edu, phone 215-573-7527.




PASEF/ASEF Luncheon, Thursday, May 8, 2014

Frederic Bushman - "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 Frederic 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 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.



Penn Campus Architectural Tour

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:00a - 12:30p

ASEF will be sponsoring a walking tour of Penn's architecture on Wednesday, May 21st, rain or shine. This tour will be hosted by University Architect, David Hollenberg. The group will meet at the Ben Franklin statue in front of College Hall at 11:00am.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Kayvon Nikoo. Maximum 20 guests, so please don't hesitate express your interest!




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.




Celebratory Oct. 30, 2013 PASEF-ASEF Emeritus Reception

Sweeten Alumni House on a brightly colored, tree-lined Locust Walk was a wonderful campus setting for our 2013 Emeritus Reception honoring the new faculty retirees. The event was jointly organized by ASEF and PASEF, and 28 faculty from 5 schools (PSOM, SAS, Wharton, Dental and Veterinary) and 20 departments were honored for their highly impressive career achievements and contributions to the University of Pennsylvania. President of PASEF, Rob Roy MacGregor, introduced Dr. Anita Allen, Vice Provost for Faculty, who extended her enthusiastic greeting to the attendees and a special congratulations to the honorees. Following was presentation of the retiring faculty by ASEF President Anna Meadows and PASEF Past-President Ross Webber who gave a brief citation of each emeriti's accomplishments. There was a full house of faculty, family and friends who joined in applause of their colleagues and remained to enjoy the wide selection of hot and cold d'oeuvres and wine at the reception. Please watch for our 2014 announcements to celebrate with us next Autumn!

2013 Honoree Bios




Burton Zweiman, MD

Burton Zweiman, Emeritus Professor of Medicine died Tuesday, December 24th. He had been the chief of allergy and immunology from 1974 until 1998. He was also the chair of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is survived by his wife Clair Traig and his daughters Amy Harwood and Diane Weidenbaum.

Information on Dr. Zweiman's many contributions can be found within the link regarding The Burton Zweiman Lectureship.

Philadelphia Inquirer obituary




Medical Faculty Senate Presentation

On Wednesday, October 16th ASEF President Elect 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.




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