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Dr. Chen Ho Chen

In Memoriam
My former Major Professor at South Dakota State University, Dr. Chen Ho Chen, passed away on July 30, 2017.  He was 87 years old.  He was a long-time member of the Tissue Culture Association and retired in 1994, which was about the time the society switched names to the SIVB.  His area of research was forage grass tissue culture and his lab produced calli and regenerated plants from Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, Indiangrass, Switchgrass, Crested Wheatgrass, Green Needlegrass, Western Wheatgrass, Smooth Bromegrass and Orchardgrass.  He also published several papers on tissue culture of various species of lilies.

Chen and I developed a very close relationship to where he became like my second father.  When I was his student, working towards my MS degree, I discovered somatic embryogenesis in Little Bluestem.  It was the first time anyone in his lab had clear evidence of somatic embryo formation.  When I showed him what I had found, he became so very excited that he started to speak to me in Chinese.  After about a minute, he realized that I did not understand anything that he was saying and we both laughed.

I kept in touch with Chen and most recently saw him in 2015 when I went back to South Dakota for a visit.  He invited me to the Butterfly House, which is where he volunteered his time.  He told me that his wife passed away two years ago and what keeps him busy now was visiting with his daughters, taking care of butterflies and reading his bible.

I thanked Chen for directing me down my career path leading to a successful professional life.  I told him how lucky I was to have him as my Major Professor because without him none of this would have happened.  He smiled and looked at me and said “No, I am the lucky one for having you as my student”.  He was a very humble man that always put others first, and himself second.

Please see the following tribute to Chen that was published in the Sioux Falls Business Journal.
http://siouxfalls.business/jodis-journal-final-lessons-from-a-legendary-professor/

Submitted by David Songstad

 

 

 

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Kolla (Kolbrun) Kristjansdottir, Ph.D. (Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL) published the manuscript titled “Differential Growth of Francisella tularensis, Which Alters Expression of Virulence Factors, Dominant Antigens, and Surface-Carbohydrate Synthases, Governs the Apparent Virulence of Ft SchuS4 to Immunized Animals” in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.

Holland KM, Rosa SJ, Kristjansdottir K, Wolfgeher D, Franz BJ, Zarrella TM, Kumar S, Sunagar R, Singh A, Bakshi CS, Namjoshi P,Barry EM, Sellati TJ, Kron SJ, Gosselin EJ, Reed DS, Hazlett KRO. Differential Growth of Francisella tularensis, Which Alters Expression of Virulence Factors, Dominant Antigens, and Surface-Carbohydrate Synthases, Governs the Apparent Virulence of Ft SchuS4 to Immunized Animals. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8:1158, 2017.

Use the following link to read the entire paper:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5479911/


Dr. Alphonse E. Sirica (Professor of Pathology and Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA) has organized a conference titled “ Hepatobiliary Cancers: Pathobiology and Translational Advances”, which will be held December 7-10, 2017  at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen, VA. The website for this unique conference can be accessed at www.livercancerconference.vcu.edu.