For those who would like to say goodbye to Simon in person:
Simon’s Memorial Service
When: Thurs 30th August, from 3pm
Where: Alpha Gamma Rho Hall, Buehler Alumni Center
Mrak Hall Drive and Old Davis Rd, on UC Davis campus
* Please wear your most ‘Simon’ shirt and cool sneakers if the mood takes you *
The Chan family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations to be made to www.donatelifecalifornia.org
Also, on both events you will be able to leave a personal note in the memorial book that is currently at the office of the Department of Plant Biology (1002 Life Sciences).
For those people who would like to write a piece (notes/messages/stories/etc) to Simon’s parents and sister, there is a remembrance book in the office of the Department of Plant Biology in 1002 Life Sciences.
A memorial service in Davis is being planned. Once more information becomes available, it will be posted.
It is with great regret that I (Daniël Melters, one of his graduate students) bring to you the death of Simon Chan.
More information will follow soon, other than he passed away in the presence of his beautiful and great family.
Simon will be greatly missed.
Quick update: Regarding his condition. Simon had primary sclerosing cholangitis or PSC. A autoimmune disorder that he shared with olympic medalist Chris Klug. In contrast to Chris Klug, Simon was initially misdiagnosed. The correct treatment worked for the time being, but he needed a new liver either way, as that is the only realistic treatment available for PSC. As worst case scenarios happen, he was diagnosed with sepsis and after that with fungal pneumonia. At the end with combination of all that his body had to endure was too much and he died on August 22,2012 at the age of 38.
If you would like, please give your condolences to his parents and his sister and his family by responding to this blog entry. We will pass this on.
The In Memory by the Department of Plant Biology with many many comments as well: http://www.plb.ucdavis.edu/labs/srchan/
Simon’s lab webpage: http://chan.openwetware.org
Simon’s famous restaurant blog (read Jim Leff’s comment below): http://lowendrestaurants.blogspot.com/
One of his many academic accomplishments: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=9425
Here is a talk by Simon Chan on the use of PacBio sequencing to study centromeres: http://aa314.o1.gondor.io/webinar/what-can-long-reads-tell-us-about-centromere-evolution/
Memories of Simon Chan by Keith Bradnam: http://keithbradnam.squarespace.com/blog/2012/8/27/my-memories-of-simon-chan.html
Tribute for Simon on the Paul Knoepfler lab blog: https://www.ipscell.com/2012/08/a-tribute-to-uc-davis-professor-simon-chan/
An obituary by UC Davis for Simon Chan: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10312
Obituary in the Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/24/4754684/obituary-uc-davis-scientist-simon.html
UC Davis Designated Emphasis Biotechnology facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notes/uc-davis-biotechnology-program/in-memorium-prof-simon-chan-1974-2012/449570758421670
UC Davis facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCDavis/posts/101918583292663
Here is Simon’s bio on the HHMI website: http://www.hhmi.org/news/chans_bg.html
Central Valley Business Times article on Simon: http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=21758
Daily Democrat article on Simon: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_21399016/ucds-simon-chan-make-plant-breakthroughs
On Jonathan Eisen’s blog: Simon presenting a poster to Bill Gates: http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com/2011/10/plos-picture-of-day-simon-chan-from.html
News article from New Zealand on Simon’s death: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1503269274-top-kiwi-scientist-passes-away
New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829940
Radio New Zealand News: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/114334/death-of-nz-scientist-in-united-states
The Sierra Club has named UC Davis as the coolest school, despite the ongoing heatwave!
Check it out here!
In an article published two weeks ago scientists found that the sound that flies make while copulating attracts bats. “Bats eavesdrop on the sound of copulating flies”. In their discussion they mention that there is a trade-off between “repeated or long copulation for successful reproduction and short, inconspicuous copulation for survival.” I can just about picture the safe sex pamphlet for flies “Keep it short and quiet! Or you’ll be a bat’s diet!”
If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting me. Thanks
Recognising the crucial role that the next generation will play in the advancement of crop scientific research a series of poster sessions will feature at this year’s CropWorld Global 2012 which this year takes place at the QEII Conference Centre in London from 6-7 November 2012.
These poster sessions will form an integral part of the educational content available at the event and will provide research students with an opportunity to showcase the results of their research work to a wide international audience in the global crop production industry. The post graduate poster session if designed for post-graduate students undertaking research in crop science, agriculture and related subjects. The posters will be reviewed by a panel of renowned industry experts.
We are sure that you have postgraduate students working in this sector and would be grateful if you could encourage them to enter especially with top cash prizes of £500, £250 and £150 and all finalists will be allocated FREE two-day delegate passes to attend CropWorld Global and present their poster to the judges and CropWorld audience.
For your further information:
- Attached is a recently issued press release announcing the BCPC Student Poster Session
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We do hope that your students will take up this opportunity.
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