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Simon Chan’s Memorial Service

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment
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Memorial Service for Simon Chan

August 24, 2012 Leave a comment

For those who would like to say goodbye to Simon in person:

Simon’s Viewing
When: Wed 29th August, 3-6pm
Where: Wiscombe Funeral Home
116 D Street Davis CA 95616
phone #: 530 758 5500

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).

Remembrance book for Simon Chan

August 23, 2012 1 comment

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.

Simon Chan (1974-2012)

August 22, 2012 166 comments

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’s bag as he brought is with him to the hospital. His work ethic never left, neither did his mental capacity.

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/

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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/

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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

ScienceBlog.co.nz: http://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2012/08/28/simon-chan-1974-2012-contagious-passion-for-science/

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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

Re: Christina Takanishi Remembrance Announcement

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

To our friends in the UC Davis Community,

Christina Takanishi, a UC Davis alumnus and postdoc, passed away on January 25th, 2012.  To honor her memory, the BMCDB graduate program and the DEB program are co-sponsoring a remembrance and celebration of her life at UC Davis. This event will be held at the UC Davis Recreation Pool Lodge on Saturday, February 18th, between 10:00 AM and noon. Light refreshments will be served.  Please also see the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/187757527992653/

We are collecting photos, stories, and memories of Chris from her time at UC Davis to share at the remembrance. There will be a slideshow, and materials will be provided to write down your stories which will be collected into an album for her family. Please e-mail any digital photos to cmholsclaw@ucdavis.edu for inclusion in the slideshow, and we can also arrange to print these photos for the album.  If you are unable to attend, please feel free to send any stories that you might want to share to the address above and we will also include them in the album.

This news has shaken our entire community. Please join us to remember a fellow friend and colleague, and to support each other through this tragedy.

Categories: In memorium

Christina Takanishi Remembrance Announcement

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment
To our friends in the UC Davis Community,

Christina Takanishi, a UC Davis alumnus and postdoc, passed away on January 26th, 2012.  To honor her memory, the BMCDB graduate program and the DEB program are co-sponsoring a remembrance and celebration of her life at UC Davis. This event will be held at the UC Davis Recreation Pool Lodge on Saturday, February 18th, between 10:00 AM and noon. Light refreshments will be served.

We are collecting photos, stories, and memories of Chris from her time at UC Davis to share at the remembrance. There will be a slideshow, and materials will be provided to write down your stories which will be collected into an album for her family. Please e-mail any digital photos to cmholsclaw@ucdavis.edu for inclusion in the slideshow, and we can also arrange to print these photos for the album.  If you are unable to attend, please feel free to send any stories that you might want to share to the address above and we will also include them in the album.

This news has shaken our entire community. Please join us to remember a fellow friend and colleague, and to support each other through this tragedy.

Cindy Holsclaw and Erin Schwartz

Link to the facebook invite.

Categories: In memorium

Memorial Service for Christina Takanishi

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment
Hi All,
Christina’s family will be holding a memorial celebrating her life on Monday in Sacramento. If you would like information about the memorial, please contact me directly via email.
Best,
Matt Wood
mjwood [at] ucdavis [dot] edu
Categories: In memorium