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.



ASEF-PSOM President's 2015 Welcome Letter

























Donald Schotland, M.D., Neurology

Dr. Donald Lewis Schotland died on August 13, 2015 at the age of 84. He earned his AB and MD degrees from Harvard University, and was a resident in neurology and fellow in neuropathology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Schotland became a member of the Columbia University faculty from 1962-67 and then joined Penn in 1967 where he became Director of the Henry Watts Center for Neuromuscular Research. Dr. Schotland's career spanned more than 50 years and he retired as professor emeritus of neurology . He was a pioneering researcher in neuromuscular diseases and studied the nature of muscle itself: central cores, lamellar bodies and satellite cells. His many publications include seminal papers on McArdle and Luft diseases, myotonic dystrophy, Duchenne dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, and mitochondrial myopathies.




The 2014-2015 ASEF-PSOM/PASEF Luncheon Talk Series

The noon seminar series held at the University Club is intended to bring emeriti and interested faculty together in order to keep retired faculty engaged with the university and informed about current research at Penn. ASEF-PSOM and PASEF organize these lectures jointly. The committee for 2014-15 consisted of Janice Bellace, Wharton, Howard Goldfine, PSOM, Lynn Hollen Lees, SAS, and Peter Wilding, PSOM.

September 23 - Dr. William W. Braham, Director of the Master of Environmental Building Design and the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at Penn, spoke on ever-evolving trends and changes in the field of environmentally directed architecture, and how these affect the performance of buildings, "Energy and Environmental Research at Penn Praxis and the TC Chan Center: Beyond Net Zero."

October 21 - Dr. Amita Sehgal, Director of the Chronobiology Program, and the John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience in PSOM, presented the lecture "Tick, Tock, Time to Wake Up" in which she described the functioning and rhythms of our circadian clocks.

November 13 - Dr. Brendan O'Leary, the Lauder Professor of Political Science at Penn, presented a timely topic, "The state of Kurdistan and the State of Kurdistan." His lecture provided an up-to-date review of the politics of contemporary Iraq, US foreign policy, and, most recently, of the attacks by the Islamic State in the Kurdistan region.

December 2 - Dr. Larry J. Kricka, Director of the General Chemistry and Critical Care Laboratories and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in PSOM, presented "Making medical testing more accessible and more affordable,"which focused on the many types of tests and testing that can be performed away from the confines of a hospital. Due to the explosion of medical apps on phones and tablets, self-testing and monitoring devices are quickly creating unprecedented possibilities in medicine.

January 20 - Dr. Maja Bucan, Professor of Genetics in PSOM, presented "Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their genetic basis." Her research covers genetic defects, which cause ASD, devastating disorders, which affect approximately 1:68 infants born in the United States each year. She presented her laboratory research and the key findings that assist in our understanding of autism spectrum disorders.

February 26 - Dr. Olivia S. Mitchell lectured on "Financial Literacy and Financial Decision-making." She discussed recent theoretical research that casts financial knowledge as a form of investment in human capital, presented findings from surveys that show how much or how little people know, and how financial literacy affects economic decision-making. Dr. Mitchell is Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics, and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research, all at the Wharton School.

March 5 - Dr. Charles Nelson was to lecture on "Future Prospects for Hip and Knee Surgery in the 21st Century." The talk was postponed due to a snowstorm and will be rescheduled.

May 5 - Dr. Thomas Childers spoke about "The Best Years of Their Lives: The Greatest Generation's Troubled Homecoming from World War II." The Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at Penn, Dr. Childers' 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.




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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