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Tianrui Xu

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UC Berkeley

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I have been working on a couple projects which is significantly motivated by Prof. Jin's work on polar molecules over the past two years, when I was still an undergraduate student at UBC. Last year, Debbie gave a colloquium at UBC, where I first (and unfortunately, last) had a chance to see her. It was one of the best talk that I have ever attend, where I have learnt a lot about the realization of ultracold polar molecules. I was too shy to initiate any conversation after her talk, so I made up my mind that I will work hard and be a good researcher so that I could chat about physics with her in the future. I was shocked when I heard from my friends at CU Boulder and JILA that she passed away -- I did not want to believe it when I heard the news -- then Wikipedia confirmed this later that day, which turned my denial into sadness: it is such a great loss to the physics community.
And also, I would like to express my deepest condolences to her family.